Ralph Kolva

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Ralph's Passions

Alpine Touring
Trad Climbing
Camping
Backpacking
Trail Running
Mountain Biking
Ice Climbing
Mountaineering
Sport Climbing

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Ralph Kolva

Ralph Kolva wrote a review of on September 8, 2008

5 5

Bought a couple of these to replace the airlocks I lost. Used them for a couple of weeks now and they work as you would expect for a Black Diamond biner. Decent amount of working room inside the gate for trad belays using a cordalette without being too big. The screw gate works smoothly and doesn't bind on the gate. What else can you say, good biner at a good price.

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Ralph Kolva

Ralph Kolva wrote a review of on September 8, 2008

4 5

Got the Reverso 3 to avoid having to switch between my regular Reverso and the Reversino. I've use it for a couple of weeks and it works well with my my double 8.1 mm and a single 9.8mm. Haven't used it in the auto-lock position, for a second, but expect that it would work fine. My double 8.1 are pretty new and still slick, in a free repell I would prefer a little more friction from the Reverso 3. All in all a good choice if you regularly switch between fat and skinny ropes.

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Ralph Kolva wrote a review of on August 3, 2007

5 5

I've used this tent for about eight years on everything from overnight backpacking trips to week long mountaineering and it's absolutely bomb proof. I've owned tents by Mt. Hardware, TNF, Noall and worked in outdoor retail over 10 years and no tent has impressed me as much as the Fitzroy, I'll always have a Bibler for the trips where I don't want to worry about what the weather throws my way. In good weather it opens up enough to stay cool, in rain it vents well with no condensation, and in the truly bad stuff it's drum tight and solid.

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