PartnerinClimb

PartnerinClimb

Livin' in Boston. Climbing at Rumney, Lincoln Woods, Quicy and calling MetroRock Gym my home away from home.

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PartnerinClimb wrote a question about on January 13, 2014

??? Need some Sizing Advice.
I'm 5'10" and 175lbs. I live in the northeast and ski a pair of 170 Volkl Kendos primarily. I'm a solid skier and can shred in the dbl diamonds around here and at Jackson Hole, as well. I want to pick up a powder ski and the shiro is has got my attention but as I've never owned a fully rockered powder ski I need some counsel on sizing. The shiros would be used between Jackson and Alta for the most part. I'm thinking of making them my AT ski, as well, so if you've got any ideas on that I love to hear 'em. I appreciate the help.

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PartnerinClimb wrote a review of on January 13, 2013

5 5

Just put these gloves through the paces at Jackson Hole. Several days of my trip were spent during a cold snap with sub-zero temp down to the -20's. These gloves were amazing, generally keeping my hands nice and warm the entire trip. I did get cold fingers a couple of times, but I have a history having freezing digits and these gloves are the warmest I have ever owned. Fair warning, I haven't been in any conditions in which the gloves have gotten very wet on the outside, so I cannot comment on waterproofness. But I'm pretty confident that these gloves are solid on every front. On sizing: the fingers are a tad longer than other Hestra gloves. Whereas the 9's are generally perfect on my hand, I wear an 8 in this model.

Update: Wore them in what was the equivalent of a winter monsoon at Jay peak. 98% of the mountain was sporting plastic bags; it was crazy! Skied the entire day and at the bar for apres, my buds and I compared the insides of our gloves. My Hestras were the only ones that had remained completely impermeable. Again, these gloves are the bomb!
On a different note: concerning construcion, I have had no problems with the seams or the leather, etc. Take care of these gloves and they will take care of you.

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PartnerinClimb wrote a question about on January 9, 2013

I'd like to get an opinion on how to size this ski. I'm 5"10, 175lbs. I'm just starting to ski the northeast and this ski would be for that purpose. Out west I can handle the diamonds and dbl diamonds at Jackson Hole. I love the trees and the bumps, but I don't get into too much back country stuff. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

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PartnerinClimb wrote a review of on December 22, 2009

Super Warm and Durable
5 5

In all honesty, I had a really hard time rationalizing this purchase because of the price. With a year gone by, I look back and feel like it was worth every cent and more. I use this jacket constantly, prob more than I should as it does make one look like a linebacker. It's incredibly warm, even with just a t-shirt underneath, and packs down quite well. The extra material in the arms and bottom of the back means there'll be no freezing wind creeping in when belaying. As for durability, mine still looks like new after a year of regular use. I even kept it on for a climb that included an off-width full of shoulder and arm jams because the weather turned foul. Even after that, not even a scratch!

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PartnerinClimb wrote a review of on December 21, 2009

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Climbing shoes are (more than anything) all about personal fit. That said, I own 5 pairs of shoes and this is far and away my fav. I've been reading other reviews about pain and agony, but the break-in pain borne for these babies was minimal compared to my Scarpa Booster/Stix. And those shoes, incredible climbing tools they may be, have remained painful to wear while my rossa's feel super comfy now and fit like a glove. I bought them on the recommendations of two friends from different climbing circles who had the same experience. They have become my all around shoe. They are almost as precise and powerful as my Booster's, but I climb hard 5.12 and still feel like it's a rare occasion when that extra bit is really necessary. The comfort level I get in these shoes allows me to climb multi-pitch sport/trad, tech slab, and even crack (I'm not the only one, see Alex Honnold's vids in Indian Creek) all the while getting agro quality performance and precision. For sizing comparison: I wear 41.5 in Testarossa's, 10.5, in street shoes, 10 in Anasazi Velcro's, 42.5/43 in Scarpa Vision/Booster/Stix. Size 'em right, and these shoes will make happen the impossible: Big smiles at the sight of Lace-ups.

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PartnerinClimb wrote a review of on December 19, 2009

My go-to belay device
5 5

Whether belaying the leader or the second, this thing is bomber. It's also very easy to use when lowering your climber. It may be useful to note that it's a bit thinner than the BD ATC, so for the beater rope I take to the gym, or thicker top ropes, i leave my reverso at home. Conversely, I feel really confident using it on the skinnies.

