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Brunowrote a review of on November 25, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

January 2015: UPDATE: I used them round my crag in Austin and then out in Yosemite for 9 days of climbing. I have no replaced all my heavier large biners I mentioned below with these. LOVE THEM.


Original review: I bought these after a long-review of the different locking biners available. I have some BD positrons which are small and great for extending anchors, but heavy. I have some BD rock locks which I use primarily for belay. Like it but very heavy. These all worked fine when all I did was sport climbing. Now that I am hooked on trad and multi-pitch, as I added to my rack, I knew I had to think about weight. The VaporLock is what I landed on due to size, flexibility, and especially weight. I have used them belaying, anchoring, and extending anchors with slings and like it so far.

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Brunowrote a review of on November 25, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I returned this product before using it
Fit: Runs large

These have been a challenge to figure out sizing. When you read the reviews on-line, I see a wide range of suggestions from 1.5 to 2 sizes below street shoe to even some larger than street shoe. Here is what I can contribute so far. Note, I have yet to put these to the test outdoors but will update the review when I do. First of all, I have slightly wider feet. My left foot is a street 41 to 41.5 and my right is a street 41.5 to 42. I have owned a couple pairs of Mythos in a 39. The left was a little tight at first but as everyone says, they stretch and are now PERFECT. The right I had to lace less tight at first and have now fit perfect. I have wore them all over including on 8-9 multi-pitches in Yosemite and work great. I just got a pair of Miura in a size 39 as well. They are very tight at first but starting to break in. More use needed to break those in and comment more. Note, I plan to use these TC pros for multi-pitch climbs and single pitch crack climbing such as Sail Away, White Lightning, Double Cross, and other Joshua Tree climbs at Intersection Rock. Where ankle protection is helpful and all day comfort a must. After all the reading, I decided to try the 40.5. At first they seemed comfy out of the box, but my large toe did feel it had wiggle room so I returned them. A local store finally had some stock so I went in to try on more sizes. I ended up coming back here to get some 40. More to come back when I get to use these and update the review. Note: I chatted on-line with a very helpful CS rep. They allowed me to return my shoes, at BC cost, and let me wait for some sizes to come in. That's REAL customer service. Later I chatted with Tommy G about sizing and he helped me pick the right sizing and get my shoes out quick. Again, amazing customer service. Some of the best I have seen of any gear store in quite a while.

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Brunowrote a review of on November 25, 2013

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

My friend brought one of these during a 9 day trip to Joshua Tree where you get the blessing of no city lights. It was bright enough to light up our picnic table for cooking and general hanging out. If you want something that lights up a larger area, look for a larger light. The folding legs are very handy. Would be even better if it came with a solar power top to charge batteries during the day and not have to rely on throw aways that cost more and litter our landfills. I like the adjustable dimmer as well. I liked this enough to get one myself. Backcountry.com had a nice sale for under $30 so I couldn't pass it up. But one big reason I love to buy from Backcountry.com is the customer service. Twice I have called to exchange gear for sizing and they are some of the most helpful people I have talked to in a gear shop. Both on gear and on returns. Something the rest of the industry can strive for as well. Great job BC!

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