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Blake's Passions

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baf3709315 wrote a review of on February 26, 2013

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This shirt is a great base layer or outer layer for cold days. Keeps me warm on short and long trail runs without overheating, looks sharp, and zips down far enough to show off my chest hair... erm... I mean keep me ventilated.

Would be five stars, but after about ten runs and washes, the pocket on the front started to peel up, and after another few washes, it was loose enough that I could easily pull it off with my fingers. It was held on with some sort of adhesive? looks like I might be able to iron it back down, but until I get around to it, I've got a great base layer that I wish had a pocket in it.

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baf3709315 wrote a review of on February 20, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

I think I have a previous version of this knife that I just picked up. Comes super-sharp and is surprisingly lightweight.

This may be fixed in the newer models, but on mine, the sheath doesn't have a tight grip on the knife and will come off with the flick of a wrist. As I am naturally averse to being stabbed in the back while this thing is in my pack, I put a small strip of electrical tape inside one of the panels on the sheath. Fixed the problem right up, keeps the knife where it's supposed to be, doesn't inhibit movement when you want to draw the knife, and is nearly invisible on the black sheath.

Looking forward to doing some campfire cooking with this bad boy.

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baf3709315 wrote a review of on February 11, 2012

5 5

I was mostly looking for something to light the way on late-night trail runs for a decent price (since I'm a poor college student). Picked up the BD Gizmo lamp. I was a little nervous that it might bounce on my head while I'm running, but it hasn't yet. It's accompanied me on all of my late-night runs since I got it and has done a great job (I've got no sprained ankles or broken legs yet). Puts out enough light for me comfortably see most everything from my feet to about five meters.

On my last run, I wore the Gizmo over top of a sock hat and barely even noticed it was up there. Highly recommend.

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baf3709315 wrote a review of on February 11, 2012

4 5

My first chalk bag was a fuzzy pink cheapo that I picked up at the local gym because, as a teenage boy, I for some reason thought it would be funny to climb with a fuzzy pink chalk bag. I regrettably climbed with that sucker for several years before my girlfriend finally made me get rid of it.

I replaced it with the Metolius Techno ID bag. It's a huge improvement to my style and works great. The ID pocket is a top-notch idea (I'd venture to say the most important climbing invention since the rope), and the media pocket fits my iPhone in it so I can check Steep and Cheap on the way down.

My solitary complaint is that it could use just a bit more wiggle room. A fully filled chalk sock will just about fill it up, making it difficult to run the quick chalk up maneuver. I'm sure it will be just fine once the sock starts to empty out a bit. Related to that, the draw string really doesn't close the bag all the way, so there is still plenty of space for chalk to spew out all over my stuff.

Overall, I'd recommend it for the gym, but it certainly has room for improvement.

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baf3709315 wrote a review of on February 11, 2012

4 5

I got this bag because I needed something to haul around my 70 m rope to and from the crag. It's certainly not the greatest quality item I've ever owned, but it works for what I need it to do. The material feels kind of cheap and the stitching is a bit messy. On the other hand, it fits my 70 m x 10.3mm rope in a butterfly coil, carries nicely on my shoulder, and has a really excellent, BIG tarp. The loops on the corners of the tarp are nice to tie into and quickly find the ends of the rope.

I'm a pretty casual climber, and I only use my rope once every couple of weeks. For me, this bag is perfect and at just the right price. If I were more serious and used my rope a bit more often, I'd want to look for something a sturdier.

In a marginally related sidenote, I feel like a tool carrying around a bag that says "rope bag" in sparkly letters on it, but I'm just going to sew a patch or something over the top of that. Problem solved.

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