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Paul Larson

Paul Larson

Bozeman, Montana!

Paul Larson's Passions

Fly Fishing
Hiking & Camping
Skiing
Climbing

Paul Larson's Bio

Playin' around in the mountains. Ice climbing and mountaineering are my thing. Nothing better than a bluebird day with the crew on the ridge though!

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Paul Larsonwrote a review of on October 24, 2014

5 5

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

I'm beyond impressed with dry Q. I've worn gore tex for a while, and this blows it out of the water. It feels lighter, it breaths better. Definitely a strong competitor to long-time champ gore-tex. As for these pants, it fits nice and slim. Perfect for climbing, very mobile unit. Also, the second zipper on the ankle is great, it fits my touring boot in there. When I'm just climbing, it gets nice and slime over my boot, which I really like so I can avoid those crampon mishaps. Speaking of which, the black stripe on the inside is a tough fabric that offers some protection if that does happen. Really recommend this pant!

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Paul Larsonwrote a review of on October 22, 2014

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Alright I'll be honest, I only own a pair of BD cyborgs. But I've used these a couple times and have strong enough opinions to write about! First, I think the purely vertical frontpoints are overrated most of the time. The ice isn't always SO cold that you need it. In plastic sticky ice, I always wish I had something with more hood, like this. And it works great in the alpine too! I would really recommend this crampon to people who are on the fence about it being a hybrid, because it has excellent performance! The next crampon I buy, I might just go back to this one. One bummer though; you can't replace the frontpoint. So if you DO throw some mixed climbing in there, your crampons life is gonna be a lot shorter. That's the only reason I knocked it a 4

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Paul Larsonwrote a review of on October 20, 2014

5 5

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

I'm confused at how well these perform. I'm convinced I'll still be wearing my same pair 30 years from now. I first got them for a month long expedition to Alaska. During the trip I never took a shower (obviously), and they seem to repel odor with ease. They also look brand new, and are extremely durable! Also, they are incredibly warm! I'm always wearing these in the mountains in Montana. They regulate heat really well, so if you do heat up a little too much, they don't make you too sweaty.

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Paul Larsonwrote a review of on October 20, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Very lightweight with a balanced swing. In fact, I like the swing much more than the BD's models. The trigger rest really helps with that final flick.

I LOVE the adjustable pinky rest for steep snow climbing, so you can have your hand halfway up the tool. This thing is so versatile with all of the removable parts. I am worried about the durability of the plastic trigger rest though. Good thing it's pretty cheap to replace, and I think that the benefits of it outweigh the possibility of it breaking. Overall, this is the most versatile alpine tool on the market.

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Paul Larsonwrote a review of on October 20, 2014

3 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I'm giving this three stars because it is still a well-made screw and does its job.

HOWEVER, if you have never used these or the new hangars on the express, don't get these to save the extra money. When you're pumped and sketched out on a vertical pitch, you do not want to spend extra time cranking this thing in. If you only climb glaciers or low angle ice and want running protection, then I might recommend this. Not for vertical ice though.

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Paul Larsonwrote a review of on October 8, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I heard a lot of pros and cons about this boot and got kind of nervous so I thought I'd go with the Nepal, but I got these for half off so I couldn't refuse. And I'm SO glad I didn't.

The first major con I heard was the climb/walk function stripping. Well they replaced the newest model with all metal so itll be much harder to strip. Also, the lacing system is just great. It locks by the toe, then again at the ankle, then obviously the knot. This enables you to isolate where you want tightness. The climb/walk mode isn't just a gimmick as I would have thought, it's actually awesome! And in climb mode it's the stiffest boot I've ever felt!

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Paul Larsonwrote a review of on March 27, 2014

2 5

I have no doubt this is a great biner. Just DON"T get it in the tri-act lock mode unless you only climb in the gym. I used this only twice now and it's frustrating as #@$% to work with compared to others. I like to be able to open it with one hand, as I might be gripping my axe in the other. And it's nearly impossible for this.

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Paul Larsonwrote a review of on March 27, 2014

3 5

My climbing partner has this rope and together we've put weeks on this rope from when he got it brand new. After about two months of consistent use it is getting more frayed than other ropes I've used. Not to the point of danger, but enough to make me question the overall durability of the rope. If you're in the market for a new rope, I'd look at some Mammut or Beals. Just not impressed.

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Paul Larsonwrote a review of on March 24, 2014

5 5

What can one say about a metal bottle? It works. However I suggest wrapping it in duct tape; I've heard of people touching it full in the winter and getting frostbite. Something to do with the temperature of the gas inside. Solid though, mine has many dents

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Paul Larsonwrote a review of on December 2, 2013

5 5

I've used a variety of biners for different situations. I've read a lot of people complaining that they think these feel weak. Personally, I take these on full day winter alpine climbs where I'm weight conscious. If I go lead climbing and expect to be taking some whippers, I'll grab the beefier BD Positrons. That said I would still trust these bad boys in any environment. And people, the dogbones are JUST as strong as bigger ones from Petzl or Wild Country. Don't be fooled by the looks.

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Paul Larsonwrote a review of on November 20, 2013

5 5

This stove is great. It takes constant beating, it's lightweight, and convenient. Great for cold-weather camping (white gas) and altitude. Cooks fast! Tip: wrap the fuel bottle in duct tape for insulation: below freezing, white gas can give you frostbite just by accidentally touching the canister.

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