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Matthew A. Toebbe

Matthew A. Toebbe

Cincinnati

Matthew A. Toebbe's Passions

Hiking & Camping
Climbing

Matthew A. Toebbe's Bio

I boulder indoor at Climb Time in Blue Ash, and every now and then I'll work some routes at RockQuest in Sharonville with my wife Kelli. We do the Eden park wall when it's nice out. But we are always looking for a reason to go to the Red.

11/9/08 I just got back from Obed. We worked some problems at Lilly Boulders and did some sport climbing at Lilly Bluff where I led my first 5.10a. sweet

Matthew A. Toebbe

Matthew A. Toebbewrote a review of on November 18, 2008

4 5

It appears that Black Diamond is beginning to use the 10mm Dynex more and more. They aren't using the nylon dogbones in their quickdraw combinations anymore. I have some of the nylon ones as well as some of the Dynex. I feel that the wider slightly stiffer nylon ones are more stable when clipping the rope into the bottom biner, because the Dynex slings tend to twist more easily. They are both rated at 22kn so you can't go wrong with either one. Rubber inserts on the rope end are a must to have on all 'draws. They hold the biner firmly in proper orientation and are available on both the Dynex and nylon. Overall-Great product from a great company.

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Matthew A. Toebbewrote a review of on November 18, 2008

4 5

I got some of these a while back and I love them. I replaced the bolt end biners with Positrons and they clip and clean easier now. I am not a big fan of the new tiny Dynex dogbones, so it is a real relief to me that I can still get a good 'draw with the older, fatter, more stable nylon sling.

This is an excellent combination at an amazing price. I recommend them to people trying to save a few bucks while still getting a good quality product from a reputable company, Black Diamond.

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Matthew A. Toebbewrote a review of on November 18, 2008

5 5

Since I got these, every time I reach for a biner I'm looking for a Positron. I don't think I can own enough of them. I don't understand why the companies still make the old style gates. The keylock makes it snag free so they are perfect for all types of climbing. They don't get hung up on webbing or bolts so cleaning is a lot easier while you are still pumped. They are light (however not the lightest) for the people trying to maximize every ounce.
I highly recommend these to people that are trying to figure out what to buy. You will not be disappointed with these. I am ordering more, and I am also going to order a couple of the Positron locking biners too.

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Matthew A. Toebbewrote a review of on November 17, 2008

4 5

I love the Positron biners, and I am buying more to replace the wire gates on the bolt end of my other quickdraws. This 'draw is an excellent combination from Black Diamond. The keylock gates on both ends make for nearly effortless clipping and cleaning. I have a little trouble getting used to the lightweight 10mm Dynex sling however. It could be in my head, but it feels like the older fatter slings held everything more steady while clipping the rope. Now I am using wiregates on the rope end because it is more comfortable for me. (Black Diamond has a quickdraw like that too, the Hotwire, which I will buy next time)

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Matthew A. Toebbewrote a review of on November 3, 2008

5 5

We got a pair of these for my wife so we could start climbing outside. (no more stinky gym rentals) They are perfect. Her normal shoe size is between 8 to 8.5, and we bought these in size 7.5. They fit tight enough that she takes them off after each climb, but they are still comfortable while climbing. The velcro closures are way better than laces. They smear great, and edge awesome. The rubber is soft and sticky, but not so soft that sloppy footwork removes lots of material. They are perfect for beginners, seasoned climbers, or Vegan climbers of any experience level. I use the larger volume Defy from Evolv, and if we ever wear these out, we will get more of the same again. We love them.

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Matthew A. Toebbewrote a review of on September 30, 2008

4 5

The Metolius RopeMaster does exactly what it's supposed to. It carries the rope. All rope bags need to have a tarp, and this one does. It also has different colored tie in points (nice) so it is easier to remember which end is on top. Other than that, nothing fancy. The drawstring doesn't work correctly on mine, but it's an easy fix. It appears that it should last a good while. But for the price, it seems like it's a good deal.

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Matthew A. Toebbewrote a review of on September 30, 2008

5 5

I bought this elsewhere, before I found BackCountry.com (for the same price) and thought I should leave a review. It is the second harness I tried on at the shop, and I immediately knew I was taking it home. I usually wear 31-33 pants size, so I thought I would need a Medium. I was wrong so I went with a large. It is perfect. Before ordering, measure over your clothes. It is comfortable, and everything is adjustable. Like I said, Great harness.

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Matthew A. Toebbewrote a review of on September 16, 2008

5 5

I bought a pair of these shoes elsewhere about a year ago, and decided I need to let people know about them. I bought them because I couldn't stand the rentals at the gym, and instantly knew i made a good buy. I was just beginning to climb, and now I boulder in the same pair at least once a week. I do mostly gym routes, and have had no problem with holes in the toes or the soles coming unglued. I take care to make sure they are well aired out and dry after using them (synthetic shoes supposedly stink) and they stay in my living room without any offending odors.

My normal shoes are 11's and after trying on a few pairs, I bought a pair of the Defy's in size 11. They curl my toes, and make walking slightly difficult, but they are not uncomfortable. I now have callouses on the top of my big toes from rubbing, but I never got any blisters.

They are clearly the most popular shoe at my gym, and they just re-did the rentals to use all Defy's. These shoes are totally synthetic for the Vegan community. They are great for beginners, or for veterans who want a more comfortable shoe.

Thanks.

Matt T

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