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Toni Isom

Toni Isom

The desert. The Uintas. Little and Big Cottonwood Canyons.

Toni's Passions

Nordic Skiing
Camping
Backpacking
Snowboarding
Hiking
Yoga
Road Cycling
Sport Climbing
Bouldering

Toni's Bio

I like waking up in the desert, falling off of boulders in the desert, looking for mountain lions in the desert, and drinking beer around a fire in the desert.

I also enjoy making jam.

Toni Isom

Toni Isom wrote a review of on April 23, 2014

5 5

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

I've been super loyal to La Sportivas, but when I lost one of my Miuras and found myself needing a new pair, I decided to try these based on the reviews.
Fit: They're more down-turned than the Muiras, and they fit my feet like gloves. No dead space, no weird pressure points. They fit like suction cups, in a good way. Slightly less fine-tuning in the fit than my old lace-ups, but not really even an issue. For reference, I have a wide, short foot, and bought my street size. They're definitely tight (too tight to wear between more than a couple problems at first) but they've eased up a bit, and they never felt like the torture chambers that other aggressive shoes I've tried felt like.
Performance: I LOVE these for bouldering and overhanging sport routes. They turn your big toe into a laser-like power-pointer. I don't love them for slabbier stuff, as they don't smear very well due to the pointy, downturned toe, but they'll do the trick. I may get another pair for longer, slabbier climbs. I've only had them for about a month, but so far the edges are still in good shape. No problems with weird smells or blue feet.

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Toni Isom wrote a review of on September 27, 2013

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This pad is well priced and does its job. It's not the biggest pad out there, but it's lightweight, comfy to carry, and fits with another pad in most 2- and 3-person tents for cushy post-climb camping. I really like the big foot-wipe area for getting mud off the shoes before hopping on a problem. I also like the full-fold design for placing the pad over big, scary rocks in the landing zone. This pad + a big taco pad is the perfect setup. It seems plenty durable to me; I've had it for over a year, used it pretty regularly, and the buckles and foam are holding up just fine.

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Toni Isom wrote a review of on September 26, 2013

5 5

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

I love La Sportiva rock shoes. My favorite pairs have always been Sportivas. I had the Katanas for a while, and those were an awesome beginner shoe, but these were perfect for graduating to a somewhat more aggressive shoe. The rubber is great, nice and sticky, but very durable (they have the longest lasting toe rubber I've experienced so far). The fit is definitely downturned enough for bouldering, though if you're climbing super technical overhanging problems, you might want something pointier and more asymmetrical. I went with my street size and don't regret it . I could have gone down a half size and been fine, but I'm prone to tendinitis in my feet and find that the half size of room makes a big difference. My only teeny complaint about these is that the laces, while super durable, like to come untied more than thinner laces do.

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Toni Isom wrote a review of on August 23, 2013

4 5

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

A very pretty, feminine dress. I love the print, the weight, and the fit. It has an open back, so you can't wear a bra, but it gives enough support and isn't see-through, though it will probably be obvious that you're braless when a breeze rolls in or the air conditioning kicks on. Only downside is that it's stupid long (I'm 5'4, and I'll probably need to hem it 3 inches).

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Toni Isom wrote a review of on August 23, 2013

4 5

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

Rad design, and they're somewhat stretchy, but holy crap, they're skinny in the calves. I could barely get them up past the mid thigh. Full disclosure, I do have larger, athletic legs, so if you're on the twiggier side, they'll probably be perfect. I'd size up, but I'm pretty sure the waist would be too big. Bummer.

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Toni Isom wrote a review of on August 23, 2013

2 5

Familiarity: I returned this product before using it

Super cute, but super flimsy and see-through. It's like a cheap nightgown. You'd have to have to wear some sort of slip underneath it if you don't want everyone to see your underoos. And the straps seems like they're just begging to break. Returning :(

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Toni Isom wrote a review of on August 23, 2013

5 5

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

Half the time I buy something online, I'm disappointed by how cheap-looking or crappily made it is compared to the photo. Not so here. This is super soft and well made, and it goes with a ton of things. I'm wearing it over a sheer white sleeveless button up right now! Huzzah!

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Toni Isom wrote a review of on June 24, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I LOVE these pants. I wanted a pair of capri-length pants for bouldering, something other than skin-tight legging-style capris (I often run errands, grab lunch, etc. afterwards, and I'm of the "tights are not pants"persuasion). These pants are form-following but not tight, they dry quickly and wick moisture, but don't make swish-swish sound, and they're insanely comfortable. Perfect for climbing, hiking, running, biking, yard work, and any other activity that involves movement,sweat, and possibly water.

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Toni Isom wrote a review of on June 11, 2013

5 5

I love these pants. They're insanely comfortable for lounging around or doing yard work in hot weather, and they also offer plenty of freedom of movement for climbing, though I probably wouldn't wear them on your bike. You can get creative with the unique style (they actually dress up pretty well). Run true to size. I really wish Backcountry would bring in the capri version.

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Toni Isom wrote a review of on January 9, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I gave it as a gift, but have feedback to share

I gave these as a gift, and the climber who received them has only worn them in the gym so far, as we're steeped in snow, but his initial impressions are that the forefoot is very stiff though easing up slowly but surely, and the shoe edges wonderfully. He also likes that the shape is aggressive for overhanging problems but not so aggressive that it's counterproductive on balance-y, slabby climbs. He went with his street shoe size and finds it to be just right so far. Will add updates when the shoes get more use.

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Toni Isom wrote a review of on January 7, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I gave it as a gift, but have feedback to share

I gave this to my brother for Xmas after several overly obvious hints. He likes the jacket for its retro look and its packable, lightweight down. It's been a super cold winter in SLC, and he's been comfortable. I bought him a large, which is what he usually wears. He's 6'2 and about 180 lbs (I think). The sleeves and body length are a bit longer than expected, but not a dealbreaker, and the overall fit elsewhere is spot on.

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