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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/

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Emerson Takahashiwrote a review of on April 25, 2015

Great harness!
5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Hard to believe a harness of this quality exists for this price!

The waistbelt is comfortable and adjusts easily, as do the leg loops.
The gearloops are fairly stiff too, despite not being made of plastic, and it's easy to unclip anything you're bringing along.

No doubt this harness will last a long time!

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Emerson Takahashiwrote a review of on April 11, 2015

5 5

I can't even think of a clever metaphor to describe how awesome these chairs are. They pack down to the size of my climbing harness and are super light, especially when you're used to $10 chairs from walmart. Perfect chair for camping!

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Emerson Takahashiwrote a review of on April 10, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: Runs small
Height: 5' 7"
Weight: 135 lbs
Size Purchased: medium

I've never worn a medium in Patagonia until this jacket. The arm length was perfect as was the fit around the waist, but I do have bigger pecs and lats from climbing, so I'm unable to hold both of my arms straight without the jacket restricting movement.
Sizing up fixed the chest issue but now I the sleeves are slightly longer than I'd wish.

As far as performance goes, these are the bee's knees. Small enough to clip onto a harness which makes these super useful for windy summits. The DWR coating will repel a bit of precipitation too which is great if get caught in some afternoon showers in the high country.

The Ande's Blue color is super slick looking and accurate to the picture shown in the description. For the price, these are the best wind shells you can get- under 5oz, full zip, hooded, and DWR coating. Don't miss out on the best emergency shell out there!

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Emerson Takahashiwrote a review of on April 10, 2015

3 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Fit: Runs large
Height: 5' 7"
Weight: 135 lbs

I really wanted to like these, but I just couldn't justify keeping these over a pair of Chaco's I picked up at a yard sale($5, no joke)
These are super light, about half the weight of the Z/1's and have a nice shape that provides a lot of arch support. What didn't fit my feet properly was the webbing. If I had the straps tightened down to a snug fit, it would prevent my foot from bending up, so it was either a super loose fit so I could move my feet, or a snug fit that prevented much foot movement. I think this might only affect some people with a higher volume foot though?

The flat webbing on the Z/1 is much more flexible since it doesn't have velcro so it allows me a little more movement, and I think the Vibram rubber is a little more durable as well.
I normally wear between 8.5 and 9, and I still found the 8 to be a little big for me on the length.
For the price, I really wanted to like these. Half the price, half the weight, they just didn't fit me right :(

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Emerson Takahashiwrote a review of on March 21, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I gave it as a gift but have feedback to share
Fit: True to size

It's just barely spring but the sun is already shining strongly here in Utah. Bought this for my girlfriend and it looks great. Polyester fabric dries quick, feels soft, and is very lightweight.

she's 5'11 and the medium was perfect

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Emerson Takahashiwrote a review of on March 21, 2015

4 5

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

I've owned a few pairs of 5.10 shoes, and have yet to be disappointed. The rubber is sticky, the construction is solid, the shape of the last is pretty comfortable as well.

I wear between an 8.5 and 9 in street shoes normally and went with the 8.5 Stonelands shoe. The fit is snug, but comfortable enough for a several efforts on a route/boulder problem. Hook and loop closure makes these super easy top pop on and off between climbs.

The shape of the last sort of surprised me out of the box. First thing I noticed was how square the toe box was. The front of the toe is almost flat, like the old Rock Wrench shoes(bonus points for you if you know what I'm talking about). My toes don't quite go as flat as the toe box is shaped, but I still get really solid edging performance on slab and slightly overhanging rock. Decent sensitivity overall too- good blend between sole durability and performance. I would have rather gotten the lace-up's for better fit, but those have a synthetic upper so they'll stink like crazy. Going to be very thankful for leather shoes while I'm living out of a van...

These shoes are great for moderate climbing, whether it's on edges or cracks, these shoes will feel at home!

Sizing: 8.5/9 street shoe, 38.5 for La Sportiva shoes(mythos, cobra, speedsters) and 8.5 for FiveTen(Dragon, Quantum, Hornet)

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Emerson Takahashiwrote a review of on February 24, 2015

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 7"
Weight: 135 lbs
Size Purchased: 30x30

These are a great pair of cords.
I wore my last pair out after using them for climbing, so I'll try to keep things a little more casual with these.
The last pair of pants would have lasted longer if I didn't always have stuff in my pocket. They worked great as climbing pants though, just don't expect a lot of durability
These have a great fit, and the lightweight fabric has just the right amount of stretch.
Make sure you wait for them to be on sale!

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Emerson Takahashiwrote a review of on February 23, 2015

5 5

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

I picked up a few of these along with the Trango Phase biners to create some extendable draws. The sling is a little stiff at first, but they loosened up nicely and handle really well.

