Levie125

Levie125

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Levie125 wrote a review of on May 28, 2014

Good pedal for the faint of heart.
4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I have been using these pedals mtn biking in southern AZ for 2 years and I love them. I usually ride unclipped when approaching a big hazard and I am still able to control the pedals. When not clipped in you can feel a little bump from the clips which makes for not the smoothest grip surface for your foot.

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Levie125 wrote a review of on May 28, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size

I have been surfing over 12 years and I have never owned a pair of shorts so comfortable. While it has the drawstring closure it also has a little velcro to keep it from shifting around like other brands do. Other brands try and overdo the "looks" and sew two much detail in it which causes chaffing but the insides of these are silky smooth. I am a climber but I have not used them climbing and I would be curious about the durability after going up a chimney. The stretch in this pant allows for any type of dynamic moves you need to make. It is likely your body will be the limit not the shorts in the stretch department.

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Levie125 wrote a review of on May 28, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size

I apparently have been riding in crappy shorts for years before wearing these. I purchased these for a recent trip to Durango as a gift to myself. These shorts do not disappoint in the fit, function and feel department. Like mentioned before they look well too. I think these shorts hit a perfect price point for those of us who cannot justify the $100 plus shorts to our spouses. I wore the shorts in Durango and put about 45 miles on them with no signs of wear after several small spills. Because they vent so well they don't smell too bad after a couple of rides but the temps weren't too hot either.

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Levie125 wrote a review of on March 29, 2014

4 5

Familiarity: I returned this product before using it
Fit: Runs small

I ordered this in size 32 and it fit perfect in the waist but the legs were a little tight. I have had this issue with another pair of OR pants but others fit perfect. I am going to go up a size to get looser fitting legs. It wouldn't be an issue if the pants were stretchy and loosened a little as I wore them. The knees and seat of the pants have some flexible cotton canvas built in so that helps a lot. The durability of these pants seem excellent but after a minute of wearing them you will realize that they are not ultra breathable nor that stretchy all over (just in the knees and seat). The built in belt is a nice feature the button on the fly is nice because it is soft rubber and won't dig into your skin. The top of the fly is also secured with a little velcro and it has a zippered fly. Overall, a good pant but a little tight fitting. Will let everyone know how the 34 works out.

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Levie125 wrote a review of on March 17, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

If you do not own one of these buy one now. I cannot begin to think how much time I have wasted fiddling with slings at the top of a climb until I tried this out. Besides saving time, this allows the user to focus on the task at hand.

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Levie125 wrote a review of on March 15, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size

When I pulled these out of the box I was very skeptical on how much stretch these pants were going to have. They looked like a pair of car hartts but were soft to the touch. I primarily wear these out in town because they are nice looking and the most comfortable pair of pants I own. They are heavy duty so summertime use in the heat is probably not going to happen. They have been my winter rock climbing pants and show absolutely no signs of wear. The stretch in the pants allow for easy climbing and work as advertised. The fit is true to size for a 32. I have the dark brown and I love them so I am getting a few more pairs just in different colors.

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Levie125 wrote a review of on February 27, 2014

5 5

This jacket performs so well for me as a multipurpose soft shell I am pretty sure I will never need another one. I have the walnut colored one and it is fairly stylish enough to wear out for errands. I use this jacket primarily for rock climbing during winter and mountain biking. Its light enough to pack for any occasion but most of the time I just wear it because it breathes so well. I am 5'9" and about 175lbs and I wear the large which is a little loose but I prefer it that way so it covers my back when biking. I have taken it on many of climbing trips on coarse granite and there is not one sign of wear. I like the elastic cuffs and the hood the most.

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Levie125 wrote a review of on February 27, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size

So I would not consider myself much of an alpine adventurer either climbing or skiing. I do find myself in the mountains doing both of these activities but just not all the time and I am a beginner in both. These pants work perfect for both and I didn't break the bank getting a skiing only specific pant vs. a climbing pair. I like the expandable feature on the bottom on the pants so you can switch from a ski boot to a smaller mountaineering boot. These pants fit me perfect and are a little slim fitting as advertised but they are so stretchy I don't mind.

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Levie125 wrote a review of on February 27, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size

I have been using these socks for a couple of months and I cannot say enough positive things about them. For me, these socks are perfect for cooler weather as my feet tend to run a little hot. I have the light hikers for warm weather. I have worn them with multiple types of boots and I have never got any blisters. Every time I wash them they feel brand new and do not get rougher as the washes go on.

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Levie125 wrote a review of on February 27, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size

I purchased these socks a while ago and I have been waiting to review them until I put some serious miles on them. The first week I logged about 17 miles and I noticed a a positive difference in the soreness level of my shins. I am about as flat footed as they come so this was quite refreshing to get a sock with enough padding that fits like a glove. This sock is not bright white like cotton so just be aware.

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Levie125 wrote a review of on January 21, 2014

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I bought this to replace my old osprey bladder from a couple of years ago because they switched hose sizes and I could no longer buy replacement parts with ease. Overall, the new bag seems more durable but the screw on cap is a little stiff at first making it difficult to pour in water. So I retro fitted this into an "older" osprey hydration bag for mountain biking and it barely fits due to the last reservoir having a smaller profile.

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Levie125 wrote a review of on December 5, 2013

5 5

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

I use these socks for my work boots and hiking. I wear a size 12 in most shoes so I ordered an XL. I will say if you are on the edge of their size chart go big because these are snug. I have washed these a couple times following FITS instructions and they feel new each time I put them on. I have a lot of nice socks from other brands that either feel stiff or start breaking down after a couple of washes but these remain like new. I will check in after 6 months of hard use.

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Levie125 wrote a review of on December 1, 2013

Perfection meets durability
5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

This rope gets an abundance of compliments from seasoned climbers at the crag. The Bi-Flavine color pattern practically glows on the rock. An important aspect of this rope is its fall rating which often gets overlooked. I have used this rope on coarse granite in southern Arizona and it has performed flawlessly.

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Levie125 wrote a review of on November 11, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I use this pack to do multi pitch climbing and I love it. It is light and adjustable. I use a osprey hydration bladder and it works well with the clip plus it adds to the rigidity of the bag. The plastic insert that comes in it just protects your back from sharp objects but does little in the way of providing anything else. My first impressions of the bag were that it would be something I pull out of a larger bag at the base of a route but it has some approach potential for lighter ascents. I have taken it on a couple of long climbs with no durability issues but I have not taken in a human size crack and chimneyed with it on. You cannot beat this pack for the price.

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Levie125 wrote a review of on July 5, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I have used this light for over a year now with no complaints at all. I prefer the CR123 batteries because they are easier to change out because it is just one and I replace them less. It is also a plus overseas in the military because you can never find AAA. The red led function also is nice because it comes on before your extremely bright white light comes on. I like the button as well because it is stiff and there is minimal risk of an accidental turn on that will drain your batteries. It isn't so light you forget it is on your head but it does not give you a headache like some of my old petzl lamps do. I have worn this in night time down pours and its water resistance is excellent.

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Levie125 wrote a review of on July 5, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size

I committed an unforgiveable act in hiking and purchased these boots on my way to the trail for a wet winter hike. I put eight miles on them the first day over semi challenging terrain with no hotspots or blisters. Since purchasing these boots I have been all over the southwest to include the grand canyon. They perform their best when its cool to cold out like all goretex boots. I have only re-treated the outside once in 3 years and still no leaks. The boot fit has been true to size and it is very stable over rocky terrain. Overall a great boot!

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