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JJwrote a review of on December 12, 2019

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

We fit 2 adult bikes (1 male, 1 female) and 2 kids bikes (18", 22") on with no problem once we figure best configuration. I watched a lot of youtube videos to get ideas. we bought 3 adapters because the ladies and kids bikes have no cross bars which is necessary for mounting.

The safety knob takes a while to get used to - once we figure how to push in pin at the right angle, it is is faster. prior to that, it is the most frustrating part as it takes a lot of unscrewing and re-screwing to get the threads to line up just right. there should be a quick release mechanism designed for this.

The swing action is great and convenient when you have bikes on the rack but overall, i now hate to open my back door as it takes all those extra steps to unscrew the safety knob. I just throw my groceries from the side door.

Also, there is a plastic part next to where you pull the red pin is wearing off due to the open and closing so now we lift the rack instead of pulling it to further add to the wear,

We recommend it as it is a cool looking and strong rack but we prob would look at better models if this one is down.

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JJwrote a review of on December 12, 2019

KONG'S ATTACKS FROM BC
3 5

Familiarity: I gave it as a gift but have feedback to share

I literally got TWO PANIC attacks when I ordered this Kong draw. This is a Christmas present for someone special.

1. A week after my order, BC sent an email "OUT OF STOCK". I emailed my gearhead and he offered a refund. That's not what I wanted to hear so I did not do anything about it.
2, Not long after, gearhead emailed me and said item now available so they sent my order. I waited. Nothing. Another week plus flew by before I found out it has been sitting somewhere in the parcel box (instead of being dropped off my door) because it was delivered by USPS.

Excited, I opened the box. It came with the Kong tag, a BC sticker, the ubiquitous receipt and NOTHING else. Where is my Kong Panic draw?
2nd PANIC ATTACK, I started snapping photos frantically. Who could be my witness I received an empty box!!!!??
I contacted CS immediately. Thank God the rep took my word. I mean, I totally do not even know how would I begin to explain myself. It was a mixed bag feeling of surprise, shock, anguish, disappointment, cheated. I feel BC should be embarrassed to send their customers an empty box but then again, i ask myself at which part of the packaging/ delivery would this item get ripped off?
In any case, BC rep was kind enough didn't care to see my photos of evidence but offered to ship one out to me, I will be watching my mailbox very closely next few days.... it is driving me a little nuts... i do not think my postman has the slightest resemblance to a rock climber. so, the mystery lives...
I really look forward to receiving my Panic Draw, not the panic part but the draw.

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JJwrote a review of on December 11, 2018

4 5

Familiarity: I returned this product before using it
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 1"
Weight: 94 lbs
Size Purchased: S

After readng all the reviews, i bought a XS. I am 92-94 lbs, small frame Asian built around 5'1. i hope listing my size helps others as I had a hard time picking which size to purchase since i do not own any Patagonia.
I rock climb a lot so my lats (latissimus dorsi) plus my size 33C causes most blouses/jackets etc to be tight around the chest even though the sleeve length and overall length fits. This makes it hard to breathe and uncomfortable.
The XS was the same problem. So i exchanged for S. The S fits much better (around the chest). I did not notice the S being much bigger overall/ overly roomy which was my hesitation when I reordered and would have kept it until I noticed it was polyester filled, not down. It is not as lightweight and imho will not be as warm as my son's Marmut down jacket (very similar style and cut). Even at a discount $150, i find it hard to throw it out to risk and see if it is warm enough since I would not be able to return to BC after wearing. (in other words, if I could wear it out and BC has a more generous return policy like REI, I am more likely to give it a try).
I am saving my dimes to wait for a deal perhaps other brands which is down filled.

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JJwrote a review of on August 30, 2017

1 5

My kids are on the climbing team so we have been through different brands over the years. We were at a competition and my 9 year old spotted this pair of Butora - it fitted well and the material was so soft and molding to the feet so we gave it a try. he wore it for less than 2 weeks, less than 5 times to the practice and it began to show holes in the front?!!!!! i contacted Butora several times but no response. It is the first outdoor sports company we came across that does not care for its product feedback nor its customers. disappointed. Buyers beware. Check out sportiva and evolv - much better quality and CS!

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JJwrote a review of on December 5, 2013

3 5

A handsome looking luggage piece. But the material looked like it will crease easily. When arrived new in the packaging, already there are permanent long creases from the packing / shipping. Creases that i am little worried may hurt the integrity of the bag's strength. It also seemed to hold a lot less than what i had expected. I checked measurements against my old bag and against a lot of other models before making a decision on this one. Does not seem to hold the cu volume it says. But that is just my judgement. Even with a price match, it seems a steep price i paid for a bag this size. Had wanted to get the columbia but it's been out of stock on BC. I haven't tried this out yet. Will post a report to see how it stands up to long haul travels.

