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Jack.Crock934613

Jack.Crock934613wrote a review of on February 22, 2018

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I started keeping this in my ski bag and crag pack. It's super awesome for changing in and out of shoes. Really light. It seems ridiculous until you start using it. I used to use just a cheapo cut out of walmart foam sleeping pad but that started leaving little bits of plastic flake microtrash everywhere.

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Jack.Crock934613wrote a review of on September 23, 2015

2 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

As a helmet it works pretty well and the visor is nice. It was as comfy as the Petzl and BD equivalents.

The thin front headlamp clips are not great however. If you look up with your face close to the wall on a sketchy night descent, the headlamp scrapes out of its clips and in rare hilarious cases, overtops the visor and smacks your eyeballs.

What's so frustrating about this is that the insane design choice to put tiny clips up front seems purely aesthetic. I mean this is a great looking helmet. It's got awesome contrasting colours and little scribble scrabbles on it's edges. I hate when I fall susceptible to gear companies marketing to 'cool' factor rather than 'actually works' factor.

Some would say that they kept the clips short to get slings off easier but it falls short here too. The back headlamp clips seem to snag'n snap frequently as they are not inset like the BD and Petzl equivalents.

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Jack.Crock934613wrote a review of on September 23, 2015

2 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I was given these cams. As they have aged the action has become what can only be described as 'crunchy.' The wires coming from the lobes bend easily interfering with the action. If placed in a vertical crack and weighted, the stem will be permanently askew where it affixes to the head, making the triggering feel even more crunchy.

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Jack.Crock934613wrote a review of on June 8, 2015

2 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size
Height: 6' 2"
Weight: 165 lbs

The biggest qualm I have with this jacket is it came in a plastic mailing sack, in a sealed plastic sack, and then in a third'biodegradable' plastic sack. A bunch of green friendly print all over the biodegradable drawstring sack. I put everything else in recycling and threw the sack in my worm bin. Let me tell you, that sack has been in my worm bin for MONTHS. It looks brand new and is probably more water resistant than the jacket. What's the deal man? A friend told me you need hot compost to degrade the sack. Who has access to an industrial sized hot compost heap? My simple garden compost can't do the job.


The shell's not the best but good for the price. I like half zips but this one has 2 half zips in different locations on the jacket which seems a little less pragmatic than just a single full zip. The cuff velcro doesn't stick at all, the kangaroo pocket fills up with water, also it weighs a lot. It's an alright about-town jacket. Definitely not something I'd take on a light and fast trip.

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Jack.Crock934613wrote a review of on August 12, 2014

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I did the AT with this. It was my first framesheet/frameless-style pack. As long as it was loaded correctly (IE using your stuff to add rigidity and support to the sheet), and not overloaded, it was as comfy as any other pack.

At almost exactly the halfway point of the trail, the buckle connecting the shoulder strap to the pack's main body ripped it's stitches out. Granite Gear sent me a new pack for free promptly as they could with no questions. I should note that the times I did get a chance to weigh my pack with food and water, it was never more than 30 lbs.

I would take this pack on my future thru-hikes if circumstances allow and I still use my replacement. I think it's a great first step towards going frameless because the framesheet has more rigidity than other framesheet style packs such as the Go-Lite Jam.

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