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pgibbswrote a review of on January 5, 2020

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 11"
Weight: 170 lbs
Size Purchased: Large

After using this jacket I am thoroughly impressed. The weight and pack-ability of this jacket is unmatched. It held up as well as any other 3 layer jacket in full on storm conditions. It did not bleed through one bit. The only knock is that the side pockets would not fit skins bigger than 185 cm and 95 mm width. Oh and did I mention that the side vents are plenty large enough to allow for comfortable uphill travel in any condition besides a windless bluebird day.

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pgibbswrote a review of on December 23, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

This bag was absolutely fantastic. I run pretty cold and therefore get cold quickly and sometimes wake up from being cold. With this bag I used it with a silk liner and bivy sack in snowy conditions with a low of about 12 I was sleeping with no socks and one layer, it kept me warm throughout the night. These conditions stayed consistent for seven nights. One thing I would've changed for the bag is the little zipper on the right side (the bag opened from the left) and I felt that the zipper was leading a little cold air in.

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pgibbswrote a review of on December 16, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 11"
Weight: 165 lbs
Size Purchased: Medium

I like a more technical fit so the Medium works great for me. I have no doubt that someone with my build could wear a Large if they want a more relaxed fit. That being said this thing is warm. I used it to ski tour on an overcast day in the mid 20's and it was too hot. I would think this would be a great Alaskan mid layer. However, for resort storm shredding this layer was perfect. It kept me warm and dry until the last chair. This jacket simply rocks.

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pgibbswrote a review of on December 2, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I'm 5'11 175 lbs and the large vest fit great. I used a 2L reservoir which stayed close to my back even when running low. I love all the stuff pockets making snacks and gu's easy to access. I know for me if I cant get to it super easy I wont eat it. This vest solves that issue well. I stuffed with a shell that most people wouldn't take running b/c its pretty extra but this pack still accommodated well being stuffed full. Overall just a fantastic vest.

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pgibbswrote a review of on November 27, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I have been using the tracker 1 for years and finally upgraded. The Evo5 fits well in every pocket and it is so small you won't even know its there. With a 50m range Arva did not sacrifice any performance for size. Switching from transmit to seek is completely streamlined that ensures quick and easy application when it really counts. I am super happy with my upgrade. 10/10 would recommend.

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pgibbswrote a review of on August 18, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Excellent backpack. I really enjoy the zippered outside that allows be access from the bottom as well as the top. The cinching straps are all in the right places and super useful for the gear I need to strap on it. The water bottle pockets are also really nice and allow no chance for the water bottle to fall out of the pocket. The brain is spacious enough to contain what I need and it can strap over some oversized objects so I can carry larger objects when needed. The space afforded to you with the padding on the back is really nice on hot summer days and keeps the sweat off. Overall I am a big fan of the pack, I had the older model and this one still works really well!

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pgibbswrote a review of on August 12, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 11"
Weight: 165 lbs
Size Purchased: 10

I wear a size 9.5 regular shoe and have these in a size 10, and the standard half size gain worked great for me. The shoes held my foot in place while keeping my toes protected from rocks and jamming into the front of the shoe. At first I was nervous with the amount of cushion that these shoes provide but I was pleasantly surprised with the sensitivity on technical climbs. Speaking of climbs the grip on these babies is second to none. The lugs are ideal for your fastest scrambling days. I will be purchasing a couple of these.

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pgibbswrote a review of on August 9, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

This little guy is light functional and so far very durable. There's nothing I love more then leaving for a run with half a water bottle and this little guy. It fits in my vest comfortably with a windbreaker and a couple of bars. It pumps water quickly to keep me on the trail for as long as possible.

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pgibbswrote a review of on July 8, 2019

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I have over 40 big days on this boot and most things are still in great working condition. This boot is extremely light. Combine that with its incredibly smooth flex pattern this an ideal boot for bigger ski mountaineering objectives that will keep you feeling strong and confident on the most puckering of lines. The unique toe system makes clicking in and out of any pin binding a breeze. You will have to buy a Dynafit crampon adapter in order to use your current crampons. The adapter is 30 dollars, light weight and does not hinder taking them on and off.

The only drawback was the liner. When I first used the boot it was a tight fit, to the point of constricting circulation. After 40 days and a couple of molds to fix any issues I have too much room around my entire foot leaving me feeling less confident than when they were new. So there is the issue of buying a custom liner to avoid this issue.

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