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Dennie wrote a review of on May 14, 2013

5 5

so glad to have spent the money on this bag. most of the TNF gear that i sink my money into last longer than expected (e.g., jackets going on 10 years, backpacks going on 15) and my guess is this will be no different.

terrific for travel - a truly bomber bag that feels just tough as balls. the only thing i would say is that it's not truly comfortable as a backpack, but that's a fine tradeoff for the size and durability. i own a large and recently packed a 6 day climbing trip, complete with large sleeping bag, tent, tarp, climbing gear, and clothes to make the most out of my one checked bag.

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Dennie wrote a review of on May 14, 2013

5 5

These were my first pair of climbing shoes ever and I have retired them to my personal shrine so that the gigantic holes in the toe remind me of just how much I loved these shoes. They are a GREAT beginner's shoe if sized comfortably, and now, as an intermediate climber, a great easy on/off option that I can size small for technical climbs. The shoes stre----------tch, probably .5-1.0 size during the life of the shoes (depends on how much mileage you get out of them). I am street 11, size 10 in anasazis, and prefer a size 10 or size 9.5 mocc.

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Dennie wrote a review of on May 14, 2013

3 5

Its a chalk bag. It's not particularly big, or particularly flashy. It is fine and I like to have it around as a bag I can lend out to new climbers or guests. I personally prefer a slightly larger sized bag (less frequent refilling) that is softer. Gets the job done though and the drawstring closure seems to work great.

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Dennie wrote a review of on May 14, 2013

4 5

Inexpensive, easy to use, and has withstood lots of abuse from me trying to compress the bejeezus out of my clothes. Never had any problems with leakage into the bag and it works great in very humid enivronments, keeping your stuff nice and dry. It takes a bit of care to really get a nice air-free pack but you can get two sacks for the price of one that has those air releases.

have only used these for camping and personal travel so cannot speak to their durability/use in backpacking situations.

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Dennie wrote a review of on May 14, 2013

5 5

Used this everywhere from business trips to cragging and love this little guy. I don't know if I'd ever need a second because I can seriously fit so much crap into one of these things and I don't think it will ever fall apart. Easy to clean and has not built up any weird odors or anything after about a year of at least one trip per month. Best of all, it matches my TNF Base Camp (Large) so it looks like my giant bag had a baby.

PS: i've never used the mirror but it has received the girlfriend seal of approval. bonus points!

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Dennie wrote a review of on May 3, 2013

4 5

this is an awesome minimalist sneaker - but it's definitely still somewhere in that sneaker/rubber sock area. i've transitioned to these from new balances (minimus trails and zeros) and the first thing I noticed was just how close to the ground my feet were. there is hardly anything there and you feel everything. the rubber is THIN, to the point where i consciously avoid stepping on anything but flat surfaces, which is,i guess, a good thing. i noticed that these shoes required even more from my foot and ankles, so I would recommend a short adjustment period if you're coming from anything that is more padded.

there are 2 things to note which may be disadvantages for some. first, i have a hard time going barefoot in these b/c the synthetic upper material creases if i have to flex my foot to get on my toes. this creasing actually creates some sore spots on the top of my foot which will cut/blister. second, the sizing on these guys is STRANGE. i wear a size 11 comfortably, 10.5 snuggly. i had to buy a size 10 in these shoes and there is still some breathing room in the toe box (which i like). this sizing issue may be why i have issues with the creasing/top of foot. luckily BC has an easy return policy and made the whole process very easy.

tip: runningwarehouse has a shoe sizing guide that i found was pretty spot on for minimalist shoe fitting.

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