Alex Cole

Alex Cole

Colorado Springs, CO

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Rock climbing, snowboarding, road biking

Alex Cole

Alex Cole wrote 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 wrote 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 Cole wrote 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 Cole wrote 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 Cole wrote an answer about on March 28, 2009

Sure. Burton gloves are easy enough to find. Go check out a local store and try on the burton gloves and see what size you are and then buy them here. Or buy both sizes and expect to ship one back.

Otherwise, this is a mitten and you can have a slightly tighter fit and still be good to go. I'd opt for the small if you're on the fence, but probably the medium if you were buying gloves.

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Alex Cole wrote an answer about on January 4, 2009

If you get a helmet with audio in the ears, expect it to hurt your ears. Some hurt more than others.The inherent problem is that a helmet must be tight in order to effectively protect you. With a padded ear part, it's not a big deal. Once you start throwing the inner workings of a headphone in, it's not nearly as comfortable. If you want to overcome this, the best thing to do is take the ear pieces off, ride with earbuds in and a beanie over to keep your head warm/earbuds in. I've tried many different helmets, and everyone with headphones in it hurt me, and those without didn't.

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Alex Cole wrote an answer about on January 4, 2009

The difference between a glove and this mitten, a glove allows air between the fingers, a mitten does not (even if it has finger dividers.) Thus, by the laws of physics, since there is no cold temperature present in between the fingers of a mitten, the dividers can not make your fingers cold.The reality is that they help keep your fingers warm by removing dead air pockets in the mitten. These dead air pockets can get pretty cold because they have good exposure to the outside of the mitten and little exposure to your fingers. That's why you should always get the smallest size glove/mitten that will fit your hand.

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Alex Cole wrote an answer about on December 8, 2008

No, the raised rubber is to prevent injury to the clavicle (or collar bone.) The plastic shoulder pad prevents damage to the scapula (specifically the acromium process, which I just broke) or the humerous (usually an impacted humerous)

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