Boulder, Red River Gorge, Eldorado Canyon, Park ridge, Il, Devils Lake
A pretty nice collection of feet, great addition if you already have a fair bit going on, or as a good way to get a few extra solid feet in addition to your starter kit. If you're setting around an arete, you could pretty much use these as hands depending on how you position 'em - lots of different angles and textures going on, which makes them fun. Another solid So Ill production!
Chris Danielson, who sets for some of the pretty major comps out there, suggested this set as a complement to a broader array of Tekniks holds that I picked up as well when I built my garage woody. Really, really nice mix of feet, edges and jugs. Nothing huge, nothing that's going to just blow your skirt up, but a really, really solid collection of holds to get you going in the right direction. If you've got holds now and you're looking for stuff to add, don't go this direction; but if you're putting up a woody and you're looking at starter sets (and you should be super-selective if you are), this is one true value.
I love the metolius ultralight TCU! They are amazing pieces to have on your rack when you are in small crack territory. They are light, cost effective, and functional. I love all the metolius gear for three reason. 1: They function amazingly and never disappoint. 2: They look awesome, especially the master cams. 3: They're made in the U.S.A. These are the qualities that I hope to see in all brands of gear. Sizes #00-1 are my favorites and are most useful in smaller cracks. Otherwise, go C4 or master cam in #2-3.
These shoes rock for approaches and low grade climbing! They are comfortable, which is great when you are hauling 35 pounds worth of gear up a 10 degree incline. The rubber is great, but not as good as the stealth rubber. You can still climb tons of easy stuff in them, though. They are also stylish in some of the colors (even for a dude). Overall, this is a great approach shoe for everything from long approaches to easy pitches.
(By the way, if you've read my reviews before, you would have realized that I'm a dude. But I'm a small dude so I have to choose women's shoes instead of men's sometimes. So now you know why.)
This is, hands down, the best shoe for climbing edges on overhanging terrain out there. I mean, it's a dragon toe with a team heel and velcro. The heel just sucks your feet into the bottom of the shoe. The velcro is amazing for adjustment. This makes the shoe very adjustable to form to your feet. Not as adjustable and versatile as laces, but still pretty adjustable. The shoe is super aggressive! This is amazing for everything from vertical and slabby climbs to horizontal roofs. The only disadvantage of the downturn is the pain that it causes you. Make sure to take these off right when you're done climbing to put on sandals or some similar shoes. Also, the famous Five Ten stealth rubber is as sticky as ever.
The verdict- Great aggressive shoe for almost everything, but with the cost of pain, and, of course, lots of money.
This is the best shell out there! It will keep you dry. I laugh whenever I fall down in the powder on my snowboard because the snow will never touch me (not really, but you get the point). I always wear a down coat under this to keep warm (as this doesn't provide any insulation) and it's like heaven. There are enough pockets to hold everything that needs holding, and keep it dry, too. Worth the money. By far.
This is the best shoe for all around use out there! It has the comfort of an entry level shoe. This means long pitches and days at the gym working boulder problems are no problem for the Masai's wearability. They preform great in cracks. I spent a day doing easy trad and sport pitches on North Table Mountain in Golden, CO, and I discovered that these excel at jamming in all sizes of cracks. They are also good at edging. I mean, unless I am at a 60 degree incline (in which case I prefer my Blackwings), these are truly amazing for edging. The price tag is also reasonable. Wait, didi I just say it? Did I say that I found a shoe that excels at both cracks and edges while maintaining entry level comfort and a relatively small price tag? Yes I did. The paradox has been broken!
This is the best board I have ever used in my six years of snowboarding by far! It just feels solid. The edges turn well and I feel more natural and fluid when turning. This is an adult-quality board for kids. Yes, it is a bit expensive, but it's definitely worth it. Dad or mom, if you're viewing this and your kid is good on a snowboard and has a few years experience, please buy them this snowboard. Also, more expensive things generally tend to have better quality, which means that they last longer, which is real value for money.
The #1 is a great size!
These are generally the shoes that strike the perfect balance between smearability and edgeability. The La Sportiva mythos and the Anasazi moccasyms are great for cracks.
This is a very technical climbing shoe and they have great grip, from what I've heard. The legendary five-ten stealth rubber is always sticky to the max and great for smearing. The five-ten arrowheads are great bouldering and sport-climbing shoes, you should check them out.
These are great pieces of small gear! They remind me of the aliens (which I have only used once and LOVED) because they are so flexible. They are also very malleable and will bend and shape any way you need to. The range finder is nice, but it may lead to overcamming. It's O.K to place them on the yellow dots. Overall, they're great cams in the #2 and #3 sizes and I will always be reaching for them.
This is probably the best harness that I've ever put on! It's super comfy and great for all-day use. It's super light and great for trad climbing. And on top of that, the legs loops are easy to adjust. This is a great harness for anyone, whether he or she is experienced or just starting of, or for trad or sport.
I'm a teenager with a size five foot. Does 5-10 make these in my size. I'm dying to get a pair.
Petzl always makes very high quality gear (ie the Diamond Freewire draws versus Petzl Spirits), and they haven't disappointed me with the Attache caribiners. This version is very "smart" because of the red line showing when the caribiner isn't locked. Also, when it is locked, the gate doesn't wiggle a bit. The low weight is also a plus. Overall, this biner deserves six stars, in my opinion.
The Petzl Reverso 3 is one of the best belay devices out there. I get plenty of braking friction but it is still smooth all of the way through. I haven't gotten a chance to use the autoblock on it, but I'm sure it works just like the one on the Reverso 4. Still not as light as its younger brother , the reverso 4, but packs just as much function.
They don't stink terribly, but there is definitely an odor to them.
Go with the medium/large size if you don't have an opportunity to try it on, but see if you have a chance to try it on before you make a decision.
Also tubular webbing is very useful if you tie the ends together with a water knot
I've found that the Black Diamond C4's are better in the larger sizes (.75-3). These are good small cams, though.