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Winston Crawford

Winston Crawford

Winston Crawford

Winston Crawfordwrote a review of on May 16, 2019

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I wanted a light duty water and wind proof glove that was extremely light. The purpose of this glove was for backcountry ski/snowboarding and mountaineering. In those applications you usually have a liner you where all day but at times you need something more but you don't need a heavy winter glove. For this purpose this Marmot glove was perfect. It is one of the lightest options I could find that is waterproof, that I can fit my liner in for extra warmth, but that is not bulky. The only negative I have found is that they are so light weight that their durability will be somewhat low. I have already made a small burn hole after handling my camping stove (my fault but this would not have happened with a leather glove). So think of these as light duty gloves....for that they are perfect. They are also inexpensive compared to other options.

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Winston Crawfordwrote a review of on May 11, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 6' 1"
Weight: 150 lbs
Size Purchased: Medium

I bought these pants for backcountry splitboarding but they are my go to for resort skiing and mountaineering as well. They fit extremely well, a bit on the slim side. The bibs zip off but when on they offer complete protection. The beacon pocket on the chest is perfect and the other chest pocket (zipper) is great to keep a bar warm when on the go. Their are inner and outer leg vents so I never over heat. It also has zippered pant pockets and zippered thigh pockets. Surprisingly the leg cuffs don’t have a zipper but it is not needed as the cuffs are big enough to fit over bulky snowboard mountaineering boots (K2 Aspect). The inner gaiter is adjustable which ensures a snow tight seal. As with all 3 ply Goretex the material is a bit stiff and crinkly, but no big deal. These pants do it all and are a great mid weight outer shell. If you are looking for ultralight these are the best pick but for a few ounces more you get total protection and a ton of features that make this a “do it all kind of pants”.

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Winston Crawfordwrote a review of on May 8, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 6' 1"
Weight: 150 lbs
Size Purchased: Medium

I tried out 5 different puffy jackets before finding this one and I am thrilled with this jacket's features and quality. First off this is a mid-weight in my eyes. It is very light and compatible but certainly warmer and thinker then some other puffy jackets like the Mountain Hardware Ghost Whisperer. I wanted one mid-layer to rule them all and this jacket does just that. It is also one of the only jackets that has the features I was looking for. 1) climbing harness ready with a two way zipper 2) lightweight but warm 3) extremely computable 4) slim cut so it does not get in the way of alpine climbing 5) either a helmet compatible hood or a slim hood that fits under the helmet (this one has a slim hood that fits under the helmet) 6) high build quality that looks good 7) fits well under an outer shell. This thing is near perfect. I would have liked it to have a helmet compatible hood but the slim hood works just fine. I can honestly say this is the best puffy I have ever owned.

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Winston Crawfordwrote a review of on April 27, 2019

2 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 6' 1"
Weight: 150 lbs
Size Purchased: Medium

This is a decent soft-shell option (light, packable, comfortable) but I don't love it. I find it fits well but I like slim cut items so if you want a loose fitting item this might not work for you. The main zipper snags EVERY time. I end up having to use two hands to undo this jacket (not ideal for climbing). I should have returned it but never got around to it so I will live with it or simply cut out the inner flap where it snags. I would recommend another option.

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Winston Crawfordwrote a review of on April 27, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I love this thing but read one for two complaints. If you are looking for a great pack for climbing, mountaineering, or the backcountry in the 50L category this is one of the best. It has enough features but not too many. It holds skis or a split board (in the A frame config) very well, plus it has nice ice axe holders, a helmet net, and the ability to strip it down to lighten it up for the summit push. The ONLY thing I wish it had was a proper avy pocket (for shovel and probe) on the front for quick access and I wish it has back panel access. I found I can do without it but those would have made this the perfect pack. If you need those features check out the Mammut Trion series. I didn't go with those as some of their other features I did not love. All in all I am very happy with the Osprey Mutant.

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Winston Crawfordwrote a review of on April 27, 2019

3 5

Familiarity: I returned this product before using it
Fit: Runs large
Height: 6' 1"
Weight: 150 lbs
Size Purchased: Medium

This is a nice jacket that is very light and packable. If you are looking for a basic no frills puffy then its a good option. I ended up returning it only because I found it boxy and I wanted a more fitted cut. So I would call this a regular or boxy fit.

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Winston Crawfordwrote a review of on April 23, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

The versatility of this crampon is off the charts. You can swap out the strap toe for a wire bail, you can adjust swap out the front half for various other mountaineering or ice climbing configurations, and you can adjust the mounting holes for the front and rear attachment points. Even the length adjuster is tool free. This allows you to have one crampon to fit multiple boots.. I have this crampon fitted to three different boots (mountaineering, ice climbing, and snowboard/mountaineering boots). I have found only two issues, both rather minor. The first is that they are a bit heavy, but given their versatility that is to be expected to some degree. The second is that the rear section width is a little narrow. In order to get my snowboard/mountaineering boots (K2 Aspect) to fit I have to muscle them in a bit. Totally doable but extra wide boots might have some minor fit adjustments that need to be made. I have had half a dozen other crampons in the past and this is the first one I can easily use on different boots for different alpine activities with ease.

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Winston Crawfordwrote a review of on April 3, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size
Height: 6' 1"
Weight: 150 lbs
Size Purchased: Medium

I am thrilled with this tech shell. It had the features I was looking for to have one jacket take me from the ski resorts, the backcountry, to mountaineering, to alpine climbing. Outside of the obvious features one that I really like that is often overlooked is the cut of the cuff. Its at an angle to ensure coverage even when you are climbing. My only complaint is that the material is a bit stiff and the zippers require some force to use them....minor things but still something worth a call out.

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Winston Crawfordwrote a review of on April 2, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I have used simple and inexpensive Motorola radios as well as high end digital radios that are overly complex. The BAC Link 2.0 is simple to use, has good range, is well designed, and has not let me know yet. I use it for backcountry trips and resort skiing. It also can work with your group that is using Motorola or other public channel radios. So you are not limited to communicating with other BAC radios. I highly recommend this product.

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