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FriedUnit

FriedUnit

Blacksburg, VA

FriedUnit's Passions

Hiking & Camping
Snowboarding
Paddling
Snowshoeing
Climbing
Surfing

FriedUnit's Bio

"For those dead souls, inching along the freeways in their metal coffins, we show them that the human spirit is still alive."

FriedUnit

FriedUnitwrote a review of on July 2, 2014

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: Runs small

These are pretty good beginner shoes. I got these a few months ago and have used them regularly both indoor and out. I'm still pretty new to climbing and these are my first shoes. I mostly do indoor gym climbing a couple times a week but have used them 3 days outside, one day lead climbing at New River Gorge (which was really awesome).

I only have gym rental shoes to compare these to, but they seem descent. They're comfortable to wear for hours at a time and haven't had any issues of stinkiness. My feet do sweat in them though (since I go barefoot) and my feet seem to slide a little in them. I got a size 10.5 because I tried on the 10 and seemed way to small. Usually I would wear a 9.5 or 10 so these shoes seem to run small, go a size up.

Overall I like them, but I can see needing to upgrade in the near future for more attack, but if you're just getting into climbing and want a good shoe to start with so you don't have to rent, I'd recommend these for sure.

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FriedUnitwrote a review of on July 2, 2014

Great pack for traveling and hiking!
5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

We originally got this pack for traveling to Thailand with our then 9 month old son. It was perfect with the pop up sunshade and storage for diapers/snacks and what not. We read that it wasn't very stroller friendly where we were going so we were very glad we got the pack for him instead.

Now that we're in Virginia we get to take him on a bunch of great hikes and as long as he's got snacks, he's happy in there. Must be pretty comfortable because he's fallen asleep in there a few times.

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FriedUnitwrote a review of on June 25, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

First off I just want to say, when I moved to San Diego from the East Coast, I flew out with a small backpack with some clothes and stuff... And this board. This was almost 6 years ago so it was an earlier model but this board rocks. Small enough to bring with you anywhere. It was always in my car or strapped on a backpack, in my locker at school. Rides smooth, totally ripable. Pretty loose for carving so it would be pretty intense for downhilling but it's perfect for cruises around the street. I loved bringing this with me to the city since it's so small and was able to ride around so much easier and faster than walking.

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FriedUnitwrote a review of on June 24, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

First off I really love this watch. I got this as a birthday gift almost 5 years ago and wear it just about every day. This thing has taken a beating as I've worn it through everything; deep SCUBA dives (150 ft), hiking, backpacking, snowboarding, climbing, traveling, you name it. Its held up really well, I did have to replace the band last year. That is one pain since you can only use the Casio Pathfinder specific band. The red coloring on the directional marks has long since disappeared. The only "flaw" that I've been having with it is the date numbers on the bottom and the tide markers have been fading. Some days I can barely read the date, some days its ok. Not sure if this is just my watch or if others have had this problem.

Other than that, its awesome. The thermometer works pretty good when its off your wrist (take it off at night while camping), the altimeter is close enough, good for tracking elevation gain/loss. It even records your highest height and the date you were there (pretty cool, mine is 11,040 ft on top of Mammoth Mountain). The barometer seems to work ok, don't really use it that much. The compass works great too. The tide height comes in very useful when I'm by the beach and the moon phase is just good to know. Changing the world time is very easy and super convenient since I travel a lot. Being solar powered and never having to change a battery is one of the best parts. All the other functions are great too and the screen is easy to read compared to Suuntos and other watches.

All around I think this is a super cool watch that I would certainly recommend to someone.

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FriedUnitwrote a review of on June 23, 2014

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I got the short version of this pad a few weeks ago for use in my hammock. I've used it 3 nights so far and am really loving it. It is pretty bulky but the short version isn't too bad, and of course its super lightweight. I put it inside my sleeping bag in my hammock which is awesome so it doesn't slide around. I can really feel the heat reflecting back on me from the silver side. Since it's just on my torso area I can move my legs freely.

Its also great for a quick roll out "seat" on the ground or rock for a little extra cushion. I only gave it 4 stars because some of the silver part is peeling off already, but its still super durable. I was going to get a cheaper generic foam pad but for $5 more this one it totally worth it.

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FriedUnitwrote a review of on June 25, 2009

5 5

Got this pack about a month ago and I'm really loving it. Haven't used it snowboarding yet, but its perfect for everything I wanted it for, hiking, camping, backpacking, carrying my dive stuff, traveling. Everything works great, holds a lot of stuff. The hydration system works good, and contrary to what someone said before, there IS a holder for the bladder, its velcroed up under a flap. That's just one of the many things I discovered on this pack. This bag is sick, get it

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FriedUnitwrote a review of on June 25, 2009

5 5

This pack has everything! I haven't used it backcountry boarding yet, but its been great for camping, hiking and backpacking. It also carries all my dive gear and good for traveling too. It's got the vertical snowboard/skateboard carry that I use a lot. The hydration system works great, there's a "secret" bag under a flap that folds down to hold the bladder. I discover new things on this pack all the time. I've only had a couple months but it seems real durable. Its comfortable and pretty light weight. I'd definitely recommend it.

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FriedUnitwrote a review of on June 25, 2009

5 5

I think these gloves are great. Easy on and off, keep my hands warm and dry. I even wear them when I ride my motorcycle on cold mornings. Of course these gloves aren't for the arctic, they're like park gloves. But they work great if you're boardin in Southern California or North East.

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