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Tom

Tom

Tom's Passions

Hiking & Camping
Biking
Climbing

Tom's Bio

Grew up in the Southern Oregon outdoors hiking, mountain biking, snowboarding, and climbing.

Tom

Tom wrote a review of on September 19, 2014

Great small multipitch pack
5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I really have enjoyed this pack on my last few multipitch climbs. First off, I hate wearing a pack while climbing. I think it gets in the way and makes you off-balance. While wearing the Mago I barely notice that it is on, it does not interfere with gear loops, and is big enough to hold what I need. I have found the straps to be comfortable and easy to get on and off.

The only thing I wish I had done was not been cheap and got the 14L. The 12L works but and extra 2 liters would be nice.

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Tom wrote a review of on July 28, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

These biners are great to match up color with Master Cams when weight is also a concern. In comparison to other wire gates I have used these have been my favorites. They have a stiffer snappy gate that I find helps when clipping. The angle of the nose, I believe created by the slightly bent gate, is great for reducing the snag factor common of wire gates. There is still a small amount a snagging but not when compared to many others on the market. Overall I would highly recommend.

One gripe I do have with these guys is the color difference. It is a trivial point but the blue, purple, and grey all blend together at a glance. Even the green can be difficult to distinguish. Just wish they would have used more vivid colors since that is the point of a rack pack, but still my favorite so not enough of a con to lose a star.

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Tom wrote a review of on June 6, 2013

5 5

I originally bought a Grigri because I wanted to try it more because I read what other people were saying about how much they liked. Well and it was on sale which does not happen often. After first getting it and trying it out I absolutely hated it. I liked belaying with it but could not stand lowering for the life of me. I put it with all my gear not knowing when I would use it again.

A couple months later for a lead climbing instructors class we were tested with an ATC and a Grigri. This is where I fell in love with it. Once you get a hang of the lowering part it is so easy and it catches big falls so much better than the regular ATC.

All in all I am really happy with my purchase even if it took me a while to see that. However, if you are a beginner learn with an ATC first it is still and important skill to have!!!

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