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I am an avid runner, hiker, climber.

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Jaime wrote a review of on December 31, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I have a couple pairs of these pants. I'm 5'10 and my first pair was regular length--I wished they were a couple inches longer, so when I got a new pair recently, I got the long and they're great. They are sized a little large--I probably could have fit a 4, but since I knew I'd be climbing in them, I opted for the roomier 6. These are my go to winter climbing pants. They strike a good balance between being warm and having a good amount of stretch for high stepping and heel hooking. If I want to get in a quick gym session before work, I wear these--I just brush off the chalk and I'm ready for the office.

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Jaime wrote a review of on December 31, 2013

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I got them both to try and see which one worked best for me for weekend backpacking and climbing. I took both on a 4 mile hike with about 40 pounds of gear and the Prophet won for several reasons. First and foremost, the back panel feels like it was made just for my back. It was so comfortable! Adjusting the fit/suspension is really quick and easy. Halfway into the hike (and the other trips I've taken it on), I forgot just how much weight I was carrying because it felt like nothing. It's a very streamlined pack--everything you need and nothing that you don't. I only have two small gripes--I wish there was a little more padding in the hip belt--even wearing it with layers, the I wished the belt had some better padding--the shoulder straps had similar padding levels, but those didn't bother me at all. I also wish the fabric on the bottom of the pack was more substantial--it shows wear pretty easily. Scrambling over rocks on a climbing trip resulted in noticeable scratches and nicks in the fabric.

I tried the South Col as well because it's billed as being very similar to the Prophet. But I didn't like the back panel as well, the padding dug into my mid-back in an odd and uncomfortable way. It was also more finicky to adjust--I never could get it to feel just right. I liked the fully padded hip belt and the removable top that you could use as a small day pack, and the flat closure system when the removable top is off, but I found it bizarre that it lacked side panel water bottle pockets.

I really wanted to like the South Col because it's got a lot of nice bells and whistles, but the Prophet fit me better. Were it not for the bottom panel fabric and the thinner hip belt, I would give it five stars.

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Jaime wrote a review of on November 16, 2013

5 5

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

These shoes are amazing. There was no break in period. At all. Went from the box to the trail with zero blisters, zero pain, zero hot spots. The trails I run on are a mix of technical, uneven rocky terrain and slippery southern red clay. The speedcross handles both perfectly. I haven't had any of the early wear that others have experienced. The only thing that took getting used to were the laces--at first, they didn't feel like they could synch down tight enough, but after a couple runs I got used to them. I will be buying these again and again.

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Jaime wrote a review of on November 16, 2013

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size

Thin, but warm. The R1 is great on its own in the spring and fall and is a perfect layer in the winter. I've used it hiking, running, and climbing. It has a slim fit--a long sleeve tee fits perfect underneath, but a sweater would not. The fabric is sleek, but the fabric on the palm is starting to show a little wear. I also have to be careful when climbing on southern sandstone because it has a sandpaper quality that will shred any fabric. The balaclava is designed really well--the angled zipper keeps it from pressing on the bridge of the nose. The only thing I wished it had is two side hand pockets. It's also pricy, but for its intended purpose, it's great.

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Jaime wrote a review of on August 6, 2013

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Pretty much everyone at the boulder field is falling on the impact. It is stiff at first, but breaks in nicely. It doesn't have a fancy hinge, but I've never had a problem with it taco-ing. It holds a chalk bag and shoes without any problem. I tend to like the organic foam and hinge a little better, but this is still a solid first pad.

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Jaime wrote a review of on January 17, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I've had my pair for about a year now. I bought my street shoe size and they've been great. Technically, I think I could use a split size as my left foot is tight, but my right is slightly loose. They've held up really well. I've climbed in them for almost a year, 2-3 times per week in the gym with the occasional weekend trip to get on some real rock. They aren't super aggressive, though they are meant to turn your toes down slightly. The toe rubber did round out within a few months and I'm just starting to see the rand on the left foot (now we know where I need to focus my footwork attention), so I'll be sending them to get resoled soon. They are synthetic so I haven't noticed a lot of stretch, but they can start to stink if you don't take care of them. Warm water, a soft bristled toothbrush, and dryer sheet can keep the smell away. I have nothing but love for the Anasazis and C4.

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Jaime wrote a review of on January 17, 2013

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I love the rock rings for their portability and their flexibility. I didn't want to mount a fingerboard in my rental, so I hang the rock rings off the 8 foot high back deck with a little nylon webbing and a couple carabiners--non-permanent, no drill holes. I love figuring out all the creative ways I can use them to do more than just dead hangs and pull ups. There are a couple competitors to the rock rings now that have a greater diversity of grip options, but I don't feel the need to replace this quite yet.

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Jaime wrote a review of on January 17, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I have had this tent forever. I don't even remember exactly when I got it, but it was over 10 years ago. It's still in great shape. It's really more of a car camping tent--it's not ultralight or super-compressed in it's bag, but if it's spit up between backpacking partners it will do great for trips to the backcountry.

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Jaime wrote a review of on January 3, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I wanted a more aggressive bouldering shoe, but struggled to find one that fit well due to my feet being cursed by the climbing gods (low volume with a morton's toe). Then the clouds parted and down came the shaman lv--roomy toe box, love bump and all that, but shrunk from the original shamans to fit narrow, thin feet.

I've been climbing in them for a few weeks now, so I can't comment on durability yet. However, size-wise. I'm a women's 9 in street shoes. I was climbing in Five Ten Anasazi's LV size 9 (which reminds me--I do miss the C4 rubber, but I'll get the Anasazi's resoled and split my allegiance). I found that I had to size down in the shamans to 8.5. My street shoe size had too much room in the heel and arch--it didn't feel very secure. 8.5 has been perfect.

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Jaime wrote a review of on October 3, 2012

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I ordered the shoes a half-size up and when I first tried them on I thought they were still going to be a little tight. I decided to give them and chance and they actually feel like a very good fit--they stretch and break in nicely. There is one spot, however, that rubs the outside ball of my left ankle . I think with a little manipulation, I can get the stiff part of the lip of the shoe to become a little more pliant and not rub me so badly.

The sole of the shoe does best on hard packed trails, mud, or mulched/manicured trails. It's not quite as stable as I would like on uneven, rocky terrain.

Overall, a good shoe. I would recommend it.

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Jaime wrote a review of on February 27, 2012

4 5

I've been using this leash since I got my dog two years ago. The adjustable hand loop is by far the best part of the leash. It has a nice amount of padding and can be adjusted to attach to stable objects if you need both of your hands for a minute or to fit around your waist when walking or running (both of which I have done and works great--though if your dog pulls a lot you may want to do some training before using the leash around your waist). The hand loop near the buckle is also handy for controlling super-excited dogs when needed. The only thing about the leash that I'm not a huge fan of is the buckle itself. The two pronged buckle for attaching to a collar is a little awkward when releasing. Often I have to wiggle the buckle back and forth a bit before the D ring on the collar releases. Part of that is a design issue since the two prongs on the buckle are nearly parallel when the buckle is opened, so the D ring often just shifts between them. It's a creative design, but I prefer the tried and true single gate snap hook buckle.

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