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Lyric Rosatti

Lyric Rosatti

Formerly Bozeman Montana, Now Duluth Minnesota

Lyric Rosatti's Passions

Hiking & Camping
Snowboarding
Climbing

Lyric Rosatti's Bio

I'm a recent graduate from the Mechanical Engineering undergrad program at Montana State University, returned to school again this fall for a Masters Degree.

I grew up in Minnesota where we went camping and canoeing. I've been a skier, but I have been snowboarding for the last 8 years or so, and since I've been in Montana, I've gotten in to climbing.

Lyric Rosatti

Lyric Rosatti wrote a review of on October 25, 2014

1 5

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

This hat looks awesome in the pictures above. Its a cool slogan.

That said, I am pretty disappointed in this hat. The cut on the front two (white) panels is really bad. It's way too much material and it bunches up as soon at you put the hat on. The front panel material also feels pretty cheap and scratchy. Very atypical from any other LaSpo product I've ever had. I think LaSpo, I think quality materials and workmanship. The brim comes pretty flat, which isn't a problem, I only bring it up because I was hoping that maybe curving the brim would help the material. That did nothing to improve the fabric bunching on the front panels.

A little guidance on the snap back sized. The L/XL should fit most adults. For reference, I think I had it at 2 or 3 snaps out and I have a 21.5" head.

If you go for that hat, please post a response if the fabric on yours is cut better than mine, maybe it is a one off problem.

Unfortunately I can only give the hat two stars. Design is worthy of 5 stars, but the execution brings it down to one.

I'll post some pictures too.

Cheers,
Lyric

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Lyric Rosatti wrote a review of on December 27, 2009

5 5

I just got this jacket a few days ago, but it is already performing perfectly. I didn't want a walking sleeping bag, but I wanted something I could wear on its own, or layer. Bingo, down sweater..

I have been surprised at how windproof it is, I was out walking in 20˚F weather with a 15MPH head wind with a T-shirt on underneath this "Torso-cover."

I am usually bothered by elastic cuffs, but the elastic is big enough that it doesn't cut off the circulation to my hand and yet small enough to keep the warm air in.

When zipped with the hood up, your mouth is covered pretty well, and the hood fits really well, like a nice sleeping bag hood.

Being able to fit this thing in its own pocket is pretty rad as well, come climbing season that will be useful!

Also, the DWR seems to be pretty good on this jacket as well, water beads exceptionally well. Haven't exposed it to rain yet though.

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Lyric Rosatti wrote a review of on November 10, 2009

5 5

I think this is the best rope bag money can buy. The tarp is huge, about 4'x5' or so, and can really help keep dirt off your rope (which of course extends the life of your rope, saving $$$). Rope isn't really a compressible item, but draw string and the two compression straps make sure that everything is really locked down for approaches. The strap is also really cushy and makes carrying the rope less of a chore.

This thing is also really durable. I got it pretty dirty and beat up this summer, but I ran it through the clothes washer and it came out like the day I bought it.

I highly recommend this bag for any rope you have. Holds 60m and 70m with ease.

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Lyric Rosatti wrote a review of on October 7, 2009

5 5

This rope is indeed light, less than 8.5 pounds, of course thats not counting any dirt you pick up--and you will indeed be very aware of this rope getting dirty. As Adriano said, use a rope tarp.

I have been climbing on this rope all summer, and have what I would say is pretty normal "fuzzing" on the sheath for three months of pretty active climbing in Montana.

As other reviewers have said, this is a great first rope, or a light single on the cheap side. I will probably get a Infinity when its time to replace this rope.

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Lyric Rosatti wrote a review of on August 11, 2009

5 5

These bindings are awesome for freeriders. They are light, stiff, and comfy! So Ideal. The leather straps form wonderfully to the shape of your boot and don't create any pressure points like some other bindings I've owned. I was almost done with burton bindings after my last pair weighed so much, but I took a chance and tried these cause they matched my new Arbor Coda so nicely. Burton has made a lot of improvements in the last few years that have really stepped these bindings up. The FLAD (Forward Lean Adjuster) is now a tool-less knob that is easily adjusted on the fly, and the straps themselves are easily adjusted. The ratcheting device is solid on the top and bottom straps.

The cartel cap strap is a little different than the prior cap straps burton put out. This one looks like a regular strap but it has a notch in the middle, works much better.

These feel solid and high tech, I would say worth every dollar. Burton also has rad customer service, assuming backcountry.com doesn't take care of problems first.

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Lyric Rosatti wrote a review of on August 11, 2009

4 5

As far as technical belts go this thing is pretty rad. The reversibility somewhat handy. The design looks orange in the pictures, but it is infact red. For normal wear you don't need to double back, its not going anywhere, but doubled back it will be rock solid for emergency uses. Side note, it can only be doubled back red side out. The webbing is one and a quarter inches wide, about an eight inch thick.

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Lyric Rosatti wrote a review of on August 9, 2009

5 5

This little beacon is about as good as it gets. Turn it on, strap it on, and forget about it. The harness is pretty comfortable, and when you need to use it you'll be thankful they put it on a leash. Thankfully I have never had a need for this little guy in a real world scenario, but having done practice drills with it, I can't imagine improving on its method. Every time I go out and practice with other experienced beacon users, the people with Trackers are always there first. Thats mostly due to the dual antenna design and the way that they pick up the transmitting beacon and zero in on the flux line.

