I got this because I got sick of my Android smartphone's GPS being off by as much as 0.5 miles in a 4.25 mile run. The Garmin Forerunner watches all got excellent reviews, and I went with the 210 just for the interval function. It works just as well as I hoped.
*very accurate - generally within 0.01 miles for me
*lightweight - I barely notice that it's on my wrist, in comparison to my brick of a smartphone
*easy to use - both the watch itself and the Garmin Connect website are a piece of cake to use. Even better,it's very easy to export the info as GPX files for import into your favorite run tracking site, if you don't want to lose your history.
*not truly waterproof, I tend to be a bit paranoid about dunking it
*can't see current GPS coordinates - would be nice to just have one device to use for both running and finding a trailhead
*it takes about a minute or so to lock onto satellites initially, so it's not quite as simple as strap it on, step out your door, and start running
I love merino wool... it's great for skiing insulation or socks - warm, breathable, and doesn't stink when sweaty. I picked up this shirt for general active wear, especially climbing, running, and hiking. I own other merino products from Patagonia & Smartwool, and this one disappointed me.
My general complaints are: it runs small (this large fits like a Patagonia/Arcteryx/North Face medium), is a bit heavier weight than necessary for strenuous activities (running, bouldering) - true 100 weight would be nicer, has a sort of weird wet-dog smell when sweaty (not as bad as sweaty capilene, but not odorless like Patagonia's), and the texture is kind of uneven - sort of ribbed and rough.
That being said, it has classic good looks, moves well, and won't get you killed on a mountain when a storm rolls in like cotton.
I picked these up on the recommendation of a friend while training for my first half marathon. I had been using minimalist shoes (NB MT10 & MR10) prior to this, but was running into severe foot and knee pains on runs over about 4 miles. The 890v3 for the most part eliminated the foot and ankle pain (and what knee pain remains is due to poor form on my part). The bottom line is this is a great, feather-light shoe with cushion to let you run longer distances (5+ miles) without pain, but still a low enough heel/toe drop to allow for a fore-foot or neutral strike. It is so nice to be able to heel strike and roll forward on steep downhills without feeling the impact all through my bones.
I wear size 10 normally and size 10 890v3 with Injinji CoolMax Run socks and feel like they're right on for size... just make sure not to crank down the laces to allow your feet to swell.
Also, bonus points for these being made in USA.
I'm considering getting a pair of Radical ST 110mm to mount on K2 Backdrops (112mm underfoot). I'm assuming that little difference is no big deal to bend out... is that correct? It seems like overkill to step up to 130mm.
I picked these for use as a comfortable all-day trad shoe that retains performance, and wasn't disappointed. In the past, I've suffered through foot pain as soon as I would hit anything slabby or with cracks. I've tried Moccs, Miuras, Evolvs, and Acopas and while they all felt fine in the gym, they killed me on trad... well, no more. With the TC Pros I not only happily stuffed my feet in cracks and smeared on features, but also felt no need to loosen my shoes at the belays or even take them off at the end of the route until I had all the rest of my gear packed up.
My feet are tad under a size 10 street shoe, and I went with a size 9.5 (42.5) wearing no socks. For reference, I wear an 8.5 (41.5) in La Sportiva Solutions/Miura VS, and a size 10 in Evolv Shamans.
I got this for backcountry skiing, and really have no complaints. The 3 layer Gore Tex kept me dry in some pretty wet snow conditions last winter. The Balsam Green color is really quite nice (like on the Patagonia site). The pockets are high enough as to not interfere with a pack's hip belt. It seemed to vent pretty well keeping it on while hiking up with the pit zips and chest pockets open on a blue sky day. I noticed the same thing others did with the longer sleeves, but it doesn't bother me because I always cinch up wrist straps so sleeves fit easily into my glove cuffs.
I got a pair of these to use for backcountry skiiing. I really like how they're a slimmer fit than so many other pants that seem tailored towards snowboard style. The 3 ply GoreTex worked really well in the wet snow we had last year. My only complaints are that the boot cuff is very snug around my Black Diamond Factor boots, and the snaps at the waist can come undone, especially when wearing a backpack with a hip belt.
I bought this a bit over a year ago to use for carrying climbing gear during approaches and occasionally on shorter multipitch routes. What I found was it isn't really well designed for that. It's a bit too tall, so if it's loaded it hits your helmet when you look up (I'm 5'10"). The plastic back plate is so thin that it doesn't really provide any stiffness and really only prevents things from poking you in the back. The compartment in the lid actually is kind of a pain because if you stow a decent amount of stuff up there (keys, wallet, phone, sunscreen, etc.) it makes dealing with the lid kind of a hassle. The description talks about an "Integrated vertical rope carry system", but I haven't been able to figure out what that is. I replaced this pack with a Petzl Bug, which is is clearly designed with climbers in mind.
Anyone have a fix for the pressure point the elastic on these causes on the bone just below your ankle? I got a pair of these for multipitch and crack, and the pain the elastic causes is unbearable after a single pitch. I got these in size 9, wear a size 10 street. They're well broken in on the toes, just the sides hurt like hell. If there's no work around, any other shoe suggestions (non-laceup)?
