Ryan Gibbs

Ryan Gibbs

ME / NH

Ryan Gibbs's Passions

Hiking & Camping
Biking
Running
Skiing
Climbing

Ryan Gibbs's Bio

Mechanical Engineer and Guide.

Skiing, Mountaineering, Hiking, Biking, Running and anything outdoors in my free time.

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Ryan Gibbs

Ryan Gibbswrote a review of on July 8, 2016

5 5

Got this a few weeks back and I definitely already feel stronger. I work unpredictable hours and live near a gym that has short hours, so training during the week can be tough. This allows me do some quick training as I walk by or an organized workout when I cant make it to the gym or crag. Like other have said, beginners beware a lot of folks mess up their fingers on these. Stick to the big holds until you can make the suggested progression and you should be good!

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Ryan Gibbswrote a review of on April 14, 2016

3 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Fit: Runs large
Height: 5' 8"
Weight: 135 lbs
Size Purchased: US 7.5

I really wanted to like these shoes, but the fit is just off. I normally run a US7.5 EU 40.5 for street shoes. These are 40.7EU on the website and the next size down is 40. This big gap unfortunately doesnt service my feet well. 40's are too small and 40.7 my shoe floats too much fore aft. Lateral fit is spot on for me. I ended up returning these to Adidas.

Aside from the fit the quality of the shoes is great. The Continental rubber combined with its tread pattern does very well on rock, loose rock, mud, and snow. The boost rubber keeps the feet comfortable. I'd like to see quick laces on these in the future. Also has one of the best tongue concepts I've seen in a shoe. It really opens up for easy shoe removal.

Overall a great offering and might work really well for someone that finds themselves not fitting well into traditional half sizing.

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Ryan Gibbs

Ryan Gibbswrote a review of on March 16, 2016

3 5

Height: 5' 8"
Weight: 135 lbs
Size Purchased: Small

Definitely not my go to jacket, but a jacket that does OK in the alpine. Has some suspect durability issues with the side zips. Has kept me dry so far this season. One of the most packable 4-season shells I have owned and has a reasonably durable outer fabric.

Pros: Light, packable, sheds rain and snow well, a shell with side zips is hard to come by sometimes these days.

Cons: Weak hood, side zips blow out easy

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Ryan Gibbswrote a review of on March 16, 2016

5 5

Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 8"
Weight: 135 lbs
Size Purchased: Small

Picture having a portable heater in your pack. Thats what this jacket feels like when you go from days shivering at the belay to throwing this jacket on. From getting gear ready at the trailhead, belaying your partner in the freezing cold, drinking beer outside at the end of the day, a pillow...this jacket is perfect. Light, packable, and everything I ever expected out of a down belay jacket. Fits perfectly over my outer shell for easy on and off in the alpine. One of the few garments I've owned that feel perfect in every way.

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Ryan Gibbswrote a review of on March 16, 2016

5 5

With a lifeproof case, bluetooth headphones make life much easier. I had the first iteration of these and the X2 are improved. They are light, easy to connect, have plenty of size options, stay in place, and are reasonably sweat-proof. Battery appears to be better than the previous model as well. My only recommendation is to find a way to make them fully waterproof.

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Ryan Gibbswrote a review of on March 16, 2016

3 5

Protects the phone really well and its nice to have access to the real screen of the phone. Optional scratch protector included. Same Lifeproof protection you would expect from previous iterations.
As some other reviewers note, there are quirks to this case.

1. The area the NUUD covers makes it difficult to swipe up to quick access the camera, calculator, timer, etc.
2. Good luck with an aftermarket charging cable. Apple ones work fine.
3. The knob for silence/audio ring is tricky to use and often doesn't stay in place.
4. Missing a tether slot that was included in previous versions.

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Ryan Gibbswrote a review of on March 16, 2016

4 5

Great ice harness. Clipper slots let you organize your screws easily. Plenty of gear loops for everything else. Adjustability is great, but like the reviewer below mentions the BD harnesses can be tricky to dial in with gloves on. I dont mind the adjustments on the leg loops, but elastic on my summer harness is nice. Seems to repel moisture well and is comfortable for the most part.

My only beef with the harness sizing is it would make more sense to run sizes XS for 24-28, S for 28-32 etc. Having the narrow cutoff of 30 for a small leaves you a bit in between sizes at a 30 waist, super common among climbers, and with layers the medium is a tad too big, the small a tad on the extended side.

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Ryan Gibbswrote a review of on March 16, 2016

4 5

Foam helmets are notorious for being lighter duty. Mine has held up after a season of abuse with a few dents and dings, but nothing structurally wrong yet. Reasonable ventilation in the summer, reasonably warm with a hat or hood under/over in the winter. Exactly what I expected for a middle of the road foam helmet, but will probably switch to the Petzl Sirocco for my next foam one.

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Ryan Gibbswrote a review of on March 16, 2016

4 5

I'm very particular with my coffee lids. For coffee I dont like this cup because it cannot seal shut, rather important for a commuter mug. For coffee at home or in a car on smooth roads, not too bad.

On the cold side this mug will keep your beer colder than you need it too. Does an amazing job with cold items.

