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Tighe Cordry

Tighe Cordry

SoCal resident. I take trips to Joshua Tree NP and the Sierra Nevada mountains

Tighe's Passions

Backpacking
Hiking
Bouldering

Tighe's Bio

I love Jesus and the outdoors. I hike, camp, backpack, and especially boulder and sport climb any chance I can!

Tighe Cordry

Tighe Cordry wrote a review of on June 19, 2013

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

These are great quickdraws. My #1 is the Petzl Spirit draws and my #2 is the BD LiveWire. These are a fantastic quickdraw, however, for $5 cheaper than the previous 2 mentioned... making this my favorite "high-end/still sort-of value" quickdraw. Only 4 stars because of a lack of sling size choices, and the fact that the Dyneema slings tend to twist in certain situations. They clip smooth and crisp and the orange looks dang sexy on the wall. I'd recommend these to anyone looking to upgrade to solid, higher-end quickdraws that wont completely break the bank.

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Tighe Cordry wrote a review of on June 19, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I love these draws. I own almost entirely BD 'biners and 4 different types of BD quickdraws. These are second only to my Petzl Spirit Express draws. That being said, they are still 5 star draws! The Spirits are just crisper, smoother, and seem like they will outlast these. My Livewires are still going strong though. They are still very smooth, lightweight, and the thicker dogbone is useful to prevent twisting draws (a problem I have had with all of my dyneema draws... I'm sticking with nylon slings now!) The green biners look sexy on the wall, but at the end of the day I'd rather save a couple bucks and get Petzl Spirits. I considered docking a star for the lack of options in terms of sling length, but I still appreciate these draws too much to do so...

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Tighe Cordry wrote a review of on June 19, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

These are my all-time favorite draws to use when sport climbing. The gates open and close so crisp and easy and the shape of the gates offer the smoothest clipping of the rope and anchors.They are the toughest draws I have,and I have 4 different types of BD ones. I love the BD Livewires, but these certainly take the cake. Hands down the best action, durability, and bang-for-your buck draws. It pays to spend a little extra on a dozen of these guys. It is nice that there are two size options as well. As for weight, Petzl has the lighter Finesse draws out, as well as other companies selling nice light draws. However I'll keep my peace of mind knowing I'm trusting my life to tried-and true, time tested Petzl Spirit draws.

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Tighe Cordry wrote a review of on June 18, 2013

5 5

This tent is LIGHT!!!! I picked one up off Geartrade for a steal and now that I own it and have used it, I would go back and spend full price for this tent if I had to. I could set up the tent in 3 minutes by myself on my second time ever setting it up, its that simple! It is only semi-freestanding... The corners creep in when they are not staked out, so you definitely want to have the tent staked out to use it. That is my only small complaint. It is bombproof and despite its light weight this tent is a tank. The room is unbelievably! Though I havent tried it I can see how 3 grown adults could sleep in this one tent in moderate comfort. When using it with two people theres still plenty of room for gear in the tent, a dog, AND theres room left over to cook inside if its too windy or cold out. The double doors is a great feature and is very useful. No more getting crawled over when my girlfriend has to go #1 in the middle of the night! If you can afford this tent BUY it. Look no further, this tent is as good as a double wall 3 season tent can get!The mini stakes are a great detail too. High quality, you truly get what you pay for!

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Tighe Cordry wrote a question about on June 18, 2013

I own a pair of Solutions in size 44. What would be the best size Pythons to get? My Solutions are sized aggressively, and I am looking to get a second pair of shoes for the sake of comfort at the gym and to extend the life of my Solutions. Also, what are the differences between these two shoes in terms of performance? I've never worn moccs before. Thank you.

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Tighe Cordry wrote a review of on May 12, 2013

5 5

Great consistency and is in my opinion the best chalk out there. At $10 for the large you can't buy better chalk! All my buddies bum off my chalk bucket when we boulder. Super Chalk and others with artificial additives dry out my skin too much, but this has a silky soft feel to it that keeps my hands dry and feeling good on rock and gym holds. Truly a simple decision and the gold standard of chalk!

