Rob Miller

Rob Miller

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Camping
Backpacking
Bouldering

Robert's Bio

A student that loves to get outside and enjoy nature as much as possible

Rob Miller

Rob Miller wrote an answer about on September 4, 2010

It's a more fitted, athletic fit. They also look great I might add; I was eying them for a while until I decided on the Montane Oryx fleece jacket. Both are light, comfortable fleeces that are great for layering or stand-alone use in mild weather. The only reason I didn't chose this one in the end was that I was able to get the Oryx for cheaper.

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Rob Miller wrote an answer about on September 3, 2010

This pack would certainly hold your laptop and a couple of books, but it's designed to be used as a technical pack. Unless you have a good protective sleeve for your laptop you wont have much protection for it.

For use as a daypack or a two day pack, it would work just fine. It does have a few features that are designed more for use by climbers such as the internal gear loops. You could use the straps on the outside for attaching a tent or sleeping pad if you needed.

I guess bottom line is, yes you can use this pack for both, but you might be better off getting a pack that will protect your laptop a little better.

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Rob Miller

Rob Miller wrote a review of on July 11, 2010

5 5

The Oryx is exactly what I'd been looking for in a lightweight fleece. I'm 5'10" 190lbs, so a larger build and wider shoulders, that said the large fits me perfectly. I have a full range of motion, yet it fits snug enough that I don't have loose fabric hanging off of me. The stitching is solid, and the styling is great. Fits easily under the Montane Halo Shell in large, plenty of room for a micro puff or other mid-layer.It's plenty warm for the size and breathes wonderfully. My only concern so far is that the lighter more breathable fabric sections (torso facing sides of the arms and the sides of the torso) seem to catch snags pretty easily. I've had to melt off a couple of runs. Overall it's a great base layer or light outer layer in late spring/early fall.

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Rob Miller

Rob Miller wrote a review of on July 10, 2010

5 5

Taken a few falls on this pad now from 15ish feet, other than the adrenaline rush I was fine. It's nice and light, the backpack straps are comfortable. The waist support strap works great too. It's gotten a little dirty but no tears as yet. As Pat Goodman said, the angled hinge is the way to go, you can fall elbow first onto it and feel nothing but pad. At around $140, you can't go wrong.

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Rob Miller wrote a review of on July 10, 2010

5 5

Durable, stable draws. I picked up a few of these on sale a few months back and have not been disappointed. They're not too heavy, and personally I like the nylon dogbone over dynex/dyneema; less twisting and a little more stable with the nylon.

If you're looking for a high quality set of draws for the best possible price, these are what you want.

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Rob Miller

Rob Miller wrote a review of on July 10, 2010

5 5

Fantastic little slings. They weigh almost nothing and I feel absolutely safe hanging from one. Used them in building several top rope anchors. If you're trying to save weight, pick up some of these to replace your old nylon slings.

The only thing is, you pay a bit more for them as compared to nylon, but you don't need me to point that out.

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Rob Miller wrote a review of on July 10, 2010

5 5

These are the best shoes I've worn. The sole has held up well with regular use over the past three months. I bought them a size down and after a fairly painful break-in period they fit comfortably enough. I have to agree with the recommended use though, they're great for sport routes and bouldering but for longer routes and multi-pitch you might want something a little more comfortable, or else don't buy a full size down.

Overall, the grip is fantastic for everything from smearing to smaller edging and little jibs. When my current pair wears out, I plan on buying another pair.

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