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Seth Kotelnicki

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Seth Kotelnicki wrote a review of on May 2, 2012

5 5

This nut tool is super light and works great. The curved handle makes it easy to use when trying to pry gear out of the wall and the attached carabiner means you don't need more equipment just to take it with you. Out of all the nut tools I've used this is by far my favorite. Not much else to say about it

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Seth Kotelnicki wrote a review of on April 7, 2012

3 5

I have fallen on these and they hold just like any other cam placed properly and the price is great especially on the larger cams. The flexibility on these guys are crazy which makes them less likely to walk. I will definitely continue to climb with them, however, my biggest complaint is how loose the trigger assembly is. I find that the lobes rarely pull evenly and that they can get themselves in funky positions. You have to be very thoughtful when placing these and watch how you pull the trigger. Also the cams a lot of time get caught on other gear and it twists the trigger pull wires and then you have to unbend them, not what I want to be doing while trying to place a cam. With the flexibility being a plus it can be a down side to the cam, when sliding it into a crack it flops around a lot and you have to really play around with finding the right placement.

If I'm taking limited gear or need to find a quick placement I reach for my BD C4s or Master cams first. If you climb in an area where there are a lot of horizontal placements, bring these bad boys for sure!

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Seth Kotelnicki wrote a review of on March 6, 2012

5 5

These are great for every day wear, work wear, or outdoor use. I am always tearing my denim jeans working outside so I needed something much more rugged and so far these have done it. I even climb in these pants due to the flexibility in them and they are awesome. The fabric is super soft too and makes for a comfortable pant.

I do recommend turning them inside out while washing them otherwise they fade really quickly.

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Seth Kotelnicki wrote a review of on February 23, 2012

5 5

I had a chance to use an older version of this harness down at the Red Rock Rendezvous and loved it then, so I made sure this was my next harness. After having a chance to use the new version for awhile now, I love it. I have been climbing up at Sugar Loaf this winter where there is a mix of tr, sport, and trad climbs, and I like it for all three styles of climbing. This harness is so light weight and well padded I don't know I have it on most of the time, even while hiking. The waist belt has a great shape to it which makes for a better fit than other styles. Also, the speed adjust waist belt is nice because I don't have to worry about doubling back the harness, and in my opinion having less features is better.

The low profile gear loops took me a time or two to get use to, but I love them now because they are out of the way and not flimsy.

The one thing to thing to consider is that the legs are non adjustable. So, if you fit the dimensions I would recommend this harness

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Seth Kotelnicki wrote a review of on February 8, 2012

4 5

As a person who has worked in a running specialty store and have worn five fingers, pace gloves, and the minimus, I think out of those minimal shoes, this is the one. The biggest reason I ended up with these is because I don't have to try and shove my toes in the toe slots on the five fingers and this has a flexible enough upper it fits a slightly wider foot, all the other shoes were just too narrow. I also love that it is a zero heel drop. In my opinion you go all our nothing if you're trying to take a minimal approach. The only reason this shoe doesn't get 5 stars from me is this shoes still has a curved forefoot that brings your toe off the ground slightly. When running in minimal shoes you need something that shapes the foot, and last time I checked my toes don't curl up off the ground while standing.

For fit I did go up 1/2 size from my normal running shoe size and that gave me about a thumbs width of room at the end of the shoe while standing. So it does run a little small.

As for experience in minimal shoes I have ran this way for the last 3 years and completed trail marathon distances in them.

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Seth Kotelnicki wrote a review of on February 2, 2012

5 5

For the first time I have found a sleeping pad I can actually get through the night with no discomfort. I have gone through multiple sleeping pads and would always wake up with my hips sore.

I am impressed it also packs down smaller than other pads I have had, yet it is much thicker once inflated. It also fits back into the stuck sack with ease, were as other pads are a chore to figure out how they fold back up.

My experience with it has kept me warm in 20 degree weather. If it gets colder than that, I have always taken an additional closed cell pad but I may not need it.

