Geoffrey Johnston

Geoffrey Johnston

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Geoffrey's Passions

Trad Climbing
Backpacking
Camping
Ice Climbing
Snowshoeing
Mountaineering
Sport Climbing

Geoffrey's Bio

I seriously hate receipts especially the long ones you get for one item purchased. Why?

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Geoffrey Johnston

Geoffrey Johnston wrote a review of on May 18, 2010

5 5

Has a truck load of features the quick adjust buckle style no "back weaving!" Two slots for the "hub" racking system same thing as a BD ice clipper, bring on the ice screws. The sliding waist belt makes it fit just right no matter how you adjust it which is a ton and a half times better than your waist belt being off center like the Mammut Vision. The no twist belay slot keeps your belay biner from flopping or twisting around not crucial but handy. Full strength Haul loop is handy also. This thing fits really well and was more comfortable than the BD primrose Mammut Vision and the Petzl Luna. She's a size 8 normally and not very hippy the small was perfect with the medium really couldn't get the waist to snug down enough and not raise to much when sitting in it. Uber padded as you can tell I am pretty jealous

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Geoffrey Johnston wrote a review of on May 2, 2010

5 5

Really useful shape, very versatile, very strong for the size and weight as compared to other brands they are very tough too. I also really like the fact that they are made in wales. Kind of not important but it makes me happy I really like the colors

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Geoffrey Johnston wrote a review of on April 27, 2010

4 5

Very versatile. I have never used it for anything other than a single rope in alpine, trad, and or hard multi pitch climbs. And it excelled at that do to its very low weight for a single rope and dry treatment. The only down side is the few falls its rated for.But the middle mark is very nice. I would consider using as a half rope but the impact force and weight are fairly high for that as compared to 8.1mm ropes. And twin I don't really see the use of that technique. But if I was on a tight budget I would buy two and have the versatility of all three styles but with only 2 ropes instead of 5 and the gear to conquer the world.

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Geoffrey Johnston wrote a review of on April 27, 2010

3 5

I got these because they fit well in the store and climbed pretty well but after they finished stretching out they really hurt my big toe 'my feet are weird shaped'. I also couldn't get them to tighten down enough with out the metal loop the strap goes through digging into the top of my foot. Maybe I was asking to much performance out of these guys for what they are intended for, not to aggressive. But they were really easy to get on and off. They would be good for people beginning and that don't have weird feet. The Scarpa Visions fit my feet really well and I can dial them better for the circumstances.

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Geoffrey Johnston wrote a review of on April 27, 2010

4 5

Really comfortable all around shoe. They do stretch a fair amount and take several days of climbing for them to stretch out to there maxim size. The laces are insanely long so I cut them down. You can really dial these guys down for performance. They aren't the best for bouldering but do work well. One thing is I have to be careful to place the tongue in the correct position 'amount of overlap' otherwise they will really destroy my second toe. But that toe kind sits on top of my others, its a weird toe.

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Geoffrey Johnston wrote a review of on April 13, 2010

4 5

Simple bivy has some features. It is roomy has space in the hood area for storage above you head. The 4 zipper pulls (that glow in the dark) on the opening give you venting options while keeping it fairly closed up. It also has a double flap over the opening for better weather resistance. It has 4 stake loops you can guy out with to keep it in place on exposed stormy faces, that may ruin your day if it got away. It seems to be on the heavier side for not having any poles but the weight includes the 4 DAC Stakes, small bag that the stakes go in, and the "big" bag that holds the bivy and the stakes. I weighed just the bivy and it came out to 1lb and 4oz. But it seems durable for a bivy and is absolutely water proof. You can also fold and roll it up really tight to be smaller than 11.5x4.5in.

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Geoffrey Johnston wrote a review of on April 13, 2010

5 5

I can get this thing on and dialed in a matter of 30 seconds. It is also very comfortable and has all the features needed in an all around harness. I have heard people say that the buckles are dangerous and will loosen over a prolonged climbing session, I have never had that happen and if so you should be checking the harness at the start of every pitch, and if they are loose just tighten it down. But like I said it has never loosened on me.

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