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Kyle M.

Kyle M.

Kyle M.wrote a review of on February 1, 2018

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

These are solid all around, versatile crampons that don't excel at much in particular. For basic snow travel, they are a little heavy but do well. Can attach to running shoes or mountaineering boots, and I really appreciate this versatility. However, I've since upgraded to aluminum Grivel Air Tech Lights for fast and light ascents. They've held up well on rock and dirt but watch for the screws to loosen over time.

Other reviews may say these don't climb vertical ice, but they do quite well. As a complete beginner, I was able to climb WI4 with these crampons, mountaineering boots, and some archaic Aztar tools (which people also say cannot climb vetical ice, but I beg to differ) that I modified to be leashless. The flexlock felt solid and never seemed questionable. Granted I've never used true ice climbing crampons and they're probably loads better, but for an aspiring alpinist, these are all you need. If you're looking for one pair of crampons to take you from running peaks in the summer to some moderate ice climbing, this is a great pair.




Kyle M.

Kyle M.wrote a review of on November 26, 2017

2 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 11"
Weight: 155 lbs
Size Purchased: Medium

I originally got this jacket two years ago. After a few months of moderate use, I noticed that it was wetting out quickly and letting water in through the sholders, so I contacted OR. They told me to wash it with Nikwax Techwash, which I did but that didn't help much. After this, they were nice enough to send me a new jacket under warranty. Great service!

Unfortunately, the second jacket fared the same. After only a few months of casual use, it would wet out at the shoulders completely. In about 10 minutes of moderate rain, my shoulders would be wet beneath the jacket! A year later, the problem has only gotten worse and now the entire jacket wets out quickly.

If you just want a jacket for casual use, get something cheaper like the Marmot Precip that will perform just as well. If you want a real hardshell, spend an extra $100 for something like the Arcteryx Beta LT (which now I own and love). Just don't waste your money on this one. I'm practically an OR model with how much OR gear I have, but this is the one item that has disappointed me from them.