Let me start by saying I've tried a lot of different shoes for approach, and this is the first pair that I've been completely happy with. I tried New Balance trail runners (squishy sole had terrible grip scrambling), La Sportiva Boulders (unbelievably tight toe, even upsized 2 sizes), Patagonia Karakorams (painfully stiff upper that stubbornly refused to break in), and Merrell Trail Gloves (no underfoot protection for walking on scree). The Adidas fit true to size, have a beautifully grippy sole, stiff enough sole that your feet don't get beat up by scree, and the Adiprene is stiff enough that you keep your footing scrambling up rocks. They took almost no breaking in (I wore them to work 1 day before a weekend climbing). The coolest feature is the foam tongue top... it's hard to explain, but since its shape is fixed, it keeps the tongue from bunching up or sliding to the side. Oh, and the price was hard to beat at $65 on sale!
Overall, I'm quite pleasantly surprised by Adidas' foray into real outdoor gear.
I'm up to 3 pairs of these now. My first pair I mistakenly bought in Large, but still wore it as often as I could for over a year with no signs of wear. However, since they hung pretty low (5'-10", 165), so I bought 2 new pairs for this climbing season. The Mediums fit perfectly. Bottom line is it's a great short that moves with you, dries fast, and has a low profile waist band that is great for under a sit harness. Only bummer is this season doesn't have blue anymore!
I bought 2 of these shirts on sale to use for climbing, and was really pleasantly surprised. The fit's great: sleeves and tail are long enough to cover upper arms and hang below a sit harness and the sleeves slide up easily on your arms for unrestricted movement. Also, the material wicks sweat well. All this for the same (or less) price as a normal cotton t-shirt. Well done North Face!
What's the actual color tone like on the Balsam Green and Channel Blue? On Backcountry, it looks bright, but on the Patagonia website it looks a lot darker (more of an olive on the main chest area).
I bought this for gym bouldering. It's everything I expected, and nothing that I didn't. It doesn't tip over, doesn't leak chalk in my car, is big enough to get both hands in, and the mesh side pocket is big enough for a big & small brush plus my keys. I dumped about 2/3 of the largest bag of Black Diamond "White Gold" chalk in it for the first fill.
I bought these about about a month ago to replace my pair of La Sportiva Boulders. The thing I didn't like about the Boulders was that they were very, very tight in the toe, even ordering a size up. No such problems with the Patagonias! I haven't put them through their proper paces yet outdoors, but I've worn them every day walking around the hilly streets of San Francisco and tested their grip doing easy bouldering at an indoor climbing gym.
*Vibram rubber grips steep slopes well and foot holds
*Sole is stiff enough to edge on easy climbing
*Footbed has a perfect combination of enough give to not wear out my feet but firm enough for scrambling
*Sizing matches street shoe sizes, without being overly snug or loose
*Material feels very durable, and will be able to take scuffing on rock
*The stiff sole and rubber will take some time to break in. Do not buy these the day before you head for the mountains. It took me about a week of wearing them every day to soften them up.
*The fat laces aren't great at staying snugly tied. I'd suggest they copy NuBalance's laces which alternate thick/thin.
*If I crank the laces really tight, the second row of lace loops put pressure on the top of my foot. Normal tightness is fine.
A solid approach shoe that can actually do what it's name implies.
I bought a pair of these around May, and just had to retire them. Unlike other synthetic uppers/linings, the perforated Prisms stretch... A LOT. Climbing 3-4 times per week for 3 months had them stretch about 1 full size on me, which was far more than I expected for a synthetic. In the end, they had stretched so much that the laces were bottomed out, and I could no longer tighten them enough to prevent my foot from rolling inside the shoe when I edged.
In addition the combination of the chisel tip and the super soft Onyxx rubber runs into problems as the rubber breaks in. I found that the side and upper rubber stretched about a quarter inch outwards over the chisel tip, actually making it more difficult to edge. Also, this caused the sides to show much more wear than I normally see.
Finally, while the very soft Onyxx rubber is amazing for slabby work, I found the combination of it plus the extra soft last to be extremely painful whenever I put my feet in any crack and cranked.I would buy these again if they were redesigned with a stiffer rubber/last, a reworked chisel tip where the sides did not bulge over the sole, a non-perforated synthetic upper (or synthetic lined leather), and a snugger heel.
Oh, and just like seemingly every other synthetic shoe, they will smell putrid if your feet sweat a lot. This did not factor into my rating, but others may want to consider it.
Quite pleased with these. I picked them up to replace a pair of 5.10 Prisms that had overstretched. I compared the VS against the Miura laceup and Evolv's Pontas. My feet are pretty flat, with a low arch and wide front. The Miura laceup had a weird dead space above the toe, and the Pontas was too narrow. The VS just fit my feet perfectly, and had the added bonus of a downturned toe. So far, I've only used them bouldering in the gym, but they have amazing edging and cling to holds on overhangs. In addition, the last is stiffer than my old Prisms, so I'll be able to use them on outdoor sport routes without feeling like every crack is torture.
For sizing, I went with a 41.5 compared to my size 10 (43) street shoe. I also found the "size 0.5 down from Miura" to work. I went to a local R*I to get base sizing off those, then was able to confidently order the VS online.