Robert  Crosland

Robert Crosland

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Robert 's Passions

Camping
Backpacking
Sport Climbing

Robert 's Bio

I am the assistant director of outdoor education and recreation at a camp outside of Austin, TX. I spend the majority of my "free time" with my wife and 2 children, and whatever time is left I spend bouldering, climbing, camping etc.

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Robert Crosland wrote a review of on January 29, 2014

4 5

Familiarity: I gave it as a gift, but have feedback to share
Fit: True to size

I have a lightweight synthetic stuffable vest from another gear manufacturer that I keep when I travel and my wife had been stealing it to wear around the house. I bought this one as a surprise for her and she has worn it almost every day since. This is not the most compressible vest or the lightest, but it has a good balance of durability for everyday wear and lightness, stuffableness for camping, etc. I wanted a washable vest that would hold up to everyday wear but also be suitable for outdoor pursuits and this fit the bill perfectly.

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Robert Crosland wrote a review of on December 14, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Bought this for my 5 year old who treats all of his clothing, jackets, backpacks with the exceptional care that is typical for a 5 year old boy and it is holding up very well so far. What is great is that this jacket is essentially a small version of an adult rain shell. It is built with the same features and quality as an adult shell and looks like it should easily last through the 5year old to get passed down to his little brother and then start through the cousins.

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Robert Crosland wrote a review of on June 18, 2013

4 5

Got this tent so that we could start taking our 7 year old packing, but didn't want to drop too much cash until we knew how interested she would be in continuing to go after realizing how much walking would be involved in packing with mom and dad. She did great, tent was stellar. You can easily ditch the stuff sack and divide the tent, which makes the weight very manageable. Not long after we made camp a nice Texas thunderstorm blew in and despite very heavy wind and rain and even a little small hail we were nice and dry. Tent is really quite roomy and would accommodate 3 adults fairly well as long as everyone is used to backpacking tents. This would be a hard tent to beat for the price.

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Robert Crosland wrote a review of on June 10, 2012

5 5

just got back from a trip in the Pecos Wilderness, and had bought the 3L to put in my wife's pack. This had no taste and and performed well. Liked it alot better than camelback bladders. Had none of the suction issues or anything like this, but did discover that you have to bite the valve in a slightly different place than a camelback, which might be confusing some people.

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Robert Crosland wrote a question about on June 8, 2012

Hey guys, I'm an experienced canoer and have paddled light rapids in canoes frequently, but my wife and I are wanting to make the switch to kayaks. I'm looking for some recommendations for entry level boats. We will be almost exclusively paddling small, quick rivers that we have previously paddled in canoes, but will likely go through some rapids that we previously portaged around. Any thoughts on boats?

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Robert Crosland wrote a question about on July 17, 2011

I'm looking for a recomendation on a yak, I'm an experienced canoer and am looking to transition. I'm looking for a boat that can handle some whitewater (II's and III's maybe a IV-?) but not be totally dreadfull in the flatwater like a playboat. Anyone have any thoughts?

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Robert Crosland wrote a review of on April 30, 2009

4 5

Pretty good shoes. These are MUCH stiffer than my other Chaco sneakers, but still don't feel as solid as Chaco sandals. Everything feels pretty good and they appear to have the same sole as my other Chaco shoes, which has held up alot better than I expected. I wear my other Chaco shoes pretty much everyday out on the trails at work so if these hold up as well in the soles but with a stiffer shank I might be in love.

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Robert Crosland wrote a review of on April 30, 2009

4 5

Pretty good shoes. These are MUCH stiffer than my other Chaco sneakers, but still don't feel as solid as Chaco sandals. Everything feels pretty good and they appear to have the same sole as my other Chaco shoes, which has held up alot better than I expected. I wear my other Chaco shoes pretty much everyday out on the trails at work so if these hold up as well in the soles but with a stiffer shank I might be in love.

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Robert Crosland wrote an answer about on March 11, 2009

There's no way anyone able to get themselves off the ground is going to be heavy enough to break this thing. And it's not that small. 5-6 inches long. So you should be fine. A bigger concern is that you'll yank your belayer off the ground. Also troubling is the term "toprope lead fall". That's an oxymoron. Be careful.To add to this, remember to use ropes in the proper diameter range of 10mm to 13mm, and you can also anchor your belayer in to the ground so that way there is no concern about your top rope belayer holding you. Gri gri's are almost fool proof, and only malfunction with user error, so be sure you know how to use it safely first!Becareful though, This is not suppose to be given to an unexperienced belay. It has and can get people hurt. Its easy to use but not fool proof. I use grigris alot!!! and I wouldn't say that they ONLY fail with user error, but EXTREMELY rarely. If used properly it is no safer than an atc and MUCH more expensive. It has it's place and does it's job well when used properly, but I have found that it tends to lead to a false sense of security and a an unattentive belayer sometimes. Like I said I use grigris alot in one particular application, but for traditional belay situations i still prefer tube style belay devices. Just like any other belay device when used properly the size of the climber really does not factor into the stopping ability, with the grigri however it CAN affect how smoothly it releases. Also if you do choose the grigri make sure you use at least 10mm or larger rope and keep the device CLEAN, dirt in the wrong place can cause it to stick in the wrong position.

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Robert Crosland wrote a review of on March 11, 2009

4 5

I have an old square HDPE Nalgene (which I don't think they have made in quite awhile) and it has help up and to answer someone's question about yellowing, mine has never yellowed. As far as tuff I would never throw it to the ground like I do with the old lexan bottles from 50 ft or more, but the HDPE has stood the test of time.

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