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Jonathan S.

Jonathan S.

Jonathan S.

Jonathan S.wrote a review of on January 28, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Overall really happy with the harness. I bought it for use as a standard alpine harness. It does take a minute to figure it out however once you do, it goes on pretty quick. While the point of the purchase was for Alpine persuits, I have used this harness several time to go up a mast on sailboat - specifically when travelling when I don't want to bring larger gear. Each time, I am fully supported by the harness for apx. 15 to 20 minutes. The harness is much more comfortable the BD couloir harness in this regards. I tried the couloir for this once and was really comfortable. I realize this is not the style of harness you would pick to hang in, however given the option, why not go with something better like this one. Its marginally heavier and bigger.

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Jonathan S.

Jonathan S.wrote a review of on September 26, 2018

5 5

I just got these with strap on the front however have been climbing with the toe bail version for years. My main goal was to be able to fit these to some lighter boats like Scarpa Zodiak Tech. The fit is good and you can’t go wrong with the sabretooth in general. I wouldn’t take them to climb waterfall ice but they have worked good on moderate Alpine ice and of course the usual mountaineering tasks. I am happy with these but I also know most of the guide services require 12 point steel on most programs so these will work for anything unlike some lighter weight options.

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Jonathan S.

Jonathan S.wrote a review of on September 26, 2018

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 11"
Weight: 205 lbs
Size Purchased: XL

I just the got the jacket and have not had a chance to test it in any cold weather however from a quick tour around the house I am pretty happy. Material and workmanship looks good- what I would expect from OR. I can't remember if the spec's mentioned it however it does have a two way zipper what is great b/c I am looking for this to replace a Patagonia Das Parka as a belay jacket. I normally wear a large in pretty much all OR jackets however I ordered an XL large so I didn't have issues layering underneath. I tried it on with a base layer, light fleece, OR iceline jacket (not a thin jacket) and the XL was perfect. The XL packs down into a 3 liter stuff sack no problem. Cant wait until its time to use it.

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Jonathan S.

Jonathan S.wrote a review of on September 22, 2018

Smaller than expected
5 5

The knife is smaller than expected. I am not sure if I missed the dimensions or if they are not there. I probably wouldn’t have ordered it if I had known the size but in actuality, I think it will work well and obviously weighs next to nothing so I am happy with it.

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Jonathan S.

Jonathan S.wrote a review of on September 21, 2018

3 5

The main part of the bag is pretty big (that’s why I bought a 45 liter) however the accessory pockets are small and hard to fit any larger items in there...like over the ear headphones. My biggest complaint is that the bag really isn’t that comfortable. I will keep it for when I need more space but will probably stick with my North Face Surge II as my go to bag.

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Jonathan S.

Jonathan S.wrote a review of on September 21, 2018

5 5

Good quality duffel. I have used on several trips and it made it way through at least 12 airport baggage terminals. A little scuffed up but no usability issues. Straps are still on tight and I haven’t had an issue with the zippers. I used the backpack style straps once and they are nice but I usually have a more conventional pack so not likely to use it often. I thought about getting a wheeled duffel but pretty happy with this as it compresses pretty nicely and is easy to move though tight spaces. I can imagine it’s waterproof at all but it’s definitely water resistant. Happy with the purchase.

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Jonathan S.

Jonathan S.wrote a review of on September 21, 2018

5 5

Pretty simple piece of gear. Not much to it but works. The rope is easy to work with and catches pretty well. I normally use a hollow block for backing up rapels but switch to this as it’s a little thinner and just looks cleaner and easier to see if it’s dressed properly.

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Jonathan S.

Jonathan S.wrote a review of on March 12, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 10"
Weight: 200 lbs
Size Purchased: Large

This jacket has nothing but good reviews but while I was here I figured I would offer up my 2 cents. I do agree with what everyone else has said. This is my go to jacket anytime I am going to be active and still need a jacket. The jacket offers good wind protection and is water resistant. It sheds powder very well. But the real place this jacket excels is in its breath-ability. This jacket is perfect for the climbing the cascades in the spring through fall when paired up with an appropriate base layer and shirt. It fits well and not overly bulky so you can put on layers over it if you need something waterproof or a belay Jacket. With the layers under it, I am good down to about 30 degrees and steady 10 to 15 mph wind...if I am moving.

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Jonathan S.

Jonathan S.wrote a review of on February 21, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

As others have indicated, this is not a great all purpose axe however it super light. I bought a 70 cm that i use almost strictly for piolet. The extra length allows me to stay upright more than my smaller axes however doesn't add any additional weight. I usually carry this and set of ice tools for the routes I do. The ice tools come out when I really need and axe however I have this ultra light axe out for extra stability on moderate terrain or the rare unplanned self arrest. Due to the ultra light weight, I think it's worth the effort to carry.

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Jonathan S.wrote a review of on February 21, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I just finished climbing for 3 days with these crampons paired up with Scarpa Phantom Techs. The fit on the boot is a little weird where the rear plate doesn't line up exactly with the boot but they still worked well and I didn't notice any issues when climbing. I have climbed with Petzl Dart and Dartwin and I prefer these over both. I didn't feel like I could climb anything different then what I would have otherwise but being able to adjust and replace the points is great. Additionally, there is some weight penalty but I do like the anti-balling plate that the Petzl's dont have. I was recently climbing with a friend with Dart's and he was definitely having more balling than I was. Obviously you can clear it out pretty easy but its easy to forget about it and loose traction when you need it most. I have plans to do a couple days with Alpine and ice on the same trip and I can replace the vertical points with horizontal points as well so no need to carry two sets of crampons or make a compromise. The change over only takes about 3 minutes. As some of the other reviews have indicated, the crampon bag is small so its a tight fit (if at all) unless you compress the crampons (which is a pain).

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Jonathan S.wrote a review of on February 18, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size
Size Purchased: 44.5

I have been trying to find a good pair of boots for the last year with not much luck until now. I worked my way through the competition and have found nothing compares. Over the last three days, I have climbed about 30 pitches in New Hampshire. They are amazingly light, fit like a glove, plenty warm, stay tight all day and so much more. While these are generally considered ice climbing boots, if your looking for a stiff mountaineering boot,this will do the trick. I had one free day and did mount Washington and the boots worked great for that too. Lots of snow due the recent weather and they performed great. Overall, if your looking for a single boot design ice and mountaineering boot...these rock.

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