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Reed

Yosemite Valley

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Reed's Bio

I live in Yosemite Valley, climbing the world's best walls, enjoying the cat-and-mouse game with NPS, and writing gear reviews on backcountry.com

It's rad for me to get the chance to test/write for BC.com, I hope you find my gear posts honest and helpful.

If you're ever in the Valley and wanna climb or slack, hmu!
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Reedposted an image about on March 13, 2015

J Tree approaches, not a Problem!

This picture was taken of us in Joshua Tree while at Hidden Valley Campground.
As you can see, the Bolsa fits on my body frame good, while carrying a rope and trad rack.
But also I'm having to wear my harness with shoes and nalgene attached...

Great rope protection and features on the Petzl Bolsa, really useful for sport climbing, just a few small things for trad climbers to be conscious of.

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Reedwrote a review of on March 7, 2015

Packing up with the Petzl Bolsa
4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

First off, HUGE thanks to Backcountry.com and Petzl for selecting me to review this Bolsa Rope Bag. After 30 days of putting this pack to the test, I've come up with a good idea of how this rope bag will treat you while climbing roadside crags or far out walls.

OVERVIEW:
The Petzl Bolsa rope bag immediately catches your eye with it's sleek design, good color, and the two-in-one function of a double strapped pack carrying both rope and gear to the crag. The Bolsa easily held a 70m rope, sport rack, harness and shoes. The tarp is very large (55" x 55") and seems bigger then most other "fold and roll" bags due to it's flat lying design. The tarp does an excellent job keeping the rope clean and off the ground from harmful dirt and sand. The rope packs away fast with the Bolsa's four corner "funnel" system, and the price is hard to beat for such a well rounded cragging pack.

PROS:
The ability to pack your rope and a light rack into the same bag, walk to your climbing destination, throw on your gear, have your rope clean and protected as you start your day climbing... it's awesome!
Here are some things that stick out.
-Lightweight bag with adjustable shoulder straps keep weight comfortably balanced on back.
-Easily packs into itself with four handled corners, including two colored loops for tie in points.
-Large tarp really does an amazing job keeping your lead line clean and safe, giving it longevity and protection against dirt and grime.
-The cost of the Petzl Bolsa is rad, for a crag pack of this kind, the affordable price tag is well worth the protection and function this bag gives.

CONS:
A little constructive criticism that would make the Petzl Bolsa a 5 star pack.
-No storage pockets, an external compartment would be stellar for grabbing a guide book or easily stashing your personals.
-Kinda tough to shake rope out, while packing up is a breeze and very time efficient, the opposite process takes a little more work then "burrito" style bags.
-Straps are not padded and simple design gives longer approaches ( 30+ minutes) the time to feel heavy.

BOTTOM LINE:
An excellent bag with sport climbing and shorter approaches in mind. If you're cragging out with a trad rack, just wear your harness to maximize storage space. You'll be happy with the protection the tarp gives, keeping your rope safe, your hands dirt free while flaking, and space to sit on for shoeing up!

While testing the Bolsa in Joshua Tree, my friend said "Please have this comment in your review, I really enjoy this bag, it's simple and practical. When I give you this back, I'm getting one for myself".

I'm very happy with the Petzl Bolsa and look forward to carrying it around the Valley during this incredible year! See ya out there!

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Reedposted an image about on March 3, 2015

Rope Protecter

The Petzl Bolsa does a great job keeping sand, mud, and dirt off your lead line.
Grit will greatly decrease rope longevity by abrading fibers in the core, resulting in soft spots and sheath damage.
Also a dirt covered rope will wear through gear like carabiners and belay devices.
Rope protection is essential and the Bolsa's 4.6 foot square tarp fits the bill! Very pleased!

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Reedwrote a review of on February 2, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size

The Five Ten Anasazi Guide are awesome all day climbing shoes!

They work super well on mutli-pitches where you're jamming feet and toes as well as edging and smearing. I've worn them on 80+ pitches this year and they didn't disappoint!

Here are some rad things about the Guides that stand out to me.
-Flat profile, making all day wear in these stiff shoes easier on your feet.
-Toe to heel laces make the most ideal and true fit.
-Sticky C4 Stealth Rubber keeps you glued to the wall and cranking out the pitches.
-Breathable tongue and shoe material give great air ventilation.
-Heel construction fits great and keeps the weight on your toes for edging and thin cracks!

Super pleased with these shoes, sized them to my standard street shoe, and can't wait to keep climbing pitch after pitch in the Guides!

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Reedposted an image about on December 13, 2014

Too good!

I'd have to say these pants are the most worn pair I've ever owned. Basically 12 outa 14 days I'm wearing these things.

Now that cooler weather has arrived, these are my everyday pants as much as my climbing trousers. I have flannel patches on butt and knees (thanks big walls) but they're so comfy and durable, I don't see myself retiring them anytime soon.

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