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Top of the cleaver with the sun just coming up.
I am a smart ass and I am not politically correct in any way, shape, or form. Everyone is a target no matter what. I am following 69 people for a reason. Figure it out yourself. I am also a gear whore. A dirty dirty little gear whore. And.. I like it.
How many times have I had my reviews flagged by some overly sensitive liberal twat? Way too many to count.
I have been very fortunate in my life getting to travel and explore the things I have. I have worked in the bike industry, the ski industry and outdoor industry. I have also been a male nanny and a remodeler, which I still do today . I love to cook and I have catered many events that have allowed me to experience even more than the average person who does the things I like to do.
Yes, I have an opinion and I don't mind sharing it. I won't lie, which really tends to piss people off.
I hope you enjoy my reviews. Maybe you won't? Maybe you will? Either way.. I am what I am and will say what I feel.
I really have to thank Backcountry for allowing someone like me an opportunity to voice my feelings about products and really being open that not everyone is going to voice their opinions the same way.
Top of the cleaver with the sun just coming up.
I wasn't planning on wearing these on our June climb of Rainier. The temps were dropping and the forecast wasn't looking good. I decided at the last minute to throw them on instead of the Trango Cube GTX's I was planning on wearing.
It was a good choice.
They did really well, from the slushy parking lot, up to Muir, then, the sub zero temps high on the mountain. Holy hell, it was cold, but my feet were fine. I have had people ask me how I like them, because you don't really see them around much. I kinda feel like they aren't a boot you want to be bashing through rocks, or someone learning how to use crampons.
I am excited to use them this summer in Europe. For hauling a boot that can handle such a variety of conditions. They really are a great choice.
I just noticed a few months ago that La Sportiva is coming out with a new boot, the G5. Basically the Batura with a Boa lacing system. I have the G2 SM's and the Boa system is pretty awesome.
This is the stove I lend out when my friends who are not gear whores want to borrow a stove.
It is such an easy stove once it is swapped over to the canister fuel. It is also a very stable stove for pans and pots.
I have another whisperlite international that is liquid fuel, so this will stay as a canister stove.
It isn't a King of snow melting kind of stove. But for camping when you want something that you can turn down and simmer.. It is a great stove.
I have two. I have one that I don't travel much with and it is used for DH bike soft goods storage . Then, I have the one I travel with. The airlines beat the crap out it . It seems to have worn to a certain point and looks beat to hell, but it stays at that beat to hell look and keeps going.
Mine has traveled to Europe bi yearly, Australia, China, Honduras, Hawaii yearly and domestically all the time. I have never had any issues with the airlines issuing any extra charges for sizing, you do need to keep it at 50lbs or lighter.
I have lent mine out to friends when they go on flying ski vacations and they have all thanked me for the use of it, while their buddies are all struggling with their smaller bags trying to get things to fit.
Would I get another one when that one finally wears out? Sure. I haven't seen any other rolling bag that does what it can do. I have rolling hockey bags that are larger, but they aren't nearly as durable.
Would I take this with me on a hike or climb? No.
Would I take this with me on a picnic or to the beach? Yes.
Car camping? Yes.
If the power goes out for days on end? Hell Yes!
Pellet fuel is supposed to last longer and Biolite has just started selling their own brand.
I have never used charcoal briquettes, but I have read you can use them. They would last a long time without having to refuel over and over.
It is a great product for any 'Oh Sh!t moment'
Anyone who has seen it has asked about getting one for themselves. Add the grill and you have a grill that will make the best tasting food if you use wood chips that you would use for smoking meat.
Is it perfect? No. It is just a neat product to have if the sh!t ever hits the fan.
I got the Biolite stove when it first came out with a pre order. Then, this grill attachment came out and I really wanted one.
The first time I used it, I went outside and grabbed a bunch of evergreen twigs and branches that were on the ground. It cooked alright, but what I found was that it transfers the taste of what wood you are using into the meat. So my chicken kinda tasted like a pinecone.
So the next time I used it I used a bag of apple wood chips. The flavor was incredible and made the best chicken thighs.
I have used this thing to cook burgers and steaks for people by just going out on the back deck instead of using the large barbecue grill. People are amazed at the flavor and ask where to get one.
I have brought it to Hawaii and cooked steak, which had our neighbors asking what I was cooking because it smelled so good.
I use it all the time and it isn't just for camping. I can cook such awesome tasting stuff on this thing.
Get an assortment of different wood smoke chips and check it out yourself. You will be amazed at the taste.
This shoe is a great idea and it really is a pretty cool product.
It is like all the pluses of the S Lab trail shoes and the pluses of the S Lab X Alps combined into one.
I love it. Better and more durable sole than the regular trail shoes, water resistance, built in gator, slightly insulated and.. They are compatible with flex crampons.
Salomon took their other great ideas and combined them together to make this shoe. For training, for hiking, for scrambles and for trail running. Salomon has morphed together a product that only existed in separate forms before.
I think the quality and durability is there also, which I don't always say with all of Salomon's products. They usually get a close, but not perfect rating from me, usually based upon the price of their products versus the longevity you will get from them.
This shoe has what I was looking for.
Sizing is spot on with their speedcross shoes. With the gator it feels more secure around the ankle.
I own a lot of outdoor crap. I bought two of these for my wife and I for seat cushions for both comfort and insulation between your butt and any cold hard surface.
While it was a great idea, I find that I don't really ever use them, or I forget to bring them.
They fold up small and if you knew you were going to need one, then, yeah, might as well get one.
I don't know?.. Maybe it is like person you see who has the inflatable hemorrhoid donut, or the person who has the inflatable horseshoe neck pillow? When you want one you don't have it, but you don't think about needing one. This thing is kinda like owning one of those other inflatable devises. It is kinda a weird thing to be hauling around with you.
