Brian Sadowsky

Brian Sadowsky

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Brian Sadowsky

Brian Sadowsky wrote a review of on March 20, 2010

5 5

I really like this bag. The black diamond rope bucket carries my 10.7mm 70m sterling marathon rope at about max capacity. The fabric is burly, 3 clip-in loops make for a nice hanging option, 2 padded straps for carrying backpack style, the lower shoulder straps release so the straps can be stowed for hauling (to reduce snags). Compared to the Fish chum bucket this bag seems like a better value. However, if you are looking to stack 2 ropes in a convenient bag, the Fish snake charmer is the cat's ass.

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Brian Sadowsky wrote a review of on July 12, 2009

5 5

I have now had 4 marathon ropes of different diameter and they are bomber. They handle well and don't flatten out over time like some ropes. The 10.1 is probably the most versatile size as it is perfect for multi-pitch routes to sport climbing. Comparing this rope to others, it has great qualities in relation to its weight as it is light for its diameter(grams/meter), relatively low impact force, and the elongation is at a good %. The sheath takes abuse well and its great for climbing on course rocks like granite. I use the 10.7 marathon for a big-wall climbing rope.

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Brian Sadowsky wrote a review of on December 29, 2008

3 5

The design and function are good. Great durability on the palm for belaying/rappelling. These will break your bank for aid climbing if you do it often. Mine got quite trashed after only a few walls. My $10 goat skin gloves from Wally World have lasted much longer and did the job just as well. They work fine but won't last long and are way too expensive.

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Brian Sadowsky wrote a review of on August 4, 2008

5 5

This is a great headlamp. Versatile, as you can wear it almost anywhere. The retracting cord is surprisingly strong as I have had mine for years and have had no problems. Barely fits around a helmet (I have the Petzl Elios). No band so it eliminates bulk, and it fits easily in a pocket. I would recommend spending a couple extra bucks and getting the Zipka Plus however as it has more features.

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Brian Sadowsky wrote a review of on August 4, 2008

5 5

I have had mine for 6 or 7 years and they are going strong. They will not pack out and have great support for walking or standing all day. Everyone should own a pair of Chacos! They run a bit large. I usually wear a 9.5 and a 9 fits perfect, so size down if you are in-between sizes. Expensive but they will last and are worth the money. You can get them resoled for about $30-40. Great traction also, I have climbed 5.10 in them.

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Brian Sadowsky wrote a review of on August 1, 2008

4 5

This harness is very light and simple to use with the fixed leg loops and pre-threaded DoubleBack buckle. I also think the swami is big and the leg loops are small. The rear gear loop does not hang down far enough. Great for sport climbing or multipitch routes as long as you are not going to be hanging a lot.

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Brian Sadowsky wrote a review of on August 1, 2008

5 5

Every climber should own one. This may be the most versatile piece of climbing equipment I own. You can use it for belaying, rappeling, self-belay, ascending a rope, hauling, and if you blow in the right spot it is an emergency whistle (jk, I have not actually tried that). It will catch skinny ropes even though not recommended. It is a small price to pay for that extra secure feeling it gives you when the you got the beginner belayer. If someone says they don't like it or trust it, it is because they don't know how to properly use it.

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Brian Sadowsky wrote a review of on June 19, 2008

4 5

If you want to add a little steez to your technique get this shoe. Seriously, this shoe is pretty good for the price. I think Mad Rock tends to fit a little narrow. I have also had the Flash Velcro, and I like this shoe better because you can dial in the sizing a bit more with the laces. Pretty good all around shoe for the money. I wear a 9.5 street shoe and I usually get a size 9 MR----they are a tight fit for me. I would recommend ordering your street shoe size if you don't have a chance to try before you buy.

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Brian Sadowsky wrote a review of on June 19, 2008

5 5

The Pro Traxion is pretty much the standard wall climbing hauling device for big loads. If you want to save a little weight and are not hauling hundreds of pounds then the mini traxion is probably sufficient. Smooth pulley, cam always locks well, easy to operate and work with. Well worth the money if you want to suffer from hauling heavy bags.

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