If you are looking for a lifeline in the backcountry, this is it. As with all safety gear, learn to use it before you go trusting your life or others with it.

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Lyric Rosatti wrote a review of on August 9, 2009

4 5

These boots are excellent. I ride in the Bozeman, MT area mostly, and in my last few pairs of boots, I would get sore feet after a hard day of riding, but on in these. These have great foot support and they lace as tight as you want them. The external lacing system is near flawless. The cord is tough and will stand up to your hardest pulls to get the tightness you want, and the lace lock off is perfect and will not slip. That said, the reason I only rated these near perfect boots is the lacing system on the liner, specifically the lock off part. The laces will pull really tight, but what takes the longest to do when putting these boots on is getting the cord to lock off! To be fair, one of the boots locks off really well, but the other boot is a struggle to get the cord to seat properly and lock off, usually requiring me to push it in.Other than that, I will definitely be sticking with Salomons!

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Lyric Rosatti wrote a review of on August 8, 2009

5 5

I love this bag. I can live for weeks out of this bag. TSA and the airlines can't even put a scuff on it. The material this bag is made out of is some tough stuff! The zippers aren't going to give way easily either, they are big and well sewn. There are several handles on this bag, one on the top (not including the extending handle), and on the bottom. The front of the bag has two more handles, and the side has yet another. Brilliant! The wheels are on some really smooth bearings, on skater wheels too. So smooth.

As indicated by the description, there is a suit hanger, kinda handy, but really you don't need it if you pack this bag like I do. A lot of people don't think you can pack a bag like this for an international trip--those people are not backcountry.com people though :D Lots of space in this rad case.

The front face has a really nice shoe compartment, keeps your nasty shoes separate from your cloths. There are lots of mesh compartments to keep your underoos and your socks in place :D

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Lyric Rosatti wrote a review of on August 5, 2009

4 5

Got these shades on SAC, not a bad pair of shades. They say on my head pretty well when I'm wearing them, but don't rest them on top of your head. They have no rubber grips, so they will throw themselves off your head.

I have the green/gold, love the look. Not the best shades I own, but pretty stylish.

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Lyric Rosatti wrote a review of on August 5, 2009

4 5

I got this belt a few years ago when I broke the belt that had been holding up my snowpants. I like dakine stuff, and this belt it pretty good as belts go. However, since there are two clasps holding the webbing to the buckle, you can run into problems if you put a lot of stress on it. A handful of times the buckle you don't normally need to adjust has come undone. Still, its a good belt and you can never have enough ways to open a beer!

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Lyric Rosatti wrote a review of on August 4, 2009

4 5

There may be more cushy harnesses out there, but I don't think I would bother. I've taken whippers in this, I've held leaders taking whippers with this. Comfy! The only time I wish it had more padding was when I was belaying a hangdog. No big, the harness only makes so much difference for that situation...

The four molded loops feel really solid so far, and the speed adjusts are fast and solid!

A word on sizing, I have a medium harness and wear a 30 to 32 waist.

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Lyric Rosatti wrote a review of on August 3, 2009

4 5

I'm all for tubular belay devices for rappeling, in fact, my figure 8 spends most of climbing days in my pack, and I never use it for belaying. That said, sometimes figure 8's are kinda... fun... If you know what you're doing and have a leather glove on, you can zip down a rope on an 8 in no time! Also really cool to impress people that have never used one. Also fun to do "SWAT" or inverted rappels with a figure 8.

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Lyric Rosatti wrote a review of on June 16, 2009

5 5

I love carrying a few big 'biners for those times when your belay loop is getting crowded and you need something that stands above the mess. The rocklock is about 4" long, 2.5" at the top and about 1.5" near the bottom. Obviously, the keylock nose is really nice because it doesn't catch ropes or the loop on your belay device. While it is a little heavy, this is a great locker for multipitch because of its versatility.

Only drawback is that it might not fit through some sport anchors, like chains.

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Lyric Rosatti wrote a review of on June 16, 2009

5 5

These shoes are as good of shoe as I've worn. They hold on ridiculously tiny edges and smear like a champ. The sensitivity is moderate, but I don't mind that so much since it doesn't hurt as bad to put all your weight on a tiny little pin of a rock. These shoes have taken everything Montana has thrown at them so far. They are stiff, agressive, and reliable.

Some people complain about laces, but the asymetrical laces are fast cinch this shoe nicely to your foot. Besides, how much longer does it take to tie a shoe...

On the sizing, I have these in a 41.5 and I wear a 9-10 US street shoe.

Also, as stated by another reviewer, these shoes don't seem to stink. And I don't think they get too hot.

The 'cudas rock, end of story.

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Lyric Rosatti wrote a review of on May 11, 2009

5 5

I got the Boa because I was looking for a big biner to use as for belay. I wanted a big biner for those times when your belay loop is getting a little crammed for space at the anchors. DMM delivers big with the boa. It elevates the belay device from the loop perfectly for me. I got the locksafe for extra security on the belay, and the operation is buttery smooth once you get used to the hand motion of opening the gate.

This is a big biner, so its a little heavy, but DMM isn't joking when it comes to using beam design in their biners. This thing has an awesome weigh/size ratio. I'll post a picture with a size comparison when I get a chance.

This carabiner is awesome for HMS's and belay devices, but thats about it. Even though it has a fairly slim profile for hooking into pro and anchors, I don't think I'd use it for much else beyond belay.

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