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Emerson Takahashi

Emerson Takahashi

Utah and Wyoming

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Emerson's Passions

Hiking & Camping
Snowboarding
Skiing
Climbing

Emerson's Bio

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Previously from Wyoming, I came out to Salt Lake for some bigger mountains to shred. While I'm not in the mountains skiing, I'm out rock climbing and camping with some friends in the desert!

Follow my adventures and exploits at http://sushimang.dpmblogs.com/

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Emerson Takahashi

Emerson Takahashi wrote a review of on August 31, 2014

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I was looking to get a small light for my commuter bike and came across these. They're great lights for the price, and come with a few modes to make sure you're seen by cars passing by.

Simple mounting system, and it comes with two shims to ensure a tight fit around your seatpost. Comes with a clip as well to hook onto a saddle bag. Its a little heavy though, so I think the mount that it came with is the most secure.

Happy with my purchase, now I can have peace of mind while I'm out riding at night.

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Emerson Takahashi wrote a review of on August 31, 2014

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Not being visible to traffic at night can be a little dangerous.
These lights are nice and inexpensive. They only really light up 5-6 feet in front of your bike, but its more than bright enough to catch the attention of cars passing by. I just leave my light on the slowest flashing mode to conserve battery.

I like that these have a little clip on them too so I can slide it onto a backpack for hiking around at night.
Great light for the money. Will probably also bring these on climbing trips and set them up at night to do some night time bouldering

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Emerson Takahashi wrote a review of on August 31, 2014

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Fit: Runs large

For being mostly cotton, I was pleasantly surprised with the weight of these pants. Much lighter than my other cotton climbing pants! The blend of materials is a perfect combination of ruggedness and low weight.
Not sure if the extra flap on the fly is really necessary, but the pants are well thought out and fit pretty nice as well. Articulation on the knee is great combined with the crotch gusset really improves the range of motion.
Great pair of pants for biking or climbing when the temperature starts to get a little cooler.

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Emerson Takahashi wrote a review of on August 5, 2014

perfect pump for the hardcore unicyclist
5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I've been dreaming of getting one of these floor pumps for a while and finally pulled the trigger!

It's a pricey floor pump, but it's gorgeous looking and pumps like a champ.
I love Lezyne's flip chuck. It screws onto any schrader or presta valve without worries of cross threading or letting all of your hard pumped air out.

These also come with a needle, so I can keep my basket ball inflated and show my girlfriend who boss is around here.
(just kidding, she's 5'11 and was on the varsity team).

This 2.8x57cm shaft is no two pump chump!
If you're serious about inflating that tube to go float the river, or have a ton of beach balls that you want to blow up, your search ends here.

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Emerson Takahashi wrote a review of on July 28, 2014

Safety first kids
5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

This has been an excellent helmet for my large noggin.
The fit is adjustable to you can dial it down just right, and let's be honest, it's a little better looking than those Half Dome Helmets...

To add to an already large head, my hair is pretty thick and there's lots of it. All the vents helps me keep my dome at a decent temperature, even during my hardest of tries.

Get this helmet and be the object of envy at the crag!

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Emerson Takahashi wrote an answer about on July 12, 2014

Hey George! Thanks for reaching out to us.
I think as far as the chest goes, a large would be enough, but given your height, I believe the XL will fit you a little better.

You're always welcome to try both sizes out to compare which fits best, and then send back the one you don't want for a full refund!
Just let us know and we'll get something worked out for you

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Emerson Takahashi wrote a review of on June 16, 2014

Great Gym Shoe
4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: Runs small

Just about everyone could use a shoe like this.
It's comfortable, it has a thick, durable sole, it has an EVA insert in the heel to help absorb impact, and best of all, you can throw it in the washing machine when it starts smelling funky.

Beginners can wear it comfortably for entire gym sessions, and more experienced climbers can give their $180 Futuras a little break from the rough plastic holds.