Great addition to the rack

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Emerson Takahashiwrote a review of on February 21, 2015

First Impressions
5 5

Excited to start using this rope more. We've only had it for a day and we're definitely impressed with the rope so far. It came in a nice bag that had a sewn in tarp which is nice, but a little small.
Our old rope(petzl nomad) just had a middle mark, but after a while our rope got dirty and the ink faded so it was super hard to find the center, even after washing. The bi pattern is a huge improvement and will never require an "educated guess" to find the middle.
We did have to un-kink the rope and found that running it through my belay device was the quickest method of pushing all the kinks out to the end of the rope. After that though, it climbed like a champ!
Super easy to feed out to the climber, and feels like fine angel hair pasta when you're clipping it.
No falls on it yet.
Also, I normally use the low-friction side of my ATC device to belay, but this rope is thin and smooth so the high friction mode was actually pretty nice to use when lowering the climber.

Not much else to report on it yet, we'll see how well it goes over time, definitely stoked on it now!

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Emerson Takahashiwrote a review of on February 16, 2015

3 5

Let me start by saying that this is an overpriced Finum Teeli filter. You can usually find those for under $10, and I have several tea infusers as well that I picked up for $1 or 2 each.

These are nice for around the house or office though. I don't always want to deal with cleaning out my bulky french press, so I'll throw in some freshly ground coffee into the filter, and then after a few minutes of brewing in your mug, you can dump it in the trash.

There are better things to use for backpacking as well. It takes up as much room as a small cup, yet it doesn't hold an ounce of liquid. Tea infusers are a quarter of the size and much much cheaper.
You can't brew coffee in a tea infuser, but if you're not grinding your beans and brewing it right then and there, your coffee isn't going to taste that great anyways. For this reason, I always pick up some instant coffee for camping. Same crappy pre-ground coffee taste, but ZERO cleanup.

Great product, don't get me wrong, but pretty expensive for what it is.
Seriously, look up the Finum Teeli

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Emerson Takahashiwrote a review of on February 15, 2015

4 5

Familiarity: I gave it as a gift but have feedback to share
Fit: True to size

Got these for my girlfriend as an inexpensive replacement for a pair of La Sportiva Oxygyms.
We go to the gym most of the time, but drive down to Joe's Valley or Maple Canyon for some real rock action once a week.

She wears a women's 11, and the size 9 slipper fit perfectly. Could have probably gone down a half size for a more aggressive fit, but the 9 seems solid for face and some crack climbing.

Rubber seems sticky and construction is solid. We don't doubt these will last a while. They're perfect for while we wait to get her Katanas(laced) back from the re-sole shop

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Emerson Takahashiwrote a review of on February 14, 2015

5 5

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

I don't know what kind of witchcraft Kuhl is conjuring to have all the success with pants, but they better not stop.
I grabbed a pair of Revolver pants and loved them. They're super light considering they're mostly cotton, but I still wanted something that'll be better for summer- more breathable, quicker drying, flexible fabric...

Enter the Renegade pants. They have the usual amazing Kuhl construction- crotch gusset, articulated knees, sun protection, and DWR coating. The 12% spandex means that these pants will move with you no matter what too!

As far as the durability, I've already put them through a thorough test on day 1. Went climbing on some very sharp granite and got into some off widths. The shirt I was wearing came out with some damage, as well as my arms and ankles, pants still look like new! Even after bushwacking through scrub oaks, pants don't have a scratch on them.

Definitely keepers!

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Emerson Takahashiwrote a review of on January 18, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I've been using these skis for about 5 years now and love them!
Waxless base is easy to care for and the fish scales grip snow perfectly.
Have used these for touring in fresh snow, but I usually stay on groomed trails. They did great in powder though, quite stable and still able to turn/stop.

I use these with the SNS Pilot classic bindings and the Escape 7 boots to get a super comfortable and inexpensive set up

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Emerson Takahashiwrote a review of on January 7, 2015

Perfectly priced
3 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Climbing at a gym tears up my climbing shoes like crazy, and I really hate shelling out $100-150 on a new pair of shoes twice a year.

My pair of La Sportiva Mythos developed a nice big hole in the toe over the past season, so it was time to replace them. I have had a few pairs of Red Chili shoes in the past, and their value is highly appealing, so I figured I'd give these a shot.

Due to our lack-luster winter, I've been able to take these outside and climb already!
They did great on all sort of footholds- smearing, edging, heel/toe hooking.

Rubber is nice and sticky, and I foresee myself using these shoes a lot, both for gym and moderate problems outside.

Not sure why I ever paid more than $100 for shoes when shoes exist for half that price!


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update: 3/25/15
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Rubber around the toe is starting to come apart. I've had trouble with the rubber splitting in previous pairs of Red Chili shoes too... Still working fine, just not quite as stiff anymore. Will keep these as my gym shoes

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Emerson Takahashiwrote 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 Takahashiwrote a review of on December 13, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I gave it as a gift but have feedback to share

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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