T.J. Rutter

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T.J. Rutter wrote a review of on September 2, 2012

4 5

These draws are perfect for me. I own two packs of six, an I'm very happy with the amount of money I spent. These things are affordable! And as far as I can tell they work totally fine. Good color too, they look awesome up against my orange and yellow mammut rope! The only reason they dont earn five stars is because they arent as light as id like.

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T.J. Rutter wrote a review of on September 2, 2012

1 5

Its cheap but its still not worth getting. I've tried to apply it twice on my shoes, and it does not go on as it may sem. Its dry clumpy and hard to work with. I even followed my instructions to the letter, and i cant seem to make it work. Like the other reviews, i do not recommend this product to anyone. And if any one did get it to go on smooth and work the way it should... How did you do it?

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T.J. Rutter wrote a review of on August 15, 2012

5 5

This is my first pair of pants I've given a true five star rating. The Rampart pants are absolutely incredible, with their only down side being their price tag. They met or exceeded my expectations in every way, and because climbing is such a demanding sport, thats no easy task. I climb at least 4 days a week at my local gym, mostly bouldering and overhanging sport climbing. These pants have seen many hiking trips and outdoor excurions, with the biggest being a two week climbing trip to Squamish B.C. These pants are my favorite choice simply because they meet a climbers needs immaculately. They pack down into a smaller package than most shorts, and weigh the weight of most shorts too. Being full length pants, they offer excellent protection and abrasion resistance against unforgiving rock. They are almost completely nylon, and ultra thin and flexible. Permitting complete freedom of movement and breathability. They have a diamond gussetted croch, and are fully articulated in design. The Rampart also features six high volume pockets, with top flaps to prevent items and valubles from falling out during what ever activity who are doing. Like most Arcteryx products, they are pricey but also very high quality. I was lucky enough to find these pants half off, but I would have been more than willing to have paid the full price, these babies are well worth it. I dont know what to say other than: this is a must have pant for any serious climber. I love my Rampart Pants and I KNOW you will too.

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T.J. Rutter wrote a review of on August 14, 2012

4 5

In my mind, the charictaristics of exceptional climbing pants are: freedom of motion, abrasion resistance (duability), and lighweightness. And as far as I can tell, these capris were intended by Prana to excell as a climbing oriented peice of clothing. I've owned these pants for many months, and though out their life time, they've seen several bouldering setions at the gym, a two week trip in Squamish, and many casual days of wear. I rank these pants very high among my climbing clothes, an use them very often. Its because they live up to my three golden expectations. They are very strechy in fabric and articulated in construction. A built in, sinch style belt makes shure they sit high on your waist, and a gusseted croch promotes freedom of movement, as well as flexibility during high steps and any other rediculous positions you might find yourself in on the wall. A durable nylon and spandex blend (97/3) helps protect your legs in the middle of knee bars, as well as any other types of contact with the unforgiving surface of which your ascending. And un-suprisingly these nickers also come in at a low weight becasue of their lack of length on your lower leg. Once you throw in the water resistant surface, and the five mesh pockets, these pants are a truly remarkable addition to your climbing wardrobe. I highly recomend them to any outdoor-er looking for an excellent pair of pants. I love my Nemisis Nickers, and I KNOW you will too.

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T.J. Rutter wrote a review of on June 28, 2012

3 5

This carabiner is both very good and very bad. It excels in single pich routes, but slows down long multi pitch climbs. With that said, I think BD made a very smart product. It eliminates cross loading completely, and really shines in regards to safety. Even though this piece of gear seems bomber it lacks speed and freedom of motion during handling. If youve been climbing for a while, and rely on a fast and efficient system in between pitches, or on belays and repells, this carabiner might slow you down. Clipping and unclipping frequently can turn into a chore, an if more than one harness loop is through the lower gate it can block the main gate from opening easily. This might seem like a minor defect, but it can have dangerous consequences that a normal locking carabiner wouldn't. I say this because I had an unfortunate experiance with this carabiner. During a multipitch route at a local crag this problem kept happening to me. Because I always load more than one harness loop into the lower gate, I contiuously struggled to open the main gate of this device. It became very irratating, and complicated my situation greatly. I was switching over from a lead to belay up my partner who would be cleaning. I clipped the biner onto two harness loops and locked the two loops through the lower gate securing them. Then i clippped my ATC in and finally tried to get the rope fed through. I had my hands full and because of my biners new polished surface, my ATC slipped out of the main gate and plummetted to the ground. I had to resort to alternate means of belay, and had to rap off with out a belay divice... Not fun. So ironically, this super "safe" device created a potentially life threatening senario for me, and put my partner in danger too. BUT KEEP IN MIND, if you only load one harness loop into the lower gate, the main gate will still open freely, making the overall useage much smoother. Any way, always remember to BE SAFE, BE CAREFUL, and CLIMB HARD!

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T.J. Rutter wrote a review of on June 20, 2012

4 5

Ive had this pack for three years now and its durbility cotinues to impress me. When I first purchased this pack, I was looking for a school bag that would last me about a year until i could buy a nicer one. It didnt look bad so i decided to pick it up. Now after years of abuse, Im sitting down and recomending it. The varial backack single handedly changed my perpectve of Dakine. Its uncomprimising build quality and suprisingly good duraility has withstood countless days at school and multiple trips to the mountains. Even though this pack may not look as striking as some of Dakines's other packs, it holds its own against many other more expensive options.

Over all this backpack is a fantastic choice for the price, and I strongly recomend it.

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T.J. Rutter wrote a question about on June 11, 2012

Im looking for a moderately small back pack to keep my climbing equipment in. I go back and forth from the gym alot, and right now Im carrying my harness, shoes, and chank bag in my hands. I love Osprey's packs, and i was really hoping to pick up one for a good price. So far the axis pack looks perfect. Id also use this pack at the crag and on short hikes.

Is this the pack for me?

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