Mato

Mato

Adirondacks, Catskills, Gunks

Mato's Passions

Hiking & Camping
Biking
Climbing

Mato's Bio

I like bikes! I like climbing and hiking and stuff too. I'm really a giant gear junky. When I'm not working or playing I'm usually trying to figure out what piece of gear to buy next.

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Mato wrote a review of on October 4, 2011

4 5

I've been using this rope for about 2 seasons on rock and one in the winter. It has held up pretty well. I like the size for all around climbing, it is skinny enough that its not too heavy, feeds through belay devices well, and doesn't feel like a ball and chain holding you down on lead.

The dry treatment was pretty well shot by the end of the first full season. The ropes durability is OK but not great, I have not been impressed with the durability of petzl ropes in general. I will end up retiring this rope with about 100 days of leading on it and a couple of falls.

I think there are better ropes for the money.

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Mato wrote a review of on October 4, 2011

4 5

I have used these so far for approaches in the adirondacks, joshua tree, the tetons, and LCC in Utah.

They climb quite well, I climbed all of lower and upper Exum on the grand in these and felt quite confident in them. The fit can really be pulled in tight to feel more like a climbing shoe or kept loose enough to be fairly comfy to climb in. The rubber is quite sticky, and thus wears somewhat quickly. The platform is stiff enough to give support but still give some feel.

Like most people have said they are good for up to about 5 miles with a decent sized pack on. Much more than that they start to make your feet really hurt. Without a pack you could go further. The other issue I have is the toe box is VERY narrow, like a climbing shoe. I have very narrow feet and these still rub the skin off my little toe. I tape my toe if I know I'm going to be in the for a while. These shoes run very warm. I find myself taking them off every few hours just to let my feet cool off a bit.

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Mato wrote a review of on March 6, 2011

4 5

I have the 00 -2 of these. I really like the narrow head on the cams, it puts them in tight places that other cams might not go. Personally I like the snappy feel that the triggers have. The range is not the greatest but they do have great holding power.

The durability of the cam is somewhat questionable, I have bent the trigger wires on a couple of mine, and also tweaked the head of one a bit.

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Mato wrote a review of on March 6, 2011

5 5

These are by far my favorite shoes. They are really good for slabs and cracks and not half bad on face climbs either. Super comfy, very adjustable, great all day shoes.

They do stretch a lot. I bought mine as small as I could get my foot into. Within a few sessions they were stretched in enough that I can wear them all day.

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Mato wrote a review of on November 30, 2010

4 5

These are much stronger for the size than regular aluminum nuts. They are pretty tough and set nicely. You should really only use the steel stoppers in hard rock like granite, use brass ones on stuff like sandstone.

The wires can bend at the joint pretty easy, that is my only gripe but it happens, what ever...

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Mato wrote a review of on November 2, 2010

5 5

These are made for *Cold* weather. Not warm wet weather. If you use them for what they are intended for they are awesome. I use my for belaying when out ice climbing. The palms are super tough. There is a trigger finger in the mitt which makes belaying and rope handling much easier. And most importantly they keep my hands warm when it is cold.

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Mato wrote a review of on June 14, 2010

4 5

This is not the lightest or fanciest thing on the market but it is burley and it works. What more do you really need?

The adze is fairly good size for chopping and is fairly sharp and nicely cupped, does a pretty good job cutting a bollard.

The pick is somewhat aggressive, good for self arrest, not so much that it rips your arms out of the sockets when you stick it in.

I'm very happy with this axe.

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Mato wrote a review of on June 14, 2010

Wow
5 5

This thing is a snow melting machine. It will burn pretty much anything that burns. It is loud but that just means its working!

Kerosene burns very dirty, is slow to get going, a bit hard to light when cold, and tends to clog up the jet. White gas is not quite as efficient but lights much easier and burns more cleanly.

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