David Brooke

David Brooke

Charleston, SC for a bit.

David Brooke's Passions

Fly Fishing
Hiking & Camping
Biking
Running
Skiing
Climbing
Surfing

David Brooke's Bio

Grew up in Montana. Went to college in South Dakota. Work in Construction Management and have done projects in Colorado, San Diego, central coast of California, Tennessee, and now Charleston, SC. When it comes to the outdoors, I'm a jack of all trades and a master of none...maybe after enough years I'll be a master of maybe one.

David Brooke

David Brooke wrote a review of on March 15, 2013

5 5

I've been using a similar model for several years now and can't imagine riding without it. I've beat the heck out of it and not done any maintenance to it and it still works like a champ. Dropping your seat for the decent is safer and came make you much faster as it lowers you center of gravity and gives you room to move.

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David Brooke

David Brooke wrote a review of on March 6, 2013

5 5

Can't remember the brand of bulky hip and tailbone pad that these replaced, but these are so much better. Much more comfortable and just as good or better protection without all the bulk. Plus you can adjust the pad thickness to suit your mood or slimness. Used for both mountain biking and skiing. Yes, I'm a baby and like pads when I wreck.

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David Brooke wrote a review of on March 6, 2013

5 5

These are my wifes and she is starting to get angry with me for stealing them from her. They are way comfortable for downhilling and even for pedaling and I find they offer almost as good as protection as the burly hard plastic ones. They have rotated and slipped down on me during a crash, but I'll take some responsibly for not having them properly cinched down. Great all around knee pad.

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David Brooke

David Brooke wrote a review of on March 6, 2013

4 5

So these are pretty full on protection and of all the others I've had, they are the most comfortable, for ones with hard plastic. They get better after breaking in, but if not properly cinched down will rotate during wipeouts as others have indicated. They have protected me from some bad hits though and I haven't found another hard plastic one that I light more.

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David Brooke

David Brooke wrote a review of on March 6, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Used this a lot at Trestle and Highland last summer and loved it. Previous one was a six six one and there is no comparison. This one is not nearly as bulky and provides much more mobility. Several un-intentional test crashes saved many body parts. Most of the pads are removable too, which has been nice for some enduro type races where I wanted just a little protection.

**Also, my wife has this same one as well and loves it. Not many options for female pressure suits and the flexible chest protector forms well around...women bumps.

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David Brooke wrote a review of on April 28, 2012

4 5

Installing right now, the 60 piece set on an 8' x 10' wall. Seem to have plenty of hold. It came with a "How to build a climbing wall" book which has provided some helpful tips. One thing to note, they recommend 100 - 200 t-nut holes per 4x8 sheet of plywood for flexibly in route setting. The big 60 pack only comes with about 45 t-nuts though, plenty for the holds provided, but not nearly enough to fill the # of holes you should have. I am ordering and would recommend purchasing additional t-nuts when putting your wall together. Perfect selection for starting out a climbing wall though!

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David Brooke wrote a review of on April 28, 2012

4 5

So yes this is more expensive than if you just put some webbing and beaners together, but for pure ease of setup this one is tough to beat. I've pulled and pulled tensioning my buddy's aforementioned cheap system, which usually needed additionally tentioning after a few minutes of use. I can set this up faster and tighter by myself than his cheap system. Quality materials and overall very happy with it.

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David Brooke wrote a review of on January 7, 2012

5 5

The screen is super handy and doesn't make it that much bigger. If you are using it everyday and forget some of the functions, the screen display makes it much easier to use. Also nice to see if you have the correct angles.

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David Brooke wrote a review of on December 13, 2011

4 5

So all the ski patrol guys always have these worn-in leather or other type of work glove, not some fancy synthetic polar type logo'd with velco and snaps. They have a work glove for work. This glove after a season of use just might look that cool. I really like the simplicity of it, just pull it on and a little extra material nicely placed to help you pull it on. Haven't used it in any super cold weather, but felt fine down to 10 degrees and was good in the afternoon warmth. Dexterity and feel was great compared to the aforementioned fancy techy gloves. Will update at the end of the season if my mind is changed.

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David Brooke

David Brooke wrote a review of on August 31, 2011

Dyna-Awesome!
5 5

Let's get this clear, my wife says she will never never go back to her marker barons after a season on these. For touring her biggest like other than the light weight, is that the binding is only attached to your toe so you are not lifting the whole binding. Another plus over the barons is the three heel height lifts vs two. Took a little getting used to and learning some tricks from some experienced users took this binding to another level. She's in love and I'm jealous.

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David Brooke wrote a review of on August 22, 2011

4 5

These are my first Hestra glove and I've been very happy with them. The soft shell glove breathes very well as I often find myself touring with them on while many others are gloveless. Used them down to about zero which they got a little cold, just had to keep moving the hands a little and they were fine. Would get them again.

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David Brooke wrote a review of on August 22, 2011

4 5

So at first I thought this worked like crap, but it was completely operator error. You can screw the plunger into either side and if you put it on the bottom, you'll get a ton of grounds in your coffee. Put it on the right side and it works like a charm. Little messy cleaning the grounds off the press and jetboil cup, but that is typically for any coffee press.

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