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Dianne

Dianne

Las Vegas, Yosemite, Zion, Grand Canyon

Dianne's Passions

Hiking & Camping
Climbing

Dianne's Bio

Backpacker, canyoneer, and beginning climber

Dianne

Dianne wrote a review of on March 14, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Fit: True to size

I've heard great things about Dansko shoes, so when I saw these on sale in my size, I snapped them up. I was surprised at how physically heavy they are for sandals, but so far they are extremely comfortable and nice and wide in the toe area. And they are cute enough to wear for casual slacks for work or for casual outings.

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Dianne wrote a review of on March 14, 2014

Well, I won't lose it ...
4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I bought this watch because it has a large, easy to read face and is water-resistant and should be sturdy for outdoor activities. I am NOT a fan of yellow but it was on clearance and I needed to replace my lost Ironman. That said ... it does seem to be very sturdy and definitely is easy to read. I had a little confusion figuring out the settings based on the graphical notes included but have it down now. That said, this watch is well, "fugly" is the only word that comes to mind. It's HUGE - which is why it is easy to read, but damn! It's a full inch and a half wide which I guess would be ok on a burly guy but is pretty sizeable on me. However, if I fall into a waterfall and get washed downstream, I will be visible for about a mile away given the brightness and size of this watch! And, given my propensity to lose things like watches and sunglasses, the size and bright color will probably help me hold onto it for awhile.

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Dianne wrote a review of on January 6, 2014

Love the ATS!
5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This is my favorite rappel device because it can easily be configured so many ways to provide the correct amount of friction for the situation. It's also easy to add friction on the fly, or even just to temporarily slow down, because it fits easily widthwise in your hand (unlike the Pirahna). I agree with everything 6IXGUN says below, noting that for double strand, turning it sideways and treating it like an ATC seems to work best rather than using it in 8-mode. Our group most often uses Sterling C-IV (9mm) and CanyonFire (8.3mm) and these work very smoothly with it.

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Dianne wrote a review of on October 23, 2012

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Short story is, we now only use our "other" rope on practice days on the rough crags, and use C-IV when running any canyons, wet or dry. Lightweight, very smooth, nice hand for tying a knot or stuffing in a rope bag, floats, and most importantly, doesn't heat up anywhere NEAR as much as any other rope we've used on rappels. It's more expensive than other canyon ropes if you buy a shorter or precut length, so just buy a full bolt and split it with a buddy. ... Updated 1/30/2014 - we've been using this rope extensively and the only note I would add is that the older the rope is (well, the more you beat it up!), it does seem to absorb more water and get bouncier when rappelling in class C canyons. Still my favorite rope by a long shot but maybe we'll get a segment of Canyon Pro for the really wet canyons.

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