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Spencer J.

Spencer J.

Miami, Florida

Spencer J.'s Passions

Hiking & Camping
Running
Snowboarding
Climbing
Skiing

Spencer J.

Spencer J.wrote a review of on June 19, 2018

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I originally bought another brand and it was absolute garbage. When i got this in the mail, you could feel the quality. The zipper, velcro and rubber under the boot strap all work to create a great seal. I used these in the cascades in early summer and it was WET. My pants were always dry and the gaiters themselves did not take long to dry. When i get the inevitable crampon tear. I will buy the exact same ones.

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Spencer J.wrote a review of on June 12, 2018

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 6' 2"
Weight: 215 lbs
Size Purchased: 13

I have waited for multiple uses to properly write a review. Many critics stated that they are for narrow feet. I dont normally have super narrow feet, so I am shocked that these arguments are there. Def dont ignore it so try em on but they are snug and amazing. The liner makes this feel like an extension of your foot. Hiked, ice climbed, and maneuvered technical climbs all in one day without any blisters. The vibram sole is bomber. The outer layer keeps feet dry in full on creek crossing submersion. Just like ice climbing you heal doesnt move for some sharp edges. I did puncture the outer layer with a stray crampon but that was me being weak, tired and an idiot.

One thing to note. Your feet will get stinky cause the heat gets soaked up in the liner. I didnt find my socks wet, but i found them stinky as all hell. To be fair from some rented Sportivas I have tried. I am ok with this trade off.

On a non-technical note..... DAMN THESE BOOTS LOOK GOOD.... I got a lot of comments on em.

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Spencer J.

Spencer J.wrote a review of on June 12, 2018

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 6' 2"
Weight: 215 lbs
Size Purchased: XL

I wore this for nearly two weeks straight. Through snow, hail, light rain and serious wind. This fit the bill. I was toasty with a light puffy on a bivy at 8k ft. Dry when the snow came down. Not feeling the gale force winds. Did I even get to the trademark Arc'teryx fit yet? The arms are somehow always perfect length. Fitting right underneath my ice climbing gloves or belay gloves. Fits perfectly under my harness without all the typical bunching and bulging. The hood is a good snug fit around a helmet. The zipper action on pockets and main are all smooth. No catches. Jacket look and works perfectly.

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Spencer J.wrote a review of on June 12, 2018

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I have waited to review this after a couple of trips to give my proper opinion. The Outdry tech is fantastic. I leave this on the glacier and pools of water develop underneath. Nothing is wet on the inside. The bag is spacious and could pack down pretty small. The crampon bag on the outside is clutch and will never buy another backpack without it. The outer most layer on the back is tough as hell. I was bushwhacking through some tough terrain and not a single tear. I do have a couple of gripes so I couldnt give it the full 5. The hip belt loops are helpful. I did some technical alpine rock in this and it carried well. Not ideal and definitely not its function but, carried well.

It is a bit on the heavy side but, it can take a ton of weight.
There is no water bladder functionality (probably because it would ruin the outdry system of "waterproof").
The front pocket does not extend. So if you pack up the bag pretty hard, the front pocket is almost useless. I found this extremely frustrating.

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Spencer J.wrote a review of on June 12, 2018

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I bought this for a long trip out of cell reception. I was two weeks in the mountains and I love my wife. Therefore, I didnt want to come home to a locked home. I bought this so I could send her messages and she could track my location when needed. You get soo much more than that in its functionality. The interface with the Garmin app is superb. The tracking is nice however, the topo is something to be desired ( 1 star short of perfect). Watch a few videos online before taking out because the rabbit hole goes deep on this one. So much functionality, it will take me another trip to really get hang of it.

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Spencer J.wrote a review of on February 12, 2018

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

For all the Gym Rats out there. I was originally using my 60m outdoor rope. It was my prized possession. I loved that thing. Using it in the gym was beating it up and I couldn't have that. This 9.9mm is perfect and at 40 meters is awesome for the gym. The quality is standard BD. It looks great with the piercing blue. Not that its important but it helps. The feel is top notch. I found on the first day I had not usual coiled up rope issues. I would buy the longer version if I didn't already have it.

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Spencer J.wrote a review of on November 30, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size
Height: 6' 2"
Weight: 215 lbs
Size Purchased: XL

What else can you say that the brand name doesnt. The fit is always sleek. The material is fantastic. I bought this for some summer climbing and it fit the bill. It breathes and is highly wind resistant. The light blue is a great color option as I wore it in NYC and in the mountains.

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Spencer J.wrote a review of on November 1, 2017

5 5

I am 215lbs and struggle to find partners willing to let me take a whippet or two. This device has changed it all for me. My wife belays me with nearly 100lb difference and she doesn’t struggle while taking. Has a few drawbacks. You’ll need to take off first clip on the way down and can get a bit caught when clipping second QuickDraw. Definitely need to be aware not to pull hard. I have adjusted and never even notice. It’s worth every penny and more.

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Spencer J.wrote a review of on October 30, 2016

5 5

This book is fantastic. Steve House brings you into a realistic and sometimes frightening world of an alpinist. He is authentic and entertaining. He is cocky and has the resume to back it up. I am a city boy yearning for the mountains. I bought this book to read on the subway and teleport me to the Tetons, Himalayas, and Rockies. I have missed my stop more than once.

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