Tim

Tim

Salt Lake City, UT

Tim's Passions

Climbing
Hiking & Camping
Snowshoeing

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Timwrote a review of on March 28, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Anyone who has done their fair share of multi-pitched ascents has their system for setting up belay stations. I love this tool, and it has replaced my existing system. I used to have cord set up in prussic adjust system. Allowing for dynamic control, and locking out my position. I love this more. The rope is stronger, the concept of having a 'biner locking device is genius and I can never go back. And I still get the dynamic length with lock out positioning. Its genius and I highly recommend getting two.

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Timwrote a review of on March 28, 2016

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

These are awesome snowshoes, and they are perfect for anyone who wants to just get out despite the weather. A simple effective binding solution, although there are more innovative solutions out there. I've had them for one season, several hikes... I'd like to see them last a good 5+ years easy.

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Timwrote a review of on March 28, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: Runs large
Height: 6'
Weight: 250 lbs
Size Purchased: 38 W / XL

So this is totally my fault. But these pants are way comfy. My intended purpose was to use these with snowshoeing just to take the edge off of really cold ascents.

These pants are baggy. That in part plays to their comfort however.

As I was hiking along I found a bluff that looked fun and so I threw on my crampons and took the face. The problem with baggy pants and crampons is the crampons snag super easy. Resulting semi-shredded pants. In hind-site no one should really use crampons unless you are also using gaiters. Lesson learned... I would buy another pair, they're just that comfy.

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Timwrote a review of on March 28, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 6'
Weight: 250 lbs
Size Purchased: 10

So originally I bought these shoes to get from the car to the crag. Now I wear them every day, and I am deciding if its a bad thing to get two in different colors.

The inner sleeve idea that Arcteryx has is an innovative idea. I love it. No blisters, ever. The firm sole gives me plenty of leverage on small climbs. I've done a 5.6 to a 5.8 with these shoes. In fact climbing with ascent style shoes have offered a new dynamic in climbing for me. In stead of 2nd guessing a small jib, I can just take the shoe and jam it into a crack and use that as a bomber foot hold. I love it.

The drawbacks for this shoe is if you're wide footed, like me. It took me a few days to break this shoe in. And it took some minor adjusting of the laces to acommodate my foot type. I love this shoe and I look forward to Arcteryx's innovative contributions to footware.

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Timwrote a review of on March 28, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 6'
Weight: 250 lbs
Size Purchased: Extra Large

I've had this jacket now for 2 years.

I dont know what the guys up in Vancouver do when they design jackets, but they are perfect.

I wear this jacket almost every day from Fall to Spring. I love it because I am a warm guy, I always have been. This jacket stops all wind. So the warmth your body maintains between your clothing and this jacket stay at an optimum level. This jacket is bombproof. Water does not get in. This jacket has a nice conservative style, which goes anywhere you want. The jacket has been cut in such a way that it matches your form, but doesn't restrict your movement. Its the gold bar quality of Arcteryx at a very reasonable price. I would buy this again without a guess.

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Timwrote a review of on March 28, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 6'
Weight: 250 lbs
Size Purchased: Large

I have used this glove for mainly ice climbing. But I've also used this for rolling around the frozen backcountry on an ATV, and I seem to lately be lending them to my GF when she inevitably gets cold and seems to be now ill prepared.

They are always warm. Removing the inner glove and isolating the shell and washing it is key to the longevity of this glove. Treating it with Gore-Tex sprucing products like NikWax also make this glove a joy to maintain on the rack.

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Timwrote a review of on March 28, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

The cams by BD are next game. They put so much thought into the components and the weight. Working with cam's from Metolius or other competitors, you just dont feel the polished thought that BD has invested into their products. Truly the flagship rock climbing device BD makes is their cams.

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Timwrote a review of on March 28, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

If you are looking for a basic, no frills 'biner that will get the job done. This is it. Its cheap. Its rated high, and it works with so many devices natively. For example, if I am setting up a pulley system using my favorite Petzl pulleys, I will use this 'biner to hold my pulleys. The balanced curve slopes devices into a nice manageable spot. This is something that every climber should have... and you should probably have a dozen. They're like bread and butter on your rack.

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Timwrote a review of on March 28, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I love this device. I have about a dozen belay devices including a GriGri and almost every form the Black Diamond ATC has come in.

The key to this piece is the additional friction funnel on the side, and the anchor loop on the other side. These features make this device awesome for multi-pitch projects. Most especially I like the funnel on the side. It adds a little more resistance, and that helps when you are belaying someone who has a little more mass than you. This is a double edged sword, if you belaying someone who is very light the added resistance may be a catch instead of a pro.

The added resistance also makes this enjoyable for long rope canyoneering projects. The kind that use 60-80 meters of rope, an additional system to manage the friction is very welcome.

Its light, its simple, and its Black Diamond. Bomber.

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Timwrote a review of on March 28, 2016

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 6'
Weight: 250 lbs
Size Purchased: Ultimate Black

Suunto is awesome. I love their stuff. I've had several of their watches and I have taken them from South Africa to Alaska.

Here is the problem with Suunto watches today. There are so many smart watches available that you can install an 'app' to do everything the Suunto does eg Apple Watch etc...

So where is the Suunto watch useful today? Well if you are a heavy duty backpacker, pushing 7-10 days of hiking, get a Suunto. If you are a weekend warrior pushing out 8 hour hikes on Saturday, then stick with your smart phone accessory.

Specifically the Core is awesome because it is the barebone, essential Suunto watch. It gives you want you the stats you want in accomplishing your latest alpine adventure. That being said, I know of several purists who avoid the digital watch solution, and instead stick with more fine tuned instruments to accompany their adventure. A simple chronographic watch can help you find North just as easily as a Suunto watch. Altitude, temp, pressure etc can be better tuned with individual instruments. But if you're looking for general neighborhood stats, this is good for that.

Overall though I like this watch, I like the aesthetic, and I always smile when I see a stranger repping good gear.

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Timwrote a review of on March 11, 2011

5 5

I love these pants. I wear them non-stop. The seaming is doubled. The material is tough yet very comfortable. The pattern of the cut has a nice form and looks good.
Ive climbed, fallen, rode down the rock slide, bouldered, biked, hiked & lived in these pants & and I am hooked. I have tried Prana, Northface, MH, Arcteryx & even the BD crag pants. These bad boys are a tier above.

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