Pablo Fernandez

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Pablo's Passions

Road Running
Trad Climbing
Mountaineering
Sport Climbing

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Pablo Fernandez

Pablo Fernandez wrote a review of on October 7, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size

The miura is effective. I've been climbing for two years, but I've always used large shoes, comfortable for multipitch trad climbing. I started using the miura because I was getting into more sport routes lately. Wow. The difference is amazing, and this shoe feels great. It didn't stretch since I started using it too much, I bought it so that I could barely get my foot in and now it feels better, tight, but comfortable. This is a great shoe :)

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Pablo Fernandez wrote a review of on September 10, 2013

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I continue to love this model; it has started to show signs of what I would call premature wear; I might even send it back in to BC for a replacement. Still, this backpack is amazing, I have used it in about 40 climbing trips in the past year in three different continents and I use it as my main piece of luggage.

How much I love this backpack? Well, I have started to name the different compartments and I've found it to be an amazing idea!

Susan - Top compartment, where I keep stuff that I need very very handy.

Paul - Front compartment, the one without a zipper, I used to refer to it constantly as "where I keep the Nalgene", until it started getting old and started to refer to it as Paul (for whatever reason).

Alicia - The right belt pocket; where I keep the keys (yes, the name Alicia fits great).

I haven't named my other compartments yet, don't have a need to refer to them as much, but naming Susan and Paul has been great to get my climbing buddy to hand me stuff when she's next to my Osprey!

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Pablo Fernandez wrote a review of on May 31, 2013

4 5

This is a very good jacket. Packs down very small and is lightly insulated. Feels extremely warm, so, goes without saying but I'll say it anyway, get it for mountaineering, climbing, not for city wear. I tried wearing it a few days around the city and it was just too warm.

Extremely good jacket! Just one complain, no hood. I saw a review that said it did, under the collar. I checked but didn't find anything, no opening or anything that would allow to unfold the hood. In the review, the person mentions it took them years to find it, perhaps it was a previous model.

Still, if you don't need a hood, this jacket is very good.

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Pablo Fernandez wrote a review of on May 31, 2013

2 5

This gloves are more like liners really. The touchscreen thing works well. I did have huge problems with the sizing of the thing, I bought the S/M size, since I'm always on the smaller end of mediums. This gloves were extremely undersized though, I couldn't get the whole thing to go through.

Ended up sending them back and not getting new ones because they were too thin for what I wanted.

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Pablo Fernandez wrote a review of on May 30, 2013

Ok trail running shoes
4 5

These are not the best, nor the worst running shoes I've worn. Definitely not suited for road running (yeah, I know, they are not meant to be used for road running). For trail running, they are pretty good. They are supposed to have some Goretex, but don't be fooled, run through a bit of snow and your feet will get wet. For my first run with them I took them exclusively through snow and my feet were extremely cold and soaked within minutes (yes, the snow did come in through the fabric, not through the opening).

Second run I did very light running on ice. Pretty much the same result, not too soaked, but some water came in inside the shoe.

All in all, its fairly decent, I'm still keeping them. Here I am using them to do the first few moves of the nose in elcap. No, I didn't finish the climb solo.

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Pablo Fernandez wrote a review of on May 30, 2013

Its Arc'teryx, what can I say?
5 5

Ok, Arc'teryx is expensive. But slip in into this piece of clothing and you get it. Immediately. Running on this jacket feels heavenly, its not bulky at all, stays close to your skin without getting in the way, has a surprising capability of removing moisture away from your body. You know how most fabrics nowadays claim to do that? I never go it until I used this jacket, after running with it in 10 F or 90 F I would always finish my run with my jacket clearly soaked on the outside and fairly dry on the inside. To the point that my winter runs didn't get followed by cold sweats.

The orange color, on the other side, is, well... a bit hideous, but, whatever, for this amazing jacket, the color is the least of my concerns.

Oh, and the reflections for night runs are very good. See the picture of me under the lower yosemite fall during the night.

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Pablo Fernandez wrote a review of on May 30, 2013

Great helmet
4 5

I love this helmet. I used to use the Black Diamond Vapor helmet, which is supposed to be a top of the line helmet. Then one day I saw this one at a store and I had to get it. My Vapor helmet now grows old without new scratches.

This helmet is very light, very thin, doesn't get hot (I climbed in the Moab desert this month), its perfect. If you are not going to a place where you'll get a fair chance of having a lot of small rocks thrown from above, go with this one, if you are, get a helmet with a mesh on the air holes.

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Pablo Fernandez wrote a review of on May 30, 2013

Best biners
5 5

I love them, really, I do. Every time I order something from backcountry I get another set of them, you can use them for anything you want, and they go great to color code your cams. They are light and extremely easy clip. Very few times have I had problems with slings getting stuck on the gate trying to unclip.

