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Brandon Phillips

Brandon Phillips

Brandon Phillips

Brandon Phillipswrote a question about on June 28, 2016

I'm looking at the these for crack climbing. I have a pair of Anasazi VCS in a 9.5 and they are perfect. Sound like some folks are advocating going down another 1/2 size for the mocs. Is this everyone's experience? Go down smaller in the mocs? Since I'm looking at them specifically for cracks, I may not need my toes curled as aggressively as I do for the VCS, but I still want them to fit well.

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Brandon Phillipswrote a review of on April 21, 2016

3 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Height: 5' 11"
Weight: 162 lbs
Size Purchased: 32x32

First off, these are 5 star pants. However, I had some sizing issues with the new version.

Over the years I've had 3 pairs of these, and just ordered my 4th. All the other ones I've had are Med X 32. This time I ordered 32x32. They fit in the waist, but the inseam is almost two inches longer than my older pants. I guess I'll be returning them for a shorter pair. Has anyone else experienced this with the new pants?

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Brandon Phillipswrote a review of on August 3, 2015

2 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: Runs large
Height: 5' 11"
Weight: 160 lbs
Size Purchased: 9.5

Honestly I would give the these more like 2.5 stars, or 3 if the approach was short.

In a recent trip to the Tetons I took these up to, or above the Lower Saddle 3 times. If you're not familiar thats like 7 miles and 5500ft from the parking area.

The good: well constructed, water proof, sturdy, stiff soles, take light crampons well, climb well without any foot fatigue. The ascent, scrambles, and lower fifth class climbing felt very comfortable in this shoe.
The bad: the stiff sole allowed very little flexibility on the descent. I adjusted the laces many different times, to see if I could alleviate some to pain on the way down. The toes of the shoes are narrow, and facilitate climbing very well, but are very painful coming down.

This shoe is rugged and sturdy, almost like a low cut mountaineering boot. My wife climbed with me and wore Salewa Hike Trainer (mids I think?). The two shoes are very similar, and she had the same problem. In fact she carried an extra pair of trail runners just for the descent.

I ended up wrapping my toes in climbing tape to make it the last 3 miles to Lupine Meadows-- and I'm good at suffering.

I originally purchased this shoe for the Grand Traverse, but would not take them on that route due to the immense elevation gain and loss. I could probably recommend it on steep approaches, shorter than 2 or 3 miles. I will not take them on an alpine route again.

This shoe also runs large. I wear a 10 to 10.5 in everything, 44 in La Sportiva, and had to purchase a 9.5 in this shoe.

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Brandon Phillipswrote a question about on June 4, 2015

How much can I expect these shoes to stretch? I am looking for an all day shoe for multi-pitch trad and alpine. I just ordered a size 42 and 43. 42 is performance tight (toes slightly curled) and won't fit the bill for an all day shoe. 43 is very comfortable, and I could probably get a sock under it if needed. I've had people tell me to expect a 1/4 size stretch. If that's the case 42.5 might be what I'm looking for after the break in. If the won't stretch that far, I'll just go with the 43. What do you folks think?

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Brandon Phillipswrote a question about on June 17, 2011

Has anyone had any condensation issues with this tent? I have a Nemo Gogo bivy and love it. Even with a single wall I don't have any complaints about the bivy, and I've spent quite some time in it up here in Alaska. I've seen some bad reviews for this tent on REI's website due to condensation. Any problems, or are they just whiners?

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