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Tighe Cordry wrote a review of on May 12, 2013

5 5

This stuff works and smells great. SPF 30 keeps my safe from burns yet still gives me a little color over time. It applies nicely, however when I climb I prefer to use my Sun Bum Facestick or the spray on version as the lotion does leave a slightly slick feeling to my hands even after washing it off. Again, the stuff smells great though, and my lady loves when I put it on. The variety of SPF values for this sunscreen is a huge plus!

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Tighe Cordry wrote a review of on May 12, 2013

Comfort and Performance had a baby...
5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Hands-down the best bouldering shoes I have ever owned. The perform well at the gym, but I mostly save them for climbing outdoors. I have used them everywhere from the sandstone of Stoney Point to the amazing volcanic tuff of the Happy Boulders in Bishop. They love EVERYTHING and have extreme grip and smearing abilities. They stick really well to the smallest pebble holds too! The "bump" underneath your toes REALLY helps to fill dead space and makes the shoe very comfortable to wear when your toe knuckles are bunched up from downsizing.The shape is perfect, and despite what some people say about them heel-hooking sloppy, I have found that these shoes heel hook very well. The rubber over the toe helps with toe hooks as well, which I have already made us of. The quick close system works well and appears to be durable so far (6 months of climbing.) There is no odor yet, and I am hard-pressed to find anything about this shoe that doesnt make it perfect. The break-in period was very fast. If you can afford these shoes look no further, nothing beats the Solution for bouldering and even sport climbing. Find something else for trad/slab climbing, though (I dont climb either, but can tell this shoes wouldnt perform well in those areas.) Even if you cant afford these, save your pennies, recycle cans and get a pair, youll be glad you did! Performance and Comfort finally bumped fuzzies and gave us a baby: the Solution!!!

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Tighe Cordry wrote a review of on March 2, 2013

4 5

This fits one person comfortably and a second person without feeling insecure. The build quality is high and I've never lacked confidence in its ability to hang firm. It is small and light enough when packed to be a luxury on backpacking trips. It makes for a great nap. Kick the boots off after backpacking all day and relax on something besides your air mattress or a stump! The tree straps do a good job, however, I have encountered a few large trees that wouldn't accommodate the straps

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Tighe Cordry wrote a review of on March 2, 2013

5 5

I am 6'3" and the large fits me well. I am very happy with this pad. It is cheaper than the four season version and is only marginally larger and heavier. I felt it was a good decision to save the money and get the trekker vs. the other pads available from thermarest. Mine has never leaked air through the night and typically stays inflated for two straight nights. It is very tough and durable, I would recommend this to anyone looking for a good nights sleep!

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Tighe Cordry wrote a review of on March 2, 2013

4 5

This tent sleeps one in luxury, and two with moderate comfort. It is easy to assemble and the quality of the materials is great. It packs down small using an aftermarket compression sack, however, it is not the lightest two man tent you can buy. The MSR hubba series is more expensive but Having slept in both this tent and the MSR's I'd have to say that the extra money is worth the lighter weight of the MSR tents. This tent is very waterproof and made it through a couple snowy nights in the Sierras. I would recommend getting the footprint with this tent. The vestibule is HUGE and certainly make's the tent special. Put you gear, boots, or dog in there! This tent withstands wind very well when the guylines are set up. I even use this tent car camping because it is so easy to setup and takes little space. I would recommend this tent to anyone searching for a moderately priced two person backpacking tent.

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Tighe Cordry wrote a review of on March 2, 2013

5 5

This bag compresses very small, and is lightweight. Perfect for summer nights and even fall/spring on the right night. What more can you ask for? It is comfortable and for the price it cannot be beat. I would highly recommend this bag. I'm not a huge fan of Kelty products, but this bag simply can't be beat for the price and for the role of a lightweight down summer bag. I am 6'3" and the large accommodates me well.I have only used it 3 times, but it seems like it will hold up for a long time.

