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Emerson Takahashi

Emerson Takahashi

Utah and Wyoming

Emerson Takahashi's Passions

Hiking & Camping
Snowboarding
Skiing
Climbing

Emerson Takahashi'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/

Emerson Takahashi

Emerson Takahashi wrote a review of on December 21, 2014

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Whether you are riding hard, or have weak wrists, your bindings will loosen up over time.
If you're lucky, you're at the top of the hill where you might be able to find some tools. For all those other times, you have to deal with the shaky ride back down and that's never fun.

These little tools easily fit into a pocket and will have you riding safe and sound in no time.

No issues with the ratchet yet. I have cranked on it pretty hard already and it doesn't show any sign of weakness. Hopefully it will stay that way. Until then, I'm pretty satisfied!

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Emerson Takahashi wrote a review of on December 13, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I gave it as a gift

These are a great gift for the tech savy mom on the go.
TKA 300 fleece is incredibly warm, and the windstopper fabric means hands are able to stay warmer for longer!
There's some sticky silicone along the palm so she'll get a solid grip on her bike or a jogging stroller.

And for all the modern momma's, these gloves have a conductive fabric that lets you use your touch screen phone without having to freeze your hands!

They seem to run a little large.

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Emerson Takahashi wrote a review of on December 13, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size

I loved these from the moment I took them out of the packaging.
The fabric is very stretchy and offers great wind resistance. The inside is lined with the softest fleece EVER.
It's almost too bad that they're so warm because I want to wear these everywhere, all the time.

Wore these on a recent trip to Maple Canyon for some multi-pitching. That usually means walking through thick groves of scrub oaks and other foliage that loves to snag anything that rubs against it. Temperatures went from cloudy mid-40's in the afternoon to windy mid-30's when we were rappelling down the route. Pants held up perfectly! Kept me warm during belays and rappels and no signs of abrasions or anything!

I'm 5'7, 28in waist and the 28x30 was perfect

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Emerson Takahashi wrote a review of on December 9, 2014

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I've only had these recently, but I can tell you that it's a whole lot better than having to fuss around with the seats and get everything wet from melting snow.
It's usually just my girlfriend and I, so the Powderhound is perfect and an inexpensive option for our 2 boards. (sorry to all the Big Cottonwood hitchhikers)

Fit directly onto our Outback's factory bars. Put it together at night in 10-15 minutes without a hitch.
Locks are great, prevents anyone from running away with our gear while we're having some beers or grub after a day on the mountain.

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Emerson Takahashi wrote a review of on December 9, 2014

4 5

Familiarity: I returned this product before using it
Fit: True to size

These seemed like a solid pair of pants. I'm pretty short though, so I didn't think I'd have a good chance with the inseam length on these.

Unfortunately I was right and I'll be returning them shortly.
They are pretty slim, but fit pretty nicely if you have skinny climber's legs.
The construction seemed to be really nice, sad we don't carry a short inseam version :(

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Emerson Takahashi wrote a review of on December 9, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size

Stop your searching, these are the best climbing pants you're going to find.
They're relatively inexpensive, and incredibly comfortable and durable. The elastic waistband and lack of fly reminds me a little too much of sweatpants, but I try to keep function in mind when I climb, and these fit the bill perfectly.

Perfect amount of room to really get a full range of motion when you climb, and they still have a pretty casual look to them if you need to run into town for supplies.

It's cotton, so don't expect the most breathable pair of pants to wear in the summer, but I love wearing these in the fall/spring where a thicker pair of pants are more welcome. I can wear long underwear under these too, and still move around easily.

Nylon belt is more or less useless as the elastic is enough to keep it around my waist. I do clip my chalkbag to it though, as part of the belt is visible on the back.

Recently got the Tokyo G pants since they had a zippered fly, but found that these are much more comfortable to climb in.

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Emerson Takahashi wrote a review of on December 9, 2014

3 5

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

Don't get me wrong, these are some slick looking pants.
I love the faded style, and the fabric is super comfortable. I got the Dusty Yellow color and really like it, definitely not bright yellow like the picture. The zippered fly is a nice improvement over the Original G pants

While these pants look awesome and would be great for a night out around town after climbing, I don't feel like they're designed with much motion in mind.
These are slim fitting pants, so when I try and bend my leg, the fabric bunches up behind my knee and prevents a full range of motion. A little articulation at the knee would have solved this, and perhaps I'll have these altered to work a little better. As most other climbers, I have pretty thin legs so slim fitting pants aren't usually a problem.
They do have a crotch gusset, but without being able to bend much at the knee, it doesn't really matter.
Also, there was about 10 inches of extra webbing that I had to cut off the belt. Not sure why you'd need a 40in belt on a pair of 30in waist pants...
I think I'll find myself reaching for my roomier Original G pants to climb in more often.

As a pair of climbing pants, they get 2/5 stars, but as a pair of casual pants, I'd give it 4/5

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Emerson Takahashi wrote a review of on December 2, 2014

4 5

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

I was not expecting this warm of a mitten for the price.
These impressed me the second I took them out of the packaging. Super nice leather, and stitching appears to be pretty bomber too. I don't doubt these will last a long time with proper care. There's an extra layer of leather on the palm where you'd grab an edge to add to its durability.

