Daniel Wilson

Daniel Wilson

Salt Lake City, Utah

Daniel's Passions

Hiking & Camping
Snowboarding
Snowshoeing
Climbing

Daniel's Bio

I camp, I hike, I ride, I climb, I wear clothes. Backcountry.com is all that I am.

Daniel Wilson

Daniel Wilson wrote an answer about on December 14, 2009

I've found La Sportiva's sizing chat to be pretty accurate, so that would be a 40.0 for woman's 8.5. Your best bet is to get into a climbing store and put a pair on first though. You want your climbing shoes to fit perfectly. Also, don't be afraid if they're a bit small at first. You want them to stretch slightly so that they fit your foot exactly to give you the best performance.

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Daniel Wilson wrote an answer about on December 14, 2009

I prefer to use a sleeping pad that folds in half, like the Thermarest Prolite 3 or 4 and put it under the hood on top of the pack. If that doesn't work because your pack is too full, then a couple of straps through the accessory loops on the bottom compartment will do the trick for a horizontal mount. (the small dark gray ones above the big light gray guys there)

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Daniel Wilson wrote a review of on August 16, 2009

4 5

This is a great rope for people getting started climbing on their own gear. At 10.5 it's very durable as far as climbing ropes go. It can take the abuse you're bound to give when learning to lead climb. It will last for a long time if you're just using it as a toprope (assuming you're avoiding bad karma by using 'biners, and not doing laps through the chains).

It feeds nicely through belay devices and I haven't had any problems with it getting tangled up. Really, the only con I've found with it is the weight. When you're 60 feet up a lead route, you can feel the difference from a skinny line when pulling up line to clip, but I'll take the extra weight and not have to worry if my rope will catch me or not.

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Daniel Wilson wrote a review of on August 16, 2009

5 5

I originally bought the un-hooded version, but I returned in favor of this one. The reason being that, if it's cold enough for me to want to wear a down jacket, it's cold enough for me to want to have a hood too. There was nothing wrong with the other jacket, but having the hood adds that extra warmth I was looking for and eliminates the draft down the neck on windy days. Definitely worth the extra cash. Besides, it looks way better with the hood on.

It's a bomber jacket. Everything is perfect. The fit isn't too long. Comes right below my waist, about mid-buttocks. I'm 6'2" about 200lbs and I have the large. These jackets tend to run a little bigger because they are designed to have layers underneath. But unless you're standing around in subzero temps, this jacket is plenty warm on it's own.

I've also worn it in temps as warm as 45deg or so, and was equally comfortable. The power of down!

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Daniel Wilson wrote a review of on August 16, 2009

5 5

I originally bought the un-hooded version, but I returned in favor of this one. The reason being that, if it's cold enough for me to want to wear a down jacket, it's cold enough for me to want to have a hood too. There was nothing wrong with the other jacket, but having the hood adds that extra warmth I was looking for and eliminates the draft down the neck on windy days. Definitely worth the extra cash. Besides, it looks way better with the hood on.

It's a bomber jacket. Everything is perfect. The fit isn't too long. Comes right below my waist, about mid-buttocks. I'm 6'2" about 200lbs and I have the large. These jackets tend to run a little bigger because they are designed to have layers underneath. But unless you're standing around in subzero temps, this jacket is plenty warm on it's own.

I've also worn it in temps as warm as 45deg or so, and was equally comfortable. The power of down!

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Daniel Wilson wrote an answer about on August 16, 2009

The Katana's are probably a little better all-around shoe. They've got a good toe, so they edge really well, but they're still pretty comfortable in my opinion. Great for a long day of climbing.

The Miura is a much more aggressive shoe, designed to excel on very tough bouldering problems and sport routes.

I think you'd probably be very pleased with either shoe, but the Katana, with its velcro straps would be more of the all-around shoe.

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Daniel Wilson wrote a review of on January 24, 2007

5 5

I had my doubts about buying this jacket. Everyone was raving about soft shells and I knew I wanted one, but I didn't know if it was really worth the $. Now that I own one, I understand what all the hype is about. This jacket is awesome. It's super comfy and you can wear it anywhere. I mostly wear it around town, but I have used it snowboarding and it performs great. I've also used it a layering piece in >10 deg. weather. It's just a super piece. I'd buy it again.

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