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B-Ville wrote a question about on February 29, 2012

Yes, another question about sizing. Many have been asked and answered but none of them compare these shoes to shoes I'm familiar with.

So, how do these compare to the Testarossas and/or TC Pros? I wear a 44 in both of those shoes. Would people recommend a 44 in the Pythons or a 43.5?

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B-Ville wrote a question about on September 14, 2010

Has anyone tried the new Vibram XS Grip2? Any noticeable improvement over the original XS Grip? And, if so, is the new rubber on the heel as well? I'd have nothing but positive things to say about these shoes if they improve the heel hook capabilities via stickier rubber.

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B-Ville wrote a review of on March 31, 2010

4 5

Love my laser and agree with all the positive comments about the fabric. The fit is something to consider if you're slightly tall for your weight with long arms.

I'm 6'1", 175, w/a 40" chest. The 'body' of large fits perfectly as far as the circumference goes. It's a tad shorter than I'd like but it works and stays put under a harness. However, if you have a slightly positive ape index (I usually wear a 34/35" dress shirt), the sleeves may be too short to use the gaiters. I tried using them when climbing and the thumb loop was tight enough in between my thumb and index finger that it cut off circulation and caused those two digits to go numb. That's not cool when you're gripped, trying to place an ice screw. And, if you don't use them, it's surprising how much wind comes in through that little thumb hole.

So, if you're in between two sizes and have long arms, you may want to consider sizing up.

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B-Ville wrote a review of on December 9, 2009

2 5

I've used these skiing, when climbing Pico de Orizaba, and just now walking my dog in -10F temps. They're ok but I am not all that impressed considering what they cost. The dexterity of the gloves really isn't that great. They worked well when plunging an alpine axe in the snow but I wouldn't recommend them for ice or mixed climbing. They just don't have the dexterity that would be needed to place gear (ice screws or rock pro).

And, they are NOT warm enough to justify the cost. After walking my dog for 15 minutes in -10 temps, my finger tips were painfully frozen. I wouldn't expect them to handle temps that low for a long period of time but they should at least keep your fingers from becoming painfully numb for a quick dog walk. I pulled out the liners and found that the tips of the fingers were packed down to nearly nothing and I've only had them for one season.

Bottom line: good ski gloves but not worth the price.

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B-Ville wrote a question about on May 15, 2009

I haven't seen many reviews for Patagonia's approach shoes that comment on their quality as an approach shoe. I've seen a couple but, for the most part, the comments are about their comfort as a hiking shoe.

Does anyone have any experience using the Finn's, Huckleberry's, or Karakoram's on class 4/low-grade 5 approaches? I'm trying to get a sense for how sticky the rubber is and how good the toe design is for edging.

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B-Ville wrote a question about on May 15, 2009

I haven't seen many reviews for Patagonia's approach shoes that comment on their quality as an approach shoe. I've seen a couple but, for the most part, the comments are about their comfort as a hiking shoe.

Does anyone have any experience using the Finn's, Huckleberry's, or Karakoram's on class 4/low-grade 5 approaches? I'm trying to get a sense for how sticky the rubber is and how good the toe design is for edging.

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B-Ville wrote a question about on March 31, 2009

A few questions:

1) Other than the ventilation, what is the difference between the ventilator tights, the performX tights, and the stabilyx tights?
2) I'm 6'1", 175 lbs...typically too tall for medium and too skinny for large. Is medium the right size?
3) Do these tights provide sufficient support higher up the thighs or is it necessary to wear a pair of briefs under them?

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B-Ville wrote a question about on February 25, 2009

can anyone provide some input on how these compare to the vipers? is there a significant difference? or, are they very close to being the same shoe? also, would those of you who've used them recommend them for steep sport climbing only. or, are they primarily a bouldering shoe that can be used for steep sport?

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B-Ville wrote a review of on January 13, 2009

3 5

I picked up one of these on SAC about a year ago. Overall, I'm pleased with its performance given the price I paid. Feature/functionality use is fairly intuitive. Although some have complained about the size of the watch, I think it is appropriately sized for its intended purpose. The data is presented in a large enough font that it can be read with a quick glance. It's a bit large for an everyday watch but that's not its intended purpose. I have two complaints. The altimeter must be calibrated VERY frequently. I used the watch on a recent climb of Pico de Orizaba. I calibrated it 2 days before summiting. It was inaccurate by nearly 60 ft when I summited. That would be understandable if the weather had changed drastically but it had not. The second complaint I have is that the temperature reading is worthless when wearing the watch as it is affected by body temperature.

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