Aaron Crabb

Aaron Crabb

CO Frontrange, Arkansas, what little there is in Kansas City area

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Aaron Crabb's Passions

Backpacking
Trail Running
Mountain Biking
Road Cycling
Mountaineering
Sport Climbing

Aaron Crabb

Aaron Crabb wrote an answer about on July 4, 2013

Knots always reduce a textile's strength somewhat, however Dyneema is especially problematic because of its very low friction causing Dyneema knots to not bite properly.
HOWEVER, this cord's sheath is good old nylon. So I would not worry about knotting these.

On the dynamic question: Yes I think this cord's core does make it less dynamic and therefore would absorb less force in the event of a shock load. This is a concern whenever your anchor is even remotely questionable. But everything is a compromise...just be sure you make the RIGHT compromise when climbing. :-)

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Aaron Crabb wrote a review of on June 30, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size

These are the super-lobster. They are insanely worm for how low-bulk they are.
I picked them up from a store in CA thinking they were fall gloves just because they didn't look that burly. I was mistaken and have since used them in the coldest rider i've ever done (to be fair that was only ~28F with little wind).

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Aaron Crabb wrote a review of on June 30, 2013

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

My first snow shoes, and I still have them after ... how many years has it been.... four years? Anyway, I haven't had any reason or desire to replace them, so they must be pretty solid. Also these poles are still in circulation and are my go-to pole for most situations. Its a pretty good entry-level deal.

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Aaron Crabb wrote a review of on June 30, 2013

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

I got a chance to test one outside of a retail setting..... that means I bashed the closed/locked gate on a rock and otherwise jostled it around.
Pretty solid locking mech it seems...and definitely easier and faster than a screwgate.
As far as gimmicks go, this one's alright! :-)

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Aaron Crabb wrote a review of on June 30, 2013

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

At first I found these biners a pain to use and awkward. However time I have gotten more used to them.
I still don't really like them, and I only use them in casual, single-pitch climbs where speed and efficiency of unclipping belay biners isn't crucial.
For me, I'd rather have a pear-shaped biner.

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Aaron Crabb wrote a review of on June 30, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Super simple, minimalist design and works great. Its very rigid when getting 'creative' with its use. The latex/rubbery dipped grip is quite comfortable. That's actually really its main selling point - The handle ergonomics and the price.

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Aaron Crabb wrote a review of on June 26, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

After a half marathon on pavement, multiple trail runs in everything from wet and muddy to dry as a bone, the verdict is in for us. These shoes are AWESOME! They are great for being around town but are also true to their clam at being fairly waterproof. The previous shoes my girlfriend had used to rub and give her hotspots if we were running in the rain or mud but the Merrell's haven't done that. The lining works great with or without socks and the Vibram sole really does prevent bruising.

The only "improvement" would be a little more durability in the seam between the rubber toe and the actual shoe. It's not bad, but after a few stubbed toes in rocky terrain, we noticed that it's starting to come apart on the right foot.

We've had these shoes about a year and they are fantastic all around.

Despite the lining, they do start to smell pretty terrible after a few good runs but they are easy to wash and dry fast.

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Aaron Crabb posted an image about on June 26, 2013

Merrell Pace Glove Shoes

This is a pic of my girlfriend's running shoes. She has put them through several races and wears them basically anytime she works out. She's a trail runner, Cross-Fit'ter and just did her first half marathon. Overall, the shoes have really held up. You can see in this photo that the tread still looks good after a year of consistent usage.

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