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Seth Kotelnicki

Seth Kotelnicki

Sierra Nevadas

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Seth Kotelnicki's Bio

California kid who just cannot get enough. Life is much simpler outdoors, and that's all there is to it.

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Seth Kotelnickiwrote a review of on January 8, 2018

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

You're leading a trad route and you go to place a nut, damn f'ing carabiner is snagging on the wire. Ugh I'm pumping out, this sucks. Great, now I'm dropping nuts and shaking like a little bitch. If I can't get his piece placed I'm going to fall and it's all because my carabiner is snagging. Well not anymore. These woodworks are super sweet, they slide on and off nuts, slings, and other pieces of gear like butter. They won't help you when you're getting scared and bitching out on lead, but they do take away one piece of frustration, haha. I have over 30 of these biners and use them for everything.

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Seth Kotelnickiwrote a review of on January 8, 2018

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I've owned the Men's Mythos for 8 years and keep going back to it. I've tried to get my gf to use the Ethos but she was hesitant to spend the money. I ended up getting it for her for xmas and now she's kicking herself for not having purchased it years ago. We both love how pliable the harness is, it holds gear effectively and the comfort is top-notch. Of course this comes down to how it fits but if the fit is right you'll be happy for a long time with the durable and function of this harness

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Seth Kotelnickiwrote a review of on January 8, 2018

5 5

Fit: True to size
Height: 6' 0"
Weight: 175 lbs
Size Purchased: medium

Ok, finally a tech shirt that doesn't ride up when I'm wearing a backpack. Finally a shirt that stays put under my climbing harness when I reach overhead for holds or belay someone. It's simple straight forward and effective, just like BD equipment is known for. Yeah the $50 price tag is worth having a go to shirt that you're not fussing with. I know want to donate all my other tech shirts and buy just these shirts.

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Seth Kotelnickiwrote a review of on January 8, 2018

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 6'
Weight: 175 lbs
Size Purchased: Med

I originally purchased this for backcountry spring skiing but now I just live in it. This hoodie is nice and soft and stretchy. The thumbholes, well fitted hood with button, and lightness are all touches that make this a 5 start shirt and not just an expensive tech shirt. Patagonia put a lot of thought into the design and its great for outdoor pursuits

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Seth Kotelnickiwrote a review of on January 8, 2018

5 5

If you need a tool for ski mountaineering this is your new friend. It tackles couloirs and gives you confidence in the backcountry. I wouldn't lead vertical for too long, but I also wouldn't be afraid to use it for short vertical pitches either. I love the the adjustable finger grip and how no tools are needed for adjustments. Being able to adjust it on the fly makes more more comfortable tooling, anchor setting, and overall use. The weight is absolutely insane on this tool also. You will have no reason to leave it behind because you won't even know its strapped to your pack . If you are a ski mountaineer and your standard mountaineering axe isn't cutting it anymore, here is your much needed upgrade.

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Seth Kotelnickiwrote a review of on December 30, 2017

Solid Shoe
5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I've had these for 6 months now and had enough time in them that I'm comfortable rating them. These have become my favorite climbing shoe. They are so damn comfortable and the rubber has lasted much longer than my other climbing shoes. I've taken them to the bugaboos and all over Tahoe Ca where I live. Black Diamond made the right choice by now making climbing shoes, I'm already looking for a second pair of these for myself and my girlfriend.

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Seth Kotelnickiwrote a review of on November 16, 2016

5 5

Great gloves for when I'm skiing or in cold environments and need quick access to my camera or doing other tasks requiring dexterity. The magnet latches keep the mitten out of your way for when your working and then they quickly cover your hands again for warmth. Most of the time I can get away with these gloves all day in the cold.

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Seth Kotelnickiwrote a review of on November 16, 2016

4 5

What a fun playful ski that is surprisingly easy to maneuver in and out of powder. I almost exclusively take these on backcountry days now regardless if it's a powder day or not.

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Seth Kotelnickiwrote a review of on November 16, 2016

5 5

I am continually impressed with the attention to detail with BD equipment. From the reinforced straps, locking straps, comfort, and easy access, this pack was designed and purposed with intent. Even after days of skiing in heavy snow my clothing inside the pack stayed dry without needing an additional water proof bag.

