Will S.

Will S.

Wasatch Mountains, UT

Will S.'s Passions

Running
Biking
Skiing

Will S.'s Bio

Used to be a serious road cyclist. Now I love to ski, run, and mountain bike.

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Will S.

Will S. wrote a review of on November 6, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I've used this extensively both clip into anchors on sport climbs and canyoneering. It has held up very well to a season of swimming and climbing.

I like being able to adjust the length just by clipping, so I prefer this to just using a sling to clip into anchors (but both work. In case you're wondering, the difference between the Pro and the non-pro is the double loop for attaching your harness. I assume this gives added durability (but I haven't needed it yet).

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Will S.

Will S. wrote a review of on November 6, 2014

5 5

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

This was my first pair of performance-oriented climbing shoes, and they are AWESOME. Great for edges and very sticky, with enough of a down turn toe to get good grip, but still pretty comfortable.

I would recommend ordering your street shoe size. I typically wear an 11.5 or 12.0 street shoe, and the 44.5s were a bit small for me and they don't stretch much. I've suffered through it with my first pair, but I will be going with a 45 for my next pair.

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Will S.

Will S. wrote a review of on October 30, 2014

5 5

This is my go-to belay device. I've used in the gym, on multi-pitch climbs, sport climbing, canyoneering ... everywhere.

Guide mode is the most amazing thing on multi-pitch climbs. And the lightweight is always a plus.

I find that using it is very comparable to the Black Diamond ATC Guide (which is also awesome, just a little bit heavier).

You won't go wrong with this belay device.

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Will S.

Will S. wrote a review of on October 30, 2014

5 5

I'm a big fan of the Blue Water Lighting 9.7mm. It's been super easy to clip and manage and doesn't get TOO heavy on long pitches. I've only taken one good fall on it, but it stretched nicely for a soft catch.

It does run quickly through the belay device, but that's normal for a thinner rope.

I love it.

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Will S.

Will S. wrote a review of on October 30, 2014

5 5

This bag is definitely purpose built to help you carry and manage your rope, and it does a good job. It's light weight and not-at-all bulky, yet easily large enough to manage my 70m rope.

The one concern initially was that it just has a single shoulder strap for carrying it rather than double straps to use it as a backpack, but that hasn't been a problem at all.

I'd highly recommend this bag.

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Will S.

Will S. wrote a review of on October 30, 2014

5 5

Fit: True to size

I got these socks for my wife. She thinks they are very cute and comfortable. One thing is that they are not quite as stretchy as your typical smart wool sock.

She primarily wears them under tall boots in the summer and they do a great job of managing sweat.

They haven't been holding up as well as Smart Wool socks but the cute design makes up for it.

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Will S.

Will S. wrote a review of on October 30, 2014

5 5

If you're ever bothered by chalk getting all over the place when you throw your gear into your car, then this is a very good option. It seals exceptionally well, but also opens back up with just an unsnap.

I personally prefer the small size of bag even with reasonably large hands. It easily holds a ball of chalk and saves on bulk.

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Will S. wrote a review of on October 30, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I gave it as a gift

Smart wool makes the best socks, and the Run UL is no exception. They're thin, cute, and have all of the great moisture and odor control that smart wool is known for.

My wife primarily wears them in the summer underneath tall boots, but you could also wear them for skiing if you like very thin socks. Note that they are NOT compression socks (which is perfect for her)

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Will S.

Will S. wrote a review of on October 30, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I gave it as a gift

I'm reviewing this on behalf of my wife. She is a huge fan. They have soft sheepskin throughout the interior that makes them super comfortable. They're also very cute and can go with many winter outfits.

It's too early to report on durability, but she's had other EMU boots that have held up very well. The main issue is that the sheepskin can pack out before the shoe is worn out, but that only happens after 1+ years of daily wear.

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Will S. wrote a review of on October 3, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I'm a huge fan of Nathan hyrdation vests overall, and this one is no exception. I use it frequently for long trail runs, hikes, and mountain biking. It performs well in all cases. I find that the vest rides very well both running and biking, with very minimal sloshing (I hated the old camelbacks for due to sloshing). In fact, I am almost as comfortable running with this pack as I am running with nothing at all, and I prefer it to carrying a bottle (except for very short runs).

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