Brandon Smith

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Brandon Smith

Brandon Smith wrote a review of on June 9, 2010

5 5

There are lighter lockers out there (Wild Country Neon, Mad Rock SuperTech, etc.) But this is the lightest pear shape locker. I use this strictly for the master point and belay loop because it's munter hitch compatible. You can use these for building anchors or clipping into the anchor ... but like I said there's lighter and way cheaper lockers out there.

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Brandon Smith

Brandon Smith wrote a review of on June 9, 2010

5 5

This device is amazing. Although, I want to make something clear. THIS DEVICE DOES NOT AUTO-LOCK. Mammut designed the device to have rope slip to make a more dynamic belay. The device works by pinching the rope between the carabiner and the device. The amount of pinch on the rope can also depend on the carabiner used (use an HMS carabiner only). I would call this an assisted belay device. It helps you catch the fall and makes it more dynamic for a smooth fall. I choose this over any other device for leading. It's light, works on skinny ropes (I use a 9.4mm rope), not mechanical, easy to use, and did I say light. #1 rule with any belay device ... keep your hand on the brake strand ALWAYS.

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Brandon Smith wrote a review of on March 22, 2010

5 5

Every one needs this pad. It's cheap and it works better than the ground. Every one sleeps different. You just have to try it. If you can get a good nights sleep on cold rocky ground using this pad ... your done. If not, buy a neoair. If that doesn't work for you, use both. Getting a good nights sleep is SO important. Find the pad or combination that works for you.

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Brandon Smith wrote a review of on March 22, 2010

5 5

Granite Gear packs are made light and comfortable. The topoflex frame forms to your back for the best fit. Make sure you measure your torso and get the right size. This pack is large enough for a 5-day trip. The pack holds 40 lbs max. Of course you could go lighter than this. Shed weight where you can, but comfort goes a long way. Just a note ... GG sponsors "Trauma". In 2006 that guy hiked a little over 10,000 miles in a year averaging about 30 miles a day using a GG pack. http://www.justinlichter.com. He has good advice.

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Brandon Smith wrote a review of on March 22, 2010

5 5

All of the 850+ fill Marmot bags are incredible. The atom is my spring, summer, and fall bag. Get a helium for a winter bag. I've used it below freezing and broke a sweat in this bag. This bag is insanely light and packs so small. Don't waste your money on other bags. It's expensive but worth every penny. I'm 6'0 and use the long.

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Brandon Smith wrote a review of on March 22, 2010

5 5

This double wall tent is bar far my favorite. Condensation will form on the inside of the rain fly but I have never woke up soaked. If your going to use the fly, you have to use the guy lines. You can fit two people in this for a tight fit. A tip ... to shed a little weight replace the stakes with lighter titanium stakes.

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Brandon Smith

Brandon Smith wrote a review of on March 21, 2010

5 5

These shoes form to your feet like a glove. They will stretch for sure. My foot measures 11" and I wear a 41.5. I wear these comfortable but tight. If you want them to stretch a bit more you can get them wet and climb in them until they dry. The rubber is good and they edge will good. I wear them on multi-pitch trad climbs.

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Brandon Smith

Brandon Smith wrote a review of on March 21, 2010

5 5

When your partner is working that crux, you'll be glad you have an auto locking device. The grigri is one of the best devices for this purpose. This device is really easy to use just make sure to read the manual. Although, this device is auto locking it DOES NOT make up for poor belay skills. Learn to belay from a professional before using ANY belay device. You can also use the grigri for many other things (although not recommended by Petzl). Use it to descend, as a ratchet, to ascend, etc... For those wondering about using this on skinny ropes, the manual say's "9.7mm rope is acceptable".

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