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Ernie Flory

Ernie Flory

Western MA, VT, NH

Ernie Flory's Passions

Hiking & Camping
Biking
Snowshoeing
Skiing
Climbing

Ernie Flory's Bio

I have sweaty feet and a bum knee.

Ernie Flory

Ernie Flory wrote a review of on January 2, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This crab holds my keys securely to my belt loop with aplomb. Even the gal who mixes up my super-duper-sized-double-caff-non-soy-supercream-extrasugar-coffeeflavored-coffee complimented me on my keyholder choice. If that's not an endorsement, then colour me anodized gold. When nobody's really looking, I use this exclusively to set up toprope anchor systems and on hanging belays because it opens easily, rope passes smoothly, and it closes securely. Plus, it's kinda not heavy.

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Ernie Flory

Ernie Flory wrote a review of on January 2, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

One time, at band camp I used this . . . oh, I probably shouldn't continue as this is a family-oriented review. Out at the crag, or in the gym, or even at the local coffee shop, the BD ATC Guide looks extra swank dangling off your gear loop. Pair it with one of those locking carabiner thingies and bring your milkshake to the yard. Give it to your belay monkey to catch you on the first pitch, then steal it back and send that poor sucker up the second, sketchy, chossy pitch with confidence.

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Ernie Flory

Ernie Flory wrote a review of on January 2, 2013

Great, but no Excalibur.
5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Bought this package to show the knights of the round table my shiny new anodized bling. But I was a bit disappointed to find out that my buddy Arthur showed up with some singing scimitar and one-upped everyone in attendance - even the staid Lancelot. That said, I've taken these on several not-so-holy quests throughout the lands of New England and my BD C4s have been as trusty as Sir Bedivere on belay. Whatever your quest, if it involves rock bring these.

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Ernie Flory wrote a review of on December 30, 2012

5 5

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

These skins are so much easier than setting a trap line on your neighbors property, checking it each and every frigid morning while the wife and kids laugh at you from the warmth of their electric blanket, resetting the traps with freshly made peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, getting sprayed by the odd skunk that was surprised to see your grumbling self round the corner, and wrestling the angry badger that ended up getting caught up in your havahart. NO, if you want to ski where you want to ski, get these for your skis. Buy them to length, and match the width to the fattest part of the ski. Trim to your ski's profile. Apply. Skin. Remove. Fold and stow. Ski. Repeat. Good clean, skunk-free fun.

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Ernie Flory wrote a review of on December 30, 2012

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

This trim tool is to trim skins and works well enough for that. But, I did once also use it to open a letter from Publisher's Clearing House, too. Worked quite well in that department, as well. One star off because it didn't fare well when I tried opening a beer bottle with it.

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