Tokyo, Japan; Flagstaff, AZ; Knoxville, TN
This is a great helmet, more comfortable than the BD Half Dome. It's a few $$ more, but worth it.
I bought this without really trying on helmets or reading reviews and regretted it. It's not a bad helmet, but on a friend's recommendation I ended up trying on some other helmets and doing more research while the Half Dome was on it's way. After receiving the Half Dome and trying it on, I ended up returning it for the Petzl Elios which is a more comfortable helmet and just a little more expensive.
I suppose there's a place for both. These are good and priced nicely.
The Dragon's give the BD C4's a run for their money. I like the extendable dyneema sling, although it's not that long - you'll still need to put a draw or a runner on it. The lack of a thumb loop isn't really too much of an issue, but I have noticed it a few times, especially on the smaller sized cams. BD has moved manufacturing to China, whereas DMM still makes their stuff in Bethesda, Wales, if that concerns you at all.
Light, colorful, work great. I haven't experienced slings catching on the nose as others have. The variety of colors are nice and allow you to "color coordinate" with your cams, as others have stated.
I bought a couple of the C4 cams and I absolutely love them. I also bought some DMM Dragon cams to see how they compare. I also love the Dragon's, but I have to say the thumb loop on the C4's is nice. Recently I've not been impressed with BD gear (they're outsourcing everything to China and there are quality control issues), but the C4 cams still seem to be the gold standard.
Yes, with the Thule Xadapter9. You'll have to get that from Thule, rackattack or somewhere else online.
Looks like "no". I'm researching this since I just bought the Aero blades for my Jeep. It looks like you need the Xadpt9 adapter to fit it to the Aero blades, which is anywhere from $9-$15 online. Sorry for the very late reply.
This is a great, light t-shirt that will keep you cool in the summer. I got the Corsica which looks fantastic. But, like most Prana products, you need to get this on sale if you don't want to break the bank. T-shirts over $30 don't fall into my budget.
This is a nice tank-top. It's getting warm and I've used it on my last couple of rides and it's keeping me nice and cool. I orderd the silt, which is orange not light red as the picture implies. Not a biggee though, I'll keep it.
These are the universal podium foot packs that install to your vehicle specific fit kit podium mounts. They are fairly easy to connect, but I needed help when installing the Aero Blades on the rear mount points. The Aero Blades were not sliding easily along the foot packs making it difficult to adjust and making it a two-man job. Loosen the bolts too much, they fall off your mount points; tighten them too much and the bars won't slide and you can't get the adjustment correct. Strange, the front crossbar went on fine with no issues and I needed no help, but the rear one gave me trouble. I suspect it could be a quality control issue with the fit being just a little too tight. That issue, plus price and the fact that the entire piece is plastic (I'm told it will last and their is a lifetime warranty) warrants only a 3-star rating.
I bought these for a Thule Aero Blade rack installation. The 3097's are for fixed-point mounting, so it was pretty easy to get them on. The rubber bottom piece doesn't sit flush on the rear mount points of my factory installed side rails, but it doesn't affect the mount, it's just aesthetic.
After doing a lot of research online, I anticipated more noise while driving, even with the aerodynamic nature of the Aero Blades. Since I already get a fair bit of road noise with my Jeep, I wasn't looking forward to this. I was pleasantly surprised to find that there was really no difference in road noise with these. I'm not sure how much noise you get from the round or square bars, but there is no additional noise from the Aero Blades as far as I can tell and they look much nicer so I would go with them.
You can check the Thule fit guide by visiting their site:
This should help you figure out what product will work with your vehicle.
I absolutely love Smartwool's microweight t-shirts. They're great baselayers in cooler fall weather and a fantastic stand-alone t-shirt for warmer weather, which makes them great for climbing. They're a bit on the expensive side, and I'm always afraid I'm going to tear them up climbing, but so far I haven't. They seem pretty durable and as long as you don't snag them on something really sharp, you should be OK. Fit is always an issue with me, but never with Smartwool products. They absolutely nail the fit, being a bit on the athletic/slim side, but just the right amount in the right spots. My skin is also a bit on the sensitive side, but I've found with these shirts, once I get a little sweat going, the minor itchiness goes away. I've even gotten used to wearing them when I'm not active and they don't bother me too much, but I wouldn't buy them with the purpose of wearing them as an undershirt to the office. Not what they were designed for. And, of course, you can wear these for days and they don't stink. Wool is the way to go, and Smartwool is the best of wool brands.
I'm almost positive this is 150 g/m2. If you check the Smartwool website you'll see their "microweight" is 150:
I own the shirt the link points to and it's exactly the same as this one, just with the horizontal stripes. This is also in line with weights of other brands microweight wool t-shirts.
So actual weight will of course depend on size.
Based on some of the reviews below, I tried to go with a 13.5, the largest size they have, but just couldn't make them work. They seem like nice shoes, just wish they made them in 14. It's tough to find good climbing shoes for us large-footed individuals. Sigh. If you are 14 or above in climbing shoe size, go with Tenaya. I have the Ra's and the Masai's, both are excellent.
I really like these shorts and ended up buying 2 pairs. The material is light and stretchy, great for rock climbing. But, the thigh pocket started to peel off after about 6 months of use. It's just a piece of fabric that's glued on to the outside of the shorts. Other than that quality control issue, they are great.
I went and bought these stoppers on sale, looks like I'll have to become a trad climber now. I can't really comment on the quality, weight, etc. because I've barely used any trad gear. But they are very colorful stoppers. Right now, I bring these along on warm-up sport routes and try to place them wherever they seem like they'll fit. Yeah, the carabiner that comes with it is not a real climbing carabiner so don't try to use it as such. But, you can use it for your keys, maybe on a dog leash, I dunno. Also, don't cut the plastic around the wire just below the loops like I almost did! That's supposed to be there. :-)
I've used several harnesses and this is my favorite so far. With some harnesses I've used, if I cinch the waist buckles down to get the right fit, the belay and gear loops are not centered. The double waist belt buckles take care of this problem, allowing you to get the exact fit you want but also allowing you to keep the belay and gear loops in the right spot. It is a bit bigger/bulkier than other harnesses, but it's not that bad and it doesn't bother me at all (right now I'm doing single pitch sport climbing though). And it looks great too.
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