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J Pennsylvania Burns

J Pennsylvania Burns

Pittsburgh, PA

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J Pennsylvania Burns

J Pennsylvania Burnswrote a review of on August 6, 2019

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

It's a great helmet in many ways but I wish it were more durable. I can easily push a dent into the shell with a finger with little force. I'm ALWAYS concerned when storing in my pack, even if just going cragging. Perhaps it's good to be mindful of protecting your helmet but I really feel I have to baby this thing. Because of this, my next helmet will be a one with EPP core and partial hard shell such as a Mammut Wall Rider. That said, the BD Vector is very light, breathes well, and comfortable. I hardly notice when I am wearing it. Adjusting fit is super easy.

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J Pennsylvania Burns

J Pennsylvania Burnswrote a review of on August 6, 2019

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Keep the snow out of boots, waterproof for walking through high grass. A bit tight trying to get them over mountaineering double boots, fine with singles or hiking boots, won't fit over snowboard boots. Some holes from crampons easily repaired with Tenacious Tape.

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J Pennsylvania Burns

J Pennsylvania Burnswrote a review of on August 6, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Bought in 10.5 mm. Have a 100 ft length for top rope anchor rigging and another length of it for a top rope climbing rope. Burly as all heck. I have not used it for canyoneering.
Going to say this now because someone will inevitably make a false claim of "YER GONNA DIIIIEEEE!" Some will say that one should never climb on static rope, this simply isn't true. This needs to be said because there are some inherent risk in doing so and given the popularity of climbing today, some people find their way into the sport without solid training. If you take a massive fall on static rope, yes, you can get hurt. With a tentative belayer who doesn't allow slack to build up then there is zero chance of such a fall. Further, on long top rope set-ups, the risk of decking down low due to rope stretch is GREATLY reduced with a static rope. As long as your belayer knows what they are doing, as I would hope they do, then it's safer to top rope on static rope than dynamic rope. Save your dynamic for when it counts!

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J Pennsylvania Burns

J Pennsylvania Burnswrote a review of on August 6, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: Runs large
Height: 6' 0"
Weight: 160 lbs
Size Purchased: 32

Extremely comfortable and durable. Own two pairs of pants and two pairs of shorts. Cargo pocket can be pretty handy, especially considering it is zippered. I generally prefer a slimmer cut so my next pair will be Brions. All around, can't complain!

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J Pennsylvania Burns

J Pennsylvania Burnswrote a review of on August 6, 2019

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This is a generally comfortable helmet. Ventilation options is phenomenal. My biggest complaint is that mine sits high on my head, leaving a sweet gaper gap. I wear a hood under my helmet for neck and head warmth so that certainly raises the helmet. All said, I am a little surprised with the gap considering I wear smith I/O 7's with it. Perhaps I just have a big forehead...!?

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J Pennsylvania Burns

J Pennsylvania Burnswrote a review of on August 6, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Bought these for mountain biking, in a handful of days they did not disappoint though I never gave them the crash test. Wore them 70 days snowboarding this past season after jacking up my knees a handful of times and they were spectacular. Protected tender knees beautifully and yet I never knew I had them on.

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J Pennsylvania Burns

J Pennsylvania Burnswrote a review of on August 6, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 6' 0"
Weight: 160 lbs
Size Purchased: Medium

Had a regular nano-air hoody, wanted a lighter, hoodless version. I wear this thing all the time. Great with a baselayer for splitboarding down to 15F, for shoulder season cragging, and at camp on a cool summer night in the mountains. Great athletic cut for wearing around town, super soft! You won't regret buying it!

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