Chess Pettengill

Chess Pettengill

Tahoe, Yosemite, Northern California, Boulder CO.

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Chess 's Passions

Hiking & Camping
Snowboarding
Climbing

Chess 's Bio

I am from Northern California. Specifically the Bay Area. I love it here. My exposure to the outdoors is limitless. I wake up a 4:30am and go surfing one day and then the next get to climb or backpack along the coast. It is all amazing and gets me excited to explore the rest of the world.

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Chess Pettengill wrote a review of on May 27, 2012

3 5

This helmet served me well for the time I had it, but it didn't take much for it to start falling apart. It was given to me for christmas two years ago and only got used about 4-5 times before the adjustable plastic piece on the back of the helmet fell apart and it became unusable. Before that adjustment broke it fit pretty comfortably on my head. The only other flaw was that the headlamp clips were somewhat difficult to use. You had to pry them open to slip in the headlamp strap. I have since purchased the Black Diamond Half Dome helmet and am in love with it. The construction of that helmet just feels better and more durable and the fit is even more comfortable and snug on my head. The headlamp clips are also great on the BD helmet. I couldn't be happier. This CAMP helmet was good at the time for the money, but I wouldn't recommend it after using other helmets from Petzl and BD.

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Chess Pettengill wrote a review of on March 13, 2012

5 5

Belay biner? Anchor biner? Everything biner? Yup. This thing rocks. I don't have experience with the twist lock, but I can tell you that the screw gate version is fantastic. I absolutely love it. It is my all time favorite. I am sure that if you buy this carabiner you will have the same fantastic experience. Petzl makes great stuff and this 'biner is no exception.

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Chess Pettengill wrote a review of on March 13, 2012

5 5

It may say that this pant isn't available, but I recommend that you find it anywhere else online. The slim fit is awesome. It makes these the snazziest outdoor pants I have ever seen or owned. I love them. They are exceptionally durable and overall fantastic. If you want a great pair of pants for just about any activity, buy these wherever you can.

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Chess Pettengill wrote a review of on March 13, 2012

5 5

This jacket is the best. I bought it because I had read great reviews and new I wanted something to wear under my gore-tex shell for snowboarding and various other activities. It provides exceptional warmth for its weight and for being synthetic. I considered the down jacket first but settled on this one and I don't regret it. This hoody has been quite durable and I am beyond satisfied with the fit. I am a small guy (thin, 5'10") and the size small fits be perfectly. The arm length is great and it hangs right below my hips. Great range of motion as well. I couldn't be more pleased with this hoody. Definitely recommend it to everyone!

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Chess Pettengill wrote a review of on March 13, 2012

4 5

These shoes are awesome. Don't let my title deceive you. They were my first pair of climbing shoes and I loved them when I had them. They taught me a good lesson about what different types of climbing shoes are for and why they are designed the way they are. When I bought them I did not realize what their purpose was. I knew them to be climbing shoes and thought they were perform fantastically in any area of climbing. I was mistaken. These shoes provide superb comfort, (like socks do) but they are not meant for everything. For example these perform terribly when bouldering. There are many better shoes for that type of climbing. These shoes excel in outdoor trad climbs. The comfort factor allows for them to be worn all day long and not feel the need to yank them off in pain like most other climbing shoes can. The rubber is quite sticky and lasts forever. The leather design means that they stretch quite a lot so be sure that you buy them small. I believe that I bought them 2 sizes smaller than my street shoe size. I can't say that I would by them again because I am not a fan of lace ups and now love my Five Ten Mocasymms, but if you know what you're buying and understand their purpose then these are phenomenal shoes and you'll love them!

Climb on!

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Chess Pettengill wrote a review of on March 15, 2011

4 5

This bag is awesome. The super large tarp is prime for keeping my rope clean. The bag has a large enough capacity to hold my 60m rope and just about my entire rack and shoes. It is super durable and easy to pack up. I wish it had backpack straps though. The single shoulder strap is nice, but being able to carry on your back would be a nice option. Other than that, this bag has served me well. I would definitely recommend it.

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Chess Pettengill wrote a review of on March 14, 2011

5 5

Catch the Lord of the Rings reference? Eh, I'm a nerd. That aside this light is truly amazing. Provides the perfect amount of light. Not too bright but provides an abundance of light. The red filter is wonderful for late night rummaging, while your pal is sleeping next to you, and not worrying about waking them up with the sun. The strap fits super comfy around the head and the tilt feature of the light works great. You can see at every angle. Overall this is the best headlamp I have ever owned and I already know that as soon as my current one wears out I am going to get another one. Great light Petzl!

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Chess Pettengill wrote a review of on March 10, 2011

4 5

I own the 2009 version of this backpack. It's very comfortable to wear and over all a great bag. I do have a few issues with it though. For starters I had trouble with it when backpacking once in the rain. It isn't water proof and not very water resistent either, my gear wasn't terribly soaked but some stuff was definitely damp. I have also had an issue with two of the drawstrings breaking off of where they were sewn on. They weren't key features of the bag so I can live with it, but it's still a bummer. In the end I would say it is a great bag for the price. Very comfortable and versatile, but I would probably not buy it again.

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Chess Pettengill wrote a review of on March 8, 2011

4 5

This Jacket is sweet. I originally purchased the Marmot Minimalist instead of this jacket because i was worried that the fit of the Typhoon wouldn't work for me since I was already familiar with Marmots fit. Upon receiving the Marmot jacket, I was afraid that it was too big. I then decided to order the Typhoon so that I could compare the too and decide which to send back. When I was finally able to try on the Typhoon I was disappointed to see that the fit was very awkward. The arm length was great up for some reason the jacket was very short. I couldn't raise my arms without exposing some belly. I decided to keep my Marmot Minimalist and have learned to appreciate the extra room it has because I can layer. Aside from the sizing difficulties I loved everything about the Typhoon. The wrist velcro felt solid, which was a big plus compared to the Minimalist. I also like the snaps at the top of the zipper. The zippers themselves seemed nicer than Marmots. It was overall a well constructed jacket with a poor fit. I'm bummed that it didn't work out, but couldn't be happier with my Marmot Minimalist.

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Chess Pettengill wrote a review of on February 17, 2011

5 5

Upon receiving the Marmot Minimalist I was a little hesitant about the size. I was surprised with how large a medium was. After wearing it for a few days though I realized that it is perfect for me. It allows a bit of room for layering and ultimately has great range of movement. The only issue I have run into was with the small plastic pieces that help cinch the drawcord around the waist. I would tighten the waistband and within 5 minutes it would be loose. Luckily I am friends with the son of the CEO of Marmot so he took it in and had it fixed for me within a couple days. Now, I honestly have nothing to complain about. I know from talking to Marmot representatives on the phone that they do have a great product warranty and were willing to take my jacket back and fix it for free despite my connection to the company. In conclusion this is a fantastic jacket. I love mine and will probably purchase the same product or a similar one by Marmot as soon as my current one wears out.

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