Ryan Roeber

Ryan Roeber

Delaware Water Gap, PA. Gunks NY, Catskills, NY, and everywhere else in between!

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Ryan's Passions

Hiking & Camping
Running
Paddling
Yoga
Snowshoeing
Climbing

Ryan's Bio

I'm an avid climber, and love the outdoors. I'm also an ESU student, and PA Native.

Ryan Roeber

Ryan Roeber wrote a review of on August 22, 2014

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Fit: True to size

Just got them, and in the process of breaking them in. Compared to my Miuras, they are amazingly comfortable even sized for a bit more of a precise fit. I wear a 43.5 in the Miura, and a 44.5 in my TC Pro, and a 45.5 in my Sportiva approach shoes. They edge amazingly well, which is amazing. However, with how stiff they are, sensitivity is lacking during my initial break in, and I think will take some getting used to.

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Ryan Roeber wrote a review of on July 19, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I love Osprey's pack. From big mountains, to trad climbing in the Gunks, to Alpine, theres a pack from them in my quiver. I love the Kestrel, because it's super comfortable, loads easily, and has tons of ways to organize my gear. I use it primarily for backpacking, but also for cragging. I can fit a 60m rope, rack, draws, harness, 2 pairs of shoes, water, food and the kitchen sink, and still have some room left over. Great packs, and I highly recommend them!

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Ryan Roeber wrote a review of on April 5, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

The switch 8 is a really awesome tool for using in the backcountry, or even in town. It's flexibility in its uses make it awesome. I can charge it from my USB on my computer to use it every day to charge my iphone, or charge it via solar when I'm not able to plug in. It is efficient, and charges my phone well. I'm going to be putting it through its paces backpacking in Utah this summer, and backpacking back in the East.

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Ryan Roeber wrote a review of on May 18, 2013

5 5

These are awesome gaiters. Super thick, burly, and actually do help keep my legs a bit warmer. I have the XL, and fit over my 46.5 Nepal EVO's no problem. Build quality is excellent, along with reinforcement in the right spots to prevent shredding your legs with an errant crampon point! They also kept my feet and calves nice and dry when up to waist deep in sugar snow!

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Ryan Roeber wrote a review of on April 29, 2013

5 5

Really comfortable pad. Super thick, and easy to inflate. Although it does take a little bit to blow it up, due to how thick it is. Packs down pretty small, a bit less than nalgene sized. It's also pretty durable, although I had an issue with my first one, that developed a slow leak. Nemo's customer service is awesome!

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Ryan Roeber wrote a review of on April 3, 2013

4 5

Good small and light kit, no excuse to not carry it! Enough room in it to add what you want to, such as quickclot, or a SAM splint. Good spread of stuff, and the things it comes with are pretty good, some medical kits come with really lousy band-aids and gauze, but the items in this kit are of good quality.

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Ryan Roeber wrote a review of on April 3, 2013

5 5

Used on my La Sportiva Nepals. Water beads up nicely and rolls right off! It does darken the leather slightly, but I think my Nepals actually look better waxed! Doesn't smell terrible, and SUPER easy to apply. Just apply, and gently buff with a cloth. I gave mine a quick brushing, to help restore the slightly rough nap of the leather, and they are good to go!

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Ryan Roeber wrote a review of on March 21, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

These are as close to perfect for me as a boot can be. I've been using them for the last couple weeks, and fit is fantastic. I wear a 45.5 in Sportiva trail runners, and sized to a 46.5. No toe bang, and fit super well, and even climb decently. The flexible cuff on top helps to keep snow out, and also the 3d flex in the ankle gives you tons of support for edging in the boots, providing a stiff lockout when you're using crampons, but still helps to prevent shin bang on hikes in and out. I'll be using these boots on Rainier this summer, so I'll be able to report back as to how well they worked on my summit attempt. Fit is also good with crampons (using BD Sabretooth Pros). Haven't had an issue with crampon fit. After using these on Rainier, I'm still extremely happy with them. Climbing in the summer, they were warm enough for me (20's up high). Performance was great, and no issues with crampon fit. The welts on the boot fit with the Sabretooth Pros no problem. Lacing of the boots is excellent, allowing you to adjust them throughout the day. After all was said and done, I did have a small blister on one of my toes, but considering what I went through on Rainier, it was a minor setback. My feet were better off than a few of my teammates!

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Ryan Roeber wrote a review of on March 21, 2013

4 5

Just used them for the first time in the Catskills on Friday Mt. Friday is a bushwhack peak, and these held up like a champ. These pants are super burly, and VERY easy to get on and off. The full side zips are absolutely necessary especially when wearing crampons or snowshoes. They fit me well, (I'm a 32x36) and wear a large. Only thing I didn't like was the zipper pulls on the lower section were nonexistent, which makes the bottom zippers (necessary for splitting the pants in half to put on over crampons) extremely hard to maneuver with liner gloves on. I made zipper pulls for these, and things are golden. They kept me SUPER dry, even in fresh powder snow, and getting covered because of dropping snow on me from the spruce trees.

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Ryan Roeber wrote a review of on March 16, 2013

5 5

Quickclot is a great idea for in anyones medical kit. I have an AMK .9 kit, and added a pouch of Quickclot. It's not that heavy, and it really does work. In mountaineering and ice climbing, having so many sharp points that are looking to get a piece of you, this could save your life or your partners (As long as you have decent medical experience!)

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Ryan Roeber wrote a review of on January 29, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Warm bag, and super comfortable. Decent amount of room in a long (I'm 6'6"), and there is enough room for me to be comfortable. The zipper setup is nice, with the dual zippers to the hip, however they can snag, so you do need to be careful zipping up the bag. Hood adjustments work decently, and allows you to cinch up the hood well. The welding design of the bag does help to provide an even amount of insulation, never had a cold spot.

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Ryan Roeber wrote a review of on January 29, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Absolutely awesome shovel. I've used it for digging snow trenches, and even for digging my car out. Aluminum shovels, although they may weigh a bit more than a plastic shovel, are awesome, because you can handle large loads of snow, and can also help you move a lot of snow quickly, vital when seconds count. I love the telescoping handle. My only beef is the neck of the shovel, which can make you have to adjust the way you pack, because I keep my shovel in my pack, so it can be a bit of a pain to have to pack around the neck of the shovel, or to access items near the shovel, however, with the neck, it makes it super easy to find, because you can find it by feel, which is a good idea, so I think that it is a double edged sword, but works to one's advantage.

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Ryan Roeber wrote a review of on January 29, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

They are extremely comfortable, and normally I wear them nearly every day. Super comfortable, and don't ride up at all, so no digging is required, (which I HATE). Super breathable, and on long trips when you only have a pair or 2 with you, dunk them in the creek with a bit of soap, hang them to dry, and you're good to go. They dry very quickly.

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