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Ethan Smalley

Ethan Smalley

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Ethan Smalley wrote a review of on August 27, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This tool is great, the wide strike plate on the back if forgiving on your palm and easy to hit with a spare biner, my favorite feature is by far the cord that comes with, in my experience string gets in the way (ie always finds itself wrapped up in one of my cams) and no leash means its going to slip out of my bumbling butter finger hands. this tool is awesome

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Ethan Smalley wrote a review of on September 2, 2012

5 5

These are perfect for XC, not as light as some silicone/foam style grips but exponentially more comfortable. The one down side is I can only wrap my thumb and pointer finger all the way around the grip (the wing blocks my other fingers) so for that reason i wouldnt put these on a bike designed to tackle nasty downhillish stuff. But for the xc rides nothing beats it.

i have the large grips as i like the thicker grip. (note the size isnt width or how big the wing is, its the diameter of the grip)

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Ethan Smalley wrote a review of on November 24, 2011

4 5

this is a sweet addition to my bike upgraded to a new flat bar and needed a stem to match the 31.8. love it so far (its a stem what is there to hate?) weight is great, definitely better than what i was riding with - new bar and stem dropped about .5lb of my bike. $30 is a pretty good price for the improvement i got

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Ethan Smalley wrote a review of on October 22, 2011

5 5

Snag it of ChainLove for even more savings. Mine hold fine i ride a hardtail, primarily XC with the occasional AM ride thrown into the mix. A friend popped a tube, gave her one of mine holding strong to date i believe... Im a bit of a lightweight so that probably helps, bottom line: if you ride clean XC lines and are on a budget get them, other wise look elsewhere

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Ethan Smalley wrote a review of on October 19, 2011

5 5

i have the non zip version of this shirt. i have used it climbing, biking, kayaking, backpacking. Its my favorite baselayer by far. Im 6' tall 135-140lb and the small fits perfectly, very snug but not overly, and amazingly warm for how light/thin it is. ***side note the colors are a bit more vibrant than this picture shows***

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Ethan Smalley wrote a review of on May 20, 2011

3 5

Got these on SAC for half off the timing was right and so was the price. This is a good shoe, the downturn is great for toeing in on overhangs and the rubber on the toe is nice for hooking. The heel fits well enough, i have a narrower foot and heel (sportiva fits me better). The break in period was terrible not painful but long (climbing 3 times a week for 3 months!) it wasnt until a friend with bigger feet tried them on a couple times that they actually fit well.

a note on sizing i wear a 9 (or 42) street shoe these are 9's as well sized aggressively for bouldering, however most people i know went a half size down from there street shoe. I also have the Miura sized 38.5 also aggressive but much more comfortable than the predators.

***update: the shoe has become increasing sloppy, its almost impossible to heel hook on a small hold, even on bigger holds my foot shifts inside the shoe. They have also acquired the traditional evolv smell.
I dont regret getting them, they were cheap, i needed a new pair of shoes, and now i know that evolv really isnt for me.

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Ethan Smalley wrote a review of on May 20, 2011

4 5

Got these on SAC for half off the timing was right and so was the price. This is a good shoe, the downturn is great for toeing in on overhangs and the rubber on the toe is nice for hooking. The heel fits well enough, i have a narrower foot and heel (sportiva fits me better). The break in period was terrible not painful but long (climbing 3 times a week for 3 months!) it wasnt until a friend with bigger feet tried them on a couple times that they actually fit well.

a note on sizing i wear a 9 (or 41) street shoe these are 9's as well sized aggressively for bouldering, however most people i know went a half size down from there street shoe. I also have the Miura sized 38.5 also aggressive but much more comfortable than the predators.

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