Free 2-Day Shipping on Orders Over $50
dan D.

dan D.

dan D.'s Passions

Climbing
Snowboarding
Surfing
Fly Fishing

dan D.

dan D.wrote a review of on June 12, 2019

1 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This thing sucks! Completely unreliable and wish I could return it immediately! I bought two because of the great reviews. Both keep auto dimming from bright setting and battery life is terrible. This thing is totally unreliable! There goes 70 dollars since my kids threw away the packages! Seriously, if you are doing predawn starts and finishing up long days in the dark, look else where! My last black diamond lamp was pretty great and I am totally at a loss for the huge down grade!

(1)

 

0 Comments

dan D.

dan D.wrote a review of on April 10, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 6"
Weight: 150 lbs
Size Purchased: Medium

I live in the Northwest and rain seems to come at any time so down is only practical in the mountains mid summer, or the dead of winter. I have had several down jackets and many synthetic jackets. This jacket is the best of both worlds! Like other reviews stated it doesn't breathe as well as the black diamond first light hoody or the competing Patagonia version of that jacket. That said it is a MUCH warmer jacket. Over the years of Alpine climbing I have found that I rarely hike in my insulated jacket, so essentially my jacket becomes a belay parka or for when stopped and taking a break. This jacket fits that bill perfectly. It is ultra light (feels like a down jacket in hand), the DWR is excellent, still very warm when wet from rain and leaking through (not suppose to be a rain coat).
Liner is smooth which means it slides on over my Patagonia R1 perfectly. The belay zipper allows the Hem of the jacket to keep your backside warm while having good access to your belay device and harness. No more bunched up jacket between you and your ATC. I didn't realize how much I would appreciate that feature, and can't believe other brands don't add it. So over all this is by far the best synthetic jacket on the market in my opinion, especially if you run a little cold like me.
I'm 5'6" and weigh 149lbs athletic build. The small was to tight around the chest, but the sleeves on the medium allowed air to blow up sleeve (easily remedied with a little stitching to fit my dainty wrists ��) since the slight modification this had been the best insulated jacket I've owned ever! Oh yeah I forgot to mention that after being in a down pour and water leaking through, the jacket dried out in about 45 minutes! If you have been looking at this jacket and noticed it rarely goes on sale, there is a reason for that. It's simply amazing! If in the market, buy this jacket!

(0)

 

dan D.

dan D.wrote a review of on August 3, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 6"
Weight: 150 lbs
Size Purchased: 43

I have worn these for over a thousand miles in the last year! Most recently I climbed Mt Stuart North ridge in these shoes. Crossed 4 passes scrambling over sand and granite boulders, crossed a half a mile of firm glacier with crampons strapped onto these shoes, simul-climbed 1500 feet of granite up to 5.6 and had complete confidence that I would keep me and my climbing partner safe without question! Then we descended the cascadia couloir (4000 feet of knee and foot pounding hell). Not even a hotspot! The shoes were well broken in, but in all my other approach shoes I have always gotten hot spots and/ or some discomfort. These shoes are very well made and give great confidence on all types of terrain. Well done La Sportiva. These have a wide toe box and fit those with caveman feet well. I plan on running a 22 mile trail run in these next month and am sure they will do great!
Update to my original post- I climbed 5.9 in these shoes today and they stuck with no problem in a stem corner on basalt rock. buying my second pair today!

(0)

 

0 Comments

dan D.

dan D.wrote a review of on September 4, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 6"
Weight: 145 lbs
Size Purchased: small

have had the hoodless jacket for 2 years and climbed more rock than I can remember in it. a little dirty, but washes up great and minimal damage to wrists and sleeves. Hands down the best piece of kit I own. bought the hooded version for my wife and she loves the fit. like wearing a light weight sleeping bag all the time.

(1)

 

0 Comments