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Bryan Rafferty

Bryan Rafferty

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Bryan Rafferty

Bryan Rafferty wrote a review of on April 9, 2013

4 5

Running in these puppies for a little over three years and they still manage to retain their waterproof ability. Originally they were my all purpose shoe for all running purposes. There was no more fear of trampling through mud or puddles that was at just below ankle level. They also managed to be a great trainer for street running at the time. I also used them as a lightweight hiking shoe as they are simple for slipping on and off, and I could depend on their waterproof/ breathable capabilities to keep me comfortable.

Normally I wear a size 10.5 street shoe size and somehow I managed to fit into a size 10 of these. That is unusual because usually I need to go up in size if anything. Everybody's foot shape is different and the ultimate test of size is actually trying the shoe.

One factor that I love/hate is the weightiness of this shoe. Generally running shoes are some of the lightest pieces of gear you will own. These badboys weigh in at a hefty 1 lb. 10 oz. After a couple days of running I could feel it in my joints. Just one modification I would suggest.

Maintaining full disclosure, I am affiliated with Gore for product testing of Gore-tex products for the purpose of product review and recommendation. I do receive items from Gore for these purposes.

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Bryan Rafferty wrote a question about on January 8, 2013

Going through the list of reviews I am coming to an understanding that to properly size my boot I must order up to three different pairs to see which one fits best (no suppliers near me). Well, I can't shell out that kind of money right now and I would like to get as close as possible on the size on the first try. Across the board I am a size 10.5; climbing shoes, sneakers, hiking boots. I have a pair of LS Xplorers that are size 44 and fit just fine. Not too big, not too small. Would a 44 be an appropriate place to start? Can anyone give me a comparison of their street shoe size to the Baruntse's?

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Bryan Rafferty wrote a review of on April 29, 2012

5 5

Went on my first ever trad climb last weekend to the Linville Gorge. On the outside I was cool and collected but on the inside I was unsure of myself. After starting off with a little bit of cleaning behind my partner I began to see how bomber these friends actually are! This one crack on our final pitch up the Daddy was notorious for eating number 1's, and it almost took my partner's. But I fought with it for a good twenty minutes before I finally wiggled it out right. By the next day I was all for BD cams. They are real beautys and very versatile. I wasn't afraid of my cams failing on the climb, rather the choss I was climbing.

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Bryan Rafferty posted an image about on December 9, 2011

Flexing my new downy soft muscles

Black luft in medium. I am 5' 10" and 165 lbs. Those with longer arms may need to go up a size because I feel that it is just the right length for me. So measure your ape index. All around excellent fit. I was worried that it would be too tight but it is form fitting (not close though) just enough to feel like something is around you.

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