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Adam Riser

Adam Riser

Adam's Passions

Alpine Touring
Trad Climbing
Camping
Mountain Biking
Ice Climbing
Mountaineering
Sport Climbing
Bouldering

Adam's Bio

Adam Riser lives in Salt Lake City, Utah where he spends his time rock climbing, ice climbing, backcountry skiing, and mountain biking. Adam has worked as a river guide in the Pacific Northwest and as a climbing guide on Mt. Rainier. He finally landed a “real” job that gives him health insurance and lets him go on pre-dawn ski tours before strolling snow-covered into the office at 9ish without getting yelled at. In addition to climbing throughout the states, Adam has been on expeditions to Peru, Alaska, the Canadian Rockies, and the Northwest Territories.

Adam Riser

Adam Riser wrote a review of on January 3, 2013

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I've had about 10 days of ice on this rope so far and it's done very well except in one case. That day it was wet and cold, and the rope froze pretty badly. However, on that day, given the low temperatures and the amount of water blowing on us from an adjacent waterfall I don't think any rope would have made it through without becoming a cable. Most of our other gear froze as well.

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Adam Riser wrote a review of on January 3, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I bought these as a gift, but I use the men's version of the same boot and can say that they're incredibly well designed. They're nice and light, stiff enough to run wide, long skis, and plenty warm. They run on the wide side, and give you plenty of room to wiggle toes, so you don't freeze off digits in cold temps.

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Adam Riser

Adam Riser wrote a review of on October 22, 2012

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I'm not a big fan of calling anything the best, but these shoes are just that. As long as they fit your feet, they will be the go-to choice for nearly everything. With the exception of sport climbing and bouldering, they're on my feet for almost every pitch. I've used them to climb thousands of feet of Yosemite granite without ever taking them off at belays, and I've used them to send ultra-tech 5.12 face climbing. Even with a comfortable fit, their stiffness lets you edge on seriously tiny features, the lining keeps them from stretching too much, and the high ankle is a life saver in the wideness. Fit is king, so look elsewhere if these don't fit. But if they do, buy them. You won't be sorry. I even went so far as to get two pairs so I can rotate them through the resole process and never be without.

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Adam Riser wrote a review of on October 10, 2012

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I use the alpine version of this aider for nearly anything that requires a couple pitches of standing on gear, but when it comes to real aid likes or long sections of jugging the extra comfort is worth it. These aiders are literally twice as heavy and bulky as the alpine aiders, so only go this route is you really need them.

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Adam Riser wrote a review of on October 10, 2012

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

If you really like kinked, twisted beyond repair ropes at hanging belays with haul bags attached to the end of them, then you should not buy this thing. On the other hand, if you'd rather spend your time climbing than untangling a rat's nest of twisted static line, then this is just the ticket.

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Adam Riser wrote a review of on September 4, 2012

5 5

While this helmet does make you look a little like you just got off a space ship, it's low weight and comfort make up for the funky look. Best of all, this helmet vents better then the D2, and doesn't feel quite as claustrophobic. As long as you don't require flames on the side of your helmet, then this is a solid choice.

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Adam Riser wrote a review of on September 4, 2012

5 5

This tool has everything I need to work on full-on DH bikes on the side of the trail (including the 8mm hex which most tools don't have). I occasionally would like a knife of pliers, but I'm not sure you would really want to add either to this tool.

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Adam Riser wrote a review of on September 4, 2012

3 5

Elbow pads have to be the hardest thing in the world to make well, since no one seems to be able to do it. POC is really close with these, but not quite there. They're super comfortable, but in Whistler breaking bumps, they'll slip down and be hanging around your wrist by the end Freight Train for sure.

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