I do have a Big Agnes bag for which it was intended to fit, so I cannot say how they work with other sleeping systems. My friend who has the same pad says it works well with his bag which is not a BA. And as for complaints I really have none, it does take awhile to inflate but taking a few minutes to inflate it to ensure great sleep doesn't bother me a bit.

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Seth Kotelnicki wrote a review of on January 26, 2012

4 5

I keep this little guy in my car for emergency use and then also always take it when I go climbing or hit the trails. With it being so compact and light weight there is no excuse not to have it with you. While climbing in the Donner, Ca area a small 30min storm came in out of no where and I had this stuffed into my chalk bag, I'm glad I did. I have also thrown it on as a windbreaker on colder days and it worked really well, especially for how thin it is. The fit on it makes it very flexible and comfortable to move.

My only two complaints are; the black looks like a trash bag and the hood can get in your way. I don't care about the look so much, but be prepared to hear about it every where you go. My wife always has to make sure to tell me. :) As for the hood, it fits fine over a helmet when climbing but if you're not wearing one the wind tends to blow it in your face and it can get annoying while placing gear or whatever. I usually just end up tucking the hood into the back of the jacket.

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Seth Kotelnicki wrote a review of on January 26, 2012

5 5

These cams just operate so smoothly and work well. I always end up reaching for these cams first when climbing. Maybe its because I use them more often than other cams but for me these seem a little more intuitive when placing them, they just always fit. They also have a solid feel when placing them, which will boost your confidence when climbing.

If you're setting up your first rack I would spend the money on these guys for a solid foundation. Or if you're trying to add some common sizes to your old rack these will be the cams to go with.

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Seth Kotelnicki wrote a review of on January 26, 2012

2 5

First off the positives about it: I love the compact design and how easy the system is to use. Also, the pots and pans that jetboil makes work great even with other stoves and I really recommend those. When in the right climate this stove boils water at incredible rate.

Why I ended up not liking this is because it only works well in warmer climates and lower altitudes. It boils amazing fast when I'm doing some local camping trips but when you're in colder climates or higher altitudes, you're just going to burn a lot of fuel. Also, I have had a lot of trouble with the ignition system. I always have another way to light it, but it's a little disappointing to have it but not have it work.

Maybe I was just misinformed about it's capabilities when I purchased it from a local store, but for alpine use I would look at something else. However, if all you are using it for is summer time low altitude use, go for it, this thing is sweet. I'm just the type of person who wants to buy one quality item that can be used in various situations. I'd rather not have several different stoves like I have now.

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Seth Kotelnicki wrote a review of on January 26, 2012

3 5

I have the older version of this harness and from seeing the updates it has only gotten better. This was my first harness 4 years ago and I still use it from time to time. If you are starting out climbing I would highly recommend this for the price and quality. It works great for the gym, top roping outdoors, and also venturing into your first sports and trad climbs. It just works well all around for a person exploring the sport. The only reason I don't give it 5 stars is because there is much better harness I feel for specific types of climbing. However, I have recommended this harness to all my friends who are just getting into the sport, and they love it. So if you're looking for that first harness, I don't think you will be disappointed with this workhorse.

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Seth Kotelnicki wrote a review of on January 24, 2012

5 5

This bag is epic, I use it for everything. I have even strapped it to the top of my car and made into a gear rack. This bag is even comfortable to carry for being a duffel bag

If you can, get the XL bag, then use the compression straps to make it smaller if you need to.

Once you buy this duffel bag you will never need another one again.

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Seth Kotelnicki wrote a review of on January 24, 2012

5 5

This lace up shoe is perfect for being in all day, it's that simple. The upper is comfortable around the foot and the lacing system gives a great fit over the entire foot. I have even walked around in the shoe after some routes because I forget they are on. At this point when it's time to replace them I have no plans on going with any other shoe. I will say though, if you are bouldering or trying really aggressive routes this may not be the best choice due to the flexibility.

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