I had to go up half a size in these from my other La Sportiva shoes(Mythos, Speedster, Cobra), since there is no room for your toes to curl up in these.
I typically wear between an 8.5 and 9 street shoe, and 38.5 in my other Sportiva shoes. The 39 in these fit me perfectly.

They're not the most technical shoes. Edging is harder due to the rounded toe, and the low profile fit doesn't make the heel very secure.
The color is kind of crazy too... considering using some fabric dye to make the CMYK coloring a little more pleasing to the eye

All in all, these are a great pair shoes geared towards gym climbing. Save those expensive shoes for where it counts, on rock!

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Emerson Takahashi wrote a review of on June 7, 2014

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

These are some nice lightweight quickdraws! They're just a bit smaller than the Wild Wires, but still relatively easy to clip.
I'm sure these will be a great addition to our rack

I haven't been able to take them out yet unfortunately, so stay tuned for an actual review!

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Emerson Takahashi wrote a review of on May 31, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

These are incredibly useful while you're out car camping!
My girlfriend and I make a lot of trips down south to go rock climb, and this is perfect for the job. Once you've set up base camp, just prop the panel up so that it's directly facing the sun and leave it there for a while to charge the power pack. A full day's worth of sun easily brought our 150wh power pack to 100%.

Our panel got its first use on a cross-country trip to Georgia for a music festival. I hate feeling like a caveman after paying upwards of $300 for ticket/camping, so this year, we brought our solar power along and made everyone green with envy, although it was hard to tell since they were all sitting in the dark.
We powered a string of LED lights, 3 cellphones, and a little speaker for music for a total of 5 days without plugging anything into a wall outlet!

Great investment for those that like a little luxury while out on the road

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Emerson Takahashi wrote a review of on May 31, 2014

Bright and efficient!
5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I got one of these lights as part of a package with the Boulder 15 solar panel, and a Escape 150 generator.
The 150 generator is more than enough to power the light for several days on end, and the option to chain multiple lights together is an awesome way to light up your camp.

These lights are BRIGHT too, way brighter than I first expected! The little carabiner that holds the light slides up and down the cord, so it's easily adjusted to fit your set up.

Perfect for reading or playing card games

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Emerson Takahashi wrote a review of on May 26, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

We got this screen tent to take around to festivals and other car camping trips. Thankfully, we were able to put it to the test during our cross-country road trip down to a festival in Georgia.

First off, it's a breeze to setup. 4 super durable poles attach easily to each other, and then the rest just snaps into place. I did, however purchase some heavy duty stakes to anchor down the corners as the ones included seem a bit small.
We were confined to a 10x30ft area at the festival, and the medium fit just fine. We used it to sleep in, and it seems like 4 people could fit in there just fine. There's plenty enough headroom as well.

We weren't expecting much bad weather on our trip, but we got a hell of a storm during the last day of the festival. Torrential rain and howling winds for several hours put the festival on hold and had us taking shelter within the tent.
While water had come up and flooded the ground, the tent stood fast and kept us safe from the rain.

Huge mesh panels keep the air flowing, but you can close all of them up when it's time for some privacy.

Step up your glamping game by powering your base camp with some solar panels and solar powered generators too. While our festival neighbors are sitting in the dark like cavemen, we dined and partied in style using speakers and strings of LED lights powered by our Goal Zero Nomad 15 panel and Yeti 150 generator

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Emerson Takahashi wrote a review of on May 25, 2014

Great Personal Anchor System
5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

These are perfect for sport climbing.
Clip your self into the chains at the top to set up a top rope anchor or a rappel.
These Chain Reactor slings will be attached to my harness for good, that is, until its time to replace it.

Edit: I just purchased a second one of these slings so my girlfriend and I can climb bolted multi pitches.
Please know what you're doing with these slings. Always have your weight on them to make sure you don't shockload the sling, which could potentially make it fail.
I use these to clip into the bolts at the belay station until I'm able to set up a belay anchor and attach myself with the climbing rope using a clove hitch

Be safe!

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