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Charles's Passions

Road Running
Backpacking
Camping
Hiking
Alpine Skiing
Swimming
Sport Climbing

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WhistleTips wrote a review of on July 13, 2013

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I use this as a day pack for travel, typically carrying two laptops, chargers, and any other heavy stuff I have.The sleeve will fit a 15" Lenovo laptop with an extended battery no problem. The backpack is sized so that, unless you use the mesh compartment, it would be difficult to stuff it so full that it would not fit under the seat in front of you.

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WhistleTips wrote a review of on March 24, 2011

4 5

I used this with a 10mm rope and I found that the device fed just OK. To me, it didn't seem as smooth as with a gri-gri version one. I do like the rounded feature on the thumb as it makes it exceptionally difficult for a belayer to hold the cam down during a lead fall, which was a definite possibility with the original gri-gri. Note however, that I did not say that it is impossible for a belayer to hold the cam down, despite a lead fall. As with anything, I would expect that even though the gri-gri 2 was built to be idiot proof, someone will build a better idiot.

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WhistleTips wrote a review of on March 24, 2011

2 5

My previous moisture wicking boxers have been of the Patagonia variety, so I was looking forward to trying out something a bit different. I liked the material and construction of the stoic boxers, however, they seemed to fit a bit odd -- to much extra fabric around the butt, and the legs didn't seem to fit me quite right. I have a 36" waist and tried a large, however, I do have fairly large thighs, which I think explains why the legs fit oddly.

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WhistleTips wrote a review of on March 24, 2011

5 5

I own both headlamps and prefer the spot to the Tikka XP. It is brighter, has a better spot mode, has a better wide mode, and also has a red night vision mode for when you want a bit more light, without sacrificing all of your night vision. I can't comment on the cold weather performance on either light however, as I've only had them down to around 20F.

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WhistleTips wrote a review of on March 24, 2011

4 5

Overall, this is my favorite belay device due to its performance and its versatility. The only caveat I would add is that, while the quick release loop makes it easier to release a fallen climber -- especially if you use it as an attachment point for a cord running through your master point, it can still be difficult, especially if the terrain is steep, and/or the climber is heavy. With a 275 lb guy I found that I had to set up a runner going through the master point, back down to my harness so that I effectively had a 2 to 1 pulley to unlock the device.

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WhistleTips wrote a review of on March 24, 2011

5 5

I've used this boot for a couple of intense 2 day backpacking trips, as an approach shoe at red rocks, and for carrying a heavy pack up the climbers trail. In all cases, I was very pleased with this boot. I've found that it fits my heel well, despite that I typically have trouble finding boots that will hold my heel in place, without being overly tight around the forefoot. They are not quite as stiff as I was expecting, however, they offer adequate support with a 45 lb pack. Additionally, I found that the rocker on these boots made for very comfortable walking. And finally, when using these boots on 4th class approaches, and while climbing a couple of 5.easy chimneys, I was happy with how well the rubber gripped.

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