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Clinton Decker

Clinton Decker

Rocky Mountains, Colorado

Clinton Decker's Passions

Hiking & Camping
Snowboarding
Snowshoeing
Climbing

Clinton Decker's Bio

Adventure seeker.

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Clinton Decker

Clinton Decker wrote a review of on October 10, 2014

2 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

This thing is great to keep from cross-loading - but it's best served in a single-pitch/top rope environment.

The thing is that you must open the main gate in order to open the sub-gate - they're the same piece. If you've not careful when trying to wrestle the lower area out of your belay loop, it's possible to tip the biner with the upper gate open and drop your ATC. I learned this the hard way.

It's strictly a gym/single-pitch tool now.

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Clinton Decker

Clinton Decker wrote a review of on October 10, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Belaying from the top, working in guide-mode is incredibly easy. In this configuration it's also a whole lot easier to escape the belay in an emergency scenario (you're technically already out of it).

Quick piece of advice on lowering in guide-mode - the video BD published shows it to be pretty easy to simply pull on the narrow runner and tip the device. I found that not to be the case - jerky and difficult. This technique works much better if you re-direct a longer runner somewhere higher in the anchor, and clip that runner to your belay loop. Use your body weight to steadily tip the device and lower. Would recommend a friction backup on the brake in this setup as well.

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Clinton Decker wrote a review of on October 10, 2014

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Tough to rate this - I love the bag, hate the lid it came with. The original leaked like a government source. I replaced it with a humanGear capCap and it's now totally solid. Bag gets a 5-star, lid gets a 1-star.

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Clinton Decker

Clinton Decker wrote a review of on June 26, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size

Big thanks to my GearNerd Dan Gates for suggesting these. They are great. He's right on with the note that they're slim-fitting like the Modernist.

The overall fit was a bit different for me - I assume due to the fact that the BDV size S-M-L-XL and the Modernist are by inch. I went 36" in the Modernist, and L in the BDV, and the BDV are slightly more snug in the waist. It's not big deal though, they stretch really nicely.

Note that the Schoeller feels slightly different in the BDV compared to the Modernist. Maybe a bit thicker, sturdier. Could be the factory run or the coloring or whatever, it's not a bad thing - just an observation.

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Clinton Decker wrote a review of on June 26, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size

They're nice and slim without being restrictive. BD's official description is pretty spot-on, you can wear them at the crag then out at the pub after. They're pretty much cut like everyday jeans, but with the gusseted crotch - which is great for climbing.

Considering these, my Dawn Patrol pants and jacket, and the BDV shorts, I wish all of my clothes were made of Schoeller.

These have also turned into my swimmies because they dry really quickly. One might consider a belt for this application though, as a group of hippies at Boulder Creek saw a full moon in the middle of the day when I exited said creek.

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