There's plenty of good trail food out there, but this just might be the best. Add boiling water to the bag, let it sit for a few minutes, and you have a perfectly portioned delicious meal. I'll carry a stove & fuel on a day hike just so I can eat this Chili Mac for lunch. For maximum value, bring hot sauce.
The material of these pants allows a perfect amount of freedom of movement for scrambling, climbing, or hiking. They repel water, but certainly aren't waterproof and I wouldn't want to be stuck on a wet day in the mountains with just these pants. They do use a very durable material that breathes well for as tough as it is.
I'm 5'10", 155 lbs and usually wear a 31" waist. I bought the medium and they're a bit loose at the waist, but fine with a belt (not included). The fit is baggy around the legs, but all the better for high stepping up some low angle slab climbs!
One of the tastiest backpacking desserts I've tried. That said, this requires you to dirty a pan to cook the cobbler. If you're down with dishes, buy this and plan for a treat! If you're feeling lazy, go for the just-add-water Mountain House Raspberry Crumble.
Simply put, the Edge 500 rocks. You can move it from bike to bike, or even throw it in your pocket for a run or hike, without any fuss over speed sensors or wiring. It's excellent motivation to push it on a ride to reach your goals for speed, distance, or elevation gain (yep, it tracks total elevation gain).
I upload my data to the free Garmin Connect service (see http://connect.garmin.com/features) about once a week. From there you can map your ride, analyze performance mile by mile, and even post it to Facebook so your riding buddies can view it.
I bought a pair during Spring 2011 and they quickly became my go-to short for hard rides in Arkansas's summertime heat. The compression keeps you feeling fresh, the fabric breathes well, and the contoured chamois pays off when rides stretch into the 2-3 hour range.
They're definitely cut for a performance (European style) fit, and the medium gave me just the right amount of compression at the legs without being overtight at the waste (I'm 5'10", 31" waste, 150 lbs). If you're used to wearing an American brand like Pearl Izumi, expect these to be quite a bit more snug and consider sizing up.
My only complaint (and this is entirely my fault) is that I bought the white-paneled ones and they were a bear to keep clean. They do make you feel fast, but be super careful changing a flat because any contact with chain lube or brake grime and they'll never be the same.
They're not the lightest weight option, but are great for for tying in to an anchor or running through a toprope. The wide shape racks a cordalette well, and tying in/adjusting a clove hitch is a snap. They also offer great security for clipping bolted anchors for toprope, and the smooth keylock makes removing them from skinny chain links a breeze.
Bring a few for yourself, and a few for your riding buddies because they'll be begging to share. there's other food that I prefer to eat while on the bike, but if you're pulling over for a quick trail snack these are hard to beat.
I bought mine several years ago for use in adventure races (carry it in a pack all day, put it on for one rappel, put it back in the pack). This would be an ideal use, along with mountaineering where you need to rope up but don't expect to fall or weight the rope often. For these types of activities it's perfect as it's light weight, packable, and goes on and off quickly.
For the beginner out there, please keep in mind that this is NOT comfortable to sport climb or toprope, and lots of gyms won't be comfortable with you using it there (they may even have a policy against any harness lacking a belay loop). For a more general purpose inexpensive harness, see Black Diamond Momentum AL.
Nice and light, compact size, smooth wire gate. Use these for racking gear and on alpine draws. They're pretty small so racking a cordalette or bundling a long sling on them is a little funky, but are perfect for storing individual cams, etc (see the Neutrino multi-pack, which is color-coded to match the C4's #.5 - 3).
Nice all-around jacket, I've used it skiing, hiking, climbing, cycling, out to the bar, you name it. It's kept me dry in quick showers, but I haven't really put the waterproofing through hard core testing. Nice big zippered pockets, and as a bonus for layering the Stoic Down Anorak just barely squeezes down small enough to to shove into the pocket-- I've taken advantage of this at ski resorts where I throw on the puffy to ride up the lift, then stick it in the pocket on the way down.
At 5'10 and 150 lbs the medium is a nice athletic fit with room for a layer underneath, but no excess material. At first I thought the sleeves were a little long, but have gotten used to it and appreciated the fact that they won't ride up and expose your wrists to the elements when wearing ski gloves.
If I could change one thing it would be to add some pit zips for better breathability when hiking.
