bud5521395

bud5521395

New England; Local climbing gym

bud5521395's Passions

Hiking & Camping
Climbing

bud5521395's Bio

I'm not the best hiker, climber, or most crafty outdoorsman, but I love doing it and I continue to get better. And I have fun in the process. That's all that matters-

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bud5521395 wrote a review of on May 17, 2013

4 5

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

Pros:
1.) The size of the tarp- I think the biggest you will find on the market right now
2.) Ease of use - The zipper right up the gut allows for quick access to all contents
3.) Shoulder straps - personal preference here, but I like a backpack style bag better than an over-the-shoulder style climbing bag when hiking into the crag
4.) The outside material of the bag can really take a beating when going through brush and resists tears

Cons:
1.) I wish the bag had a little more storage space. After my rope and quickdraws, I can fit my harness, chalk, long sleeve shirt and towel. My shoes stick out the top when I try to pack them (I also wear a size 13.5 shoe, which doesn't help the situation).
2.) I think the bag could benefit from some type of strap system that would allow me to store my helmet on the outside of my bag. If not my helmet, maybe I could use that system to store my shoes.

I think Metolius' intent was to keep the size of the bag small on purpose as to provide a daypack for the crag, but I do think a little extra storage could help everyone who has big shoes or wants to pack an extra layer of clothes.

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bud5521395 wrote a review of on May 17, 2013

5 5

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

Maybe you're like me - shopping around trying to find a beast quickdraw with a thick dogbone that you can yank on and won't twist on you. You want something durable but the thought of shelling out $24.00 for each Black Diamond Livewire doesn't excite you. Well, look no further my friends!

I honestly don't understand why no one is talking about this product. It's cheaper, stronger, and just as beast as a Black Diamond Livewire. I own both this and the Livewire and there really are very few differences. The straight gate (Dynatron) carabiner is basically the same size. "Hand feel" is basically the same. The major difference I've noticed is the ribbed sides of the gate on the Livewire (see picture). It's nice, but not a game changer. The wire gate carabiner of the Livewire is shaped a little bit differently at the bottom where the rope sits (see picture). I haven't noticed any advantages to that over the the Wildwire carabiner.

I mentioned the strength of these carabiners before. The specs listed here on this page are wrong (see my picture). They are actually 26 kN (major) and 8 kN (minor).

I really can't say enough about this product, look no further for your next quickdraw!

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bud5521395 wrote a review of on March 19, 2013

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I love this mat. Things I love:

1. I'm 6'5" and I fit on it! (tall men- buy the large size)
2. I've never had a problem with the valve, air never leaks, and the construction makes me feel confident
3. It's warm
4. Super-comfy
5. The color..

Things I don't like:
1. The bag it comes in: in order to use it you have to fold the mat along the long way and then roll it up, which makes for a stumpy, thick lump in your pack. It bothers me because I want the bag to fit the mat after I've rolled it up without folding in half so that it will hang nicely on the outside of my pack. Alas, minor gripe.
2. The weight.... but, you pay for comfort, warmth, and for being tall i guess

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bud5521395 wrote a review of on January 31, 2013

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Overall, a good chalk. I mean, all chalks will get the job done, but it's really your personal preference what feels best.

I've used this Mammut chalk and Black Diamond White Gold. To me, the Mammut feels a little more thick or sticky. The Black Diamond feels a little more thin on your hands. It's really hard to give an accurate description about how each feels. The best comparison I can think of is how different face lotions feel. Some are thick, stay on your face longer and some are thinner, absorbed faster. Kinda like that-

You decide which works best for you.

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bud5521395 wrote a review of on November 16, 2012

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

In short, I love it and I'm happy I dropped the money on it. I was lucky to find it on sale on Backcountry, but even if I hadn't, I'd still recommend you buy it.

The main reason is added safety. I find that I appreciate it most after hours of climbing when my hands are dead. It's at that point when I'm happy I have just an extra measure of safety.

It's light and works really easy - the only problem is sometimes the crappy ropes at your gym won't feed through it as well as you'd like.

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bud5521395 wrote a review of on November 15, 2012

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I think this is a pretty bomber tent and if you find it on S&C you should definitely consider picking it up. Just make sure you think about whether you want one entrance or two. I go back and forth on if I prefer this design.

Pros:
1. I've had this tent in some nasty wind/rain storms and although it sounds scary from inside the tent, I always stay bone-dry. I'm super impressed with that.
2. Setup is super easy and the tent feels really sturdy to me.
3. There is some really nice storage on the inside of the tent. Big pockets above the door.

Cons:
1. Slightly Heavy - No doubt there are lighter tents out there, but if you're a big guy like me you probably won't notice the difference too much.
2. Vestibule Space - Sometimes I wish there was more vestibule space. We can fit both our backpacks there and leave our boots in the vestibule area, but getting out to take a pee in the middle of the night can be difficult if you need to step over your gear.
3. You will probably have to buy additional stakes for the loops on the bottom of the fly between the four corners of the tent. I find that if I don't stake that part of the fly intentionally away from the tent, water will collect on the footprint.
4. To me, this is not a 3-person tent. My girlfriend and I fill up the tent with our backpacks in the vestibule. I don't think you could comfortably fit more than 2 people and maybe 1-2 dogs.
5. Minor point here, but I really wish there was a loop in the middle of the tent ceiling so that I could hang my lamp there.

The selling point for this tent is its ability to repel rain and how sturdy it is. To me, that means a lot when camping-

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bud5521395 wrote a review of on November 6, 2012

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I wasn't sure how I felt about these at first, but as I've worn them more and more I'm convinced I should buy another pair. These were my first pair of climbing shoes and they've been great. Things I love about them:

1.) The fit- I wear a 14 street and they actually fit as I'd want them. I ordered a 14 in this shoe and it's perfect.
2.) Nice toe box
3.) They don't stink
4.) All-leather, so they mold nicely to my feet.
5.) Pretty darn durable
6.) Comfortable - I can be in them at the gym for 2-3 hours and not have my toes hurt

In summary, great starter shoe, comfortable, with no down-turned toe

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bud5521395 wrote a review of on October 17, 2012

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This is a great package for starters. It comes with the harness, ATC, carabiner, and chalk bag (not shown in the pictures).

I find it to be comfortable and I love that the gear loops around the waistband are solid and sticking out easily for grabbing quickdraws.

I think if you're looking for a great all-in-one, I think you found it.

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