Nathan Webster

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Nathan's Passions

Backpacking
Trail Running
Hiking
Mountain Biking
Sport Climbing
Bouldering

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Nathan Webster

Nathan Webster wrote a review of on September 10, 2012

3 5

The good:
These are a great shape and size. Fairly lightweight for their size with a large opening and a nice shape. Ropes run smoothly over them and they have a nice linear action, like most other solid gate BD biners.

The not so good:
I have 3 of these biners. Two are mainly used on multi-pitch gear anchor master points, and another used to be my main belay/rap locker. After less than a season I had to retire my belay one because of excessive wear. The other two I used one time to set up a toprope for a few people and they became noticeably notched after this single use.

Overall, there is still a place in my rack for these, but they are NOT workhorse biners. They will wear out quickly. If you are looking for an HMS belay locker, I recommend the Petzl William. Huge gate opening and they wear like iron. The BD Rocklock is good too, if you are on a budget. They still wear a little faster than I'd like.
Leave the mini pears to less demanding duty.

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Nathan Webster wrote a review of on February 27, 2012

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

So close, BD. There is more than enough room for everything you could possibly need for cragging. Even with gear hanging out of the thing, it is more comfortable than I expected in spite of the unpadded waist belt and uninspiring frame sheet. The removable rope tarp is water resistant and is comfortably large enough to flake your rope on. Nice.

Most importantly it is tough. It has been through well over a year of scraping through rock, trees, thorns, and being chucked off 4th class sections. Against all odds, it is still in one piece. The zipper still functions and all appendages are still attached. There are really only a few pinholes in it to speak of.

The only problem is the internal pocket. It is blindingly frustrating. Stick in your wallet in the morning to find out at the end of the day they have migrated all the way to the bottom of the pack forcing you to peel the thing apart at your car and dump the contents. The internal pocket is so convenient it now only houses things I don't ever need (first aid).

One little external zippered pocket and this pack will earn that fifth star.

Update: I hate this bag. It will not die. 3 years of abuse and everything functions perfectly. Its like that annoying cousin who just will not leave you alone.
If you want a ridiculously tough no frills pack to throw all your climbing stuff in, this is it. If you like shiny new things, look elsewhere.

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Nathan Webster wrote a review of on June 26, 2009

4 5

The cloudwalker is a great pack for day hikes, around town use, even ultralight overnighters. The quality of the materials and stitching is top notch. Just what I have come to expect from camelbak. The zippered pocket in the front has a nice little organizer and the main pocket is surprisingly roomy for such a small pack. It has a flexible back panel that offer a little support, but if you stuff it the pack will deform and will no longer sit flat on your back. The 'frame sheet' is flexible enough that you can actually fold the pack in half to pack it. It is comfortable for me at a weight of around 15 lbs total. This pack has been dropped, thrown, folded and smashed, dragged, filled to the brim with geodes, and submerged, and is still no worse for wear other than a little tear on the mesh bottle pocket.
I really only have one complaint about the cloudwalker. The new generation (pictured here in black. The blue one in the detail view is a different generation) doesn't have a waistbelt. If it had one, I would give it 5 stars for versatility and value because at $60 you are buying a $25 bladder and a nice pack for $35.

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Nathan Webster wrote an answer about on June 25, 2009

It's a Nylon screen that is removable, so it can be rinsed out and reused endlessly. The number of uses between cleanings depends upon how much debris there is in the water you are filtering.
Just to clarify for everyone, the blue part is not a drinking spout, it is an air vent. This cap is only made for filling water bottles, not for drinking out of them.

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Nathan Webster wrote a review of on May 12, 2009

5 5

This is hands down the best 9 speed chain you can buy for your bike. Install it properly (read the directions carefully and use the installation pin) and you will get strength superior to all other 9 speed chains on the market. Yes the SRAM pc-991 hollowpin may be a little lighter, but it has nowhere near the strength, durability, or smooth shifting of the 7701. I would get 4 months tops out of a 991 (with several broken powerlinks during those months) while I get almost a full year out of the 7701 with no broken links. I will never run anything else.

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Nathan Webster wrote an answer about on March 25, 2009

Avid and Shimano use different fittings. You could possible make a custom line with goodridge braided lines, but it would cost quite a bit. The master cylinder may still be a different size, which would cause problems with braking performance. On top of it all Shimano uses mineral oil, whereas avid juicy brakes use DOT brake fluid.

I would stick to an all shimano or all Avid system. In the end it would probably be cheaper and would certainly be more reliable.

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Nathan Webster wrote an answer about on March 11, 2009

If your pedal is the PD A520, any shoe with SPD compatibility (two screw holes in the bottom) will work with it. You just need the compatible cleat for it (SH56)Just a side note, that type of pedal is called clipless. Toe clips are cages that go around the toe section of a shoe.

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Nathan Webster wrote an answer about on March 5, 2009

Correction:One set for $49.95? Still not a good deal.Yikes! It's because they have titanium backing plates. If you check out the drop-down menu you can also purchase the ones with resin pads and steel backing for $20.

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