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Tighe Cordry wrote a review of on March 2, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

My first rope, and I'm happy with my decision. I sport climb, and its certainly not too heavy for leading. It handles well and is tough enough to trust on constant top ropes. It handles well during rappels and stays pretty clean. I havent noticed any abrasion anywhere on my rope after a year of climbing on sometimes course rock. I have cleaned it 4 times, and it always looks like new after! I will be purchasing a thinner rope for lead climbing only, and will continue to use this bad boy as my go-to top rope line.

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Tighe Cordry wrote a review of on March 2, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

There are numerous auto-belay devices out there now, but the grigri is still the king. The size of the grigri2 makes it very lightweight and comfortable to handle. It feeds SO smooth with proper technique and lowers even smoother. The automatic locking on falls makes it very safe incase you have a bozo belaying you. The orange is a very attractive color and the build quality is amazing. I would highly recommend this over any other belay device: Its a must have!!!

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Tighe Cordry wrote a review of on March 2, 2013

Niche filled!
5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

The pants are excellent for climbing and hiking. I am 6'3" 200lbs and a large fits perfect. The gusseted crotch makes climbing so comfortable! Harnesses feel comfy with these pants on, and they offer more abrasion protection than shorts do. They only go down slightly below my knee (Maybe 3 inches,) but they sure look good! They dry super fast and are super tough. One year of climbing and not one tear or stain. I would recommend them to anyone! The build in belt works wonderfully as is very convenient in that you can adjust the waist without the bulkiness of a belt.Zippers on every pocket keep my things safe when I climb or hike. Great job arcteryx!

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Tighe Cordry wrote a review of on March 2, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

These are terrific for bouldering and for hiking in general. They are VERY comfortable, stretch well, and perform well during physical activity. I have a 34 inch waist and the XL fits me well. I have it in rust (very attractive color) and am picking up another color when I get paid next. Thats how much I love these shorts! The waist band in phenomenally comfy, and I even wear them when I'm going "commando" with confidence. Three pockets are nice and deep. Dont hesitate. The shorts are the bee's knees! (I'm 6'3" and these sit just in the middle of my knee or slightly above them, while I've reminded myself...)

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Tighe Cordry wrote a review of on March 2, 2013

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I have very large hands, and this bag is still not large enough. That is more or less my fault for having very large hands, but I still wish Arcteryx would make a bag large enough to accomodate my hands better. That being said, the build quality is umatched and it holds a TON of chalk. IT still works better than ANY other chalk bag. When cinched down properly it doesnt leak a spec of chalk, which I love! I dont even need a chalk bucket for bouldering because this thing hold enough for me and my friends on a day of bouldering. The zipper pocket on the back of the sleeve is a nice touch, as well as the brush holder.

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Tighe Cordry wrote a review of on March 2, 2013

4 5

These shoe perform incredibly well, however, if you have Morton's toe like me, DO NOT buy these. The discomfort was unbearable. I sized them aggressively but not overly tight, yet they almost got more uncomfortable over time. I lost a toenail from the pressure inside my shoe the 3rd time i wore them outdoors on a sport route. While the shoe performs superbly, I traded them in for some Solutions and am blown away by the performance AND comfort they offer. If you have regular feet do not hesitate to buy these. If you have Morton's toe, go with the Solution.

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Tighe Cordry wrote a review of on March 2, 2013

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

These were my first pair of shoes, and they are great. I recommend them to all my friends/anyone seeking their first pair of shoes. Non-aggressive design makes them very comfortable. I got 11.5s and can wear them for bours without taking them off from pain. I now have 44s in Miuras for anyone making the same jump, but those shoes are very small/tight and aggressive and cause slight pain sometimes. I have owned my evolvs for over a year and have used them in the gym and outdoors. They have held up great, but definite;y develop odor over time, even when taking preventative measures.

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