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Jack R.

Jack R.

Washington

Jack R.

Jack R.wrote a review of on September 25, 2017

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I recieved this after another CAMP harness of mine failed and was warranted. This is extremely easy to put on and I prefer the metal connects over plastic buckles. It is what it is, a simple alpine/glacier harness. I would compare this directly to the Black Diamond Couloir. Hopefully it doesn't experience tears like my previous CAMP harness.

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Jack R.

Jack R.wrote a review of on September 25, 2017

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size

I am 6'3". These pants fit me perfectly around my 32" waist and 34" inseam. Comfort is on point, however they tend suffer from a lot of pilling around the buttocks and knees. I also own a pair of Rab Sawtooth softshell pants that have experienced virtually zero pilling. I am interested in how these MH pants hold up over the next few years. No other complaints, durable, comfortable and wind/water resistant.

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Jack R.

Jack R.wrote a review of on September 25, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This lamp is very bright for a $20 lamp. At the time I was seeking a torch that was bright but did not cost more that about $25 in the event that I broke or lost it on the fireline. This fit the bill. Did not replace the batteries all summer and never had any issues. Nice, big, easy to find in the dark button. I also own a BD Revolt lamp for alpine climbing and this one does indeed hold a candle to the Revolt, aside from no rechargeability function. Would recommend.

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Jack R.

Jack R.wrote a review of on September 25, 2017

3 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size

I own the previous version of this parka: the MH Sub Zero SL. My climbing partner owns this newer Glacier Guide version. I decided to compare the two. Initial thoughts:

-The GG is far less lofty. The Sub Zero seems to have much more down filling and is therefore warmer. The hood on the Sub Zero has significantly more poof to it.
-The GG Parka does have superior front pocketses, the two chest pockets and Nalgene holder on the inside are primo.
-The GG is cut much longer. My Sub Zero does not extend down as far around the waist cuff.
-The inner zipper baffle on the GG has a strip of protectant grosgrain ribbon sewn onto it. the Velcro on the outer zipper cover flap tends to stick to this and get caught. An annoyance when you're in the alpine.

Conclusions:
The previous versions, the Sub Zero SL and the similar Chillwave are much warmer with more loft and better hoods. The Glacier Guide Parka may have slightly better features but does not compare in terms of loft warmth. What this jacket does have going for it is durability. It will last forever. However if weight and packability for better warmth is your thing, I suggest getting the MH Hooded Phantom Parka. With 850FP down, a fixed hood, and box baffle (Not sewn through) construction, weighting about 17 oz, It blows the Glacier Guide out of the water. It has a comparable price point as well when it goes on sale.

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Jack R.

Jack R.wrote a review of on September 25, 2017

2 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

I was searching for a Half rope on Backcountry, and navigated the site as follows:
Climbing>Ropes>Half-ropes
This cord was advertised under the Half Rope category. Half ropes can be used by themselves as a single rope. This is rated as a TWIN rope, meaning it was fall tested and meant to be used in combination with another twin rope. Now, this is a perfectly good twin rope however it was sold under another entirely different rope rating category by Backcountry. I attempted to return it but they would not allow, despite misbranding the product. If you are looking for a half rope do not buy this because it is not rated to be used as a single strand by UIAA.

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Jack R.

Jack R.wrote a review of on September 25, 2017

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I have used this tool for everything from glacier walking to steep ice routes. The head is comfortable to hold and it has a nice adze for digging and chopping. I typically enjoy curved shafted tools such as the Petzl Summit. However when carrying this one the curve offsets the balance and it just feels odd. A petty grievance, but I prefer my other straight shafted axe 99% of the time.

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