I take this biner over the Oz, a little bit more weight, but clipping feels great with this biner, whereas the Oz is a bit awkward.

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Pablo Fernandez wrote a review of on May 30, 2013

Get it, just get it
5 5

This is the least used piece of gear in my rack. Why? Because I'm always saving it for that moment when I'm in a dicy spot and have no idea what will fit, but I need to put something in. It might be a bit psychological, but having this in my rack makes my feel comfortable. Definitely my security blanket in rock climbing!

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Pablo Fernandez wrote a review of on May 30, 2013

3 5

This pad is pretty good, but, honestly, if you are at all concerned about space in your backpack, get an inflatable pad, for about $20 more you can get a decent inflatable pad that will use up a fourth of the space that this behemoth uses.

That said, if cost is such a big concern, this pad is really good. If you are considering whether to buy this one or the normal rolling pad, get this one, same comfort when sleeping, but much more comfortable to take with you.

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Pablo Fernandez wrote a review of on May 29, 2013

5 5

This is an awesome nut tool, just perfect. The back is rounded so you can hit with your hand without hurting it, the point is good to wrestle nuts to the ground (or hopefully, just back to the harness). Its light, and the cable is great to avoid dropping it.

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Pablo Fernandez wrote a review of on May 29, 2013

Compromise all the way
2 5

These quickdraws have no place in my rack. I bought the 18cm ones, since I do a lot of trad. These things are too heavy for trad for sure, but I understand they are mostly intended for sport. Still, for sport, there are much better options for just a couple pennies more that these are not worth the saving.

In all fairness, the gate of the draws open extremely well and clipping them is comfortable, but they are just too big and heavy.

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Pablo Fernandez wrote a review of on May 29, 2013

Amazing
5 5

OMG! I finally found a pack I like! Jesus chris, took forever to find it, but its worth it!

Ok, onto the review; this pack feels like heaven, pretty light, considering its not a minimalist pack. You get a lot of support and I love the AirSpeed back panel, no more sweat!

I've grown used to the front zipper, which this one doesn't have. I have to admit, it took some time to get used to not being able to access pretty much anything without having to redo my pack. But, I think, not being able to do that, has helped with making my packing much more ordered. And this thing has plenty of lightweight pockets for the stuff you need to keep handy.

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Pablo Fernandez wrote a review of on May 29, 2013

3 5

This is the definition of a "meh" tent. Does it do the job? Sure. Is it tall as hell and a little bit of wind will wake you up constantly? Yeah, that too.

Honestly. At this price point, I'll much rather go with the Phoenix tent, about a pound lighter, not as high (which again, makes wind less problematic) and gets to be put together much much faster.

http://www.backcountry.com/the-north-face-phoenix-2-tent-2-person-3-season-tnf6051

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Pablo Fernandez wrote a review of on May 29, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This rope is the bomb. I've used it as all three, single, half and twin. I've even used it for a couple projects (yeah, elasticity makes it not ideal for that, but still). The rope is wonderful, comes with a rope bag, feels very light and it will keep your belayer entertained with how good it feels running through their ATC or Grigri. Doing a body belay from this one would be as close as you can get to a sexual experience while belaying (well, there are other options, but, let's not go there).

Only complain? Doesn't have a center mark. Which is stupid. But just mark it yourself. Small price to pay for such a beautifully done rope.

Awesome, awesome rope.

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Pablo Fernandez wrote a review of on May 29, 2013

5 5

Ok. This tent is amazing. Simply put. Yeah, as simple as putting it together. This is now my go-to tent, unless I'm going to very cold climate, the weight, ease of setup, precise comfort (not too low, not too high), makes it the perfect tent for almost every case.

I used it in the Moab desert, in City of rocks in Idaho, in Yosemite. Pretty much everywhere I go!

I had a marmot limelight before this one. Shipped it back as soon as I got this beauty, you can't beat a less than 4lbs tent that takes about 30 seconds to put together!

Get it!

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Pablo Fernandez wrote a review of on May 29, 2013

Adequate
4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

This is a fairly good pad. Unless you have plenty of time for the self-inflating feature to kick in, get ready to inflate it yourself. That said, that's a minor nuance, and honestly, to be expected. The valve is awkward to inflate and every time I do I wish Therm-a-rest had designed a better valve.

If in doubt, get it. Packs next to nothing, weights next to nothing and you'll get a decent sleep with it.

Oh, and if size in your backpack is a concern, get a small, you don't really need that much padding on your legs, and the small hits all the important spots you do need a pad for.

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