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Alex Cole

Alex Cole

Colorado Springs, CO

Alex Cole's Passions

Hiking & Camping
Snowboarding
Biking
Climbing

Alex Cole's Bio

Rock climbing, snowboarding, road biking

Alex Cole

Alex Colewrote a review of on July 11, 2009

5 5

These things are ungodly light. The biners way 29 grams each, so the sling only weighs 7 grams. You really can't get much lighter than that.

They are also wiregates. Recent research on dynamic falls has proven wiregates to be much safer than traditional gates, the traditional gates are prone to open under heavy movement. Don't believe me? Take your wire gate and your normal gate and smack them each against your hand, with the gate being on the opposite side you strike. You'll hear the normal gate "click" once the gate snaps back into position, but the wire gate will stay put. It's due to the extra weight of the gate! So wires are the only way to go.

In addition, you're only spending $13.60 per quickdraw with this set up. Sure, the heliums are better, but not that much better. For the price, there is no better quickdraw!

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Alex Cole

Alex Colewrote a review of on July 10, 2009

5 5

Once you get these cams, they are the standard by which you will compare all other cams you have. They have such a range and are so bomber that you'll learn to trust these where you trust no other. They do a great job of controlling walk-out too.

Every piece of protection has its place, but every good rack should have these pieces of pro!

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Alex Colewrote a review of on July 10, 2009

5 5

This is such a great ATC. I use it for everything: belaying, rapping, lead and regular belaying, top-rope belaying, and belaying on lead. The added friction is useful, but I usually stick with regular unless belaying someone heavy.

Although this is a great ATC, I will say that if you are not going to lead, the added functionality and price of $4 isn't worth it over the ATC-XP.

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Alex Colewrote a review of on July 10, 2009

5 5

Great gloves. Recommend sizing down for a good fit once the leather breaks in. I normally wear a large in winter-esque gloves, but I've sized down to a small for these. After break in, they fit great. I've had some really fast repels on these gloves, and although they do turn black with use, the leather doesn't seem to break down.

Oh, try not to pinch them in your biners. It will crack open the leather.

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Alex Colewrote a review of on November 17, 2008

5 5

I was originally a skier and just converted to snowboarding. When you catch an edge it is very painful. With these pants, I can get up immediately and keep boarding.

They struck a good balance of not too thick but well padded. I wouldn't want them to be any more/less thick. They can easily fit underneath my boarding pants and they are barely noticeable. Well worth the $40 to be able to sit without pain after a long session of boarding.

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Alex Colewrote a review of on November 17, 2008

5 5

At first when I got these, I thought they were awfully skinny to protect my knees. But they do a great job. I can fit them under my snowboard pants (I use them for snowboarding) and I barely notice them. Whenever I fall, they are right there. Only had them slip off one time after a long sidewards slide down the slopes, but that was well after the point of impact.

Haven't done anything that I think could have damaged my knees yet, but it's great being able to get up immediately from a spill.

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