If I did have to point something out that I don't like, it'd be that it's a little narrow. I don't really have wide hands or anything, but it is a little tight. After some use, the leather should stretch and the insulation will pack out to make it more comfortable though

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Emerson Takahashi wrote a review of on November 12, 2014

4 5

Familiarity: I returned this product before using it

wear size 8.5-9 and picked up a pair of medium socks.
They seem great, very soft and seamless construction makes them super comfy.

Unfortunately, the mediums I purchased were HUGE!
Maybe they were labeled wrong, but the heel of the sock was about an inch past my actual heel making these impossible to wear. The "M" size was stitched on the sock itself too, which made it seem all the more odd.

I'm sure they would have been an excellent sock were it not for the sizing problem. Since we don't have the small sizes available I ended up going with SmartWool

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Emerson Takahashi wrote a review of on November 12, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size

I find it pretty hard to not like a pair of SmartWool socks, especially these.
The medium weight gives you so much cushion and feel very comfortable.

Ever since I starting wearing merino wool socks, I haven't been able to stand wearing cotton socks. Do your feet a favor and get some SmartWool socks!

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Emerson Takahashi wrote a review of on November 12, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size

When the temperatures drop and the wind starts feeling a little chilly, that's when its time to take the Apex Bionic jacket out of the closet.
I try to bike everywhere in town, and it can be very disheartening when the frigid winds cut right through your jacket. Once I throw this softshell on, problem solved.
All the pockets act like vents for the jacket too, so if you start to warm up from your ride, you can dump excess heat with a few zips.

I'm about 5'7 and got a medium to wear over hoodies and it works out great.
If you're active during the shoulder seasons, its hard to argue against getting a softshell!

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Emerson Takahashi wrote a review of on November 5, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: Runs large

I always brought my puffy along for camping on climbing trips. After a few seasons, it earned a few patches, but I was tired of having to worry about embers burning holes into my jacket.

Enter the Patagonia Lined Canvas jacket.

I've never had to worry about getting snagged on branches, or embers burning holes in the sleeves. Its a lot easier to wash than down jacket too, so you don't have to walk around always smelling like campfire smoke.

I've owned mine for a few years now and honestly never go camping without it! Its about as warm as a heavy-weight fleece, and I'm able to wear it over sweaters when it gets a little colder.

Leave that tired, old puffy at home!

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Emerson Takahashi wrote a review of on October 28, 2014

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

My girlfriend and I have been able to get some pretty good use from the tent in the few weeks that we've had it. Trips are usually geared towards climbing(car camping) but we were able to get in a backpacking trip in Moab as well.

PROS:
-Great value. Tons of space, not too heavy, included footprint all for under $200!
-Head space. Tall enough for both my girlfriend and I to sit up straight and play some cards.
-Good mesh placement for ventilation. Very comfortable to sleep in, the air is always circulating
-Doors seem almost to hang freely due to the shape. This reduces the amount of stress on the zippers greatly, and I expect the zippers to last for quite a while.
-Fast-pitch option for those really looking to cut down on weight at a lower budget.

CONS:
-Not enough ventilation in the fly. Built up quite a bit of condensation when we slept with the fly on at a campground. We opened up the door and it seemed to solve the problem.
-We don't have any use for the gear locker. Since we normally keep the fly off, we just keep our gear out in front. Could certainly be handy during stormy days though

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Emerson Takahashi wrote a review of on October 7, 2014

4 5

At first glance, these were a little bigger than I expected, still easily packable, but just a little more bulky than I thought.
Seems very durable though. We cooked up some chorizo tacos at camp and nothing melted!

The length of these ends up being perfect if you bring along those freeze dried backpacking meals. No more having to lick food off your knuckles!

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Emerson Takahashi wrote a review of on September 24, 2014

5 5

Black Diamond has always been my go-to for headlamps.
When my old headlamp kicked the bucket, I knew I could count on BD as a replacement.

For the current $24 price, it's hard to beat. A red light, and two different "white" lights make it a perfect choice for any camper or climber.

I don't really need anything special out of a headlamp besides reliability, and you can certainly find that with any BD product

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Emerson Takahashi wrote a review of on September 23, 2014

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size

From the girlfriend:
PROS
-Wider shape is comfortable enough to leave on during gym sessions
-sticky rubber, and 5mm sole for extra durability
-washable
-almost no stretch

CONS
-synthetic material can be a little unconfortable
-rounded toe sacrifices a little power
-gets a little stinky

All in all, solid gym shoes for the price. Wearing down an expensive pair of shoes on plastic isn't worth it, save good shoes for the rock! Sending in a pair of Katana Lace shoes to get resoled and these work great climbing outside in the meantime.
Wash them regularly or they'll start to stink!

Sizing seems fairly consistent to other Sportiva shoes. Since they don't stretch, I sized up .5 from other leather shoes (Pythons, Katana velcro)

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