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bigwall_cl1010031's Passions

Climbing
Paddling
Biking
Hiking & Camping

bigwall_cl1010031's Bio

A long time caver, climber, backpacker, mountain biker, and now white water kayaker. Buy good gear and it will last for decades!

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bigwall_cl1010031wrote a review of on October 10, 2017

Best Dry Bag I've Used!
5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I bought the Watershed duffle to serve as the main dry bag on self supported multi-day white water river trips. It fits nicely behind the seat on my Aire Outfitter II IK. Due to the bomb proof zipless top closure, I was able to leave the bag mounted inside my IK during the entire five day river trip. The bag never leaked and the top closure allowed quick access to any of my gear. Inside the 6400 cu in bag, I had 5.5 days of water, fire pan, all my food, stove, and other gear. I highly recommend this dry bag as your primary system for multi-day river trips. The attached photo shows how it was mounted behind my seat and how easily you can access your gear through the top opening.

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bigwall_cl1010031wrote a review of on October 10, 2017

Happiness is being an Aire Head!
5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

This is my first Aire brand product and I now understand why they have such devoted customers. This IK was purchased to allow me to do self supported multi-day river trips in the south west. Its very first time on the water was a five day self supported kayaking trip on the San Juan River (Mexican Hat to Clay Hills Crossing). Using a double action air pump, it only takes about 5-8 minutes to fully inflate the three air chambers. With the numerous gear loops, strapping in my dry bags and other gear was very easy. All the gear loops also allow quick adjustment of your seat and thigh straps. The San Juan trip required paddling of class III rapids so thigh straps and using an Aire inflatable seat as a foot brace definitely made passage through the rapids safer and secure. The flow rate on the river was low (650 cfs) so there were many rocky rapids to negotiate. The thick material on the outside of the Aire Outfitter II didn't even show any damage after rubbing up against rocks. This IK has a 10 year No Fault warranty and I'm sure they don't get too many that they have to repair or replace since the IK is pretty bomb proof! This trip was my first time paddling a fully loaded tandem IK and it really didn't take long to get into the rhythm. Compared to my other IK (NRS Bandit) the inflatable floor keeps you up out of the water most of the time. The drain holes work very efficiently too. The carrying capacity of this IK is 525lbs, so it has lots of capacity to haul all the water for a 7 day or longer trip. I highly recommend this make and model of IK for people wanting to do multi-day white water river trips. After numerous rapids, I was very pleased with how it handles and its ability to handle big waves.

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bigwall_cl1010031wrote a review of on October 12, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size

I've been using these boots for ticking off the 58 14000+ ft peaks in Colorado. They are comfortable, yet light for some of the longer approach hikes, but still have great traction on 4th class terrain. Pair them with Microspikes for great traction when hard snow is present. I have narrow, low volume feet, and these fit very well with Superfeet insoles. No blisters so far and I have hiked about 100 miles in them.

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bigwall_cl1010031wrote a review of on December 20, 2009

4 5

I have a low volume foot so the cable adjustment system works fine for me. I can tighten down the boots so I don't get heal lift, and when the front tightens down as well, it doesn't impact my narrow, low volume foot. My concern was whether they would work for winter mountaineering day trips in CO. So far I've been pleased and had warm feet on two separate trips. The first trip had air temps around 5F and a windchill of -35F. This was all above 12000ft so these boots work well for snow climbing and short approaches. I like the cable adjustment system since it doesn't loosen up over time like laces and you don't have to spend much time dialing in the fit, which is good when you're exposing your hands to subzero windchill.

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bigwall_cl1010031wrote a review of on November 28, 2008

1 5

This harness would not be a good harness for vertical caving with a Frog ascending system. The harness clip in point is way too high for your croll ascender, so you wouldn't be able to tighten it down and would spend most of your time hand feeding the rope through it.

It does look like a pretty good harness for canyoneering, especially for the price. Nothing worse than shredding your new harness in a sandstone slot canyon after a couple of trips!

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