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Reviews by landgolier (2)

Sako (Manufacturer link) Average Rating = 3.80/5 Average Rating : 3.80/5

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Review 1 out of 5 stars

Review by: landgolier, 2005-06-09

I don't own one, and maybe this should go in a thread and not a review, but let me get this straight: I give these guys five bills, and what I get is a 2 man single-wall tent that's only good for 3 season use and still weighs 6.25 pounds PLUS I get to carry a pump? Jesus, for that price do they get to kick me in the balls and feel up my girlfriend too? And this is "designed for the weight conscious backpacker who isnít ready to sacrifice comfort"? My $100 eureka weighs less than that and looks brand new after 2 pretty heavy seasons of use. If I ever get caught in 80 mph winds, I'll buy another one, and still have enough money left over for a rack of aliens. I hope the profit margins are at least good on these things so that they make plenty of money off of the dumbass yuppies who put this thing in the back of their SUV for one night of car camping at a NPS site with a full RV hookup.

I have spoken.

UPDATE: we now know that this $500 tent can survive a WHOLE 9 DAYS! Sweet jesus, will wonders never cease? Still a dumb idea at an even dumber price, not sure why they didn't call it the Delorean. It's like they asked a guy, hey what would be a good feature in a tent, and then whacked him in the head with a shovel, and he said "well, if you could make the poles automatically get less rigid as soon as bad weather rolls in, that would be sweet. Yeah, I'd pay $500 for that."

Pacific ISO Cold Forged Five-O Wire Gate Carabiner (Manufacturer link) popular Average Rating = 5.00/5 Average Rating : 5.00/5

In: Gear: Essential Equipment: Carabiners: Non-Locking Carabiners: Wire Biners

Review 5 out of 5 stars

Review by: landgolier, 2005-04-28

I love these things, can't get enough of them for sport draws. Even though they are a bit heavier than some others (49g, hotwires are 44g, JC's 41g), they are still super light and are HUGE. Easy shape to clip, great gate action, and did I mention they are freakin' GRANDE. I'm not much of a trad climber, but I do think they are also overlooked as a racking biner, especially for situations where you want to keep a lot of crap on one biner. 2 of these weigh basically the same as 3 dovals, and eat up way more stuff, especially if you're talking slings. Only thing that could make these better might be a hooded nose like a hotwire, but they're still primo in my book.