Patrick Goodman

Patrick Goodman

Southeast US, Asia, Canada...

Patrick Goodman's Passions

Hiking & Camping
Snowboarding
Running
Biking
Paddling
Climbing

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Patrick Goodman

Patrick Goodman wrote a review of on January 10, 2014

WOW...light. WOW...tough!
5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I have taken this helmet on multiple international expeditions: A worry for me when I'm packing for a big trip is weight and I'll cut corners wherever I can; but when it comes to lightweight helmets, it is generally just not worth bringing anything other than a helmet made with an ABS shell. If the plane ride doesn't destroy them, the porters/approach will.
Not the case with this helmet!! It is tougher than woodpecker lips!!
Very light. I hardly notice it unless I'm in a chimney or a cramped space.
The color is bright, but in the mountains I appreciate this aspect greatly.
Holds a headlamp very well.
Plenty of room for a warm cap underneath.
It breaths OK, hard to get a helmet with good coverage to breath very good though.
The magnetic strap clip is very cool, it has a tendency to collect some debris, but I just wipe it off occasionally.
The EPP also holds custom artwork very well...see pic (art by Jeremy Collins).
If you want a light, durable helmet, this is the best one made, bar none!

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Patrick Goodman wrote a review of on November 29, 2012

MASTER cams is right!!
5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I climb on southeastern sandstone A LOT and never leave the ground on a trad route without at least a few, especially the blue/purp! I have also used them with great success in Pakistan, Venezuela and Canada.
Why you want these:
Flares -
Lets face it, unless you only climb at Indian creek (and even there) your gonna need to protect in a flare at some point. The narrow cam head and single stem fit tight spots perfectly. Almost every partner I have climbed with in the last few year has purchased at least the first four sizes after sampling the ones on my rack.
Durability -
I have beat the ever living crap out of these using them in horizontal placements. They hold up, don't shy away because of the corded trigger wire; it's burly and Metolius will replace it if you manage to break it.
Weight -
The lightest offset cam available...period!
Price -
Trust me, your a$$ is worth the comparably low cost of owning a set.

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Patrick Goodman wrote a review of on November 28, 2012

Pipeline Perfection
5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

First off - I dropped a pair of Pipelines around 500 feet from the side of a Tepui in Venezuela. I found them on the jungle floor unscathed! From there to the New River Gorge's class V whitewater these sunnies perform.
Key features I like:
The Fit - light and well ventilated with the open temples, and the Flex Nose customizes to my bridge size very well.
The Lenses - I love the photochromic Zebra lens! It lightens and darkens with a change in the light’s intensity which has worked well for me on the glacier, in the water and on the rock, making these ideal for a trip with mixed terrain.
Anti-Fog - I live in We(s)t Virginia and spend a good bit of time running in the summer. The integrated coating does a great job!

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Patrick Goodman wrote a review of on April 6, 2009

5 5

I have had these now for a few rafting trips around the southeast, I luv them. Super comfy in the boat and on the trail - I had to chase down my freinds kayak the other day, I ran for about 1.5 miles along the rocky shore never slipping on the rocks or twisting my ankle! END is going to change the way shoes are made..I hope! You will be Wowed by the WOW Water Shoe!

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Patrick Goodman

Patrick Goodman wrote a review of on April 6, 2009

5 5

I got this pump because I could'nt afford the price tag of the big Barrel pumps. I have used this pump now for about 4 years, it fills my 10' NRS raft up completely, @ 2.5 psi, in about 8 minutes. The double action is great, and its small form (19" x 9" and pumps at least 3.0 psi), fits well in the raft for long trips!! Get one!

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Patrick Goodman wrote a review of on March 25, 2009

5 5

The best, cheapest pad around! These pads last, carry well and are light weight, so you don't get worked luggin it around. It packs up fast and the dual density foam absorbs impact time and time again! Don't be fooled by other manufacturers with "cheaper" hinged pads - the foam is not good (to stiff!) and the angled hing on the Metolius pads is far better than the standard hing design, that you will most likley poke your foot through (the gutter) onto the ground.

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Patrick Goodman wrote a review of on March 25, 2009

4 5

These little buggers are a must for flared horizontal placments - like eyebrow pitches at looking glass in north carolina - for vertical pin scars they fit pretty well, but tend to not sit well if the cable can't fit into the crack, but if it's steep they are bomber. Basically if you are looking to start building rour rack get a set of regular tcu's first, but if you need some gear to fill the need for special offset placements look no further! Plus these cams are so freakin light it will blow your mind, but not you wallet.

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Patrick Goodman wrote a review of on March 25, 2009

5 5

Metolius has answered the call for a USA made version of HB's standard setting offset nut! They stick to the rock so well, I feel like I could just throw them at the crack and be safe. Their shape is perfect for tiny irregularities in small fractures and these little widgets are super light! The offset silicon bronze material with rounded corners make a huge difference and in my opinion, set them apart from other small nuts, like BD's steel with square corners. Metolius gear is quickly becoming the workhorse of my climbing rack. Great value!

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Patrick Goodman wrote a review of on March 25, 2009

3 5

Great rock climbing helmet, super light and fits tight. It's ok for ice in my opinion, as soon as you put a hat on under it the helmet starts to ride high on my head. I wont take another one of these on a big trip either, just the plane ride crushed one and on another trip the constant punishment from being tossed around in the backpack trashed it. Overall though, it is my helmet of choice for any non-alpine venus, but if you need a helmet to last for years keep looking.

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