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Zak

Zak

Fort Collins, CO, USA

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Zakwrote a review of on August 19, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This is a good beacon. I've used it in three Av courses and a bunch of backcountry treks. Advanced features but they don't get in the way. I wouldn't complain if they made it smaller, half the thickness would be awesome. Like any beacon, you have to train on its idiosyncrasies. One of this one is that you need to make sure you're not reading the bearing and distance faster than it can update, and when you get to the > 10m to < 10m threshold, you better go slow so the final bearing is right on, other wise the final search will take longer.

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Zakwrote a review of on August 19, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

These stakes are the bomb when you need to stake something down and have no question about it coming loose. Works great with a 2-4 lb sledge hammer in rocky terrain. I have used these in boulder cracks when no other anchoring was possible. It is possible to bend these, but you have to really work at it. I regularly use these for securing a 25' radio antenna on top of hills/mountains/etc.

If you need a cheap but strong alternative, you can buy 12" long 3/8" diameter galvanized nails at Home Depot for around 60 cents a piece. Those are perfect for nailing down pop-up tents, and it won't be annoying when you lose one.

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Zakwrote a review of on August 19, 2019

4 5

These are great, heavy duty bags. Very durable, can hold a lot (too much?) weight. You can throw your gear in the back of a pick up truck and no worry about it. The only downside is that the zipper can be kind of herky jerky when moving on the sides or the corners. I use mine to hold a huge amount of climbing gear.

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Zakwrote a review of on January 31, 2019

3 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

I bought these sort-of by accident, thinking they were the "G3 Splitboard + Grip Climbing Skin". I have a set of the G3 + Glide skins and wanted something with more grip for those steep/ice routes.

The top clips on these are not directional (ie, one clip on top and one on the inner edge) like the regular G3's, and the tail clips are a worse design. Get the G3 Splitboard + Grip (or Glide) Climbing Skins instead.

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Zakwrote a review of on January 31, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I paired these with a set of Outdoor Research military overmitts, and the combination is unbelievably warm. The downside is that it's very easy for your hands to get too warm and sweat; at that point, there is no place for the moisture to go.

These mittens are sized small. I wear a Hestra size 10 and normally

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Zakwrote a review of on January 31, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Super light and nimble on the ups; acts like a solid board on the way down. Added the Phantom Snow A/T boot binding system and replaced the stock Voile board clamps with the Spark clamps. Very happy with the whole setup. 5'10" 170# without gear, 163 works well. I had to modify the "Channel" nuts for the Phantom binding plates to fit right.

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Zakwrote a review of on January 31, 2019

2 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Mammut stuff is usually good to go, but this probe needs improvement. Half the time the locking mechanism on the rear end doesn't engage right, leaving the segments loose (or will pull apart). When it's time to break it down, the locking mechanism again is extraordinarily hard to disengage. I bought an Ortovox probe and it's 100% good to go.

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Zakwrote a review of on January 31, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I use these on my Flight Attendant X splitboard. The tail clips are a little fiddly to set the length on, but once set, won't move and are easy to mount/dismount from the board. Trimming was easy with the enclosed trim tool. Even though these are the "glide" versions, I had zero problems with uphill traction. Super impressed with the whole setup.

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Zakwrote a review of on January 31, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

The Vergo is basically a Cinch v2. Trango did have a long recall saga that appears to be over. The issues were relatively minor but I understand them wanting to make sure all units are 100%. I had patience and just waiting for a new unit, and then bought an extra unit once they showed up on BC again.

The Vergo (and Cinch before it) are different than the GriGri, LifeGuard, etc, in that it is not based on rope friction and velocity working vs. the spring tension built into the device. The Vergo works solely on the rope path: assuming that there is a straight line between the load (IE, the first clip or pro, or the anchor for a TR route) and the carabiner that connects your belay loop to the other end of the Vergo, it will lock based on the tension on the rope (ie, the rope direction and some pulling force). The other cool thing about the Vergo is that the locking mechanism is not "deactivated" when you pay out slack, not even weakly or temporarily.

Although not sanctioned by Trango, I've done tests and the Vergo locks up solidly on half ropes that are less than 8mm.

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Zakwrote a review of on May 6, 2018

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 10"
Weight: 170 lbs
Size Purchased: M

The Arcos have been my go to every day pant for a couple years. I own many pairs of them. I believe there is a difference in material between the old brown color (more pure cotton, no stretch feeling) vs. the other colors (seem to have more stretch built in). These pants are super comfortable. The articulation is great. Material is breathable, typical for cotton pants. The downside is that calling these climbing pants is a stretch-- unless you're willing to shred a $120 pair of pants during a normal day of climbing. I stick with well worn pairs of Carharts for that. In long term use, the first place that fails is the inside upper seam where the front pocket material meets the outer material; it will wear through and then the pocket becomes a "hole."
The Solutions are pretty much identical to these but in a much tougher, but hotter, material. I like the Solutions for a light winter pant, not for a summer pant.
Wish Sportiva would make this exact cut and articulation in a slightly tougher but 100% cotton material.

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