CO Frontrange, Arkansas, what little there is in Kansas City area
My understanding is that these are assorted colors. So you can't be sure of the color you'll get.
I have one of these slings with the black edge in 60cm length. So they do exist.
Is the hip belt removable?
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. :-)
If you are looking to maximize versatility, then look into these. However, the super-thin lobster cover doesn't do much more than block wind (which it does very well) and doesn't add any insulation.
But having the versatility of being able to get all your finders back when you come around to the warm side of the mountain is great :-)
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).
These are the best road gloves I've had.
The shaft diameter is fixed.
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.
The bike will ship as spec'd. I don't believe they will do any parts swaps. But if you live-chat you can find out for sure.
This bike is squarely in the enthusiast price/performance bracket. Meaning that its not the kinda bike that would make people go "why's he driving a race car in a school zone to goto to the supermarket?"
If you are reasonably happy with your current bike but just looking for an upgrade, go for it.
The bike will ship as-speced. But you or your LBS could swap out for a compact.
The bike will ship as-speced. But you or your LBS could swap out for a compact.
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! :-)
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.
What diameter cord fits in the lanyard?
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.
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.
In conjunction with the other photo that I posted, this is a view of her shoes from the top. The heel and opening still look good and are not stretched out or worn down. You can also see that the laces have held up really well.
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.
These are great in dry cross country conditions. Over slabs of rocks I found them lacking and they packed up when ridden in mud.
Could have been my specific setup, however.....
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