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Daniel's Passions

Sport Climbing

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TNFGUY wrote a review of on June 13, 2012

5 5

Comfortable, classic, proven shoes. Extremely durable leather and great design.

I picked these up as my second pair of climbing shoes. They are a great all around shoe. I mostly vertical and slightly overhanging walls and these perform as expected.

I went down 2 sizes from my street shoes - U.S. 11 to a U.S. 9. After almost one year, they are extremely comfortable and have not stretched too much. These lace up like boat shoes. Even if they do continue to stretch, the design of the lacing system keeps the heel nice and snug.

I have worn these almost one year of solid climbing, 2-3 days per week and am about ready for the first re-sole. They have held up extremely well. I climb with people who have resoled these 5-7 times and the shoes are still going strong.

I expect these shoes to last me many years.

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TNFGUY wrote a review of on January 24, 2012

3 5

This jacket fits me well, is comfy and warm.

However, the quality is seriously lacking. Maybe I got a lemon?

I've worn it around town for a few weeks, since the holidays. I've been out in the cold down to about 30 degrees with this and a cotton t-shirt and have been plenty warm enough.

I haven't done anything active in it. The first time I put it on, one of the pocket zippers got stuck. After getting it unstuck, there were runs in the material, before I even put it on. I'm getting a lot of down feathers poking through at the seams. Just a few days ago, I got a hole in one of the pockets. 10 minutes later, I had my chapstick back from the inside of the jacket.

I contacted Backcountry.com for a replacement. They told me that they would exchange it for the same thing. However, the jacket was bought on sale, is still on sale (possibly clearance) and the exact item is no longer in stock. I was told that I could get it in a different color. Or I will have to pay the difference in cost for the new model, when it is available, if there is one. It's a real bummer, because I want to love this jacket.

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TNFGUY wrote a review of on December 13, 2011

4 5

I own both the twist lock and screw lock.

These biners are huge. The key lock is nice.

The twist lock has loosened up a bit after about 1 1/2 years of use of belaying only. I'm going to retire it soon, as it could accidentally open. There's no safety button or requisite motion other than simply twisting.

These biners LOVE to crossload when belaying with a GriGri. As soon as there's a little slack in the line, it crossloads. This can make for a horrible lead belaying experience.

They are too big and heavy for me for use in personal anchors. I'll take the Vaporlock for that. These will be used for TR anchor building, which they are great for, from here on out.

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TNFGUY wrote a review of on December 13, 2011

5 5

There's no other way to put it - these pants are the best pants I've ever owned. If you climb and do not own these pants, buy them immediately. Then smack yourself upside the head for not doing so sooner, as I did.

Forget about scraped legs and cuts. Stay super cool in hot temps. These are the only pants I want to climb in, period. My female friend that I climb with laughs each time that I say they are the best pants I've ever owned. I think she is a little jealous of them.

They are super comfy. The material is stretchy. Buttons hold up nicely when rolled up, I don't have to fiddle with re-buttoning them all day. They have taken a lot of abuse and show no signs of wear. The material is very similar to the prAna Mojo shorts (which are also amazing), just doubled up.

The cargo pocket is genius. angled + side zipper = bomber design. It is perfect.

My only problem is finding them in a long size. I can't wear the regular length out of the gym. They won't work for anything but climbing and yoga, which they are designed for. I'm 6'1" 33in. waste. The medium waste is perfect. The 32" (regular) inseam is too short. The long are becoming increasingly hard to find. :-( Other than that, they are well worth the $70 I paid.

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TNFGUY wrote a review of on September 29, 2010

3 5

This bag serves its purpose well. I don't have very large hands, so it does fit me fine.

This bag does not close well. I really have to pull on the draw string in order to prevent chalk from spilling out. After about a month of use, that lead to the grommet that the drawstring goes through breaking off. There is a plastic piece inside of the bag that the drawstring is fed through that came out as well. Now, in order to close it, I have to push this piece back through the hole, and pull on one side of the drawstring to tighten it.

All of the Arc'teryx bags look like they have the same design for the drawstring closure.

I plan on replacing this and going with a different brand bag in the future.

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TNFGUY wrote a review of on September 24, 2010

5 5

Great price.

Bomb proof.

Great friction for belaying the big boys.

I have no problem belaying someone much larger than me with this device. For the kiddies, I simply flip it around and use the low friction side. Great product, definitely a great improvement on the standard ATC.

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TNFGUY wrote a review of on September 24, 2010

5 5

I bought both the screw lock and autolocking versions of this biner. I didn't want the auto locker, but my local store only had one screw lock version in stock so I grabbed one of each. I have no regrets.

I spent a Saturday belaying kids who were climbing and rapping. I used the autolocker as my belay biner and the screw lock for anchoring me. The autolocker was great for constantly switching rap lines. Ropes move smoothly through the biner. Price is right, and they are not to heavy either.

