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Brock Fisher

Brock Fisher

Squamish, BC Canada

Brock Fisher's Passions

Climbing

Brock Fisher's Bio

I climb in Squamish and after a year of sport climbing in the area I quickly learned that up there what you should really be doing is Trad climbing and bouldering. I have moved my focus from sport climbing and I now just focus on those two disciplines, I Trad climb in the summer and boulder in the colder weather.

Brock Fisher

Brock Fisher wrote a review of on September 21, 2012

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I have been using this rope all summer for multipitch climbing in Squamish and it has yet to show any signs of wear and tear. With the new stronger sheath it really stands up to the harsh crystals found in Squamish granite and doesn't get all furry on ya!

Its an ideal rope for just about anything too! I took it sport climbing a couple weeks back and its light enough and smooth enough you feel like you are pulling up a much thinner rope.

Bottom line is if you are looking for a work horse rope but with out the punishing weight or thickness, I would recommend the Pulse.

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Brock Fisher

Brock Fisher wrote a review of on May 5, 2011

5 5

Does everything i expected it too! Also whats nice is the mounting screws come along with it, which a nice thing!

one thing though the screws are a very tight thread so make sure you screw it in in the middle of the day if you live in an apartment as it will be very very loud!

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Brock Fisher

Brock Fisher wrote a review of on May 5, 2011

4 5

Reviewing a bag like this is really hard. We all use duffle bags for all different uses so keep that in mind when reading this review, its only a part of the story for this bag.

I picked up the MEDIUM sized LCD GREEN version and when I received it from Backcountry I had no idea how small it really got! the whole bag stuffed in its internal pouch and was not much bigger in length and width than my hand ( I can palm a basketball ) so I was really impressed by that. Now I primarily use this for just hauling around 2 pair of climbing shoes, climbing harness, big bouldering chalk bag, a water bottle and extra change of clothes and with all of that in there it still has room.

The shoulder strap can come off which is nice and the handles have a velcro strap around them making it easier to carry and when you have a full size crash pad on your back it made hauling everything else around really nice. Another key feature I i really like is the amount of cinch straps on it, one on either end and two on either side and with these you can really lock everything down and know that things are not gonna go flying around inside the bag.

I could also see this bag being really good as a CARRY ON at the airport since with all the cinch straps you could really crank on it to get the size down just in case it did not want to fit in that little size regulator they make you put it in when getting your boarding pass.

My only concern is I know North face says they are using RIP STOP Nylon but I would say its more like a SNAG stop, the Nylon wont just randomly catch on things but I feel its too thin to be really considered RIP STOP, but thats me personally.

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Brock Fisher

Brock Fisher wrote a review of on May 5, 2011

3 5

When I first started climbing this was the first shoe I ever bought, the price allowed me not to feel like a broke the bank on gear for a sport I might not even want to keep doing. And remember when you first get into climbing your going to shred through your first pair of shoes very very quickly.

This shoe got me through a huge part of my learning curve and held up well to a lot of "beginner" abuse such as toe dragging slipping off small holds and just holds in general . Another nice feature I found with this shoe was the lacing and toe box on this shoe, when you first start out as a climber your really not in the mind set to cram your foot into small little shoes just to maximize climbing potential. Your still at a climbing level where your wanting to fall in love with the sport and really see if this is "your" kind of sport. Scarpa did a really bang up job on making a semi-performace shoe that I feel appeals to newer climbers.

I couldn't really give this shoe more than 3 stars since well I feel it was never designed to be a 5 star shoe in the first place but also for two KEY points.

1. After about 5 months of climbing in these things 3 days a week I had to put them in a ZIP-LOCK bag before putting them in my climbing bag since the stunk soooo bad!

2. After a few months of climbing and pushing my self to climb harder routes I was having a problem with the shoes being able to hang on to smaller foot holds which resulted in a lot of skinning of my knees.

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Brock Fisher

Brock Fisher wrote a review of on May 5, 2011

Just makes sense!
4 5

Two things before you read the rest of this review.

1. There is a shoe wiping pad in the middle of the pad so your shoes are clean before begin climbing I thought I would let you know since the picture doesn't show that.

