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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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Mark Kauzlarich wrote an answer about on November 24, 2011

I don't know how much of a difference you'll find. The lack of a full pointer finger on the Transfilmer is a major point against for me, but I also am concerned about the fold away finger tips. If you keep those tight when you're not shooting, they're awesome.

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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 review of on August 8, 2011

5 5

Thats right. Fantastic. How you'll look rocking this shirt. You might get tired though, signing autographs all the time, asking what Forum gear you rock as a sponsored athlete, but thats ok. Just grab your board and head off into the sunset knowing that you look like a boss wearing one of the coolest understated shirts of all time.

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Mark Kauzlarich wrote a review of on August 8, 2011

5 5

This fantastic shirt does everything you'd ever ask for and more. You know that thing between your head and your legs? Yeah, the ripply mess of muscles and hotness? It must be hard for you to function with all the girls that are all over you 24/7. Well, this shirt won't help you much in fending them off. All those businesses that say no shirt, no shoes, no service, well, wear this shirt for the 2% of the time you need to cover up, and STILL get the girls. Wear the green when you want to be yourself and stand out for the paparazzi you have as a boarding superstar, and the brown when you need to get away stealthy with the 15 girls on your arm.

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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 an answer about on January 11, 2011

It looks pretty beat up. I wouldn't get it myself, but its something that you wouldn't wear at professional get-togethers then it might be good for you. If you go to the Nixon website, find the watch, and click on the Gunship. Then you can take a look at a link that gets you to an example of some minor wear.

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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 an answer about on March 7, 2010

I had the issue of having Solutions that felt great for a month and then a bit too big, but when I tried to size down a half size, I couldn't fit my toes into Solutions, and Testarossas were the key. The Testarossas can be thought of as the same shoe with a bit more edge (not a lot), but essentially the same shoe in a lace up, which gives a bit of give in the toe box that lets you fit in your toes in a bit tighter and in a different way. The Solution size, should really be a good fit for Testarossas, but you might be able to try another half size down and fit well, in an even more aggressive fit, just because of the nature of laces and the extra leather vs toe rubber on Solutions.

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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

4 5

You should always use a footprint to protect your tent from puncture or rips. A footprint can greatly extend the life of your tent. This footprint worked perfectly to protect the bathtub-bottom construction of the tent. Not made to protect underneath the fly, this fly does what it is supposed to, protect your tent and prevent water pooling. If you want more, or you are comfortable and knowledgeable enough, you can construct your own footprint with a cheap tarp, creating one of any size, from the tent bottom to fly size. I'd recommend just buying this for your everyday camping usage, as it works perfectly.

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