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Ryan Gibbswrote a review of on March 16, 2016

3 5

Day two my hydroflask fell from 3 feet and got a pretty nasty dent in the bottom. Oops. No leaks, but I'd hate to see it drop from any higher. Wide mouth lid is great. The coffee lid accessory I bought for it is not as good. They even state on their website it isn't a complete seal with the coffee lid top. When you flip the coffee lid back, it flops around as there isn't a catch on the back to lock it open, only closed. Minor, but annoying. The devil is in the details and I was expecting a bit more out of the product. I do like how light it is though.

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Ryan Gibbswrote a review of on March 16, 2016

5 5

I managed to crack the metal catch piece under the heel of my Radical 1.0's after a season, so I upgraded to these. So far so good. They are similar to the 1.0, but have been streamlined. When you click in the definitely feel more solid than the 1.0, but required you to ease up downward pressure slightly when trying to click in. Not a big deal, just something new to get used to. I like the pivoting toe when in ski mode and happily can ski in full lock mode when it matters most. I also prefer the turn/turn-back feature on the heel piece. Great product from a great company.

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Ryan Gibbswrote a review of on March 16, 2016

5 5

Height: 5' 8"
Weight: 135 lbs

I was looking for a set of mountaineering glasses that fit my head better than the rest (small). The interchangeability attracted me initially. They are incredibly easy to switch between the curved ear pieces and regular. Its also incredibly simple to include the clip keepers or undo the side shields when not in the alpine. They do great for glare in New England, not sure I'd want to use them at elevations over 14K-Ft since it doesn't seem quite as dark as say a Julbo Spec 4+ lens.

While ski mountaineering, climbing, or hiking, these don't fog up all that often when pushing it, but as with all glasses certain temperatures are more problematic. Seem to have better anti-fog characteristics than my Julbo Dust Zebras.

Frames are holding up well so far and I didnt even bother carrying goggles for my ski descent the other day in spring conditions. They don't look terrible either and can be converted into a casual sunglass.

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Ryan Gibbswrote a review of on November 24, 2015

5 5

Fit: Runs small
Height: 5' 8"
Weight: 135 lbs
Size Purchased: Small

This is one of those garments you cant believe you lived without for so long. A slew of my friends own the R1 hoody and rave about it. I picked mine up about 3 weeks ago and have worn it most days since. Nice slim fit that is perfect for climbing. The grid fleece allows warmth while still being able to dump heat for high output activities. Its lightweight, and the helmet compatible hood is nothing short of perfect. I'm able to wear it under or over my helmet due to the stretch. Thumb holes are always an added bonus.

I got the green color. Flashy, but I prefer visibility in the backcountry. Gets dirtier easily, but has simple washing instructions.

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Ryan Gibbswrote a review of on October 22, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 8"
Weight: 135 lbs

They aren't just climbing pants, but that's how I primarily use them. Seem to be holding up to the abuse well. Semi-water repellent pants keep you dry when bushwhacking through dewy trees or from a passing shower, but don't expect them to stay dry in a torrent. They do dry faster than most pants. Button snap bottoms roll up easy while climbing. Mine haven't come unsnapped all that often, but does happen in chimneys / wide cracks. Great casual fit and strechy which is very helpful when climbing. I found the vent holes to be an added bonus since it dumps just the right amount of heat when you're hoofing it on long approaches. I wear these climbing, hiking, or for casual use and couldnt be happier.

I really like the two zipper pocket on the left leg of the pants. A zippered upper pocket might be a handy addition in the future.

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Ryan Gibbswrote a review of on October 22, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 8"
Weight: 135 lbs
Size Purchased: 30x30

These are the two basic things I look for in a pair of pants. They fit true to size - maybe a tad long, can take a beating, and are super comfortable. The mudflap bottoms keep the pants going year after year. Great pockets on these pants too as they seem to fit wallet, phone, pockeknife etc. Primarily use them for casual pants, but I would hike in cold clear weather in them too.

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Ryan Gibbswrote a review of on October 19, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 8"
Weight: 135 lbs

These are my first pair of Julbo sunglasses or goggles. I have a particular fit when it comes to glasses and its difficult to find something thats sleek, but still have good coverage with less tendency to fog up. More coverage usually means more fogging, but these do a great job of dumping heat. They will fog up in very humid conditions, but thats to be expected. Good for running, climbing, biking, hiking, you name it. The frames are slightly flexible too so they are much less likely to break.

My only gripe is that there isn't a swappable Cat 4 lens for purchase for the really bright days. I wouldn't recommend these for snow travel on sunny days, but they would perform very well at lower elevations on cloudy days.

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Ryan Gibbswrote a review of on September 30, 2015

3 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Pros: Lightweight, DWR outer Coating

Cons: Unique closure impedes rope carry,

I got this as a fast and light alpine bag for multipitch rock and warm ice climbing days. The bag seems to be of quality construction and the stripped down detail features are nice. I like Patagonia's innovation on the closure system, which is easy to open and close with a hand. Unfortunately the way this closes makes it very difficult to secure a rope with a very solid connection. To secure the rope you must move the tab from the bottom of the bag to the top, but if the bag is not just the precise amount of overstuffed, the rope will flop around needlessly and is a very insecure on a hike/scramble. This is what ruins the bag in my opinion. Try and fit a 70m rope in the bag with you other gear and you'll be out of room.

The rest of the bag seems great. Lightweight straps for a very low load bag would be a non issue. The foam back doesn't make this the most comfortable bag, but to be expected of this style. It makes a really good day hiking bag.


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