2. This is one of those great CHRISTMAS WISH LIST items, its cheap and its for your "safety" and from personal experiences if you can convince your parents it will help save your life no matter the cost they usually find a way to get it for you or at least let SANTA know.... if you have those parents who still think its fun to put "from: Santa" on your gifts.


It has all that you need and at the price you want. The larger pads are nice but if your someone who's bouldering projects are a bit of a hike that also involve heavily treed areas this pad is awesome since its weighs nothing and its not overly big so it doesn't get caught on everything on the way.

The pad is only 4" thick but the group I was with all took some good falls on this guy and none of us ever bottomed out the foam or even got close. If you are a bigger guy or gal and you are worried about going through it a simple way to strengthen the fall capacity of this pad is to go your local foam shop and ask for their highest density 1" foam and slip it inside the pad on the main fall side, not only will it catch more weight but it will also distribute the load all across the pad allowing it to last longer.

If you wondering about how comfortable the backpack straps are well lets put it this way YOUR CARRYING FOAM! so really its not as if its ergonomically designed but its comfortable enough and wont rub anywhere.

This pad makes total sense if your someone who understands that money doesn't grow on trees and that you don't get better as a climber just because your purchase a 300+ dollar crash pad.

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Brock Fisher wrote a review of on May 4, 2011

5 5

Holds enough chalk for you and everyone else who "forgot" theirs and with its hard plastic ring it keeps the bag open for my large hands to fit in so i am not having to spend as much time with only one hand on the wall.

its light with looks good and the dark grey one matches really well with my R320 harness.

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Brock Fisher

Brock Fisher wrote a review of on May 4, 2011

5 5

The old saying goes "The bigger they are the harder they fall" and when using the XP it really doesn't matter anymore.

if your belaying a climber who weighs over two hundred pounds you have two options don't eat for a few weeks and buy a Grigri or find 20 bucks and get your self one of these bad boys.

One of my climbing partners is a big guy and when lead belaying him this thing really comes in handy in stopping him before hitting the ground which was just about happening when using a non-friction ATC.

For indoor climbing where the ropes are not your own, not in the best of shape and typically your no higher than 40 feet at the top of the route this ATC is a life saver.

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Brock Fisher

Brock Fisher wrote a review of on May 4, 2011

4 5

This is why Arc'teryx is who they are today. This harness is great, its light, comfortable and looks bad ass.

this harness is like HD Television. For people who have never experienced HD Television all they will tell you is "Oh i don't need that, its silly, there is nothing wrong with standard def television... blah blah blah." But of course eventually they come over watch the hockey game and next thing you know you go over to their house and unannounced to you they went out got a big television and and signed up for HD TV and then start preaching to YOU about the greatness of it as if you were the one who never had it.

Sure a normal Harness will get the job done but when a harness like this comes out there is no reason to settle when you could be in a light weight comfortably designed harness that had thought put into its design. Other companies add pads to make their harness' "comfortable" but it has a flip side because now if your out doing some good ol' climbing in the nice summer sun you now have yet another piece of equipment that smells just as ripe as your hockey pads and should probably just stay in the same bag.

Arc'teryx Saw that pads really weren't solving the "problem" with harnesses and started over and came out with a really great idea and have made an excellent harness that will get you up and down anything you can think of.

Now all that being said I do have one problem and a lot of it has to do with me being 6'1 and 190 pounds. If you take a nasty lead fall or are belaying someone who just took a nasty lead fall you might find that the auto lock device allowed some the belt out. Its not enough to cause alarm but if your consecutively taking falls just check to make sure your not falling out of your harness.

Arc'teryx obviously realized

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Brock Fisher

Brock Fisher wrote a review of on May 4, 2011

4 5

Bought these souly for climbing and they are great!

They are super light, strong and will not snag your knees when making a high foot in climbing. Reviewing pants is hard they really only have one job and so far these have done their job very well for the past 4 months.

Only problem is their price, the North Face is very good at unreasonable prices but as I said they are really nice at keeping your knees and shins intact when climbing.

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