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Robbie Flick

Robbie Flick

Colorado

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Robbie Flick

Robbie Flick wrote a review of on May 22, 2011

5 5

A few weeks ago I posted a question about how my blue Mammut Tusk had gotten very stiff and seemed to retain an unusual amount of dirt. I was dissatisfied, and sent an email off to Mammut with my specific complaints; they immediately recognized it as a very rare issue that caused excess stiffness but was not a safety concern. After a few emails with their reps, I sent in the affected rope, and was provided with a replacement.

The replacement is everything you'd want from a quality rope. I am very impressed with the quality of the rope, more so however with the responsiveness of Mammut to their customers.

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Robbie Flick wrote a review of on May 15, 2011

5 5

Nice light helmet that's comfy enough to wear all day.

As others have noted, us big headed freaks may have some trouble...I have a large, and with a beanie on I can barely squeeze into it with it fully expanded. If my head were a millimeter bigger, I'd have some problems with this helmet.

If you're also sporting a big melon, I'd recommend scoping the size chart and consider a different helmet if it doesn't look promising...otherwise, this helmet is simply fantastic.

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Robbie Flick wrote a review of on May 15, 2011

5 5

A very solid piece of gear for a great price. I always use these for belays - whether it's the leader or the second, its rounded edges allow great rope movement. On multipitch routes, I always have my cordelette clipped to one of these, ready to use as a master point. It's larger size makes it great when things get complicated at the anchor - it fits plenty of gear, and its distinctive size and appearance ensures you clip into the right point. Also, durability wise, after a year and a half belaying with one, so far so good - a little wear is obvious, but the fat rounded edges can take a serious beating.

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Robbie Flick wrote a review of on May 15, 2011

5 5

Picked up a handful for these on the cheap when I first started climbing. They're still going strong and have excelled in any situation requiring a locking biner - however I've turned to using their Rocklock biner for belaying and master points, as it's much larger and more rounded, making for an easier time belaying the second off the anchor.

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Robbie Flick wrote a review of on December 28, 2010

4 5

Got a 50m on SAC as my first climbing rope over a year ago. It's held up well, and although the sheath has fuzzed a bit, if you take care of it it'll last. Still surprisingly supple considering the use it has seen.

My one complaint is the middle and end markers - they are black marks on a dark blue rope that can be difficult to see. Moreover, the middle and end marks are too similar; they're both black markings, however the middle one is a long black mark and the end markers are a number of short black markings. Next time I'll look for a rope that uses a pattern change at the midway point to make it that much more obvious.

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Robbie Flick wrote a review of on December 28, 2010

5 5

I'm no podiatrist, and I believe insoles are a highly personal choice, but these ones worked wonders for my feet. After a long hike with beat up hiking boots and their crappy included insoles that ended with significant knee and foot pain, I upgraded to a pair of La Sportiva Thunder's and popped these bad boys in there. Liked them so much that I switch them out for just about everything I do. The arch feels slightly raise and as others have noticed, they give a slight forward lean that feels a bit awkward at first, but the support feels great once you get used to it. That they're hard and don't absorb sweat is another nice perk. Strangely, they did stain the inside of my shoes red; I suppose if this matters to you it could be construed as a downside.

Overall, although I was a bit intimidated by the price at first, one year later I'm confident that it was well worth it.

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Robbie Flick wrote a review of on December 28, 2010

5 5

Got this piece on SAC about a year ago and it has been my go to warm weather top since. I've used it for just about everything; indoor climbing, trail running, trekking, road cycling. The fabric is light and stretchy, allowing totally unencumbered range of movement when climbing. It breathes well, keeps you dry and cool, protects against UV, and rather surprisingly manages to smell reasonably clean after some abuse. I've put it through a hard year of use, and there are only a few small tears that are more a reflection of misuse than lack of workmanship. Overall, a great buy from a good company that consistently offers reasonably priced alternatives.

Also - I'm 5'11", 170 lb and a medium fit like a charm!

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Robbie Flick wrote a review of on November 8, 2010

5 5

I've used this for several months now, and have grown to love this jacket.

Some specifics:

Durability - after poor experiences with some MH down jackets, I was concerned about this jacket opening up just as easily. Although it's certainly not a piece designed to be a durable outer layer, it can certainly hold its own. Over the course of several trips, I've only put a tiny hole in it - and this is from slipping on ice, carrying rack and rope, and getting hung up on a tree. I was shocked at how minimal the damage was, how little insulation I lost, and how simple it was to patch up. Definitely a winner.

Warmth and compressibility - This is obvious, but it's a seriously warm jacket. Yea, bulkier and not as warm/gram as down, but still pretty damn good. I've thrown it into my pack for every trip recently, and it's definitely saved a few outings from being very uncomfortable - becomes a great 'peace of mind' article that comes along whenever the weather could theoretically go south, which is just about always in Colorado.

Others have commented on the price point. It's high - but only slightly more than you'd pay for a comparable jacket from other companies. In my view, the durability, backed by Patagonia's bomber return/repair policy, means several more years of use - totally worth it.

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Robbie Flick wrote a review of on November 8, 2010

5 5

Slowly been replacing my biners with these. Great all around use, and the weight makes a difference when you're talking about several dozen biners. There's a little less room to maneuver when clipping a rope in with these than with slightly heavier wiregates like the hotwires, but you get used to it and it's definitely worth the difference in weight.

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