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Reed

Yosemite Valley

Reed's Passions

Hiking & Camping
Snowboarding
Biking
Paddling
Yoga
Climbing
Surfing

Reed's Bio

I live in Yosemite Valley, climbing the world's best walls and write 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 May 16, 2015

Everything Shoe!

Landon practicing his aid game. Guide Tennie's work great for several reasons:
-Their stiff soles make standing in ladders all day much easier on the feet.
-The super sticky STEALTH rubber and edging power give more confidence to you when making those 5.8 mandatory free moves.
-Lightweight, saving you the burden from clunkers attached to your harness.

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Reedwrote a review of on May 16, 2015

Best in Stretch!
5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 6' 1"
Size Purchased: Medium

Few things suck more in climbing, when you go for a move and your clothes catch and hold you back. The Stretch Zion are by far the most giving when it comes to full body motion!

I have a pair of the Dark Khakis and have been putting them to the test for months now... oh, and they're already 2 year old hand-me-downs!

They fit in the waist and length very well, they're comfortable and lightweight, and are extremely durable!
When it's chilly out, I wear long johns underneath, never catch a knee when climbing and plenty warm.
In the summer, they have good AC downstairs, the 'roll up and button' legs are great, and the side leg pocket is super handy for a bar and topo when you have a harness on!

These pants are the only Prana thing I own at the moment, but will be replacing these with the same when they do eventually wear down to nothing. SWEET PANTS!

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Reedwrote a review of on May 15, 2015

Energy Gels, amazing fast fuel!
5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

So many times we all eat bars and chews for a snack, but when you're actually burning at a super high pace, nothing has compared to Honey Stinger's products, especially Energy Gels.

Honey Stinger is a rad company that started from their beekeeper grandparents, who in the 50's, started the EN-R-G Bar and 2oz honey energy packets. The majority of their products are USDA Organic and have very simple natural ingredients.

The Energy Gels have been best used in my activities when I can't stop to eat something substantial. While on recent attempts to break a climbing speed record in Yosemite, it occurred to me how awesome it is to have a fast acting and easily digestible fuel source like the Energy Gels.

From my own personal experience, they are perfect for biking, swimming, climbing, running.. basically any and all high intensity activities/sports that require nonstop movement.
On my speed ascent I bring a small nalgene and one Gel with me, 1 hour into it while running down the decent trail I can squeeze in the fuel and can immediately feel the energy and power return, giving me the strength to keep it up 100%.

Both Strawberry Kiwi and Fruit Smoothie are very tasty and offer different benefits (S/K containing caffeine). They digest easy and don't require a gallon of water to wash down.. cough.. Clif Bar.

These are the only flavors of HS Energy Gels I've tried, while I also have two of every HS product including their Organic Honey, none disappoint!

You can eat these as a tasty snack, and you'll love'em! But bring them on your next adventure and see how well they keep you fueled and active!

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Reedwrote a review of on May 14, 2015

Spot  Everything!
5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Man, where to start with the BD Spot Headlamp...
The fact we have the technology today to wear a flashlight on our heads or helmet, with weight not even being a concern, and brightness that can compete with a cars headlight... SO RAD!!

The Black Diamond Spot has saved my butt time and time again. When lost and looking for the decent trail or still climbing past midnight, the Spot gives me the adjustable brightness and battery life I need to get back down safely.

The light lock comes in handy when stuffing in a pack or pocket, reducing the chance of a drained battery.
The PowerTap feature is really cool and useful, allowing you to flip from your dimmed setting to max brightness to pinpoint your target, then a simple tap gets you right back to dim. Plus there is a three color battery life indicator light on the side, making a visual check easy.
TriplePower LED is great when needing max illumination (75m), finding anchors, trails,etc.
While the SinglePower LED (2 white, 2 red) is ideal for hiking or cleaning up back at camp.

Like my nut tool and Reverso, I never leave the ground without the Spot Headlamp. It's tough and handles the elements great!

Picture- Me and Charlie cheesing up after rain storm, top of pitch 7, Levitation 29- Red Rock

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Reedposted an image about on May 14, 2015

Guide Tennie

Stealth rubber making tracks on Red Rock sandstone... definitely the favorite among friends!

I noticed there wasn't a Tech Specs listed, so here are some product specs off FiveTen.com

Upper Material: Nubuck Leather
Closure: Laces
Last: ErgoNomic
Midsole: Compression-molded EVA
Sole: STEALTH C4 rubber
Weight: (size 9) 14.43oz- 407g each, but Caribbean/Grey is slightly heaver at 15.9oz- 450g
Recommended Use: Climbing, Hiking.

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