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Mark Kauzlarich

Mark Kauzlarich

Red River Gorge, KY. Devils Lake, WI. Governor Dodge State Park, WI. Door County, WI.

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Hiking & Camping
Climbing

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Mark Kauzlarich wrote a review of on October 28, 2011

5 5

I've worn this around quite a bit lately. I'm 6'7" and 200lbs, and this is a little baggy but long enough for me in the body and sleeves, which is what counts. I actually was wearing this heavy sweatshirt (I consider it a jacket, because with an extra long sleeve layer underneath, its all I've needed down to 30 degrees in Wisconsin) when I was in a car accident last night. My North Face jacket and sweatshirt that were next to me in the passenger seat (in the back) got completely shredded by the glass, but I was completely fine. I was showered with large trunks of glass, but no one cut through. It was soft and cozy as I got checked out by paramedics, and I have no doubt that this super super comfy sweatshirt kept me from some pretty serious cuts. Who thought I'd ever say THAT in a review??

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Mark Kauzlarich wrote a question about on August 8, 2011

I'm looking for something to use when doing climbing photography for a second directional rope. I would be pulling the rope through from a side angle to adjust where I hang in mid-air. I'm going back and forth between this and a Gri Gri (which would allow me to lower off instead of detach and swing into mid air). Which should I choose?

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Mark Kauzlarich wrote a question about on March 19, 2011

I'm thinking about getting this harness for climbing photography. I've found that my legs fall asleep hanging free in the air without anything to rest my legs on. I need something to take the pressure off my legs and put it on my butt. I've heard of people making wooden seats. Would this accomplish the same thing?

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Mark Kauzlarich wrote a review of on April 13, 2010

3 5

I'll admit, I got this bag for free, but not for reviewing, just got lucky. Its fill is light and fluffy unlike a lot of other synthetic bags, and performs much like a down bag, but will hold up to water a lot better. It packs very small, but also runs a bit small. I'm 6'6" or so, and I got a regular length, which under most circumstances would be just within my size range. This however, was very tight length wise, but has a bit of room in the width still so I can adjust the way I sleep accordingly. Its not the best, but it does the job, however, I'd probably look into something else.

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Mark Kauzlarich wrote a review of on April 9, 2010

4 5

Sure, ropes get dirty. They get ESPECIALLY dirty when you don't use a tarp. I took this rope to the Red River Gorge, and it got BLACK. I've never had so much black residue on my hands after belaying someone. I used a tarp and everything, tried to keep it clean, but it seemed to just pick up dirt like a magnet. However, with a few washes, the rope was back in good shape, and was no worse for the wear. It handled great and didn't show wear from a few pretty big falls, whereas a friend of mind had a section of his new rope fray at the core a bit from a hard fall. Its a great deal for the price, in my opinion, and should last quite a while.

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Mark Kauzlarich wrote a review of on April 9, 2010

5 5

If you're looking to step your game up to the next level, and you think better feet might get you there, these shoes might just do the trick. I bought my first pair of aggressive climbing shoes a little over a year ago (La Sportiva Solution) and after getting used to the downturn, tightness, and the stretch that comes with such a tight pair of shoes, I started looking for something thats a little more all-around than the Solution. This shoe edges and smears like crazy, and can be sized for all day climbing or intense sport and bouldering on overhangs. From dime edges to big pockets, these toe in to anything and hold on tight, and though their heel isn't quite as intense as the Solution, they will turn your heel into a 3rd or 4th hand all the same. I wear a size 13 street shoe, and wear my shoes as tight as possible (likely you couldn't get any smaller shoes on if you are a 13), to the level of absurd uncomfort, at a 43.5 (the size difference from a Euro equivalent is sizing down from 48.5 to 43.5, a whole 5 sizes. As an additional note, I take my shoes off immediately after climbing a route or problem). To alleviate the fact that these shoes are velcro, I use the velcro as little as possible to keep the attachment as good as possible. No need to overuse the velcro. I'd recommend these shoes if you are looking for a good aggressive sport climbing shoe. They are well worth the money.

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Mark Kauzlarich wrote a review of on January 15, 2010

5 5

I love these pants. More than one time I've worn these pants at the gym or out at the crag bouldering or sport climbing and out for dinner at an expensive restaurant right after. They're a tough fabric that will hold up to some pretty abrasive rock, even rough sandstone, but look great and don't wrinkle easily. They're not super breathable, and will get a little warm in late spring or super early fall. They also don't stink or smell stale after a few uses, so I'll be honest, I don't wash these nearly as much as I normally would. I have the "Earth" and they are classic and classy pants for a night out but great for the climb before.

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Mark Kauzlarich wrote a review of on January 15, 2010

5 5

I picked up two pairs of these pants at the fall prAna store fall clearance. One in Earth, one in Steel. They're great and comfortable pants for bouldering and sport climbing in warmer to fall weather. They're breathable, so you won't get too hot while climbing or hiking, and even then, if you are directly in the sun and get too hot, zip off the bottoms and toss them in your pack! Just don't expect to stay warm at all in these pants. They might be comfortable, but they do let the breeze through a tiny bit.

The great thing about these pants is when you convert them into shorts, the shorts aren't super short like a lot of other companies. In fact, at 6'7", they go down to my knees, and I have a 36 inseam. Which brings me to the size. They run pretty long but tighter in the waist. I'm 32x36 and I have the XLs. They run so long, I find myself rolling up the cuffs not just when I'm climbing, but sometimes just hiking around. All in all, a great pant. I'd recommend the steel. They look awesome.

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Mark Kauzlarich wrote a review of on May 27, 2009

3 5

I got the long for a basic bag for kicking around. 20 degrees, or below freezing, is what you should really use for a standard for bags, and this will protect you to 20 degrees, with layering of clothing. The bag is also short (at least in the long), because Im at that 6 foot 6 inch mark and it was a bit snug. Its pretty much as long as you will find though. Good basic bag. Can't rate it higher because it really isnt anything special.

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Mark Kauzlarich wrote a review of on May 27, 2009

5 5

This tent is great! I dont know where to start. The pole set up and design is simple and quick, the fly leaves a great amount of room for gear, but for the weight and size, its a great choice. Ive taken it out in strong wind and rain, had to set it up in a short amount of time, and it held up great to the punishment and got me out of the storm in a hurry. One reason I love this tent, though, more than a lot of others, is the inside size. Unlike a lot of tents that completely over-exaggerate the size, but are much smaller because of the angle of the tent sides, this tent fit perfectly for me at 6 foot 7 inches, and Ive fit another person just a bit shorter than me with no problem, and even fit two young women in this tent that lost their fly and needed somewhere to stay in inclement weather. Additionally, I generally can fit my backpack at my feet when its raining outside and I don't want the rain to run into my backpack. Outstanding tent.

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Mark Kauzlarich wrote a review of on May 25, 2009

5 5

I've used a pair exclusively to aid in cleaning sport routes for a while now and they work great. Strong, light (skinny, but not to skinny, and not scary) and they've lasted two seasons now. Slings like rope that support your weight should be replaced often (especially when they cost so little vs rope) but these outlasted my expectations. Give them a try!

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Mark Kauzlarich wrote a review of on May 25, 2009

4 5

For those who are beginners and know their stuff enough to start buying gear, this is a great and comfortable option with an adjustable leg option that, though makes things a bit bulkier and may take a little longer to putz with at first, won't be a problem in the long run. Once you set your leg loops, disregarding major changes in what you wearing (more layers) the leg loops won't have to be changed, so this is a non-problem. It worked great for me for my first harness and still is a comfortable alternative to a high performance sport harness.

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