Daniel Joo

Daniel Joo

Calvin College Rock Wall, Grand Ledge, Red River Gorge, that young Chaddy, Yosemite, JTree

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Daniel's Passions

Trad Climbing
Camping
Backpacking
Sport Climbing
Bouldering

Daniel's Bio

My name is Daniel and I'm currently a Junior at Calvin College. I love to rock climb, backpack and get away from the city lights once in a while (:

Daniel Joo

Daniel Joo wrote a review of on May 18, 2014

5 5

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

These shorts feel just like the Stretch Zion Pant without the extra fabric. I have these, the Stretch Zion Pant and the Knickers and I am happy with how the thigh pockets are designed on these shorts. They have side access zips so you can easily access your gear while sitting in a harness. Highly recommended, very comfortable!

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Daniel Joo wrote a review of on April 1, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I bought the 15L dry bag and came back a week later to buy some more, only to find out that they're discontinued. I use this stuff sack for clothes, or when it's raining, I'll stuff my down bag in it to keep it completely dry. It functions well and haven't yet failed me.

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Daniel Joo wrote a review of on April 1, 2014

5 5

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

I didn't get these shoes too tight, I wanted something that I can climb in, but didn't have to take it off after every route I tried. I got a size that fit snug, but moderately comfortable and have no problem keeping them on for hours. They still perform well, the heel isn't the greatest but that's a given for slip on shoes. It has super sticky rubber so it's great for slab and I've done plenty of crack climbing in these bad boys. Highly recommended.

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Daniel Joo wrote a review of on April 1, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This product delivers a fresh cup of coffee every morning when you need it to. Clean up is a hassle but what can you say... having coffee in the backcountry is one of the best feelings and a bit of messy clean up is well worth it. Easily a must-have on any outdoor adventures.

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Daniel Joo wrote a review of on April 1, 2014

4 5

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

These tights are pretty comfortable and breathe almost too well. I'd like to see some zippers around the ankle areas, however, since getting them on can be quite the struggle, especially if you have big feet. However, once you get them on, they feel great and perform very well. Highly recommended.

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Daniel Joo wrote a review of on March 9, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I used these gloves for a month straight while I was climbing in Yosemite. Every time I rappelled or belayed a buddy, these gloves were used and they held up perfectly fine. I was climbing in warm weather and they breathed very well, I'd recommend these to anybody who are looking for a solid pair of belay gloves.

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Daniel Joo wrote a review of on March 9, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Read the other reviews to learn about how awesome this is, my review exists solely to convince you to get the double, like the title indicates. The double is great for many reasons. You have more room, you can snuggle with a buddy (which isn't as comfortable as you'd expect, tell them to get their own hammock!), or drape the extra fabric over yourself when you sleep. Not only does it keep you a bit warmer, it protects you from mosquitoes. When you're not using the attached stuff sack to hold your beer like previous reviews have mentioned, throw a nalgene in it and toss it over your body, essentially creating a cocoon.

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Daniel Joo wrote a review of on March 9, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This pack is awesome. I can fit two pairs of shoes, 12 quick draws, a 9.7mm 70m rope, chalk bag, grigri, harness, and layers no problem. My helmet is clipped to the outside, only because I don't want it to get smashed. The padding on the straps are comfortable, the waist belt is great. Would definitely recommend, especially when it's on sale. I saw it on SteepandCheap for 100 dollars the other day.

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Daniel Joo wrote a review of on March 9, 2014

5 5

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

First off, I absolutely love these pants. They are light, stretchy, breathable, comfortable and soft. I have owned a pair of these, along with a pair of regular strech zion pants and I'd recommend these for bouldering and the regular pants for longer, multi pitch climbing. The reason I say this is because the regular pants has side access zippers for the thigh pockets, which is useful when you're harnessed up. These knickers do not have that side access zipper, which makes it a bit scarier to pull out my phone to quick check the weather. All in all, fantastic pants but for multi pitch or big wall climbing, I'd prefer the regular pants.

http://www.backcountry.com/prana-stretch-zion-pant-mens?rr=t

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Daniel Joo wrote a review of on March 9, 2014

3 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I got tired of stopping every time I wanted some water from my nalgene bottle. I love my nalgene, don't get me wrong, but it's impossible to drink water while riding. This water bottle not only keeps my water nice and cold, it's easy to drink while riding, although I wouldn't recommend it for mountain biking since dust can easily get around the mouth piece and you'll end up squirting some dirt into your mouth along with water. Overall, I use it for road biking and spinning and this water bottle works well.

