Mountain Standards

Posted July 30, 2005

Arc'teryx NoZone Pack

The Arc'teryx NoZone backpack belies the need for a porter or a weight-carrying boyfriend. The suspension makes lugging a Cassin Ridge load feel like going for an afternoon of sport climbing.

Posted July 30, 2005

Mammut Ice Packs

Mammut has scored big with the Butterfly suspension system in its 2005 Ice Pack line. Available in 35 and 45 liter options, the Ice Pack delivers in performance, weight and value.

Posted July 30, 2005

Metolius SuperCam

This spring I have managed to get my hands on the new Metolius SuperCam. Its wide range, 1.55 inches to 2.77 inches, is twice that of most cams currently on the market. It also has wider cam faces, i.e. surface area, that give me more confidence on softer rock, as well as a range-finder feature with color-coding to congratulate me on my bomber placements.

Posted July 26, 2005

Marmot Essence Jacket

At 7 oz, this uber-light shell Marmot engineered has upped the ante of the revolutionary PreCip by cutting its weight nearly in half. When rain shells were heavier, I would often leave one out of my kit.

Posted July 26, 2005

C.A.M.P. USA XLC390 Crampons

The C.A.M.P. USA XLC 390 is the lightest semi-rigid twelve-point crampon in the world.

Posted July 26, 2005

Black Diamond Hotwire Carabiner

The smooth gate operation of the Hotwire continues to allow flawless clipping in all situations, and its full size permits easy handling with gloves.

Posted July 25, 2005

Cloudveil Switchback Pants

The Switchback Pants from Cloudveil offer a complete balance of fit, function and fashion, as we transition into the warm summer days. So far, I have exclusively worn this pant on my motorcycle (KLR650), to the chiropractor and on the Grand. They are perfect for all three.

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