Taylor Johnson

Taylor Johnson

Philadelphia Suburbs, Gunks

Taylor's Passions

Hiking & Camping
Climbing

Taylor's Bio

Rock climbing

Taylor Johnson

Taylor Johnson wrote a review of on May 2, 2013

5 5

I just ran with this set for a few days on Mt. Whitney. They worked wonderfully in snow, ice, boulder fields, and gravel trails. They're light enough that you don't notice the weight on your wrists when you're using your hands to navigate elevated rocky terrain.

One of the poles bent after quite a lot of force was placed on it in a boulder field. I was able to bend it back into place easily with my hands and knee. The tips really stick well to all terrains. The plastic right above the tip is garbage, but I'm pretty sure you get that on every set of poles. They're almost falling off after 3 days of rigorous use. The speedlock system worked great. It's very easy to work with thick gloves on, and you should make sure that the snaps are tight before you go on a trip. They loosen up a bit, but not much.

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Taylor Johnson wrote a review of on April 5, 2013

2 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

So I've had the harness for 3 months now and wear it for climbing at least 2-4 times per week. The sizing isn't true, as one reviewer stated. I wear size 31 pants and bought the medium. I have to extend the waist loop the entire diameter to get the harness on, and I still struggle a little doing so.

My biggest gripe are the leg loops. I don't know what it is, but they sit differently than my other harnesses. I've tried adjusting them, but I can't for the life of me get a comfortable fit. The loops really ride up on the inside of your leg, and it's easy to not have all the goods in the middle. That really sucks, as you probably know. I had the most uncomfortable hanging belays when I climbed yesterday. This is not a fall friendly harness, either. I guess you get that with the more minimalist ones.

Another reviewer discussed the issues with keeping lots of trad gear on a gear loop. I've noticed one fold, and it was pretty painful on my side where I carry my cams. I am going to return the harness because I'm that unhappy with it. I'd wear my adjama any day over this thing.

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Taylor Johnson wrote a review of on February 11, 2013

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

It's not slightly stretchy if you don't have a large neck. It's fairly loose, but it still serves its purpose in 15-30 degree weather. I'd get a better one for colder or windy conditions. Great for the price.

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Taylor Johnson wrote a review of on April 27, 2012

3 5

I don't dislike this shirt, but $65 is just way too much. If your wife/girlfriend/mom does your laundry, you better be on their asses about not putting the shirt in the dryer or you're in for an uncomfortable surprise. The merino wool against your skin takes a couple of wears, imo, to get used to, and it dries quickly. Unfortunately my shirt isn't as comfortable as it used to be since my wife accidentally chucked it in the dryer. It's scratchy now, and it's not my go-to shirt. Patagonia has the superior product.

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Taylor Johnson wrote a review of on February 8, 2012

5 5

I loved this baselayer, so I bought two more. As a baselayer, I don't find myself too warm, but you automatically notice the wicking when you begin to perspire. If I am sweating, this is the most comfortable baselayer I've worn.

I wear this baselayer out because it has such a slick, fitted look to it. Even if you have a little excess at the abdomen level, this shirt will make you look fit. I'm 5'11", athletic build (11-12% body fat), with about a 39" chest. I went with a small.

Be careful with the alpha green. I bought it and the sleeves were an inch shorter than the others. I exchanged it. I'm not sure if it was a dud or not.

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Taylor Johnson wrote a review of on December 17, 2011

5 5

I won't repeat what others have said because I agree that the shoe is fantastic. One thing I haven't seen anyone comment on is the thickness of the rubber above the toes. If you are a toe-dragger, these won't last you very long. I never realized how much I dragged my toes indoors and outdoors. I climb about three times a week and these shoes lasted for about 3 months before a small patch of rubber disappeared.

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