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Sperrywrote a question about on January 22, 2014

I'm 6'0" around 165lbs looking at the Soul Riders 185. I'm not sure if this is too long. I'm an intermediate (at best) East Coast rider mostly on groomers and chopped up shallow crud with the occasional powder day. I've already got a pair of El Paco 177 and want something that's better suited for slightly deeper stuff but still a lot of fun like the El Pacos. So, stick with 177 or go bigger for the Soul Riders? Thanks!

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Sperrywrote a review of on December 28, 2010

154 TRS C2 - Great Choice!!
5 5

After riding my 155 GNU Danny Kass BTX for the past two seasons it was time for a new ride. The Kass had lost the majority of it's pop. I loved that board for the massive pop in doing nollies and flatland stuff. The banana made that work fun too.

Knowing I wanted something a bit softer but still plenty of pop the TRS sounded like the sure bet. Being my 4th Mervin board I knew to expect exactly what the (sometimes nonsensical) marketing jibberish described.

I mostly ride the whole mountain with some flatland and park thrown together. So the mid stiff 154 seemed like a good fit. I am pleased with the drive the board has but with it being shorter the turns are a tad tight and its not really a carver... but it does hold and you can lean hard and have a lot of fun riding it's length at speed.

Being the shortest of my boards it has taken a little getting used to, but the cambered ends give it a longer feel. The pop is there - not quite as pronounced as the Kass - and the loose banana feel is dead on. Wide stance rocking wedgie 4.0 on the Ride binders are a perfect fit for this board.

Overall, everything I expected out of this board is there. No regrets. Actually thinking about picking up a longer version for trips to big mountains or days when I want to hit jacket flapping speed with comfort.

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Sperrywrote a review of on April 12, 2007

5 5

I originally bought this bag as a haul bag for multi-pitch lead climbing. However, as soon as I unpacked it I realized this was no haul bag. The boxy shape and zipper-flap access do not lend well to accessing and dragging gear around the crag all day. Additionally, the pack straps are not accompanied by a waist belt. This makes hauling the loaded beast a bit of a task - not ideal on challenging approaches. After deciding to send it back and opt for the Metolius Quarter Dome, I realized the Huey makes a great general gear bag. Bomber construction, easy access, and tons of room (100L). So, I have decided to keep the Huey as a bomber duffel and get a climbing-specific bag to tote my rack and rope around in.

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Sperrywrote a review of on April 14, 2006

5 5

The harness has proven to be a great choice. It fits very nicely and I hardly know it's there. The leg loops have a nice feature. A segment of elastic to allow for minor variations in clothing layers (or leg size). So, I don't regret buying a harness without adjustable leg loops. I have even played around with the handy loops for setting up for a frantic quickdraw grab. They work. Great idea. I chose this harness because of its light weight (and my positive experiences with two other Black Diamond harnesses) and simplicity. After a month of use, the harness hardly shows any wear. I was a little hesitant about such a lightweight harness and its comfort range. However, hanging belays have yet to be a problem. I expect this to perform quite well for my multi-pitch trad climbing.

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