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Patrick Mulligan

Patrick Mulligan

Tahoe Backcountry, Squaw Valley, Jackson Hole and Surroundings, the Trails and peaks of the Sierra.

Patrick Mulligan's Passions

Hiking & Camping
Biking
Skiing
Climbing

Patrick Mulligan's Bio

27+ years experience with all my activities.

Patrick Mulligan

Patrick Mulliganwrote a review of on May 1, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I've used this a handful of times for an older Arc'teryx Miura 50 Pack with a blown out Zipper. I'll likely have the zipper repaired by Arcteryx and sell the pack. That said, this is very tough and well built. The fabric is very waterproof (rolled into a puddle last time out). The pack is very well thought out. The single full length zipper is a great compromise from the Miura pack. It allows full access, but unlike the Miura it stays standing straight up. I can fit all gear, water, food, a double + rack and a 70 meter rope in the main compartment. I can fit a windbreaker / storm shell, wallet, food, keys etc in the large outside pocket. and my helmet sits easily on top. I also very much like the hidden daisies on either side of the main pocket. It carries well, but is a little warm without a lot of ventilation. That said, all the packs I've had with more ventilation in the suspension wore prematurely in those areas.

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Patrick Mulliganwrote a review of on April 24, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Strangely enough this year, I started having issues with hand numbness this spring when on longer seated rides (long climbs). I switched from the Odi Ruffian lock ons to this grip and have not looked back. They're subtle in the ways they're different, but my hands are more comfortable, the numbness has gone away, and they're just as good when it comes to how well they grip. These things are the bomb.

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Patrick Mulliganwrote a review of on April 24, 2015

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size
Height: 6' 1"
Weight: 170 lbs

These are great, very comfortable and roomy. They'll make for an excellent light camp shoe and a great light duty hiker / clog for cragging. I see these being an excellent alternative in places wtih short approaches / downhikes like Donner Summit, Lovers Leap, and a great light duty hiker / crag clog at places like Red Rock or anywhere with shorter approaches.

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Patrick Mulliganwrote a review of on April 24, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I've used this to Mark and 80M rope that did not have a middle mark as well as remarking some of my ropes where the original marks have worn off. That said, it works very much as advertised. If you're a little more careful than the gentleman in the video posted you don't need rubber gloves. One swipe is all it really needs to mark well. Mine was dry but smelled like marker after 20 minutes and was completely dry the next morning (about 12 hours).

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Patrick Mulliganwrote a review of on April 21, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I purchased this rope in 80M as a single rope solution to longer rappels and pitches such as those found in Europe and Red Rock. Its a specialty item for certain but so far the rope has worn very well and its no heavier than my 9.8mm 60m rope that I use as more of a "work" rope.

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Patrick Mulliganwrote a review of on April 8, 2015

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I love these things. I like the bar feel and how thin they are. If you like a squishy grip, look elsewhere, but if you want CONTROL - these are what you're looking for.

New comment: in the last two months I was having an issue with my hands going numb on long rides. The Ergon GE1 has fixed this - You can see my review for that product.

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Patrick Mulliganwrote a review of on April 7, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I've been climbing on offsets since the HB days (the original patent that DMM now sells). I still have two original sets fo HB Brass and the original offset nuts that differ only in their lack of anodization. They place as well in normal constrictions as Wallnuts, Rocks or Stoppers, but in uneven or flaring (inwards or outwards) placements, there is simply nothing better. They also seem to be the Hardiest of my gear given that after almost two decades the original sets are still perfectly fine and trustworthy.

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Patrick Mulliganwrote a review of on April 7, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I've been climbing on offsets since the HB days (the original patent that DMM now sells). I still have two original sets fo HB Brass and the original offset nuts that differ only in their lack of anodization. They place as well in normal constrictions as Wallnuts, Rocks or Stoppers, but in uneven or flaring (inwards or outwards) placements, there is simply nothing better. They also seem to be the Hardiest of my gear given that after almost two decades the original sets are still perfectly fine and trustworthy.

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Patrick Mulliganwrote a review of on March 3, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 6' 1"
Weight: 170 lbs

The only thing this jacket is missing is brand name components, ala gore-tex or primaloft. That said, I have several Eider pieces and the construction is bombproof, and the materials do their job. This is a very warm jacket and is perfect for less than 30 degree days. It breaths well, has a great pocket and feature layout (goggle pocket with wipe/ pass pocket, snow skirt, etc). It also looks great.

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Patrick Mulliganwrote a review of on March 3, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I upgraded from the original alien (which I gave to someone in need on a long ride) and haven't looked back. This is not a minimalist tool, I ride with a crank bros 19 when I'm simply out for a quick ride. However, with this thing, I put a boot and a couple of quicklinks for my chain in the case for long rides. You really wouldn't need anything else if you're suffering from a mechanical beyond a pump and a tube. That said, I've never had a mechanical (or seen someone else's) that couldn't be fixed by this thing. I've even broken it out when folks don't have the appropriate tool in their kit at the cars.

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Patrick Mulliganwrote a review of on February 18, 2015

2 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Fit: Runs large
Height: 6' 1"
Weight: 170 lbs
Size Purchased: large

I purchased this jacket to replace an Armada Vortac jacket that was very much the warm / waterproof down jacket I wanted but was too loud (red/orange and given to me by a friend). The Colt jacket by contrast has almost no loft. Only a few of the baffles are even remotely full (what you would look for in a warm jacket) and the baffles in the arms and hood are baffling in the way that there is no down at all in either. Also missing are nice features such as mesh in the pit zips (how else do you keep snow out for the cold and deep days for which this jacket is advertised).

To test the jacket, I wore it over a T-shirt on a cool night of 35 degrees on a two mile walk to see if it offered any warmth. The metal zippers in the pits became very cold and as expected the jacket was little more than a thicker shell. I was cold by the time I returned home from the walk. By contrast I normally wear a low loft Arcteryx Atom LT jacket over a t-shirt and am very comfortable on such evenings.

FlyLow seems to have significant QC issues (I've had other experiences with their gear - such as delams and weak seams) and this jacket fits that bill as well. If the down was evenly distributed - or actually if there was any down in the jacket at all I would have kept it. It was sent back and returned. Similar jackets in the price range are far better. Especially those made by Spyder and Narrona.

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Patrick Mulliganwrote a review of on February 4, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I replaced a Petzl hammer with this one over a year ago and have never looked back. This thing is heavier, making the work easier, and has much better workmanship. I've never nailed with this and have only worked on bolting and bolt replacement, but its the best hammer I've used.

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