Oddly enough considering we live in PNW, my kids jacket didn't get a true trial run until we were in Florida. And then the floodgates burst. We had such an enjoyable day in the warm rain, but not having every inch soaked certainly helped. She loves the jacket and color. A word on pricing, whereas most shells are usually sized generously to layer this is not; we ended up needing to go up in size for it to fit her longer than the next 4 months.
My wife and I have to tell her to take it off at the dinner table. She loves the jacket, the fleece interior keeps her very warm, and the exterior has kept her dry in our soggy Pac NW environment. She has mentioned that she's very glad it has a hood; I wasn't sure if shw was going to use the hood much, so I was happy to hear that. Very pleased with the product.
I looked at a lot of options before buying these shoes, it came down to either these or the La Sportiva Katana's. La Sportiva is tricky for me because I have a wider toe box, and I haven't ever seemed to feel comfortable in Evolvs. When I demo'd these I was pretty impressed - the heel fit and the cambered sole are fantastic for bouldering and technical sport climbing. I use them primarily for these purposes, and a little multi-pitch.
The edging is fantastic, the smearing is very good for a downturned shoe, and they provide a feeling of power in the toe area when you're barely able to get a toe in tiny foothold pockets. I personally prefer the Mystique rubber over the Onyx, it seems to provide both sensitivity along with confidence that my foot isn't going to slip. The 5.10 Quantum seems to be a very similar designed shoe but with laces.
I do wish they had a little more rubber on the toe, and not to sound petty, but did it have to be bright orange? Other than that they're pretty rad, glad I picked them up.
I think these gloves are the bees knees. I prefer the 3/4 over full length for the reasons listed by others here, but wanted add a little bit more info on what someone can initially expect with these. When buying leather gloves, whether for construction, climbing, or anything else, there are certain undeniable truths:
1. You get what you pay for. If they're crazy cheap, it's usually for a reason. I think these are priced right where they should be.
2. There is a break-in time associated with these. They're not supple calfskin, they're designed to perform and last. It took mine a few days at the crag before they conformed to my hand and fingers. Prior to that, yes, they were a pain to take off. Also, there is a certain lack of sensitivity to be expected when new; I definately took that into account when belaying and rappeling. Now they feel great, like an extension of my hand, but just something to take into account.
3. While the reviews here say otherwise, I would never climb with these on; belay and rappel only for me. But everyones different.
I feel like gloves are a must have, especially when climbing in the warmer months, otherwise that rope gets hot in your hands reeeaaalll fast.
After near killing myself numerous times wearing Vans on approaches to crags, I decided it was time to drop some scrilla on a better pair of kicks. Due to the fact that my foot has a wider toebox than La Sportiva's would accommodate I tried the Crux despite never owning Scarpas before and I'm glad I did. The fit and feel is fantastic, and can very easily be modified depending on the terrain. The lacing system is great, I feel like my entire foot is dialed in on more technical scrambles. Having worn these for a little bit, I am still impressed by the weight vs. stability ratio - light but bomber.
Shoes are always such a personal thing, but this was an occasion where I was so happy with a purchase I thought it might be worth sharing, check them out.
All the comments below on the sym's limitations I agree with. They are on the soft side, they don't perform as well on overhangs as others. But regardless, these shoes are awesome. They have conformed to my feet so perfectly that they feel more like climbing socks than climbing shoes. I've never had troubles with them slipping while heel hooking, I think that's more an issue with sizing than the construction of the shoe. Great second shoe for the gym, outside sport and multi-pitch.
When taking into account the size, package, and power of this lamp, it's been indispensible for me. As an electrician I've used it so many times when working in the dark (story of my life), and whether it's hiking, camping, or climbing, it's always in my bag or harness. I'm going on 4 years with mine, with hours of burn time, and it's just now needing new batteries. Keeping in mind that it is on the small side, still, if I was only going to own 1 headlamp, it would have to be this one.