Yep, this gets the job done, and you'll appreciate the palm whack protector (technical term) when you come across a really stubborn nut. Like other reviewers I wish the clip on the leash was 2mm bigger so it was easier to clip to my BD gear loops, but that's more of an aesthetic issue and doesn't really affect performance.
I'd give these shoes 5 stars in cracks, and maybe 4 for slab and 3 for edging. They bend to conform to the rock well, but edging and smearing require full engagement of foot strength to keep pressure on the toes. Not a problem for short pitches, but continuous hard footwork can wear you out in these shoes. That said, I've been using them exclusively for the past 5 months and it's not been a big enough issue for me to buy a different set.
I wear 10.5 street shoes and boots, and am happy with my decision to size down to a 10 in these. They were a chore to get on at first, but these shoes REALLY stretch out over the first couple dozen uses. Now they're nice and easy to get on, but still snug enough to keep the shoe in place.
Have 10 of these bad boys on my rack, and don't have a thing to complain about. Maybe it's a technique issue, but there are some draws out there (BD models come to mind) that will catch my finger when I push the rope through... Not so with Wild-Wires! As a bonus, none of my partners use Wild Country gear, so they have a hard time sneaking off with my draws.
I have been using the 70m bicolor for 6 months, and am really impressed with the feel and durability of this rope. It's held up fine through catching gym falls, flaking in the dirt at the base of routes, and toprope sessions. Used with a GriGri 2 it feeds well (with practice you can feed without even holding the GriGri cam) but locks up fine. Maybe you could sacrifice a touch of durability and lead on a lighter weight, skinnier rope, but if you are looking for one rope to do it all this 10.1 a good compromise.
I got one set for myself, and one for my girlfriend for hiking in the Wasatch. They really shine on iced over trails that would be treacherous with hiking boots, but aren't steep enough to require crampons with front points. They are very packable and easy to take on and off, so are fine in the early or late season where you might alternate between dry and icy trail conditions.
I wear a size 10.5 shoe and bought a size L, but may have been better off with a medium. The fit is fine with hiking boots, but don't fit quite tightly enough to feel good about wearing them with 10.5 trail runners.
Quality of the lock is good, but the size S/Small is nearly unusable for locking to anything but a narrow-railed bike rack. If you ever find yourself needing to improvise a locking strategy at a crowded rack or less than ideal railing, you'll be glad to have the size Large instead.
I have worn these with both mountain and road bike setups with good results. The Nordic AV is breathable and wind stopping, but not heavily insulated. I've still experienced chilly toes during rides around freezing (that said, my toes are always the first part of my body to get cold, regardless of footwear.) The cleat cutout is a generous size, and I was surprised how well it fit over my cleated mountain bike shoes, and even stood up well to hiking through some of the steep stuff.
I consider this shoe cover ideal for temps in the 35-50 degree range. At colder temps it might stave off frostbite, but there are warmer booties out there. But for a shoe cover you won't find yourself tearing off as soon as the sun crests the ridgeline, this would be a great choice.
I can't believe how well these tights cut through a headwind or frigid downhill. The windblocking/insulating ThermaShield extends up the front of the legs, across the crotch, and up the front of the bibs to provide more protection than most competitors. In fact, the bib front (which extends up to my solar plexus) includes a zipper for easier entry/exit, and I've found myself zipping it down during hard rides near freezing to keep from overheating my core. The legs breathe well, but I wouldn't wear these if I expected the temperature to rise above 45 degrees.
The fit is pretty tight. I'm 5'9", 150 lbs, 31" waist and the medium is a tight fit. I like them snug, but they require a some tugging to get on and I wouldn't want them any millimeter tighter.
Great pant for hiking, climbing, wearing out or hanging out. There is just a bit of stretch, so while the pants look like a heavy cargo pant they still allow stretching and high stepping at the climbing gym. The top pockets are great, but the "drop-in" cargo pocket feels a little insecure without a top flap so I usually don't use it.
I usually buy jeans with 31in waist, 32in inseam, and the medium is just a little baggy. The integrated cinch belt is great and can take up a few inches of slack from the waist.
I bought a few pairs of these socks and have used them cycling, hiking, and to the office. I don't know what else to say except that they're comfortable, look good, and generally make me wonder why I would ever buy a cotton sock again.
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