Great option for those newer to Backcountry travel (make sure you get the most recent version from AIARE, which has a different look). Waterproof means you should never not take notes, and helpful templates to guide conversations, plans, and observations.
Would be nice to have a few more pages, but that’s what blank field books are helpful for once you’ve mastered a form that works well for you
For its magnification, a great, compact option... issue is that for many crystal types and sizes, 10x is insufficient and not much better than just zooming in with phone camera. If you’re bothering bringing a lens, I’d recommend something with 20-30x power so you can see more detail required to understand metamorphosis
This is a nice little pocket tool, but a little too basic and flimsy feeling to inspire a lot of confidence. I am staying with my Old half-moon one for the moment (which has a great groove for a pole for when you want a larger sample for your angles).
But if it comes to have no inclinometer or having this, grab one... there aren’t many options on the market
Plus points for light weight and small size — the main reasons I purchased.
Once the newness wore off, however, this beacon has limited use beyond racing, and didn’t seem worth keeping around. The proximity bag doesn’t have a good way to stay affixed to the beacon, so is prone to running away. The glitchiness of the prox sensor is also frustrating when you just want to go skiing, and your beacon is holding you up with noises and wanting to switch modes.
I also want to be able to hand any beacon to a frien...