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PartnerinClimb wrote a review of on September 22, 2008

5 5

This shoe offers incredible control and precision on all manner of vertical and steep climbing. They have also smeared very well when called upon to do so, though I definitely won't be breaking them out for any slab climbs. These shoes are ridiculously sticky even during the break in phase, which, thankfully, doesn't take too long. On sizing: I have a slightly wider foot than normal, and while I wear a 10.5 in street shoes, the 42.5 in these make for a very nice fit (for further comparison, I wear 42 in the scarpa Vision V and 10 in evolv defy's and while the Scarpa heels fit me well, La Sportiva heel cups have always been either too high or just just too big and pouch-like for my foot). These are a great purchase (worth every penny) and if you're going aggro, these are the shoes to get.

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PartnerinClimb wrote a review of on September 22, 2008

5 5

An awesome shoe with great performance characteristics. It edges, toes-in, smears, and heel hooks fantastically well . The last is slightly downturned, but not at all uncomfortable. One gets a great feel for the rock with these shoes and despite their sensitivity, I would still recommend them to beginners. As for sizing, it was a bit tricky for me. I wear a 10.5 in street shoes and have had two other scarpa models that I got in 42.5. These shoes run a bit bigger though, and through a little trial and error (and the exemplary support of Backcountry's customer service team) I ended up finding a 42 to be a perfect fit. If you tend do size down in the extreme, pain won't be a huge problem with the Vision V, but the heel felt short and awkward to me when traveling that road. Very sincerely, it's pretty hard for me to imagine someone being unsatisfied with this shoe.

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PartnerinClimb wrote an answer about on September 20, 2008

go for a medium if your 30" or more in the waist.Be sure to check the leg loop sizes, as well. I have a 31 inch waist and have a medium size harness. I end tightening up just about to the harness's limit, but a Small is not an option for me because my legs are muscular and the medium loops are already really tight.

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PartnerinClimb wrote a review of on September 18, 2008

3 5

My girlfriend bought me these shoes so that I would have something comfortable to wear on those days spent with her doing easy/moderate climbing. While they are, in fact, quite comfy, I find their performance characteristics to be really lackluster. I can't edge at all in these shoes and they give me no feel for the rock. I've often thought that the problem had to be my own and that the shoe couldn't be that bad, but as soon as I throw on my Vision V or Booster's (both scarpa) the world's seems a different place. These shoes are only suitable for people who desire comfort mainly, and will not be climbing into the 5.10's any time soon. Otherwise, there are plenty of more sensible options (e.g. Scarpa Vision V or any good technical trad shoe).

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PartnerinClimb wrote a review of on September 16, 2008

3 5

The sport gets three stars from me because as a belay device it does, in fact, work quite well. But in the end, the sport is lighter and takes up less space, but not enough to outweigh the potential benefit of having an extra XP around to lend to a buddy, or to person X's significant other who loves accompanying to the crag but not enough to buy their own gear.

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PartnerinClimb wrote a review of on September 16, 2008

4 5

I generally use Petzl spirits as my draw of choice, but wanted to lighten up my rack and bought these to serve as anchor side biners (and pick up some spare dogbones). Now I find myself with a dilemma: these biners clip so nicely I'm thinking I might keep them as is. My fav feature is the notch at the base of the spine. My rope seems to be drawn to it and it makes placing my middle finger for clips wicked easy (much more so than with the Spirit). The only thing the Spirit still has up on it is the notchless gate, which really does make life quite a bit easier. One other thing to keep in mind is that, unlike the pic and description, the biners come in different colors (mine were silver on one side and blue on the other). For what I originally had in mind that's a con, but if I were considering this purchase for use as a draw, a uniform color might be a deal breaker.

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PartnerinClimb wrote a review of on September 16, 2008

Awesome!!!
5 5

This beanie is great. I wear a large in fitted ball caps, and this beanie is large enough to keep my head warm from my eyebrows to the base of my neck. It would fit perfectly if it were just a tad smaller, but as is, it still looks quite good. The base of the beanie is lined and does well in making sure your ears are nice and toasty. The color I ordered was fuchsia and the actual color is very close, maybe just a smidge brighter. A great purchase.

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PartnerinClimb wrote a review of on August 31, 2008

5 5

I've had this harness for a little more than 3 months now, and after a summer of hard climbing it still looks like new. Beyond its good looks, it's proved to be comfortable even after hanging and belaying all day long. It weighs next to nothing and because of the slimness of the weave, it takes up almost no space at all in my pack. The only negative for me is the snugness of the leg loops. I have 24.5 inch thighs (M waist), and though fine in summer gear, I wonder how comfy it'll be over my fall clothing. Other than that, it rocks!!!

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PartnerinClimb wrote a review of on August 30, 2008

5 5

The trade off is simple: Convenience for weight. First, they aren't cheap. That said, neither are the full sized feather light options. What it boils down to for me is the fact that I hate hanging on to the rock (sometimes desperately), and futzing around with a biner caught either on a bolt or my rope. The Spirit's eliminate that annoyance forever. Plus, the new colors look really cool!

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