Ethan Strattan

Ethan Strattan

New River Gorge, Red River Gorge, Colorado

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Ethan Strattan wrote a review of on June 9, 2012

4 5

These are super light, they almost feel like board shorts. I wear them all the time when whitewater rafting, and they work great. The only real problem I had with them was that they rode up a little when I was running so that I kept having to push them down. Also, don't spill Chik-Fil-A sauce on them, it's super hard to get out :P

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Ethan Strattan wrote a review of on June 9, 2012

Guide approved.
5 5

I'm a rafting guide on the New River in WV, and I've had this thing for a little over a month now. Long story short, it's fantastic. The S/M fits perfectly on my 6' 150 lb frame, and the high shoulder straps keep it out of my way whether I'm guiding a raft or running a ducky trip. It stays on great, doesn't ride up, and pops you right back up to the surface after even the gnarliest of swims. Speaking of swimming, it sits just right when you're swimming, be it aggressive (on your stomach) or defensive (on your back) swimming. It floats you just right in the water so that you can swim effectively without getting in your face. It adjusts down perfectly, and I really like the side zip, as you can wear it with the zipper undone when you're getting the trip prepped and still have the front and back to block the wind. The front zip pocket has way more space than it seems it does, and the mesh pocket is great for a water bottle, sunglasses (during calm spots) or a packet of trail mix! In summary, go for it, this PFD is fantastic.

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Ethan Strattan wrote a review of on November 2, 2010

4 5

Let me just say first off I love the jacket. I'm 6' 145 lbs (so, skinny) and the small fits perfect and the sleeves are the perfect length. Most other jackets I get are too short in the sleeves for my body build. It blocks wind, rain beads off perfectly, and looks great. I had one of my friends tell me he loved this jacket more than any man has ever loved another article of clothing, and he hasn't even worn it! The only drawback is that the hood is bizarrely deep for the jacket, and so the brim covers up half your vision if you put it on without a hat underneath. As far as I can tell, there is no way to adjust this, but when wearing a hat, it fits fine. Great jacket overall!

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Ethan Strattan wrote a review of on June 14, 2010

5 5

I can tell that we are gonna be friends.

This chalk is awesome. I've used SuperChalk my entire time climbing, and when I ran out this time, I figured I'd try something different. As soon as I got it in, I could tell the consistency was different. It seemed smoother, less like sand and more like powdered sugar...Not sure how else to explain it. First time I climbed with this, I could tell that this was gonna be my new favorite chalk.

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Ethan Strattan wrote a review of on June 4, 2010

5 5

I got this in November, and wore it every day during winter. This single handedly replaced my winter jacket when layered with some warm clothes. It has no insulation, but serves as an awesome wind blocker, and the water resistance is pretty good too (though it wears off quickly). I even crashed on my bike with this thing on, landed right on the elbow and skidded, and it LITERALLY does not have a scratch on it. Layered up, I took it skiing in ten degree weather and it blocked the wind really well. Fit is great, I got a small and I'm 5'11" and 140 pounds, with long arms.

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Ethan Strattan wrote a review of on February 8, 2010

5 5

I normally wear a 10.5-11, and I got a ten, and they fit perfect. I can normally onsight about 5.10, and I've been working on a 5.13 climb for a while now. These shoes haven't magically gotten me the route or anything, but I'm definitely progressing much faster than with my other pair. They smear surprisingly well, edge like crazy, and heel hook amazingly. Highly recommended.

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Ethan Strattan wrote a review of on September 11, 2009

5 5

I got these pants around a month ago and have used them for climbing nearly every day at college. They look great, athletic cut (5'11", 140 pounds, I got a small, fits perfect) but run a little big. I normally wear a medium in pants like this, but the medium was just huge. The snaps on the side allow you to easily roll the pants up, and stay there securely. The zippered thigh pockets stay secure and don't swing around when they're full like on other cargo pants. Super comfy, and they look pretty dressy too, I've even worn them to church!

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