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Aaron Martinuzzi

Aaron Martinuzzi

Fort Collins, CO

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Sport Climbing

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Aaron Martinuzzi

Aaron Martinuzzi wrote a review of on March 23, 2009

3 5

I bought two of these slings (30 cm) alongside two wild country dyneema slings, and these have worn noticeably faster. lots of fuzzing and stretching as compared with the WC slings, and after less than a year and only about 70 pitches they need to be replaced. i also have a BD dynex 60 cm that's wearing much more gradually.

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Aaron Martinuzzi wrote a review of on February 27, 2009

4 5

The Edelweiss Axis was my first climbing rope, and has done really well sport climbing and top-roping lots of followers. At 10.3 mm is handles well without being too bulky, and it's 10 fall rating inspires confidence over several years of use. I used this rope for about three years on sandstone in Kentucky, and I would say the sheath is in good shape - it's durable as all hell.

I wouldn't however, recommend this rope for alpine, trad, or areas where long approaches are the norm, as the 60m weighs in at ~9.5 pounds. Perfect for someone who's climbing with lots of beginners and plans on being really hard on their cord.

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Aaron Martinuzzi wrote a review of on February 23, 2009

2 5

it certainly does what a nut tool needs to do - it gets gear unstuck. but, then again, what nut tool doesn't do that? these tools differ from one another only in terms of the 'bells and whistles' - palm protector, little wiregate, keeper leash. this palm protector works, but the wiregates on the metolius freenut tools i've used or fooled around with don't snap closed like carabiner gates normally do, making it sort of pointless. if you're looking for a good nut tool with worthwhile extras, go for the Wild Country Pro-Key nut tool. the palm protector is more integrated to the device, the gate actually snaps closed, and it comes with a thin, coiled-wire leash and minibiner that doesn't interfere when you're bashing out a piece. as an added bonus, the integrated leash saves you a carabiner and sling to attach your nut tool to yourself.

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Aaron Martinuzzi wrote a review of on February 16, 2009

4 5

This pad does what it needs to do - provides soft catches for bouldering falls. I've got about 6 months of continuous use on this pad (it's gathering dust these winter months), and it's softened up very nicely form it's original stiffness, but is still very firm. I've taken a few pretty decent falls on this pad, 15 ft.+, and felt just fine. The carpet top gathers a lot of stuff (sticks, leaves, etc...) but brushes off easily, and, more importantly, cleans shoes really well. One of the stitches on the "hook" side of the velcro closure pocket has ripped, making the pocket a bit of a hassle to use, but I'm happy overall. A better pad than most in this price range.

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Aaron Martinuzzi wrote a review of on February 16, 2009

5 5

These nuts bite much better than any other piece I've used, whether BD, Wild Country, or Metolius. The complex grooves and scalloping make for confidence-inspiring placements.

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Aaron Martinuzzi wrote a review of on February 10, 2009

3 5

I bought one off SAC and was a little disappointed. The fit is kind of bulky for a Prana item, though not enough to warrant sizing up. Don't let the name fool you, you're definitely buying a jacket rather than a shirt. I was expecting an item that would sort of play a dual role - could function as a warm layer but was light enough to fit under a standard softshell or whatever, kind of like a heavy flannel shirt, but this thing is a jacket in its own right.

Wore it once, and it kept me warm standing around a garage at a party, but on the bike ride I found it let in lots of cold air, and in general didn't keep me super warm.

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