Ben Steel

Ben Steel

Berkeley,CA | Northern California

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Ben Steel

Ben Steel wrote a review of on May 4, 2011

5 5

This is a great harness for the money. Apart from the AL, it's one of the cheapest harness's out there, and it's made by BD, so you know it's damn safe. The speed adjust buckles work great, they're incredibly easy and hassle free.
This harness also has some great gear loops and it's super comfortable on top of that.

Like with many harness's make sure it fits right, I got a medium and I have to cinch it all the way down, but a small was pretty tight on me, so if you're in between two sizes try both out thoroughly to find the right fit.

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Ben Steel wrote a review of on May 4, 2011

4 5

Well, I haven't used this in and extensive manner so far, but it's served me great in everyday activities. Wicks sweat well, and will keep me warm in moderately cold weather. It's not as tight as I'd like (I got a small, and there's still some room, but I'm a stick) and the turtle-neck part could be a little snugger.
But overall, those complaints are minor and this is a great shirt for all around base-layer warmth.

note: red color is more of a burgundy than bright red.

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Ben Steel wrote a review of on April 3, 2011

5 5

A classic great water bottle that will go anywhere with you and will never fail. Constructed of the most bomber material, it wont break and it will hold plenty of water for your trip. Only downside is there's no hook to hold it by because if you use the cap strap it will break. But the mouth can be screwed into many standard water filters, so it's great for backpacking.
Throw a sticker on it.

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Ben Steel

Ben Steel wrote a review of on April 3, 2011

4 5

Great bag, the only complaint is that the single strap system isn't the most comfortable thing. If it had two straps you could carry it backpack style which would be so much better than slinging it over one shoulder. If you carry it messenger bag style it tends to swing around and bump into other things a lot.

Other than that, great bag that gets the job done well.

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Ben Steel wrote a review of on April 3, 2011

5 5

You can wear these things all day. Not super aggressive for technical stuff, and the toe isn't very asymmetrical at all, so best for long climbs and gym use. If you're going to be bouldering, this might not be the shoe for you, but if you're into comfort, definitely consider this. The lace system also lets you cinch them up super tight for a great feeling fit.

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Ben Steel wrote a review of on April 3, 2011

3 5

The bag itself was fine and kept me perfectly warm (although it never dropped below forty outside). However, I didn't like the cinch system at all. Because of the half zip on the side, the cinch system has two draw strings, one on top and one on the bottom. The bottom one has an elastic pullcord, so no matter how hard you yank on it, it just stretches and doesn't actually cinch down much. The top pullcord isn't elastic, so it doesn't stretch, but whenever i moved, the cord slid through the draw-pull (the little cinch button thing wasn't strong enough to hold the cord tight). So I ended up sleeping with the top un-cinched.

However, it is a pretty good price for a 15 degree bag.

Also, only comes with a compression stuff sack, you have to buy a bigger storage sack separately.

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Ben Steel wrote a review of on April 3, 2011

5 5

I haven't used this lamp a whole lot but from what i have done, it seems great. When the diffuser isn't applied, the beam is very powerful and can reach almost 30m. The diffuser is nice for in the campsite when you need a wide angle. The red light makes it so you don't blind your friends, but it's not very bright, so it can be a bit hard to see with.
Overall, a good lamp.

Also has a built in whistle for emergencies

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Ben Steel wrote a review of on April 3, 2011

5 5

I bought these shoes after climbing for about half a month in borrowed shoes. So far I've had them for six months and they've served me well. Not the most aggressive shoe out there, but they certainly get the job done well. Also, they are damn comfortable, I've worn them for three hours straight with only the most minor discomfort. The comfort is due to the fact that they stretched a bit and now fit my foot perfectly(although, now they aren't the tightest fit).
Another plus is the fact that because they aren't synthetic, they still smell almost new so they don't stink up my pack.

Overall, great starting shoe.

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