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Matt Park

Matt Parkwrote a review of on November 4, 2019

Save weight, Stay alive
4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This was the first airbag pack I had and I really like it. Its great for quick missions and day tours. Personally it was a little small for me for days of guiding and teaching avalanche courses and I have since upgraded to the Ascent 40L and love it. The access to the main compartment is awesome, there is a zipper top and bottom so getting the puffy at the bottom of your pack is super easy. I have had skis, ice tools, crampons, and all kinds of stuff in this pack and it carries it well. It's also nice being able to dry fire and practice deploying the airbag without the canister installed.
My only reason for not giving this pack 5 stars is the lack of internal pockets (which is solved by organizing your stuff into a couple stuff sacks).

I am a full time, year-round mountain guide and a member of the Ortovox North American team I received this gear to test and use.

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Matt Parkwrote a review of on August 8, 2019

Lighten your load
5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This is the svelter version of my all time favorite pack the peak45. This thing is trimmed down to just the essentials and you can trim it down even more if you need to.
It still has a circumferential zip that makes getting to the bottom of your pack easy and enough pockets to organize your stuff without forgetting which pocket has your snacks. It carries skis, ice tools, and/or a rope on the outside no problem, and has a suspension system comfortable enough to handle when the pack is fully loaded. The material is burly and quite water resistant without weighing the pack down too much.
This pack has become my go-to for fast and light alpine missions, with and without skis.

I am a full time, year-round mountain guide and a member of the Ortovox North American team I received this gear to test and use.

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Matt Parkwrote a review of on August 8, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 6' 7"
Weight: 180 lbs
Size Purchased: Medium

These are the best hard shell ski pants I have ever owned. The high waist seems weird at first but when you take a digger in bottomless pow and get up to find that no snow has gone down your pants you will be sold.
I like having four big pockets for snacks and stuff, and the gaitors stay on my ski boots even when boot packing in deep snow.
I have never been wet in these pants (and thanks to climate change I have skied in the rain in these pants a couple times). nor have I ever felt the wind cut through them even when skiing way to fast at the resort. I have had them a couple season now and they still look and feel brand new.
I primarily use them in-bounds but I have toured with them on really windy or cold days and they are not bad to tour in. They breath really well for a waterproof shell and they articulated knees make them nice to walk in.
A very well rounded hardshell for skiing.

I am a full time, year-round mountain guide and a member of the Ortovox North American team I received this gear to test and use.

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Matt Parkwrote a review of on August 8, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: Runs small
Height: 6' 7"
Weight: 180 lbs
Size Purchased: XL

This has become my go-to foul weather jacket. Its like and packable enough that I take it everywhere and I have never been wet wearing it. I like that it has pit-zips so I can regulate temperature on the go, and the hood works great over a helmet.
I really like the harness/pack compatibility, it has one large chest pocket and no hand pockets. I am occasionally miffed I can put my hands in my pockets, usually just when I am standing around wearing the jacket casually. But I love that there are not zippers pressing into my hips when I have a harness or a pack on (which is often).
I primarily use this thing for skiing, both resort and backcountry but it has a great fit and the stretchy material make it awesome for ice climbing when its drippy.
I usually wear a large in Ortovox jackets but the XL Ortler fits me perfectly

I am a full time, year-round mountain guide and a member of the Ortovox North American team I received this gear to test and use.

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Matt Park

Matt Parkwrote a review of on August 8, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 6' 7"
Weight: 180 lbs
Size Purchased: Large

This is a crazy jacket, what feels like a nylon windbreak is actually over 50% merino wool!!! This makes the jacket feel amazing on your skin, wick moisture, and breath like no other wind breaker. It is totally windproof and light weight plus it will work in a light rain. I basically carry this with me in the mountain everyday because its so small and light I do not notice it till I need it and then I am stoked to have it.
This thing is great for running when its chilly out or if its windy.
I just got it this spring but am super excited to use it layered over a softshell this winter when I am skiing.

I am a full time, year-round mountain guide and a member of the Ortovox North American team I received this gear to test and use.

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Matt Parkwrote a review of on August 8, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I have owned and used a lot of packs. This is by far the best multisport pack I have ever had. From backcountry skiing, to ice climbing, alpine climbing, ANYTHING! This Pack does it all. I have had this pack for 3 years and put over 500 days on it and its still killing it. I have hauled this pack up rock climbs, used is in the desert for 3 seasons, and hauled 70 pounds into the wind rivers for 5 days of climbing with it and its only got minor pin holes and sun fade.

I love the pockets this thing has, its enough to keep your stuff organized but not so much that you forget which pocket your snacks are in! I like that it can carry two ice tools and crampons on the outside and having a pocket dedicated to rescue tools (shovel and probe). makes getting to these essentials fast and easy. I use the rescue tools pocket for holding guidebooks in the summer when I am rock climbing.

The circumferential zipper allows you to open this thing up like a briefcase or just get to your warm jacket shoved at the bottom of the pack quickly. I use the crap out of the feature and have not had any problems with the zipper.

Bottomw line, for skiing or ice climbing, or both, you cannot beat this pack.

I am a full time, year-round mountain guide and a member of the Ortovox North American team I received this gear to test and use.

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Matt Parkwrote a review of on August 8, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 6' 7"
Weight: 180 lbs
Size Purchased: Medium

I got these this spring, and have been using them primarily for alpine climbing. they are pretty water resistant, breath very well and do not get too hot on those sunny pitches. I like the zippered hand pockets so I won't loose my stuff when I am climbing and the wool lined waist band is super comfy all day. They are pretty water resistant and cut just enough wind do keep you warm without overheating.

I am a full time, year-round mountain guide and a member of the Ortovox North American team I received this gear to test and use.

