Paul

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Enjoying the great outdoors with cool people.

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Paul wrote a review of on March 11, 2012

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I started using my buddy's Cinch a few months ago and am completely sold on it. I can literally throw rope out of the device while lead belaying a partner. You can also belay off the anchor with it. I've used the ATC Guide for years now and it takes too much effort when belaying off the anchor in guide mode or when lead belaying, especially with fat ropes. I also own a GriGri2 and it pales in comparison to the Cinch. I was taught how to properly operate it and have had no problems.

Watch this video from the Trango website to operate it properly. http://youtu.be/lkOVssfihn0

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Paul wrote a review of on July 14, 2011

4 5

I had a pair for a year and were great. They edge very well and don't stretch. They are synthetic, so they ended up stinking pretty bad. I had sized them too small on accident. After wearing holes in them, I switched to the La Sportiva TC Pros. I wear an 11.5 street shoe and the 44.5 TC Pros were nice and comfy. I ordered a new pair of Grandstones in the same size and they are a half size too small. So, I'm going to go up a 45. I'm going back to the Grandstones since I'm so used to the stickiness of the 5.10 Stealth rubber. I've become a diehard high top trad shoe guy now. My only complaint is that they stink.

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Paul wrote a review of on June 30, 2011

5 5

Regarding the Ropeman MKII (gold one pictured):

I always carry this on my harness or in my pocket. Lightweight, smooth action, and easy to use.

It saved our butts when rappelling with a single rope and 5mm pullcord. We were rappelling on wet slab and the ropes were soaked. This caused a massive amount of friction. We couldn't pull hard enough to make progress. I set up the Ropeman on my harness to space haul on the 5mm pullcord. Surprisingly, the Ropeman grabbed the pullcord with no slippage! Long story short, we made it off safely.

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Paul wrote a review of on June 29, 2011

5 5

My first time in these shoes was in Yosemite and they were very unnerving while breaking them in. In the meantime, I wouldn't lead with them. After a few multi-pitch routes, some gym climbing, and best of all...some steep slab on Glacier Point Apron, which really boosted my confidence in them. I have now come to love these shoes.

Most obvious is that they are edging machines! I have never been able to edge so well. My first climbing shoes were the Mythos, then the 5.10 Grandstones, and now these. They are relatively way more comfortable when stuffing into cracks...even finger cracks.

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I LOVE these shoes now. I no longer wear my 5.10 Grandstones and am selling them now. I don't think I'll ever wear anything other than the TC Pros!

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Paul wrote a review of on January 4, 2011

4 5

I love how light these bindings are! So far they have worked great. My only gripe with them is that they can sometimes be a pain to align the front points into the boot toes on steep terrain.

Update: I recently took a decent fall and both skis popped. However, one of the leash cables actually broke. Not at the crimp, but the actual cable broke! Lame. Luckily, my friends were faster than me and we able to retrieve my ski that shot away like a missile. Time to get some brakes!

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Paul wrote a review of on April 14, 2010

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These nuts slide right into cracks nicely and set right the first time. The contours allow for good contact all around. I've cleaned BDs and they seem to come out almost too easily. Maybe it was just the setter.

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Paul wrote a review of on February 8, 2010

5 5

This is my first rack of cams and wanted a set that was well regarded and at a good price. So I gave these a shot and have been happy ever since. They are easy to place, smooth, and lightweight. I like the stronger spring rate as well. The free `biners was a very nice touch as well! I haven't taken any falls on them yet, (knock on wood), however I have built numerous top rope anchors with them and they have worked flawlessly. Thanks BC for the great deal!

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Paul wrote a review of on March 30, 2009

5 5

I'll admit that I didn't purchase this rope from BC since I had a coupon for another place. Sorry guys!

I bought this rope for alpine climbing. Even tho I haven't used it for that yet, I used it when I went rock climbing for the first time. I did a few sport climbs a couple weeks ago. We top roped, rappelled, and then my friend lead the way up and out.

The rope handled great and broke in after just a couple hours of climbing. The rope ran real smooth and was smooth on the rappels. My friend liked the rope since he wasn't used to having the midpoint and ends marked on his ropes. I'll post up more after our Whitney MR trip next month.

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