I have almost every MSR stove.
Pocket Rocket, Reactors, Whisperlite International, Whisperlite Universal, Dragonflys, and the XGK.
What do I take with me when I climb Rainier? The Reactor. What do the majority of guys bring who climb Rainier? The Reactor.
For melting snow or boiling water for large groups the guide companies use three XGK's mounted on a board for their large pot they melt snow with.
I have brought the white gas stoves with me to melt snow but they really are outclassed by the Reactor stove.
I am not saying the XGK isn't a good stove, or that if you were traveling internationally and couldn't rely on getting fuel canisters for your trip. Then yeah, it is a great stove if you are going to use diesel or regular gasoline, but for your climbs in the States it really isn't as practical as using the Reactor and the integrated pot for melting snow or boiling water. ( The only State where I had no luck finding the fuel canisters.. Hawaii. I purchased a retrofit fitting kit that allows you to use the asian fuel canisters that are everywhere in Hawaii and use the canister stoves I have. Look at the Snow Peak torch and that is the piece they include with it.)
For me.. Reactor is a must and either the XGK or Dragonfly for your white gas fuel needs. The Whisperlite Universal is also sweet because you can go with either white gas or the fuel canisters.
Five+ years ago the XGK was the stove you saw being used locally, now, the Reactor is the king of the hill.
Yes, it is nice to have the XGK, but if had to do it again I would have gotten the larger Reactor pot over another white gas stove.
I ended up grabbing one a few days ago from REI because of the so called windstorm the Seattle area was supposed to have. Not.
I was standing there trying to figure out which one to get. I looked at it this way... If I am climbing I am not going to bring a lantern, if I am car camping or doing a snow cave overnighter weight isn't going to be that much on my mind. That is why I went with the larger lantern. More lumens in the newest one is plenty bright. The new one has 140 lumens in the lantern at 13 hours on high and 100 hours on low. 50 lumens in the highest flashlight mode.
How much will I use it? I will most likely use it around the house more than taking it with me.
Why does Backcountry have the lower lumen one for the same price as the available higher lumen one that is out? Who knows? You now know this one is not the newest one, so save your money and get the brighter one elsewhere, or until they get the next generation one in stock.
Fishing in the evening at A Bay.
Two miles down and two miles back up. Great hike and great snorkeling in the bay.
I got it for Sea Kayaking.
It is a heavy bag compared to my down bags of equivalent warmth. Add water and those down bags become rendered useless. Not a good thing.
The main reason I got the bag was the price and warmth if the weather decides to dump rain like it usually does while Sea kayaking in the PNW. It is a nice bag and its price sure as hell isn't going to break the bank.
I got the long for the addition 2" of shoulder girth. It is still tighter than I would like.
I have used it at Camp Muir and I have used it on Mt Shasta. It was plenty warm. It is a great bag for 3 season use.
If someone wanted to get into camping and hiking, I would say this would be a good choice. Especially if you have to buy more than one for a family or a couple.
I have heard that these X Alps are good down into the 20's. Anything lower than that? Yeah, I could see getting cold feet really quick.
I plan on climbing Rainier in these things here soon. The Overboots will be a simple thing to add to get extra warmth if needed.
Trying to relax before our climb to the summit. Just taking it all in.
It is a crampon. It is also what I and others call a chick with screwed up teeth. Funny how this crampons tooth design resembles the gals I am talking about.
My previous review drew anger from someone. Oh well, the truth hurts some people. To think that when they came up with the name for this crampon and they didn't think out loud of what a snaggletooth is? Check the Urban Dictionary and you know the people at BD knew what they were naming it after.
I recently used this crampon climbing Rainier.. I used them on both the La Sportiva Trango Ice Cubes and the Baturas that I own. I finally went with the Baturas because of the sub zero temps we faced.
It is a crampon that would excel on the Liberty Ridge route. I just wanted to see how they would do on the DC route. Again, they are a crampon and they worked fine.
They aren't just a Sabretooth with a new front tooth design. They are a new crampon with a smaller front cage design altogether. I would say they are shorter by 3/4" of an inch and the new front wire fits way better than the old style that BD was using on their pro wire gate crampons when the strap went through the eyelet ring.
Certain routes with steeper pitches would benefit from this front tooth design, but, you can use them on less steep pitches as well. I had no problems with the crampons at all.
Is it the end all, beat all of crampons? It has it's strengths in the right conditions.
If I had to choose between these and the sabretooths? If I could get them for the same price? Yeah, I might go with these over the sabretooths. Overall.. I doubt there is really that big of a difference for general mountaineering.
So many people I have spoken to are ordering the G2 SM's.
I got mine last December as a gift to myself. Thank god for not purchasing the Spantiks.
The majority of guides I see are in Spantiks and they are chewed to hell. Will these G2's hold up to the rigors that someone like that puts them through? That will be an interesting match up. I have had plenty of people check out the boots and everyone is impressed with what La Sportiva has come up with. Many of the guides I have spoken to have them on order. I want to see how well they do compared to the spantiks and Baruntse boots for durability.
I love them. The Boa system is just too easy to use. The inner boot is an upgrade from the Spantiks and the built in gaiters are super sweet too.
I used them in March trying to get up to Muir to drop off Easter candy to my buddies who were up there. They matched up really well with snowshoes and kept my feet plenty warm while I tried to find my way through the whiteout conditions.
I have heard La Sportiva finally got replacement Boa Laces in stock. I am getting a spare wire or two to take with me just incase.
Though, I have heard really good things about Boas durability in recent years.
Great boot for Mt Si training hikes.