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JJwrote a review of on May 20, 2013

2 5

Update 2017:
this still has a spot on my shoe rack. After so many years of light wearing (only during summer, or when going water hiking) it is broken into. I still wear socks when i do water hikes/ long hours hiking that requires your feet to get wet or soaked or swim during the journey. It lasted this long only because it is lightly worn. It is comfortable and the heel strap don't hurt so bad anymore (because it is old!) The good news is, the sole is still in good shape, not bad after 4 seasons! I hope the newer designs are improved.
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Original review 2013:
I bought TWO pairs of this same sandal. neither worked.

Just as it is designed for a wonderful water shoe- great grip on its rubber sole,easy drainage of water and small rocks because its fairly 'open' compared to keen or other boxed toe sandals.
Toe protection good, heel padding comfy. True to size.
BUT- its heel straps are cut weird. Either too high or the material is too tough, I can't tell exactly what. After less than an hour wearing, my heels start to chafe and before a couple hours ( both on dry land and wet environment,, bad blisters start to form. I tried socks, reduce abrasion a little but I cannot imagine hiking in this sandals for more than 2 hours. I also asked someone else same size as me to try wearing it. Same problem- proven its not just my feet or heels!
I was hoping this will be my all around sandals - where I can wear for small errands, as well as my traveling sandals and specifically long hours water hiking sandals. It only works, and only for 2 hours max, well for hiking in water. If I keep this, I would need to buy another pair of sandals for daily wearing. I wore it a few times too,thinking it may just need to be broken into. Same excruciating pain on my heel minutes after I put it on. Also, it is not a quick slip on type of sandal. You need to put in some effort to put it on, and once on, the adjustments are fixed, it's very secure that's why it's great in water.
I had thought it could be a sizing problem so i bought a second pair- a size 7, half size up from the 6.5. I tried socks. I tried even folding the back strap down ( wearing it like a flip flop) but then that exposes how weak the glue is between the strap and sole.

It's disappointing. I was so hoping it works for me - the color is nice, the construction is made of super light weight material, the design is very feminine looking unlike other sports sandals, and the price seemed right too.

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JJwrote a review of on April 20, 2013

2 5

I bought 2 pairs - size 6.5 and 7. Both are superbly good quality and made of good material sole and all around. But the size / fitting is not good for me. My last toe stick out on both pairs, even though the sandal fits well ( will work on both 6.5 or 7) on the front, back and side. If I wear this for y river treks, my toes will get seriously hurt since I will be jammed out even more on pressure when going downward. I returned both pairs with disappointments. Backcountry is great on their customer service as usual. Thank you.

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JJMESSAGE_KEY: label.community.profile.wrotevideo NOT FOUND IN REPOSITORY on November 26, 2012

i have been climbing for more than 17yrs and finally invest in my first rope. After shopping hard against various brands, this is the winner. There's not many options for 70m rope that is at this price range and at this weight range. quite a mess uncoiling when first received. the blue/flavine more is like a loud lime green color- very striking and handsome, not what i had expected as it did not looked like the picture on website. as it turned out, the color is the envy of every climber- guys and gals. brought it outdoors in sandstone rocks, it is the only rope that showed in the pictures, compared to other ropes that blended into the sandstone. see video - its the rope hanging on extreme right. even though i baby it and tried to get everyone to make sure they feed into the rope bag as much as possible, it did picked up the dirt and sand very quickly so there went its brand new 'look'. i love the lightweight and it handle very nicely. Backcountry.com also gave me a break - i paid $230.30, i think was a price match, cant recall exactly...now, i got to figure how to keep it clean to retain some of the vibrant colors!
An update to my previous comment...
My happiness was very short lived-
I hate to say this but only a few months into using his rope, the sheath is already fraying. By 5th month ( climbed only a few times outdoors, no falls, a few people TR on it several times; in other words pretty light use), the sheath has frayed so much the core is showing. Many parts of the rope is also showing fuzziness, like a very used old rope. I am devastated. I hope my previous excellent comment didn't mislead anyone. on the other hand, i also hope this is perhaps one of those lemon - and I am bad luck in getting the bad one. However, I don't think I could bring myself to buy another blue water rope again, not n the near future anyways.

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JJwrote a question about on May 11, 2012

I am stressed with the sizing! I am 90lbs and about 5'1. i bought a S size Selena online (female version of Sama) but my waist is just at the borderline of the allowance (S Selena waist is 23.5-28' and my waist is 27.5'). I dont know if it is a design fault - but when i center the belay loop, with the waist belt pulled almost as tight as maximum, the back is off center a bit. I imagine if i wear a little extra clothing for cold days, or put on an extra couple pounds, I would have to loosen the belt of which then the back will be totally off centered. The leg loops fit comfortably though.
I would rather stay with the female version to try a M Selena but wondering if the S Sama will fit better (because the S Sama has the same leg loops as the S Selena whereas the M Selena has bigger leg loops than S Sama and S Selena)
Are there any female climbers who has tried the S Sama and found it a good fit?
Unfortunately, I cant get access to a store to try them on!

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