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Matt Parkwrote a review of on August 8, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 6' 7"
Weight: 180 lbs
Size Purchased: Medium

I have really been liking these short. They are light and extremely packable as well as comfortable and functional. They are great for yoga, climbing, hanging out etc. They dry really fast and are comfy all day.

I am a full time, year-round mountain guide and a member of the Ortovox North American team I received this gear to test and use.

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Matt Parkwrote a review of on August 8, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 6' 7"
Weight: 180 lbs
Size Purchased: Large

This is a great casual piece that can be used around town or our for a climb or hike. It holds its shape very well, (something not all wool T-shirts do) and it doesn't stink after days of use making it a great travel shirt.

I am a full time, year-round mountain guide and a member of the Ortovox North American team I received this gear to test and use.

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Matt Parkwrote a review of on August 8, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 6' 7"
Weight: 180 lbs

This is my go-to base layer, its warm, and I never seem to overheat in it. Its 100% merino wool so it wicks moisture well and does not stink after days of use. I have used this from skiing, and ice climbing, to mountaineering and hiking. High out-put, low-out-put this thing delivers! I am going on three seasons with these bottoms and they are nearing the end of their life. I got them the same time as the top which is still in great shape, I think bottoms take a little more abuse than tops. They got some runs and holes that I have patched, will probably get another full winter season out of them.

I am a full time, year-round mountain guide and a member of the Ortovox North American team I received this gear to test and use.

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Matt Parkwrote a review of on August 8, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 6' 7"
Weight: 180 lbs
Size Purchased: Large

This is my go-to base layer, its warm, and I never seem to overheat in it. Its 100% merino wool so it wicks moisture well and does not stink after days of use. I have used this from skiing, and ice climbing, to mountaineering and hiking. High out-put, low-out-put this thing delivers! I am going on three seasons with this top, hundreds of days of use and its still in great shape.

I am a full time, year-round mountain guide and a member of the Ortovox North American team I received this gear to test and use.

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Matt Parkwrote a review of on March 31, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Like a good friend this beacon is there for you when you need it to be. I used this all season and while teaching avalanche courses and was very impressed with the features and functions of this beacon. If you are a guide the group check and signal analyzation is super nice. If there are multiple rescuers with the S1+ you can really cut down on locating multiple victims. The search function displays and sounds are super intuitive to follow and help you pin point the victim faster. Basically if you spend a lot of time in avalanche terrain you should have this beacon.

Disclaimer: I am a member of the Ortovox North America pro team and while I try to write non bias reviews I'm sure some bias makes its way in.

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Matt Parkwrote a review of on March 31, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This thing is a beast! Not only does it move snow quickly but its actually burly enough to dig through avy debris without breaking, which is really what you need in a shovel. The handle goes into either hoe or shovel mode without having to press in a button or line anything up which is helpful when time is of the essence. If you are looking for a real backcountry tool this is a great option.

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Matt Parkwrote a review of on October 19, 2011

4 5

These are a great solution if you have a good ski set-up you like and want to get into to the BC. There are some things you need to do right out of the box that will save you some major troubles. Number one being, make sure they fit your binding well, not just that they get in there but that they stay in there when you have a boot in them and are touring. I thought they fit great in my look PX12's but when you tour the toe of your ski boot pushes on the toe piece of the binding just enough to tweak them out in the heel. I also learned the first time I used them that the front screws that hole the rails your boot sits on are not in very good. 30 steps and the screw fell out and was gone, leaving me with one boot locked in to the regular binding and one in a trekker. Buy some red lock tight, or do what I did and JB weld the screws in, (when would you ever need to take them back out?). I now have them on some Marker Jesters and they hold superbly in them.

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Matt Parkwrote a review of on April 25, 2011

3 5

I got these and I was stoked to finally get into the backcountry with my friends. 300 meters later one of the main axle screws fell out leaving my ski dangling from my boot by one screw. So I clicked in to my binding regular alpine style and did a half and half maneuver. Which worked for a while till the strange torque I was putting on the one trekker caused it to twist and then it would not hold in my binding and then I was stuck shuffling up the rest of the way in my regular bindings while my trekkers hung useless off my back pack. I don't see why you would ever need to take that cage off so I bought some replacement screws from the hardware store (standard size 10-32 X 3/8) and some JB weld to make sure those screws never come out again. Now I feel like they will be great for many more adventures and would recommend everyone to at least put some lock-tight on those front screws before using them.

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Matt Parkwrote a review of on May 1, 2008

5 5

i'll be honest these are a bitch right out of the box but once they loosen up they are so comfortable, and supportive. They have a great sole that grips super good, almost as good as a climbing shoe. i've had these in the slushy utah snow with crampons on and down in the canyons of escalante. They will keep you dry as long as water dosen't spill in from the top of course but even when it does its not a huge deal cause they wick in out so fast! If you are looking for the best light weight supportive low cut hiking shoe look no further. Its takes a good 20 hours in the shoe to get them broke in,I would recommend getting a heel cushion to lift your ankle until they break in cause they have such a stiff upper that it will hurt the bottom of your ankle bones until they soften up

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Matt Parkwrote a review of on May 1, 2008

5 5

i'll be honest these were a bitch to break in but they are 100% worth it! they hold your ankle incredibly well and have a roomy toe box so you aren't smashing the front on your way down hill. They have excellent traction on everything and they are totally waterproof. i've had these in the wet utah snowpack with crampons on and i just returned from escalante where they griped the sandstone like a climbing shoe and kept my feet dry when i was walking through water. The uppers are really stiff and hurt the bottoms of my ankle bones when i was breaking them in so i got a gel heel cushion to lift my ankle until the show broke in. I would reccomend doing the same thing. Now the gel is out the shoe is incredibly comfortable and i couldn't be happier with my choice i know these shoes will last me a long time.

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