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Jared Harzan

Jared Harzanwrote a review of on January 30, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This is my favorite pad to have with me on a trip. Covers up bad landings better than anything else out there. Also carries things well in backpack form. Best when paired up other pads, using this for the sketchy parts and other pads filling in the rest of the landing. It is a little heavy, and doesn't pack as easily in a car as most taco pads, but it's worth it.

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Jared Harzanwrote a review of on November 4, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I have two of these pads that I regularly bring out solo bouldering. A couple of highlights:

One of my pads is 4 years old and still in nearly perfect condition, just a lot softer than it was new.
The pads can be velcro'd to each other to prevent dangerous gaps.
Two of these pads together weigh barely more than some other large pads.
Two of these pads costs less than some other large pads.

Buying an expensive Black Diamond Mondo won't make you climb harder. These pads will protect you and don't cost a lot. Highly recommended.

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Jared Harzanwrote a review of on July 23, 2013

3 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Fit: True to size

These pants have a nice slim cut, which looks great, but limits mobility. They aren't cut like work pants, and trying to do anything that involves moving your legs seems to be a problem for me. Maybe I just need to size up? They button just fine, but the lack of a gusseted crotch combined with the slim cut isn't doing me any favors. It's a shame too, because as soon as I first tried them on, the wife loved how they looked. They're also comfortable and feel durable and well made. Just a weird cut for me.

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Jared Harzanwrote a review of on January 6, 2012

5 5

These are a great pair of shoes for beginners. My street shoe is about a 11-11.5, I ordered size 10's knowing that they would stretch, definitely a chore to get on the first time and not very comfortable my first two times climbing, but they loosened up extremely quickly, and now I don't even notice them even after wearing and climbing in them for hours. A few notes, the toe is rounded, and fitting it into a little pocket will just not work, also, the heel could be a lot better for heel hooking. But the laces all the way down allow for a very tight but not uncomfortable fit, the rubber will outlast your awful footwork, and the comfort of these shoes will really let you focus more on your climbing, and enjoying the climbing, instead of you constantly thinking about how bad your toes hurt. Definitely a recommend for beginner climbers. I gym climb about 3-4 times a week, and 8 months after purchasing these I'm still loving them

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Jared Harzanwrote a review of on June 3, 2011

3 5

The bag holds your chalk just fine for when you're climbing, which is the whole reason I bought it. But it is not rigid at all, so it can flop around a bit sometimes. Also, mine had a draw-string instead of a clip belt as its "belt", which only works if you happen to be skinny (I am skinny, my overweight climbing buddy can't use it though). It can move freely around the belt though, which is nice. It works if all you want is something cheap to hold your chalk, but if I could go back in time I would purchase something more rigid with a better belt included.

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