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TNFGUY wrote a review of on September 24, 2010

4 5

I picked up this harness as my first. It's a major upgrade in terms of comfort and features over the loaner harnesses at the gym.

There are plenty of gear loops for me.

My only issue with BD harnesses is the sizing. This is why I give a 4 and not a 5. Although, it could just be me. I'm a 32"-33" inch waist. The Large was much too big for me. The waist was over lapping so bad at the buckle that I didn't feel secure in it. So I picked up the medium instead. The medium just barely fit me enough for me to tuck the tail end of the waist into it's loop. I still get about 6 inches of tail, but I have to wear the harness at it's tightest point.

With that said, it's not uncomfortable, it just worries me that I will have to go up to a bigger size as I climb more and put on additional muscle mass. I have worn the harness for over 8 hours straight outdoors and didn't even notice it on me.

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TNFGUY wrote a review of on July 1, 2010

5 5

I wore one pair of these socks every day for 9 days straight of hiking in the rain in Wyoming. I do not wear liners with these. They are very comfortable on the skin. I had a second pair with me to sleep in at night. It was in the 50's during the day and down in the 30's at night. My feet stayed nice and cool during the day and warm enough at night. Best of all, they don't stink!

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TNFGUY wrote a review of on June 18, 2010

4 5

These are the first set of trekking poles I have used, and I have to say that I will never go hiking or backpacking without them again.

I have always wanted trekking poles, but the price of them was a deterrent until I saw these on SAC for only $70. I was the only one with poles on the first trip that I went on, and right away noticed what a difference they make. The first day we did 10 miles and gained over 1k feet in elevation change, these helped out significantly with going up and down switchbacks. On flat ground, I was motoring on much faster than the rest of my group, to the point that someone asked me to put them away, because I was killing the vibe. Needless to say, I am totally sold on trekking poles and will never go without them again. To anyone with knee problems, I would highly recommend them if you are doing any climbing or long descents. They help out significantly on descents by taking the weight of your body, rather putting it all on your knees. On the way up, your upper body does most of the work by pushing off of your poles as support. I messed up my ankle on the first day of my last trip, climbs hurt the most, and the poles helped significantly in reducing the pain by bearing my weight.

These poles pack down nice and small when disassembled for transporting. They are easy to expand, lock and collapse on the go. They did not slip at all in 10 days of hiking. The carbide tips will grip onto any, I mean literally any surface, with ease. The first day out I was testing them on wet rock, and they stuck with no problem.

I didn't notice that the anti-shock made a difference. One of the anti-shock mechanisms stuck after only a few miles and I had to disassemble the pole to free it up. Also, the paint wears significantly after very little use, making it difficult to see the mark for proper height adjustment. I fixed this by marking over the line with a Sharpie marker. Also, these things get DIRTY. Without the baskets on, they collect a ton of mud in the threads above the tip of the pole. This isn't really an issue, until you try to put the baskets back on, I had to clean them in order to do so.

These were an excellent purchase and I would recommend trekking poles to anyone, as they allow you to move much faster with them. These are on SAC all the time, as well as other Leki poles.

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TNFGUY wrote a review of on May 12, 2010

4 5

I use these for yoga & climbing. They are not restrictive at all and breathe very well. Ideal for warm yoga studios when wearing my pants is too uncomfortable. I hand washed them the first time, and they were very quick to dry. I look forward to backpacking and swimming in them this summer as well!

I am 32" waist & 166lbs, bought a large and they fit well...so as others have said, they run a little small. A medium would have fit, but the elastic waste band would have been stretched a little too much.

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TNFGUY wrote a review of on April 19, 2010

4 5

These pants are light weight and look great. BUT good luck finding them, anywhere. I live in Chicago, and no local retailers carry these.

Sizing is an issue though. I am a 32" waist, 33" inseam and bought the medium regular (long is no longer carried by Backcountry.com). The waist was perfect, but if I was an inch or two larger they would be too tight. The sizing chart lists the medium at 32"-34" inseam, but there is no way I could see a 34" waist fitting in to these.

Length was not good, which is why I am sending them back. The medium regular is too short for me, I have a 33" inseam. These barely come to the top of my boots.

Finding these pants in my size has proven to be literally impossible. BC.com and other retailers do not stock medium long, which is kind of mind boggling considering that 32"-34" waist x 33"-34" inseam is a very common length. BC.com told me that they are not going to get my size in this pant, which is VERY disappointing. Local retailers don't carry it at all, and as far as I know, there isn't a way to order directly from Mountain Hardware.

