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Phunk

Phunk

Salt Lake City, UT

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Climbing

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I'm Phunk.

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Phunk

Phunk wrote a review of on December 15, 2009

5 5

I have 3 pairs of Mojos. They are *the* goto summer short around Salt Lake City for sport climbing, bouldering, running and sitting around being sore from those activities.

They dry quickly. The butt pocket is the perfect size for stowing your car key and iPod when you're running, but they won't bounce around in there like a slow-motion intro shot of Baywatch babes running on the beach. What?

The material is light, smooth and amazingly tough. For all the times that Andy has started climbing again without telling me and I've dropped the 2 feet onto my butt, they've never ripped or anything. He's a jerk, but these shorts are the bee's knees.

Try them paired with a Red Bull and some Chaco flip-flips. Superb.

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Phunk wrote a review of on December 15, 2009

5 5

Nuun is the only thing that keeps my electrolyte levels up during the summer months of climbing/biking/running here in Salt Lake City. On a roadbike ride I have one water bottle with water, and one bottle with Nuun + water.

Nuun is not sticky like sugar-filled Gatorade, so it goes down smoother and doesn't jack my blood sugar levels around. This makes it great for drinking around the house if my muscles are feeling a little crampy or dehydrated-tight.

You don't need to mix it like other powders, which is nice. Just drop a table in 16 ounces of water (I like to add ice) and in about 90 seconds it's ready to drink. Taste is a personal thing, but I really enjoy the Tri-Berry flavor.

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Phunk wrote a review of on December 15, 2009

5 5

Light, blingy, spendy and I love them. My previous two setes of pedals were Time ATAC Carbons, and it took me a couple rides to get used to the feel of the eggbeaters. The biggest difference was the eggbeaters' much more subtle "click" when you clip into them.

I have my cleats set to releast at 15 degrees on my Pinarello roadbike. That setting, with the 6 degrees of float, feels great on the knees and has never caused me to tip over because I couldn't get out of them in time.

I'm probably going to get a pair of Candy Tis for my mountainbike in the spring, as I like a little more of a platform on a mtb. Thanks Brothers that Crank!

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Phunk wrote a review of on December 15, 2009

4 5

I like it, wear it and have no complaints. The pockets are sized and placed well, and the full zip is great for regulating temperature here in Salt Lake City. I like my Castelli jersey a little bit better due to its smoother material and sharper looks, but the Castelli zipper is pretty tough to operate one-handed and I'm already using my other hand to check my text messages.

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Phunk wrote a review of on December 15, 2009

5 5

Great bag! It's pretty much the maximum allowed dimensions for a checked bag. Much bigger and you'll get charged a ridiculous oversized luggage fee. There are a bunch of Dakine roller bags about this size, so you've got a couple choices in this range. We packed it FULL of clothes and 2 bottles of definitely-not-tequila on our way back from our mexican adventure and it weighed 49.9 pounds exactly.

I chose this bag for its ability to split into 2 separate checkable bags if it was the only bag my lady and I were going to check but it was too heavy.

The two halves separate completely with 4 giant buckles and a velcro hand-loop at the top. It's got nice big internal compartments, which I liked a lot better than bags that break up the space into 11 different mini-compartments. All I want to do is throw a bunch of clothes in there, I don't need a mini-compartment for my casual underwear and a separate compartment for my formal-dress underwear, thank you very much.

Some reviews said this bag did not stand up well on it's own, and I made sure to pack that end of the bag first so I did not have that problem. I could see that it was possible, but packing that end first did the trick.

All the little details are great. It rolls well, the extendable handle is long enough to lean your carryon backpack over when you're walking around with this rig.

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Phunk wrote a review of on December 15, 2009

5 5

Smooooth screw-gate, big enough to get a lot of rope/sling in there. Has a more "solid" feel than my Black Diamond Rocklock. They're both safe, of course.

I also like the added touch of the red paint that *only* shows when this biner is not locked. I don't need a feature like that to keep me alive, of course, but it's an extra safety measure that has no real downside.

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Phunk wrote a review of on December 15, 2009

4 5

"What it would feel like to be way, way too dry? I'll tell you something: You don't want to know." -South Park

That's it. I'm off the sauce. Super Chalk dries out my skin too much. If I use it outside during the summer, my skin starts to hurt before I'm even tired. If I use it inside the gym during the winter - Game Over. My skin will hurt, I'll get splits in the joints of my fingers and I'm much more likely to split a cuticle on the side of my thumbnails.

I ended up giving my bag of super chalk to a friend because I just couldn't use it without skin pain. He does things with this chalk that I can't even get into in a website review, with no ill effects. Proud.

I'll give this chalk 5 stars because it does what climbing chalk is supposed to do: keeps your hands dry. I'm docking it 1 star because the drying chemical they use irritates the shit out of my skin and that makes me sad.

Try it. I seem to be in the minority with my delicate constitution.

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Phunk wrote a review of on December 15, 2009

5 5

When we get to the crag, I always make sure to get my draws out before my buddies. Why? Allow me to illustrate:

No Kevin, I do not want to climb on your crusty-ass stars-n-stripes draws with "that one biner that sticks a little, just push it closed."

No Ben, I do not want to climb on your skinny-ass BD draws that are so skinny that they twist around in a light breeze.

No Adam, I do not want to climb on your short-ass wiregates that take more energy to clean off a steep route than it took to climb that route.

Petzl Spirit biners still clip smooth after a ton of use and whippers, way better than my BD biners ever did. The Petzl dogbones are stiff enough to resist twisting, the rubber hoopdie at the bottom keeps the rope-side biner from flipping around and it's thick so it's gonna last.

I'm a gear snob and a climbing junkie but I don't need a support group - I just need Petzl Spirit quickdraws.

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Phunk wrote a review of on December 15, 2009

5 5

F-yeah! I love the Sessions Work Jacket. I love it so much, I bought a second one.

Seriously.

I had the... 2007? model Work Jacket in traffic-cone orange, and I put about 120 days on it. It worked well, looked great, and was tough as hell. But then I saw this year's Work Jacket in "Kiwi" and I had to have it.

They've improved the little details that bugged me on the old Work Jacket. The sleeve openings are a little bigger, so they now fit a wider range of glove cuffs. Snow ninjas rejoice: The neck opening is also a little bigger, so it's a more relaxed fit when you've got it zipped up all the way and your ninja mask and helmet strap are in there. The zipper pulls are now leather instead of nylon. (I had one of the nylon pulls break on my old Work jacket.) The jacket interior setup is a little cleaner for my Ipod, too. The old style had 90,000 pockets in there, which was a mess.

PS. My old Work Jacket is still going strong and will get some time this season, I just really needed this green one especially considering they've improved the cut as I've described.

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