UPDATE: I've dropped a star cause I can't seem to get rid of the silicon taste that the bottle leaches into my water. I thought it'd go away after a couple uses but nothing is getting rid of the nasty chemical taste. I'd return the bottle but it's not worth the hassle.

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Daniel Joo wrote a review of on March 9, 2014

Comfortable Tights
5 5

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

I've only used these tights a couple times but man are they comfortable. There is hefty padding around the groin area, not the most breathable padding but it keeps my butt happy during long rides or spin sessions.

UPDATE: Just got back from my spring break trip to Utah and New Mexico. Used these shorts on Slick Rock in Moab and took a pretty nasty fall on one of the slopes. The padding around the groin saved...everything. They still look brand new. I'd give these shorts a couple more stars if I could. Thank you Gore.

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Daniel Joo wrote a review of on March 9, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: Runs small

I used these gloves in the high teens with no problem. My fingers didn't stay completely warm but if I had a liner on, I would have been golden. The fit is small, I usually get small gloves but I bumped it up a size. I also took a pretty nasty fall on my bike with these gloves on and they held up nicely, providing padding without too much damage to the glove.

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Daniel Joo wrote a review of on November 1, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

This jacket weighs close to nothing and stuffs down to the size of a tennis ball. I chose this jacket over the Houdini because it had hood adjustment and velcro on the cuffs. It weighs about 50 grams more than the Houdini but I think the trade off is definitely worth it. One complaint is that the stomach area is a little too sufficient. When I sit down, the jacket folds over itself and a little hill forms on my stomach because of all the excess space. The fabric is water resistant, I've been through light showers with the jacket and it performs perfectly. Overall, this wind breaker is amazing, I just wish the sizing around the stomach area was a bit tighter.

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Daniel Joo wrote a review of on November 1, 2013

5 5

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

If you want a fast, light and quality rain jacket, this is the one for you. Being a rock climber, I need something that will keep me dry through a flash storm but also very packable and light. This was my solution and I find myself using this jacket almost every day. Not only is it a fantastic rain jacket, it is also a great wind breaker and a layering piece. I throw this jacket over my Atom LT and it keeps me dry and warm throughout my daily commute and when I go on weekend backpacking trips, this jacket stuffs into a water bottle pocket for easy access.

With that said, this jacket is made with Gore-Tex Paclite. At first, it performs well but after heavy use, the face fabric starts to bleed through. This does not affect the water-proofness factor of the jacket, but if the face fabric bleeds, it greatly reduces the breathability of the jacket. I've already treated my jacket with DWR twice in the last 6 months. Paclite is great but if you want a truly bombproof jacket, I would recommend a better fabric, something like the Alpha LT or the SV. These jackets use better face fabric that beads the water better.

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Daniel Joo wrote a review of on November 1, 2013

4 5

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

After commuting with this jacket everyday and taking it on a week long climbing trip to the Red River Gorge, I am confident when I say this is one of the best compressor's on the market. The fit is great, it keeps you warm and is moderately water resistant. The only reason I gave it 4 stars instead of 5 is because there is no hood or cuff adjustments but it is not a big deal if you have another jacket over such as a wind breaker or rain shell. I couple this jacket with the Alpha Sl Hybrid and it keeps me dry and warm down to the low 40's.

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Daniel Joo wrote a review of on April 14, 2013

4 5

I bought this bladder for a week long backpacking trip. It performed well but the water in the tube froze overnight. It would take about a hour or two for the ice to thaw. Also, inserting the bladder into your full pack can be quite a challenge. Osprey makes bladder with a stiff plastic lining that makes it easier to insert the bladder into the pack.

Final notes:
1. Great for Spring, Summer and Fall trips but put the bladder in an insulator for winter.
2. Load the bladder before you pack your bag. This might mean having to repack your bag every time you refill the bladder.

Overall, solid bladder that performs well.

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