Reuben Cousin

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Reuben Cousin wrote a review of on November 25, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

If you want a super light weight tent from a tent manufacturer who are obsessed with making the best tents in the market then go for this one! Especially if you like the desert, this is the only tent (that I know of) in the world that has no mesh, except in the door where you can unzip the fabric to have mesh on those warmer summer nights. By not having mesh you will prevent fine sand from being blown into your tent on windy days. The poles are strong and the design is made for backpackers/mountaineers, meaning it's not extra roomy, but definitely not too small, great for tall people. I've slept in this tent down to the teens and have had no problems, it's everything you want it to be and nothing you don't!

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Reuben Cousin wrote an answer about on November 13, 2013

Hi Jen, the 22 Designs Axl Telemark Binding will be super easy to use in the backcountry. You will be able to switch it back and forth between touring modes hands free and the climbing bars will make uphill skinning a breeze. I like this more than the Voile Switchback X2s, however, that's also because I'm really aggressive. I would prefer the Voile's more if I wanted a softer binding. Bottom line is, both bindings will be super easy to use in the backcountry, the Axl is a higher end binding that will give you the stiffness to rip harder and faster. If you liked the bombshells, then get the Axl's.

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Reuben Cousin wrote a review of on July 30, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I've recently been pushing my limits in climbing and moving up the grades in trad. These shoes have performed beautifully in climbs I've done ranging from .9-.11, their amazing in cracks and they smear like a dream. There are a few climbs that I could never climb without falling last year, but climbed them effortlessly with the TC Pros this year. I sized them half a size down at 42.5 like a few of the guys who commented below. I'm going to get them resoled this month after owning them and climbing hard for 4-5 months.

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Reuben Cousin wrote a review of on July 10, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

It's nice that this cord will withstand high heat, however, my main concern with a prusik cord like this one is how well it grips. This cord clearly grips well and is strong. You can rely on it when you're rapping off very steep or overhanging rock. I recommend this over any other prusik cord.

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Reuben Cousin wrote a review of on July 10, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This is extremely easy to use, light, compact and gets the job done. The red light is great for reading or on buggy nights when the regular light will attract them into your face and surroundings. I was considering getting a more expensive headlamp, but I don't need the brightest most powerful light, I simply need something functional and reliable, and this is it.

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Reuben Cousin wrote a review of on March 19, 2013

5 5

I like that these runners are wider then most, that's why I get them. It's mainly a preference over the skinny width runners you'll find elsewhere, wider runners feel better when you wear them over your shoulder. I use these on most climbs as I'm a trad climber and they always do what I want them to do. If you are curious about what length you should get, the only length I ever get or need are the 24 inch and 48 inch. You don't need the other lengths because you can shorten the 24 to be as short as a quick draw and extend them on gear when necessary and the 48 inch is an important length for wandering climbs and making anchors (natural and bolted anchors).

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Reuben Cousin wrote a review of on March 19, 2013

5 5

This shoe has a down turned toe, but not to the extent of the miura's, solutions, or similar aggressive shoes. The slight down turn makes this a great sport climbing shoe that is aggressive and it will edge great, but will also perform well in cracks. I have climbed up to 5.11+ cracks in this shoe and it was great. I would not take this shoe out on all day trad climbs, but it will be perfect for single pitch or even a couple pitch climbs.

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Reuben Cousin wrote a review of on March 12, 2013

5 5

I love this shoe for all day comfort, smearing and cracks. This is not a high performance sport climbing shoe, if you want that than look elsewhere. If you need a good multipitch shoe that will perform in cracks and slab then get this shoe because it will be your best friend.

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Reuben Cousin wrote a review of on March 12, 2013

5 5

I climbed some thousand foot routes with this harness in Red Rocks, Vegas and loved it! It is light, comfortable and I barely noticed wearing it when I didn't have so much gear attached to it. The speed adjust buckles make it a breeze to put on and off. I took a few whippers and this harness made falling feel comfortable.

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Reuben Cousin wrote a review of on November 13, 2012

5 5

These cams are solid, smooth, and the color skew makes it easy to use. I just love using these and they feel better to place than any other cams I've used. I've used these in Indian Creek, Moab, City of Rocks, and even on those thousand foot plus granite towers in the Wind Rivers and at every spot I've felt completely confident and relaxed when placing these cams. They are totally worth it!

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