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Camping
Sport Climbing

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crit wrote a review of on May 2, 2012

3 5

I have had this rope for a little less than a year now and can't say that I love it. Sure it will catch repeated 20+ foot whippers when I fall but so will any other CE certified rope. Sure it gives a soft catch but so does any other rope if your belayer doesn't suck! Maybe it's been the dirty crags I've climbed at (smith rocks) or the amount of new gear i've used it on but this rope LOOKS terrible, it's not even red anymore. But it still works...so there's that. Hard to check for core shots too with this small of a diameter rope, some soft spots appeared after only a few pitches. But I do really like their bi-pattern, its easy to see. the rope handled VERY well at first, not so much any more. wouldn't get it again.

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crit wrote a review of on May 2, 2012

5 5

These shoes are great. they edge great which is crucial for a lot of the Smith Rocks climbing I do. The rubber is super sticky (so stick that if you climb a lot the soles wear out pretty quickly). Just don't bust through the rand and get 'em resoled. The heel fits great and sticks to heel hooks super well. They do lose their stiffness over time but i notice that my feet have gotten stronger from these shoes cause i just bought my second pair and can stick to just about anything!

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crit wrote a review of on April 26, 2012

Down Alpine Jacket
5 5

Does everything! I seem to always be cold and this jacket has served me well for the last year. Pretty sure I wore it around the house everyday this last winter and I was comfortable in it, then I take it to the mountain and even when it was 4 degrees outside all I had on was this and a long sleeve shirt underneath it; still warm!

My first impression with the fabric wasn't great, but it's held up to a lot of abuse. When the down shifts I throw it in the dryer with no heat and 2 tennis balls and it comes back out like it was new.
my only complaint is that I have to end up cinching the elastic waist a lot cause the closures aren't super strong.

Bottom line: Love it! Go buy one!

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crit wrote a review of on January 14, 2012

5 5

Best Gaiter ever...nuff said
super good build, great materials. awesome
i've had the same pair for like 6 or 7 years. I've also glissaded probably 20,000 vertical feet in these over the years which has abraded them pretty badly, but they still hold up! I also have put countless holes in them from crampons, but seam-grip and gorilla tape fixes that just fine.

Buy no other gaiter

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crit wrote a review of on January 14, 2012

Pretty good, but some flaws
3 5

I've had these boots for about 2 years now and have done many many trips of all sorts in them. Not saying it will happen to you, but here is my experience with them.
Pros:
-Didn't really seem to have a break-in period, they were always comfortable. have NEVER gotten a blister in them
-Very waterproof, no issues and I've crossed streams in them with my feet fully submersed
-Accommodate a wide foot well
-climb ice decently

Cons:
-Not super warm. I have been worried about getting frostbite while guiding on Mt. Shasta in windchill around -20F (but I do tend to have colder feet) I've had them in a windchill of about -35F but wouldn't do that again!!
-the leather seemed to dry out pretty quickly, but doesn't effect the quality or performance
-Doesn't seem to have a super-snug heelcup. (I wish it did so that you could front-point a little better with crampons)
-Price

Overall its a good boot. As far as full on winter mountaineering i would not go with it. For general summer use for things like the cascade volcanoes and such, it works pretty well. Still you sometimes get those freak days in june/july where it can be super cold and these work in that, but do not excel. For an ice/mixed climbing boot, again, they work, but aren't the best in the market.
I've beat the crap out of them, and they're still truckin'. I wear about a size 9 and got these in a 42 which is a bit too small (my toes go numb midway through the summer guiding in these)

bottom line: Good boot, not great, probably some better ones out there for the pricetag

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crit wrote a review of on February 1, 2010

2 5

Don't get me wrong, if you're just getting into climbing, this shoe will do you good. I find that after owning 3 other pairs of shoes, these get the lowest grade. The rubber is wearing pretty low after only 3 months of climbing (mostly sport). I never used them in the gym in hope of maintaining the rubber but that didnt work. The toe box is too rounded, it cuts down on the sensitivity of your toes so you cant feel holds well. They stretch anywhere from a half to a whole size. Mine killed my feet when i bought them but are fine now. Again: great beginner shoe because you wont know the difference, but definitely not for more advanced climbers

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crit wrote a review of on August 27, 2007

4 5

Good stove, fulfills basic needs of backcountry cooking. It is possible to get a lower setting by de-pressurizing the stove and using lower fuel pressure. easy to clean in the field which is great if you ever run into trouble with it. Good stove, glad i bought it, i think it will last me a loooooooong time

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