Robert Tadlock

Robert Tadlock

Summit County, CO

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Mountain Biking

Robert's Bio

I'm a programmer by trade, and I spend most of my off time hiking/biking/skiing.

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Robert Tadlock

Robert Tadlock wrote a review of on January 7, 2013

Loosing bits is a pain
3 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I've had this tool for about 3 years of so. I carry it with me every day. I use the pliers and knife all the time. I use the driver some here and there, but it's not really cut out for serious jobs and you can't get a ton of downward pressure on it. At any rate, it's nice to have around...when you actually have a bit. The bits fall out of the back holder very easily ( I ended up bending the holder in to really pinch the bit, and that helped a lot). Also the locking bit holder is not spring loaded or anything, and has to be pressed shut every time. Needless to say, you will loose bits with this tool all the time. It's a serious pain in ass when you actually need a driver too.

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Robert Tadlock wrote a review of on April 1, 2012

Perfect sidecountry/day pack/resort pack
5 5

I bought this bag for the following uses:

- Resort skiing:
I wanted something low profile with hydration and a room for my lunch
I wanted the ability to carry my skis when hiking around in bounds
I wanted room for a shovel/beacon/prob when dropping out of the gates to do some sidecountry

- Backcountry skiing
I wanted a bag that could carry everything for a day trip (safety stuff, skins, lunch, small camera, SPOT, phone, first aid kit, head lamp, multi tool, extra warm shirt)
I wanted to be able to hike with my skis and poles on the bag

Let me just say that this bag covers me 100% in the above categories. I've skied about 15 days with it this year, and had some really long day trips in the backcountry. I really like that I can cinch the bag down tight and tuck the ski carry straps into purpose built zipper pockets when at the resort, and punch it all the way out on day trips. I carry fat powder tele skis on it, and it handles them great. There is a fleece lined pocket that I guess is for a spare pare of goggles or glasses or something, but I find with my shovel and hydration pouch full, the pocket is unusable for that purpose. I instead put my phone in there, and it keeps it dry and scratch free. I could see this bag being a tad small for some people on day trips, but I pack efficiently, and only take exactly what I need (with maybe a beer or in there from time to time).

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Robert Tadlock wrote a review of on December 20, 2011

4 5

The jacket is super warm, fits perfectly, I love the chest pocket, and I love the over all looks. Would be a 5 star rating, but the zipper is one of those that you always have to fight to get started. It's sticky, and I have to mess with it a lot to get it going. It seems to be breaking in and getting a little easier as I wear it more and more, but it's annoying. Maybe it's just my specific jacket, as I haven't seen any other complaints about it. Anyway, all in all a wicked warm jacket.

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Robert Tadlock wrote a review of on May 19, 2010

4 5

These boots are a dream to wear. They are crazy comfortable, and I am more eager to try hike to stuff because they are light and comfy. That being said, don't forget to tighten the bolts on the side of the boots every time you use them. I tighten them up every time I use them, but somehow, I managed to loose one last weekend. I guess I'm going to contact Scarpa to get a replacement...

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Robert Tadlock wrote a review of on April 5, 2010

Awesome camera
5 5

This thing is super tough. I've fallen on it while it was in my ski jacket, and I've dropped it a few times, and it still has no visible wear. The videos are amazing, although sometimes the super wide angle lens can be a little much (as far as distortion goes). I also love the great still shots it takes. Even though it's only 5MP, it takes sharp, crisp images as long as you've got enough light.Make sure you've got a high quality HD card otherwise the camera may lock up (although I've never experienced this, my friend was until he got a faster SD card). Also, GoPro claim there is a firmware update, but it's all but vapor ware at this point. No big deal really, but I'd like to have the extra features they are promising. Attached an image I took with it.

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