The other comments kind of lay it out: The spot shines brighter than justice, not the best wide lighting, and the button can be tricky. Actually, what I find the most difficult about the lamp is it's fairly symmetrical shape, meaning it takes me a quick second to figure out which way is up when putting it on. I have to find the button then arrange the headstrap accordingly. Again, as this takes me all of a second, this isn't a serious problem. Other than that, I feel that the control functions are good - much more intuitive than my wifes Tikka 2, and even my daughters BD Wiz. There doesn't seem to be another lamp at this price that offers this many functions. Bomber piece of gear!
I really like these knickers but I wish that they were just the teensiest bit tighter in the legs. I'm a 32" waist and got the mediums, which fit my waist exactly as they should. I don't think I would go to a small even if I could, I imaging it's quite a reduction in size. They have excellent stretch and are pretty tough - I'll hike and climb for days in them without any signs of wear. I don't really have a bad thing to say about them, my only beef is pretty much a subjective comment regarding the fit.
I'll start this by saying that this is my eight-year-old's first pair of climbing shoes. She's tried on a few of the others - La Sportiva, and the Five Tens. We chose these ones because she had previously climbed in them, and, to be honest, because they were cheaper. The result, however, is that she is thrilled to climb in them whenever we go because they are HER shoes. It's a little thing, but if it gets her more excited about climbing, then it may make a difference in her wanting to stay in the sport. Time, and her increased skills and awareness of how the shoe fits, can then dictate whether she wants these shoes again, or if it is time to try a different pair. But for a first pair of shoes, they are doing exactly what we hoped they would do - keep this little girl stoked about climbing.
Needed a bag that could fit my hands; it appears I have somewhat larger hands because 80% of the bags in this price range just don't work. This one fits nice and closes up good - no other bells and whistles, but you're not going to get any in this range anyway (it's just for holding chaulk, after all). I prefer using a biner to a belt, and this bag provides that option. Just a good gym/outdoor bag for the price.
This is one of the most appreciated pieces of gear that I've picked up in the recent past. I've always have had friend that might have a collapsable container, but when filling and using them, I just keep thinking "it's only a matter of time until this springs a leak." But the Drom bag just feels bulletproof. It goes with me on every backpacking or car camping trip. Indespensible!
After being fitted for this pack, I knew this was the one I was going to get, however, with some definate hesitation. Given my druthers, I would much rather like to have a smaller, lighter bag, with a more streamlined design. But, in order to go backpacking with my familiy, which I love, I need a pack this size. That being said, I don't thind there is a better bag in this size classification, with the number of amenities that the Aether has. Yes, my daughter and wife have packs also; even the dog has a pack. But logistically, it's not going to work unless I have something this size with the features it has. The straightjacket straps for the occasional last minute "oh, and maybe another _____" work great. And when I want to go much more minimal with just my wife, or with my friends, it does compress down well, and it rides great! One item I don't see myself using is the waist pack. Maybe the majority of people love this feature, but if providing this option cost even a couple of additional ounces of weight, I wish it would have been just fixed.
The harness, ATC, locking biner, all great. Even the mesh bag that it all comes in makes quite a nice ditty bag. The chalk bag and sock however, so so. The bag is small for my hands, but the package only comes with this size available, and the sock ripped after a couple of uses. All said this package is great for a beginner, at a great price. I got a new chalk bag and chalk, everything else is the bomb dot com.
Excellant layering piece. I found the sizing to run a bit large, so I sized down to a small (I'm 5'11", 170lbs), as I only wanted to be able to rock a thin base layer under it. This equates to a nice fitted jacket worn over a tshirt when the weather is moderate, or when I'm running in the lovely Pac NW precip.
I chose this jacket over the MH Dragon, as the Dragon's fit didn't do it for me. I was initially worried about the lack of pit zips, but I'm sold on the m2 sidepanels (in this instance anyway). Excellant visibility with hood up without helmet.
As for the feel, I don't use the work "supple" very often, but running my hands along the soft, tender length of this jacket produces feelings in me I didn't know I had. Seriously, it feels nice. Like, baby kitten nice.
Hadn't intended to get this tent, but after getting the chance to hop inside one, my wife and I looked at each other, and we were sold. I couldn't believe how spacious it was given the weight. Got 2 adults, 1 kid, 1 dog, and our bags all inside (albeit snug), for a number of trips so far, including a couple with our wonderful Pac NW rain, and stayed bone dry. Am looking forward to many more years with it.
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