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Will S.

Will S.

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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.wrote a review of on October 14, 2015

5 5

My wife was initially skeptical of the fact that the Terra Half Zip came with a hood, but she's pretty much on board now. Like other icebreaker quarter/half zips, this is slim fit (but not tight) and a great weight for fall or as a baselayer in the winter.

Importantly, it still looks good with a hood. The hood does make it slightly more casual, but it's pretty understated. And then it's available if you end up out for a run in the wind / snow.

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Will S.wrote a review of on October 14, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

The Edelweiss Edel Cord makes is extremely versatile when climbing. Whether you need to build an anchor, clip to an anchor, or tie your dog to a tree, this cord is a solid choice.

The only problem is that I had to buy a second one now that my dog has officially adopted the first one.

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Will S.wrote a review of on October 14, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

The Black Diamond Oz quickdraws are light, easy to clip, and durable enough to use everyday. I'm currently on my second set.

In particular, the wire gates make them light enough that you won't feel encumbered when starting up a long route. Additionally, I'm a fan of the hoodwire around the tip so that your rope doesn't catch during a precarious clip.

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Will S.wrote a review of on October 14, 2015

4 5

Obviously the VaporLock Screwgate harness will protect you, but so will every other locking carabiner. I like that it's large enough to loop my Gri Gri through along with anything else without concern. The action of the screwgate is good as well.

I think the Vaporlock is a great value for a locking biner that you'll use everyday.

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Will S.wrote a review of on October 14, 2015

4 5

The Black Diamond Chaos Harness is a very comfortable option for all purpose sport climbing. The leg holes are a fixed size (not adjustable) so that's one less thing to deal with when taking the harness on and off. I would consider my thighs of "normal" size (not sure the diameter), and the leg holes fit comfortably. Note that if you have enormous thighs for whatever reason, this could be a problem.

The padding around the waist belt is enough to make it comfortable while hanging, but not overly bulky. Overall, the Chaos Harness is a great choice for folks interested in all round sport or trad climbing. If you either want the lightest harness possible or the biggest most padded comfortable beast, then look else where -- otherwise you won't go wrong with the Chaos.

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Will S.wrote a review of on October 14, 2015

5 5

I just got my second Blue Water Lightning Pro 9.7mm rope. I currently have the 70 meter bi-color version. I'm a big fan.

The rope is light and handles well. It makes lead belaying and knot tying a breeze. Note that there is not as much in the belay device as with a fatter rope, so you'll have to control your speed more carefully when rappelling.

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Will S.wrote a review of on September 29, 2015

5 5

I'm on at least my 4th Giro Pneumo helmet at this point, and I don't really have any complaints. It gets the job done without being too flashy, which I definitely appreciate.

It also fits my relatively oblong head pretty well. I find that rounder helmets such as the POC models are too round, but this one fits nicely.

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Will S.wrote a review of on September 29, 2015

5 5

So I consider gloves to be optional equipment. This means that my mountain bike grips need to be soft on my hands even over rough terrain. The ESI Chunky Mountain Grip is the best that I've used. They absorb the shock from rough trails without leaving raw spots on my glove-less hands (which traditional rubber grips often do).

Highly recommended.

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Will S.wrote a review of on September 29, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

In addition to being very small / compact, I really love that you can control the flow of CO2 coming out of the Portland Designs Shiny Object inflater. And if you haven't used *all* of the CO2 in a cartridge, you can still stash it in your pocket while still attached to the cartridge in case you need to top off a slow leak later down the road.

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Will S.wrote a review of on September 29, 2015

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 6' 1"
Weight: 180 lbs
Size Purchased: Large

I'm a fan of this shirt! I'm 6' 1" and 180lbs, and a Large fits very well, trim but not tight. I really appreciate that the shirt is cut long, which works well with my long torso. I'm also generally a fan of merino wool.

My one complaint is that some of the seams are unravelling even after just a couple months of wear. I've been machine washing but hang drying, so I would have expected it to be more durable.

That said, still a good shirt and I continue to wear it regularly.

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Will S.wrote a review of on September 29, 2015

4 5

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

These are good gloves that I enjoy wearing for cross country riding in the summer. It's pretty thin, both on the palm and back, so it works well for cross country riding, but doesn't have the level of protection for riders who are pinning it and expecting to crash. But for someone like me who errs on the side of not wearing gloves at all, they do pretty well. And the Competitive Cyclist graphics are a bonus.

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Will S.wrote a review of on September 29, 2015

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I run the Rocket Ron as the rear tire on my Santa Cruz 5010 for riding on the mostly-dirt trails around Park City. First and foremost, they have incredible traction. I previously rode Saguaros on a 29" bike, and there was a marked improvement, especially on slightly loose, steep switchbacks.

The drawback is that I only made it through half the summer before needing a new tire. Some of the knobs had broken off, and I found I was getting a fair number of flats.

But when it came time to get a new rear tire, I still went back to the Rocket Ron 'cause the grip was so good!

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Will S.wrote a review of on September 9, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

My wife snagged one of these bottles from a Tour of Utah feed zone last year, and it's now the only bottle that I ever use. The nozzle is outstanding -- in "locked" mode, it doesn't leak at all. I can keep it in my backpack with computer, clothes, etc. and don't worry about it all.

When drinking, there's great flow and the bottle is easy to squeeze.

This is the best bottle ever. Seriously.

One suggestion when you use it on the bike -- when you reach down to grab the bottle from its cage, go ahead and switch it into "drink" mode while it's still in the cage. It's super quick and easy to do at that point, but it's awkward to do if you're holding the bottle in one hand.

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Will S.wrote a review of on September 9, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

What a great rack. I used it for a recent road trip to California and it performed very well. It was super easy to get the bikes on and off, and it is built like a tank.

My one complaint is that it is heavy when taking it on / off the car, but that's also what makes it so sturdy, so I call it a fair trade. No wonder everyone in Park City has one ....

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Will S.wrote a review of on September 9, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I gave it as a gift but have feedback to share

I got these for my Dad and he is a huge fan. It was his first pair of Hokas and he adapted to them very quickly. He appreciates the extra cushioning, and found them surprisingly light with a much more responsive feel than expected.

I think he has put in about 150 miles on them, and he's now been recommending them to all of his friend.s

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