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El Capitan Jackwrote a question about on April 13, 2011

I just got a pair of the blancos in a size 10, which is half a size smaller than my street shoes. The shoe fits my right foot like a dream, but my slightly bigger left foot is much tighter - almost too uncomfortable.

Does anyone know if these shoes will stretch any? Or should I go half a size larger? I know it's synthetic, but synthetic shoes sometimes stretch too...

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El Capitan Jackwrote a question about on December 5, 2010

So I'm building my first rack of quickdraws and I'm deciding between the quickwire, quicksilver and freewire. At my local shop they're about the same price. Are they all sufficient? Should I get a variety? I've heard of gate flutter and all that, but I'm not sure how rare it occurs.

On a related note, what about sling/dogbone length, would it be good to have a few longer ones? Thanks for the help.

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El Capitan Jackwrote a review of on May 14, 2009

3 5

So I got this rain jacket on a crazy sale, and was really excited about it. The first few times I used it, it shed water like no one's business, but now it's been only 2 months of non-frequent use (probably less than 10 times max.) and the sleeves and chest soak through within 10 minutes of steady rain. I know I need to re-DWR it, but I feel like it should've lasted a little longer. The jacket itself looks nice (got the stellar blue color) and it's light enough too. But my other quip would be the stiff, fleece collar and fleece wrist cuffs. The collar doesn't really stay down, but that's admittedly a personal preference. The wrist cuff's get wet, and then your wrists get wet and cold. I'm not sure if I'm sending it back yet, but figured I'd share my thoughts.

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El Capitan Jackwrote a question about on May 5, 2009

Could I pull this into the sub-zero temp range with a bivy (MHW Conduit), thermolite liner, and a VBL liner? I'm headed to Patagonia in July/August (dead of winter) and I'm sleeping bag hunting...John Webb and/or Pat Goodman, I hope you're aren't too tired of answering my questions. Thanks.

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El Capitan Jackwrote a question about on April 25, 2009

I heard from other sites that this bag has a conduit membrane, but there's nothing here about that. Which one is the typo? And if it does have the conduit membrane, is it actually that breathable or will I wake up in an ice pack of frozen feathers? Any help would be awesome, thanks.

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El Capitan Jackwrote a review of on April 25, 2009

5 5

So I've only had these pants for a little while, but so far I can't seem to get over how soft and relatively light the fabric is, while seemingly being very durable. The fabric is kind of on the thicker end of nylon canvas (hence durable) so they might get hot in the summer, but then you got the option of going convertible - awesome. The sizing is a smidge big for me, the medium is a bit big but the small would be too tight in the waist and thighs (I'm blessed with tree trunk thick legs, but I'm pretty short at the same time); however, this isn't really MHW fault as much as my genes. I got them on major discount, because anything over $40/$50 is just ridiculous for nylon pants. The moondust color is like a light-medium grey. I'm an admittedly open MHW fanatic, but since they make afforable gear (in comparison with other brands), that's uber durable and uber dope I think it's warranted, but you might want to keep it in mind.

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El Capitan Jackwrote a question about on April 12, 2009

Let's say I'm 5'6" and 150lb. should I order a medium or large? I'm probably going to layer it over a midweight base layer and a 100 to 200 wt. fleece (I think), and under a soft shell or hard shell, depending on the weather...any more spectacular advice to give? Any would be much appreciated. Thanks.

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El Capitan Jackwrote a question about on April 10, 2009

How would the Escape compare to the MHW Exposure? I've got the exposure, but I'm wondering if there's something a bit lighter, but equally knife-fighting tough...Or another related shell (I'm also looking at the MHW Typhoon because it's got a crazy discount, but I'm not sure on it's durability)? Thanks, so much.

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El Capitan Jackwrote a question about on April 5, 2009

Desert Backpacking....I'm heading up to Chile's San Pedro de Atacama desert and even further north to the altiplano in their winter (July/August) and I was wondering if this canister stove would work for them colder desert nights, especially if I get into higher altitudes? I'm also thinking about the MSR Whisperlite International too. I'd appreciate any help at all. Thanks.


But, as far as the temperature is concerned, would a canister stove, P.R. or anything else, be useful? I've been checking the average temperatures for the area and they're supposed to be between 20s and 30s (F) at night in higher elevated areas. Any thoughts?

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El Capitan Jackwrote a review of on March 30, 2009

4 5

I've had mine for about 7-8 months now, and I think they're pretty good. They take a week and some change to break in, but once they do they become pretty flexible and comfortable. The Chaco comfort is there for sure, though I had to go one size up from my chaco sandals. I've taken them day-hiking a couple of times and they're pretty comfortable to walk in and supportive too. The bottom sole isn't as tough as I'd hoped, small chips started happening soon after I used them outside. But overall, they're comfortable, supportive, and solid shoes for the sale price.

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El Capitan Jackwrote a question about on March 28, 2009

Sorry to bother y'all again, but..I'm trying to get into winter backpacking, mountaineering, and general cold adventuring and am hunting for an insulated jacket (and probably pants too). I'm looking mainly at the MH Lodown, MH Compressor, and the MH Phantom (due to my almost religious attraction with MHW, I haven't looked outside this brand, but I'm not opposed) and I'm not sure how they compare - if they would all work with proper layering, or only for certain situations/temp ranges? I get cold kind of easily (especially in the hands and feet), but I think I heat up and sweat a bit when I get going - so big temperature fluctuations. Packability isn't the biggest selling point, and I'd be wearing a waterproof/breathable shell over them everytime I head out into the wilderness. Or Hope I'm not irritatin too much, I'm just trying to make my first purchase a good'n. Any help would be awesomely appreciated, and reciprocated with some positive karma waves. Thanks

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El Capitan Jackwrote a question about on March 26, 2009

Decisions decisions...I'm looking really hard at either the MH Compressor or the MH Phantom Down Jackets, and I was hoping you lovely outdoor enthusiasts could lend some advice. The main uses would be winter camping/hiking/backpacking, winter/cold-weather climbing, mountaineering, and hanging out on backporches in the cold. Any thoughts on which might be better? Or if I'm looking in the right direction? I would really appreciate any help I could get.

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