If you're looking for a day touring pack this set-up is equipped with all the essentials and then some this is it. The pack is high quality and worth the price.

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Seth Kotelnickiwrote a review of on November 10, 2016

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

This little guy is a great light weight power bank that is still rugged enough to go in the outdoors. I carry one for overnight trips where I may need to charge a camera battery or my phone again. It will charge the iphone about 1.5x.

The size, weight, water-resistant ability, and tough exterior is what ultimately sold me and has me looking to purchase a larger power bank from them in the future.

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Seth Kotelnickiwrote a review of on September 21, 2016

My 50 miler shoe
5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 6' 1"
Weight: 185 lbs
Size Purchased: Size 11

What a rockin shoe!

I have gone through 3 pairs of these over the last few years and I still keep the old ones in my closet for kicking around. I did a full year of training in them leading up to my first 50 mile run in the Marin Headlands and then got a new pair for the race. These have a nice light feel to them and they have plenty of room in the toe box.

I use to work for Fleet Feet sports and I had the opportunity to try and run in every shoe out there and these have become my got to shoe for hiking, running, and kicking around. (every foots different)

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Seth Kotelnickiwrote a review of on September 21, 2016

5 5

Height: 6' 1"
Weight: 185 lbs
Size Purchased: medium

I have continually been impressed with BD products. Their packs, climbing gear, and clothing!

I got the vest version of this for xmas for the ski season and even after not being a fan of vest I was loving this fleece. It made me end up buying the full jacket too!

This baby is meant to be layered, but when done properly it is crazy warm for how light and thin it is. I gave away all my other fleece jackets after getting this, that's how happy I am with it.

It does not break wind at all as a warning, but just toss on your wind breaker and you'll be toasty warm. This is secretly one of the advantages though. When I'm backcountry touring I can leave this guy on and regulate temps well. Other fleeces will burn you alive and also take up so much damn room!!!

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Seth Kotelnickiwrote a review of on September 21, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 6' 1"
Weight: 185 lbs

I got to try these out last year and let's just say I have replaced all my old socks with these guys for skiing. They regulate temps well, they feel great, and they haven't stretched out.
Comfy feet and quality products are worth the price.

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Seth Kotelnickiwrote a review of on November 23, 2015

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This guy packs up very nicely and is the only sleeping pad I have yet to put a hole in. The pad also handles the snow well and doesn't conduct heat well, so you'll stay much warmer. I don't even need to have a closed cell pad underneath it for most snow trips. (10 degrees +)

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Seth Kotelnickiwrote a review of on May 2, 2012

5 5

This nut tool is super light and works great. The curved handle makes it easy to use when trying to pry gear out of the wall and the attached carabiner means you don't need more equipment just to take it with you. Out of all the nut tools I've used this is by far my favorite. Not much else to say about it

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Seth Kotelnickiwrote a review of on April 7, 2012

3 5

I have fallen on these and they hold just like any other cam placed properly and the price is great especially on the larger cams. The flexibility on these guys are crazy which makes them less likely to walk. I will definitely continue to climb with them, however, my biggest complaint is how loose the trigger assembly is. I find that the lobes rarely pull evenly and that they can get themselves in funky positions. You have to be very thoughtful when placing these and watch how you pull the trigger. Also the cams a lot of time get caught on other gear and it twists the trigger pull wires and then you have to unbend them, not what I want to be doing while trying to place a cam. With the flexibility being a plus it can be a down side to the cam, when sliding it into a crack it flops around a lot and you have to really play around with finding the right placement.

If I'm taking limited gear or need to find a quick placement I reach for my BD C4s or Master cams first. If you climb in an area where there are a lot of horizontal placements, bring these bad boys for sure!

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Seth Kotelnickiwrote a review of on March 6, 2012

5 5

These are great for every day wear, work wear, or outdoor use. I am always tearing my denim jeans working outside so I needed something much more rugged and so far these have done it. I even climb in these pants due to the flexibility in them and they are awesome. The fabric is super soft too and makes for a comfortable pant.

I do recommend turning them inside out while washing them otherwise they fade really quickly.

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