Austin

Austin

the Beautiful Pacific Northwest, Yosemite, Joshua Tree, Southeast AK

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Robert's Passions

Trad Climbing
Camping
Mountain Biking
Paddling
Ice Climbing
Alpine Skiing
Sport Climbing

Robert's Bio

As a technical climber, ski mountaneer, rafter and biker I use quite a bit of gear and I demand a lot from it.

Austin

Austin wrote a review of on December 18, 2009

4 5

These shoes are perfect for long routes with mixed terrain between pitches. Though I dont think they would be great for "grueling walk offs" as it says above, they are wonderful for scrambling from pitch to pitch and those places in between.

The shape of the shoe makes them much more comfortable than a more agressive climbing shoe. And though you trade off some precision, with a more relaxed toe shape and flatter sole profile, you get much more comfort.

Even with these comforting features the she still performs very well on cracks and moderate slab climbing. And its great not to have to take them off to move between pitches, or while slaving at the belay.

I got mine a little big so I could use them while wearing lightweight socks for colder assents in the sierra and north cascades. I have been very pleased with their performance.

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Austin

Austin wrote a review of on December 17, 2009

3 5

I am a huge fan of black diamond. love the stuff they make. But in my experience the crown goes to Metolious when it comes to haul bags. I have a black diamond haul bag and have used it on several walls in Yosemite. After the secon wall it already had some holes in it. In contrast, my climbing partner ran the metolious bag. His had several more walls and still didnt show as much wear as mine did. Something about the material i guess, just makes the metolious last longer.

Still, I love my BD haulbag - its still tough - just has larger duct tape patches now.

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