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Steven

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Jeffrey S's Passions

Backpacking
Trail Running
Hiking
Road Cycling
Bouldering

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Steven

Steven wrote an answer about on December 21, 2011

I've tried to answer this several times beyond the obvious velcro/slipper vs. laces dichotomy. After owning both of them I ultimately chose the Testarossa's and have stuck with them through three pairs now. The Testarossa's are hands down a much better edging shoe, while still maintaining much more sensitivity than the Solutions. They flex in a way that allows you to paw the holds much more, in addition to being better through tech slab sections. The Solutions are just plain aggressive from the get-go, you slip them on and it's go time, but the Rossa's are the most laid back aggressive shoe you can get. I don't even lace up my shoes half the time (I wear a 40 in La Sportiva and 10.5/11 running shoe) and yet they are there for me 100% through heel hook, smear, thin edges, etc. That being said, I am going to order a pair of Solutions again for a couple hardcore toe/heel-hook intensive problems that I want to send when the snow melts.

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Steven wrote a review of on December 1, 2010

5 5

By far the best ATC that I have ever owned or used. On this site it says that its used for rope diameters between 7.5 and 8.9mm, but that must be the minimum (or a mistake) I don't remember ever seeing any such information in the attached info packet and I've used this device countless times with a 10.2 and 9.8 and never had any issues. The "Adaptive Rope Control Technology" is perfect allowing a nice soft catch, but providing enough 'bite' to give you plenty of confidence.

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Steven wrote a review of on May 12, 2010

3 5

These pants are absolutely without question a GREAT value; however they really don't fit me that well (31-32" waist, 32ish inseam, 174ish lbs) they sort of puff out around my hips which is annoying. They are also rather restrictive while climbing and doing high steps, big drop knees, and high heels. The durability is great, definitely on par with denim when it comes to knee-bars, technical mantels, etc. The zip pocket is also a really nice feature.

However, I would save my money and buy the Prana Stretch Zion Pants if I could.

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Steven wrote a review of on May 12, 2010

5 5

I ordered the impossibly rare Axiom Jeans, but then was quickly notified that there were in fact out of stock in my size. Not really feeling like waiting a month for more stock to arrive I decided to just go ahead and give the Zion's a try.

Well, let me tell you I couldn't be happier with my decision. These pants fit PERFECTLY in Medium for me (I'm 6'0" 174ish lbs, 31-32" waist, 32-ish inseam), I just had to cinch up the belt slightly and it's perfect. The inseam is perfect for casual wear and with the provided snaps its super easy to securely roll up the pants for some serious heel hooking. At first I was worried that the pants would be inflexible and restrictive, but I swear they are shaped perfectly for climbing/yoga/whatever...I can honestly say that I have never owned a more comfortable pair of pants, including sweatpants - the fit, cut and material is just that good.

As far as climbing is concerned, I almost always climb in jeans...its just my style and while they were super flexible, there were still certain moves that made me a little nervous that I'd hear a loud rip and then give the whole gym a show. With the Stretch Zion pants I can do any move with total confidence and without any feelings of restriction whatsoever.

As far as the durability is concerned, all i can say is that upon inspecting them they appear to be very durable. I am a little iffy on how the material would handle technical mantels, or the occasional knee-bar. But when it comes time to test the durability, I'm sure I will be surprised and incredibly impressed with these pants yet again.

Oh, and I got the Cypress pants...they ARE green, but it's a dark olive color with sort of a light grey overtone. I was afraid they'd be more like forest green, but that's not at all the case.

Bottom line get these pants...actually get two pairs because you'll probably never want to take them off.

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Steven

Steven wrote a review of on January 21, 2010

5 5

I have gone through more than my fair share of climbing shoes. However, the Cobras have become my go to shoe for just about everything nowadays. I love the seemingly perfect balance of flexibility and stiffness with this shoe, I can easily paw a foot hold on really step stuff and yet count on them to be there for me when I need support for a thin techy route. At first the heel would slip off, but the shoes have quickly molded to my feet and now the heel is bomber. I sized them the same as my Solutions which are 40.0s, my street shoe size is a 10.5/11...so yeah I really downsized them a lot, but that's how I roll. I don't have much a heel so sometimes I have to go smaller than normal, although these shoes have solved that problem but creating an enormously large callous around both of my heels. It actually now appears that I do in fact have normal feet with normal heels, so that's another plus.

Bottom line is these shoes are what Moses used to solo Mt. Sinai, so don't miss your calling and pick up a pair of these babies.

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