Thomas Ogasawara

Thomas Ogasawara

Northern California

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Thomas's Passions

Trad Climbing
Camping
Backpacking
Hiking
Bouldering

Thomas's Bio

I'm studying geophysics at UC Berkeley right now. I'm an avid climber and adventurer in general; I love checking out cool new spots around the Bay Area.

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Thomas Ogasawara

Thomas Ogasawara wrote a review of on April 2, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Pros:
- Durable
- Lightweight
- Incredibly packable
- Incredibly packable
- Incredibly packable

Cons:
- Hard to fill
- Takes getting used to

My platypus has survived many trips to deserts wit spiky plants, freezing temps, falling down a mountain, new years in Ecuador, you name it. It rolls down to the size of a highlighter to fit anywhere in your pack. It does take a little bit to get used to--I definitely poured water all over myself the first time I tried to drink out of it. If I can figure it out though, anyone can.

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Thomas Ogasawara wrote a review of on April 1, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I've owned 5 different harnesses now, (some Singing Rock, BD momentum, Camp Quartz, BD Focus, and this), and climbed in many more. This is the best one I've yet climbed in. When it's done, I'll probably buy another.

Pros:
- Lightweight
- Speed adjust
- Comfy to hang/whip in
- Looks darn good
- Gear loops are easily accessible
- Gear loops are easy to clip to
- Haul loop

Cons:
- (Relatively) expensive
- Uncomfortable when loaded with a lot of gear
- Not very breathable
- Speed adjust isn't so speedy (not necessarily a bad thing)

This harness is awesome. I've deliberately fallen 20+ feet in it many times to test how it feels to whip in it (and actually whipped in it) and it feels great. The waist belt distributes the force beautifully throughout and gives you a nice comfy catch. However, when loaded with a ton of gear (i.e. double rack of c4s, nuts, extra biners and slings), the belt kind of rolls, causing it to flare away from the body at the top, and bite into the waist at the bottom. This isn't that bad, but starts to get uncomfortable after a few hours. It also doesn't breath that well, but what harness does? I've belayed literally hundreds (maybe thousands?) of people in this harness (I work in a climbing gym), and it's incredible. If you have the money to afford one, get it. If you don't, get the Momentum.

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Thomas Ogasawara wrote a review of on July 20, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size

Pros:
- They look awesome
- They don't fall off your head very easily
- They're pretty comfortable
- They're durable
- They're mega inexpensive
- They come in a wide variety of rad colors

Cons:
- They kinda pinch behind your ears after several hours of consecutive wear

I've been wearing these shades for about eight years now. I've been through somewhere between ten and fifteen different colors/styles. One thing to keep in mind, different color variations have different lenses. I have a normalish (maybe smallish?) head (size 7.25 hat) and these fit great.

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Thomas Ogasawara wrote a review of on April 15, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size

Pros:
- Super soft
- Comfy
- Breathable
- Well cut
- Lightweight
- Looks darn good
- Stretchy

Cons:
- N/A

This is one of my favorite shirts. It's cut very well, nice and athletic yet with enough room to allow airflow. I'm 5'10" 145 lbs. and the Medium fits perfectly. You gotta love the goat.

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Thomas Ogasawara wrote an answer about on March 18, 2013

No resolers I know of carry the XS grip2, but if you're ok with XS edge you have a lot of options.

The Rubber Room in Bishop, Rock n' Resole in Colorado, and Tom in Berkeley all have the XS edge and are great. Positive Resoles in Colorado is the only place I know of that carries XS Grip, but not XS Grip2. They're likely your best bet.

I honestly can't feel TOO big of a difference between the XS grip and XS edge, but others I've talked to swear they can. I guess it's really personal preference. Good luck!

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Thomas Ogasawara wrote an answer about on March 18, 2013

Unless you're trad climbing on some super technical or overhanging limestone, these aren't very well suited to trad. They're fairly horrible for cracks, and no where near comfortable enough for all day sends on long routes.

If you're looking for a shoe that's great for both trad and hard bouldering, I would check out the Muiras or the Anasazis.

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Thomas Ogasawara

Thomas Ogasawara wrote a review of on March 18, 2013

5 5

These shoes are awesome for just about every type of climbing. Yes, they aren't ultra aggressive, but they're surprisingly technical for a shoe so comfortable (and cheap!).

The site lists the rubber as Vibram XS Grip, but the Nagos have the XS Edge. The XS Edge rubber is a little less sensitive and sticky, but more durable. Thus, these are great for beginner/intermediate climbers, or anyone looking to get some good mileage out of a pair of shoes (5mm of rubber is a lot to burn through).

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Thomas Ogasawara wrote a review of on March 18, 2013

5 5

Pros:
- Extremely comfortable
- Fit a wide foot well
- Don't smell (too) bad
- Edge well
- Decent for tow hooking
- Easy on/off
- VERY durable
- Nice and sticky

Cons:
- Not great for heel hooking

I picked up a pair of these several months ago to use as a warm up/comfy shoe, and I'm blown away. They're similar to the anasazis, but more comfortable/less aggressive, with a different heel. I'd buy them again.

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