Charleston, SC for a bit.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Integral and very adjustable.
These would probably hit the top of your foot. I'd go with one of the smaller, lighter ones POC ones without the hard plastic, which I've found I keep stealing from my wife as they provide almost as good of protection and are more comfortable.
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.
Yes, it breaths just as well if not better than any other full length ones I've used. The nice thing is that most of the padding is removable, so if you're not going too crazy you could pull out the spine protector or remove a couple of the chest pads which helps.
In the regular rotation of favorite shirts. Fits slim.
The sling has held up very well and does separate out the gear. I had high anticipation of it helping the organization and selection of gear while climbing, but found it didn't help as much as I thought it would. Still a good product though.
Over the shoulder so the gear is on your hip.
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!
But they recommend 3/4". I started with 1/2", but was getting some flex so changed to 3/4".
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.
I'm the same size and the medium was perfect. Wife says I actually look pretty damn good in them!
I agree. They are a pretty slim fit.
Only have wore them a handful of times so far, but I really like them. Super comfortable and appear very durable. HEADS UP: They are a pull on with no zipper, snap, or button. Just a built in belt. I was a little surprised by that, but am kind of liking it. I'm a 32 waist and 33 length and the mediums fit me perfect.
No and would be tight fit over a normal ski boot and pretty loose on a cross country boot.
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.
I rubber band it to the back piece, which also keeps them together so it doesn't get lost. One side is a little exposed to damage, but the lcd screen is protected.