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Ryan Jordan
(ryan) - BPL Staff - MLife

Locale: Greater Yellowstone
Black Diamond Axiom 40 Backpack Review on 06/26/2012 19:48:05 MDT Print View

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Black Diamond Axiom 40 Backpack Review

Stuart .
(lotuseater) - M

Locale: 40°N,-105°W-ish
Black Diamond Axiom 40 Backpack Review on 06/27/2012 12:29:27 MDT Print View

Welcome back, Will. Glad to see your review is self-contained, not "evolving". Your return raises the bar for equipment reviews back to where it was until a few months ago. Long may it remain high.

I. Chhina
(ichhina) - MLife

Locale: Puget Sound, WA
Yay! Will is back. We've missed you on 06/27/2012 12:45:52 MDT Print View

Glad you're back! You are the king of product reviews, and the faithful have missed your expertise.

Warren Greer
(WarrenGreer) - F

Locale: SoCal
Nice review on 06/27/2012 21:26:47 MDT Print View

Glad to see you here and contributing. I've always appreciated your writing style and you hit the points that so many of us are interested in. Really like the comparison to other gear. Very informative. And glad to see Ryan in here, even if he's only uploading the article. Nice to see you Ryan.

Will Rietveld
(WilliWabbit) - MLife

Locale: Southwest Colorado
Re: Black Diamond Axiom 40 Backpack Review on 06/28/2012 11:47:21 MDT Print View

Hi all, thanks so much for your kind words. I want to verify that I will still be around and continue to contribute to BPL, but to a lessor extent than before. The articles I write from now on will be limited to gear and techniques that really intrigue me. Have a great summer and get in lots of hiking. Best, Will

E J
(mountainwalker) - MLife

Locale: SF Bay Area & New England
Will R. how do you like your Altra Lone Peaks? on 07/15/2012 18:22:58 MDT Print View

Will so glad that you're still involved in BPL and sharing your rich experience and knowledge. Have learned so much from your very informative reviews and forum comments.

Now I know this is outside the scope of your review but I've got to know - how do you like your Altra Lone Peaks? Can you offer any fit guidelines? What size do you wear for backpacking compared with your actual foot size?

My wife and I have been considering them as replacements for our totally beat up trail shoes (with Shoe Goo I may get just a month's more use out of mine).

We've been looking at shoes with roomy toe boxes, good cushioning (doesn't have to be thick but not minimalist), neutral insole, quick drying mesh, durable outsole and preferably lower heel to toe drop. Saucony Xodus 3.0 (4mm drop with good cushioning) is also in the running, as well as possibly New Balance 810 and 1110.

(The New Balance shoes depend on getting correct info from NB - one NB rep said the 810 has an 8mm drop and the 1110 a 4mm drop, while another NB rep claimed 12mm for each shoe. Wish they'd list that info).

Edited by mountainwalker on 07/15/2012 18:31:00 MDT.

Monty Montana
(TarasBulba) - MLife

Locale: Rocky Mountains
New: Saucony Outlaw on 07/16/2012 22:40:21 MDT Print View

Hi EJ! Check out the Saucony Pro Grid Outlaw: it has pretty aggressive lugs, a D ring at the base of the laces for attaching gaiters (it also has an internal, built-in gaiter, but I still like to use an external one), and also features a 4mm differential. Talk about comfort!