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TNFGUY wrote a review of on February 19, 2010

5 5

This is my second season with The North Face Freedom pant. They have held up great for skiing and just stomping around in the snow. The fit is great and they offer enough space for me to move around without any restrictions. I normally wear a 33" waist and have a 33" inseam (32" is too short, 34" is too long, I have to have everything tailored). These are the perfect length for ski boots and for my snow boots. I have worn mine with a Patagonia Capilene 2 base layer down to about 15 degrees and am plenty warm sitting on the ground, sled or on a chair lift. The cargo pocket is great for any extra stuff that won't fit in my jacket. One nice feature is the lift ticket clip in the pocket. There is one on my TNF Odyssey softshell jacket, but when in use it leaves a little opening that snow can get into the pocket through. I just use the clip on the pants, and that way I don't have to worry about my hand warmer pocket getting wet.

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TNFGUY wrote a review of on February 13, 2010

4 5

I got this for 50% off on SAC. Ordering and shipping was super easy.For about $18 including shipping this was a steal!This is a very bright lamp with three settings for brightness and one flasher, which was a nice surprise. The button is also smart in the sense that if you click it off it will turn off, and you don't have to cycle through all of the settings. If you want to change the brightness you just click a little faster than you would to turn it on and off. My other light doesn't do this, I have to cycle through all of the settings in order to turn it off, so this is a very convenient feature.Some of the stitching on the headband was a little frayed out of the box, I will see how this holds up after use. I'm not worried though, because there is a five -year manufacturers warranty.I plan to use this for cycling at night as well as camping. It seems very durable, although it did take a small fall and switched off.

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TNFGUY wrote a review of on January 25, 2010

4 5

I bought these boots for Chicago winters and being out in the snow. I was trying to decide between this and the Sorel Timberwolf, but after reading reviews about poor durability of new Sorel boots I took my chances with these. The fit is more like a shoe than other boots that I tried on, which is great for every day wear. I have worn these almost every day since the day I received them. They are light and easy to walk in. This boot isn't very tall, but keeps the snow out very well. I had them out in over a foot of snow and my feet were perfectly warm and bone dry. At first I only wore them with midweight wool hiking socks, now I just wear normal socks and they are just as warm.

The lacing system is good. It requires no effort to tighten them up at the top, because the boot cinches as you clip the lace through the top hook. However, it can be difficult to unlace the boot from the plastic hook at the top without using a lot of force. This can be cumbersome while standing leaned over, as the angle doesn't work very well. I also worry about the durability of the hook as it is plastic and I have to pull so hard to remove the lace. Also, it is virtually impossible to keep the laces from untying without double-knotting them. The laces are a little too short for double-knotting and tend to stick up and out from the boot. If it wasn't for these issues, I would have given the boot five stars.

These boots fit me about a half size smaller than regular shoes, so I had to go with an 11.5 rather than my normal 11. This is my time buying Keen footwear, and I am very satisfied with the product and company as a whole.

I had to order over the phone on 12/26 from Backcountry, which was super easy. Using free shipping, the boots arrived on 1/4, which I thought was very fast when considering the holidays.

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TNFGUY wrote a review of on July 14, 2009

5 5

I have been wearing these since they came out a few years ago. Haven't had to replace them after probably three summers now. Bottle opener is perfect once you get the hang of it.

These are the most comfortable flip flop I've ever worn. The neoprene strap is extremely comfortable. I don't plan on replacing these any time soon. When I do, it will be with the same thing.

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TNFGUY wrote a review of on April 20, 2009

5 5

I have had one of these Granite Gear compression sacks ever since my first backpacking trip a little over a decade ago. It has held up well, showing virtually no signs of wear, albeit the only time that it's not inside my pack is at night. I have had multiple bags throughout the years and all types and different sizes compress very niceey into about the side of a basektball.

I'd highly recommend this for any backpacking or even just weekend camping. It's a great way to save space at the cost of only a few ounces of extra weight.

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TNFGUY wrote a review of on January 7, 2009

4 5

I bought this pack when I began taking the commuter train to this past summer. I have also used it cycling and plan to use it as a day pack for hiking. The mesh breathes very well in the summer heat, and I didn't get too warm with it on while cycling. There is plenty of space for additional books or binders with a laptop in the bag. The inside organizer is great and I love the outer mesh pocket as it can expand to hold very large and bulky items such as a bicycle helmet, clothes, etc. I was worried about the mesh breaking apart, but it has held up very well. I use the water bottle pockets for my gloves and hat in the winter. I just found out that the laptop pocket also functions as a pocket for a water bladder, with a hole for the tube coming through the top of the pack, this is a great feature. This pack is great to ride on a bike with, the breast clip and waist belt keep it from sliding.

My only complaints with this pack are that the reflective foam on the back of it is very delicate and scratches and cracks easily. Secondly, there is no where to tuck away the waist strap when you aren't using it, I just buckle it and do my best to wrap the loose ends around something. When the belt is being used, the loose ends are so long that they dangle. This is especially a problem on a bicycle.

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