Jake Andersonposted an image about La Sportiva Boulder X Approach Shoe - Men's on November 9, 2014
He's getting there. Slowly. -- Little Cottonwood Canyon, UT
Climber. Instructor. Geologist. Expedition(ist).
He's getting there. Slowly. -- Little Cottonwood Canyon, UT
Little Cottonwood Canyon, UT: Taking pops on his first climb.
Little Cottonwood Canyon, UT
These shorts are great, but I would only wear them in the water. I used them to do some whitewater in Utah and they worked flawlessly. I wore them climbing at my local gym one day, and I haven't made that mistake again. The internal built-in liner isn't conducive to sitting in a harness. They dry fast and keep sand out of areas it shouldn't be.
Gettin the job done!
This helmet is extremely light and comfortable to wear. the polystyrene foam allows for a great cushion if you happen to bang your head on a nasty whipper. Now what you do sacrifice with the weight is durability. This helmet will protect your brain cage better than just about any other climbing helmet, but it won't last as long as you may hope. Mine somehow cracked in my pack one day, which was a bummer.
If you can afford to shell out the $100 to purchase a helmet, I would get this one. Just know that you may need to get one every other year, depending on how much you climb.
I love my Suunto Core. It never leaves my wrist. I like how the face of the watch is large, which makes it easy to see the variety of features this watch offers. It's definitely worth the coin.
The only bummer about this watch is that the compass seems a bit iffy. I've set my declination, spun the watch around to reset the directions, yet when I compare the direction to my brunton, its off by 5-15 degrees. Hence the 4 stars instead of 5.
This jacket is one of my favorites. I can wear it in the lower 60s all the way down to the upper 30s, and even lower if I use it as a layering piece. The zipper is super smooth, the material is durable, and I particularly like the breathability of the stretchy material located on the sides. If you want an all-around, light weight, insulated jacket, look no further!
Unless you are going with the extremely small aid cams, get the X4s. Their range is larger, they have more flexibility, they have four lobes instead of three, and the triggers are easier to pull, especially when you're getting pumped. If you don't want to spend a measly $6 more dollars for the X4s, get the Metolius Master Cams.
Don't get me wrong, these cams work great. I just believe there are others that are better.
I hiked it these for two weeks, at least 10 miles a day, over rough terrain and sharp rock. They held up great! This is just one of the regions that I mapped.
I love these shoes. They are very comfortable and sticky. They do a great job on approaches, as well as being an around-town shoe.
Hanging out by the fire in Montana. Layered on top of the R1
Climbing. Biking. Mountaineering. Hiking. Skiing. Cruising the town. Trust me when I say there is nothing like it. I have tried multiple pieces (from Stoic and Columbia) I was able to purchase for less and should have just bought the R1 to begin with. It is surprising warm for its weight and dries extremely fast.
This updated version of the R1 is great. I love the stretchy material under the arms, wrists, and at the waist, which allow for amazing mobility. When it comes to the balaclava, it is pretty tight to the face but it isn't uncomfortable. I also like that the zipper comes up the side of the face, versus coming up the chin like before.
It doesn't surprise me that guides and outdoor enthusiasts everywhere are wearing the R1. So don't make the mistake that I did. Buy the R1. It's far worth the investment.
This jacket is surprisingly durable and does an amazing job of blocking the wind. It allows my supporting layers to do their job, keeping me warm. This jacket pairs great with the Patagonia R1, another essential piece in your arsenal, and fits under a variety of layers (I sometimes wear my Atom LT under it). I would highly recommend this jacket for anything from everyday commuting to putting in long days on the rock. Suck it up, spend the money, and I promise you won't regret it.
This is one of my favorite pieces from Patagonia. I currently own two of them, orange and grey, and I am always tempted to buy more! They are uber warm, soft, and comfortable. Not to mention how great they look! It's no wonder other brands such as merrel and eddie bauer have been trying to copy it.
I use these pants for everything. I have two pairs now and I primarily use them for climbing. The snaps on the legs make it nice if I want to keep my pants rolled-up for more of a 3/4 pant feel. I have also used these pants backpacking and they worked great. The fit is also very nice, even though I would recommend going with a smaller inseam, unless you want a little extra at the bottom. I'm normally a 32x32 and I first got the medium 32's and they were too long. I returned them and got the medium 30's and they fit great!
This is the most comfortable harness I have every worn. I can, and have, hang in them all day. The number of gear loops is great for all your pieces and whatever else you want to bring. I also find myself using this harness while I'm setting at my local gym, which I find to be a wonderful decision. No more blood loss/tingling in the legs!
The Mammut Pacific Crest Trail boot is superb. The lacing keeps my foot from sliding in the boot, while still keeping good blood flow to my feet. They also have a degree of warmth to them. I'm not sure that I would wear them in the summer, but I'm more of a shoe-hiker in the summer.
This hoodie is super soft, comfortable, and perfect for those--like me--who have longer arms. Another great product from backcountry! I even bought one for my girlfriend, who can't stop wearing it.
This sun g's are bomber. They stay tight to my face when moving around and fit snug around the eyes, allowing minimal sunlight in. I was also able to switch my dad from a Maui Jim guy to a Native one. He has had several Vigors and will not go to another sunglass.
I bought them off S&C at a fairly discounted rate, as the only thing I don't like about the glasses is the price. But compared to other brands, they are in the same ballpark.