Erik Green

Erik Green

Tokyo, Japan; Flagstaff, AZ; Knoxville, TN

Erik Green's Passions

Hiking & Camping
Biking
Skiing
Climbing

Erik Green

Erik Green wrote a review of on May 2, 2014

3 5

Familiarity: I returned this product before using it
Fit: Runs large

I bought the XL and it was too big. I subsequently tried on the large at a local retailer, and it felt a little tight through the shoulders when I stretched. I'm pretty sure it will shrink a bit after washing too. To be fair, I have kind of a strange body type - tall, not wide side to side, but a little wider than average front to back. I have this problem with many brands where the XL is way to big, but the large is a little tight.

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Erik Green wrote a review of on May 1, 2014

2 5

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

Don't use these for rock-climbing if you plan to do any kind of knee-barring. I tore mine up within a month of wearing them outside climbing on southeastern sandstone.

To be fair, I'm not sure they're designed for rock climbing. But, they are pants made by an outdoors manufacturer that makes other pants for rock climbing so I thought I'd give them a try. I would have just kept wearing them to the office for a while, but I didn't read the washing instructions and I scuffed and marked them up by not turning them inside out the first few times I washed them.

Nice looking pants, but you're better off saving these for office/casual pants.

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Erik Green wrote a review of on May 1, 2014

3 5

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

These are really nice looking pants but if you're not careful they may show a little too much off. Ahem...ladies, my face is up here.

Seriously, had them for about 6 months and the zipper falling down became a chronic problem. I returned them for the same pair so I'll give an update in a few months or so. I love Kuhl products so I'm really hoping that was just a bad pair and not a problem with all of them.

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Erik Green wrote a review of on October 14, 2013

3 5

Familiarity: I returned this product before using 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.

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Erik Green wrote a review of on October 14, 2013

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

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.

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Erik Green wrote a review of on October 14, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

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.

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Erik Green wrote a review of on June 6, 2013

A bit pricey, get them on sale
3 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

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.

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Erik Green wrote a review of on June 6, 2013

Easy install on my Jeep
4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

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.

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Erik Green wrote a review of on June 6, 2013

Look great and are quiet
5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

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.

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Erik Green wrote a review of on June 3, 2013

5 5

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.

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Erik Green wrote a review of on May 13, 2013

3 5

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.

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Erik Green wrote a review of on May 13, 2013

4 5

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. :-)

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Erik Green wrote a review of on April 14, 2013

3 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

As others have stated, this is a supple rope that goes through a grigri nicely and is easy to manage. Right out of the box it doesn't feel stiff at all, no break in time. It does pick up dirt very easily though. I loved this rope, but I've only had it 11 months and now have to get a new one. There's a small tear in the sheath and the core is now exposed. Was this from rope drag over some rough rock? Admittedly, I've climbed several routes repeatedly where this might have caused the issue, but the rest of the rope is still in good shape. Since the tear is only in one small spot, it leads me to believe it was one single event that caused the tear, not repeated abuse. Hmmm, not sure what to think. It's a great rope and this could be just a fluke thing. This will be my third rope, so I think I'll purchase a different brand this time just to try something different for comparison. Still love Petzl products and this rope is pretty sweet.

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