These are good trail runners for sure. I like the fact that they are light, have decent grip, and have a very low drop. They are a bit narrow for my tastes and tend to bother my toes on a long run, but if you have a narrow foot, these will probably be for you.
Great athletic fit, nice colors (I have the gray one), and very comfy materials. Highly suggested.
good question! other than it being very comfortable, but to me, it's not worth that.
It is smaller than the I/O, but I can't speak to the Spy
For it's cost, you can't beat this thing. I use it at work and in the car for a good pump. I either do reps or time- diamond intervals 30 seconds on, 30 seconds off... 40 seconds on, 40 seconds off... up and back down again. The only thing that's hard to do is opposition training where you are flexing your hands and fingers outward. You can put your fingers inside the ring to do that if they are small enough, but I'd highly suggest doing finger extension exercises in a bowl of rice (you can find vids on this) to prevent injury.
For the bike question - Even if it did fit, it would certainly be annoying rattling in there if it didn't fit perfectly tight. Go with one of the insulated camelbak bottles instead. They are smaller in diameter than a Nalgene and might fit into the side water bottle holder of the Stratos.
I'd go with the shorter ski for now. I think at that length, even though you'll grow, it might be too much ski at this point. I am 5'7 and 145 and ski high 170s. The trend nowadays seems to go shorter than what I ski, but it's comfortable for an advanced skiier. That being said, your weight might mean that ski at 185 is just a tad much. Plus, unless you are just doing big lines, in the trees or in tight situations, it's best to have a shorter ski you can quickly turn on edge.
I disagree with the comments that it doesn't have traction. If you're talking a wet root or wood, I don't know a single shoe out there that would grip that so those complainers need to shut it. These shoes grip rocks and dirt well- even in wet conditions. I'd suggest these for running and as an approach shoe as well.
You can definitely swap those out for a wider brake that Marker sells
This rope seems to be everything that I want in a rope. The only thing that remains to be seen is durability.
-great cool bi-color
-nice and lightweight
-perfect feel- seems thinner than it is
-doesn't get tangled at all
My only complaint is that in its short life, it seems to pick up dirt rather quickly even though I use a tarp.
After initial impressions, this rope definitely held up to the abuse of a weekend warrior sport climber in Boulder, CO. Granted, I've gotten more into trad lately, but I think that if you're reasonably nice to this rope, you will see it go a long way. It went through trips to Red Rocks, trad in Eldo, and tons of trips up into Boulder Canyon.
-strong, durable, and held up to abuse
-great to fall on with a nice dynamic elongation
-light even at 70m
-if immediately straightened, this rope will not tangle often at all
-picks up dirt/grime easily so definitely use a tarp whenever possible
-for toproping, this will not be your rope- too much static elongation and frustrating to climb back up 5 feet that you just did unless your belayer is keeping you VERY tight
Overall, I would suggest this rope for those looking to break into harder sport grades. It's light and reliable. If you or your friends will be doing top-rope or tradding, this is probably too thin and will have too much static elongation for you. Great rope that I would suggest to most. As this rope's life was coming to an end, a buddy was playing around and went over a sharp ledge and almost completely cut the rope. It took a nice core shot toward the end, so I cut it shorter while my I decided on my next rope. It will be the slightly wider Sterling Evolution Velocity bicolor...
I love this pack. It's comfortable and fits nicely. It seems airy on the back, but I still sweat in the warmer months. As I have the most gear, I usually end up carrying a heavier pack than my friends. This doesn't seem to matter as there aren't any hot points on my back or sides. Solid pack- Osprey never seems to disappoint.
Yep, that's the weight. Kinda crazy indeed. I'd suggest a MH or Osprey pack instead - have had nothing but good experiences with both.
I'd agree with the first comment - these definitely run a bit small. I have a friend who is always an XL and can't fit in these in that size. I am a L and the XL almost fit... L still fit for me.
I snagged this a while back and was too girly man to trad for a while. After putting on my man pants after a while, I was able to enjoy scratching these up nicely. Taking your first fall on these is a great feeling and they've been nothing but solid. There is nothing better out there. Buy these.
Granted, I am much smaller, but I ski hard, have hit some big drops and big things underfoot in these things. At a DIN setting a bit higher than I would put my in bounds skis at, I haven't ever popped out in a strange spot. I generally ski fast in the trees and have hit some unmovable objects and not popped out when I thought I perhaps would. Frankly, I love how light these are and would get all dynafit bindings for my entire quiver if I had the cash. My biggest skis (BD Amperage) are my lightest with these things. I can't say enough about them skiing fast and hard.
I've used these at about that, and with warm socks and some toe warmers (I have sort of bad circulation) and they were great. Only used them a few times though at that elevation.
I love both these and the free rides along with the seth morrison pro three finger. All of them are stylish, rugged, and warm. I would however say that all definitely need an additional liner for very cold days. Just a heads up about the Black Diamonds- try a pair on before you buy. I've noticed that some styles run a tad small.
they are plastic, which is certainly concerning...
I can't say enough about this goggle. I've skied with these for the past two seasons, and had nothing but good experiences with them.
-tough, and rugged lenses - I've put these through the ringer with flying through small trees and even though they will scratch, it's barely noticeable when you have them on
-very fast and easy to interchange lenses
-fit nice and comfy on my face and work perfectly with the Variant helmet also from Smith
-no fogging whatsoever EVER - the only weather that has affected these was freezing rain, which would affect every goggle lens
-stylish and functional with multiple lenses that will not only suit the conditions but get heads to turn
-on the pricey side, but worth every penny imo
-make sure you take your goggles off your helmet when in storage - the strap will stretch out quite a bit if you do not
The best goggle I've owned by far. Can't really imagine a better goggle.