Just got this in hope that we'll be used to it when spring time rolls around! Just like the grigri original with one big difference, The size of rope that it can take properly. Th original grigri was only supposed to be used with 10 mm and up (i'm pretty darn sure) where as this one can range from 8.9 mm to 11mm.
1) smaller than grigri
2) more lightweight
3) cool colors!
4) larger range of rope
5) still simple design
1) thicker ropes > 10.5 can sometime be hard to give slack, including used gym ropes which can be rather thick in many portions.
2) I know grigris have a tendency to form some bad habits among belays
can't wait for spring time to roll around again!
1) the kelty down is comfy and warm!
----> since it is down it'll retain its' warmth capacity
2) The zipper has padding to keep the cold out.
3) I didn't really like the red color until i got it out of the box, it's not as bad as the picture makes it look.
4) adjustable hoody (its pretty open, you can get the opening pretty small but not like some other mummy bags, beanie may be in order)
5) 20 degrees for the price is pretty good bang for your buck.
6) comes with a stuff sack
1) It's 550 fill down which means it doesn't compress as well as higher end down, the stuff sack is pretty big for like a lightweight hiking trip.
2) not the lightest down bag,
Overall a great buy, I will continue to use this for my weekend excursions where i don't have to walk too far with it. I would definitely recommend!
So i just got these mocs and broke them in but i can tell I will probably use this a lot. They're not meant for extreme overhangs, extreme edging or extreme cracks, these are your work-horse shoe. These are the shoe you work your bouldering project in when you don't feel like strapping on the second pair or claws. They're designed for comfort, and that's exactly what they do. I plan on running these shoes down during long hours in the gym this winter, and then getting them nice and dirty in the spring.
1)They're awesome for smearing, granite and easy cracks.
2) comfy as all get out.
4) they really conform to your foot b/c they're leather
5) easy on and off
6) five ten's sticky rubber
1) they Stretch A LOT!!!!
2) not the best as edging
3) dye your feet red for a while
1) I wear a size 11.5 in Anasazi VCS and 10.5 in mocassym , which means It was hard to get my foot in the first time. But now that they've stretched they edge decently and still smear great and I can still wear them for a pretty long time and not afraid to fall and land on my feet. I also wear 43 in Sportiva solutions and 44 in mythos.
2) Buy them super tight, but to the point you can just get your foot in, then TAKE A SHOWER WITH THEM!!! Something I do with all my shoes (especially leather). This gets a lot of the red dye and stretches them almost 3/4 a size. Climbing will do the rest, they usually STRECH ABOUT A FULL SIZE.
1) not an all around shoe but simply a supplement to your bag of tricks.
2) look for a sale, if you can't find these for under $100 you're not looking hard enough.
I give it 4 stars because it does the job it was designed for but can't do everything.
Could anyone give me a size comparison to the dragons?
They collage that i attend happens to be pretty 'frat-tastic' unfortunately and this is nice change from the sperry. It's also sturdy, I've had mine for 4 years now and they're still holding up. They've been up to par on everything but one, the bottom cushion liner thingy is thin and kinda useless, part of mine has come apart and get stuck in an uncomfortable way while walking. But I think They have taken enough abuse that this is understandable. One more thing, I thought that since they were leather they wouldn't stink so much but I was wrong. Overall a good buy especially compared to the price of sperries
It kinda depends on what you're looking for, the dragon is typically a bouldering junkies wet dream while the quantum is more of a sport climbing shoe. If you're looking for something similar to the dragons for bouldering you may wanna try the lasportiva solutions or the five ten "teams" both of which are just super gnarly bouldering machines if you size them right.
If you're looking for a less aggressive bouldering shoe the lasportiva miura VS is a great shoe. A couple shoes I don't know much about are the blackwing and the anasazi arrowhead these seem to be the equivalent of the laportiva miura vs, but like i said I don't know much about these 2.
If you're looking for more of an aggressive sport climbing shoes the range of options increases dramatically. the quantoms are a good pick, you could go with the lasportiva testarossa. But the good thing about an aggressive sport climbing shoe is you can use those for pretty aggressive bouldering as well which opens up your options and doesn't limit yourself.
I've also seen people size the lasportiva miuras and miura vs in such a way that they become a nice all-around for both bouldering and sport climbing and other.
I myself probably could have sized my laportiva solutions an additional half size down for that extreme tight bouldering fit but I didn't so now I have a moderately comfortable bouldering and super steep sport climbing shoe. THERE ARE SO MANY OPTIONS!!!!
Lastly this is all relative to how these shoes fit you, but in the end the climber makes the shoes not the other way around. On that note I always prefer comfort over performance.
since this shoe is part synthetic and part leather, how much is it going to stretch? and how does this size out of the box compared to the solutions?
before I got this we always had to coil our rope, either carry it or put it back in the crag pack, then when we got there we had to unpack and re flake the rope. Now its just unclip and fold out and it's good to go and already on a tarp then just roll it up and buckle! This thing is perfect for those days at the sport crag when you're just trying to get as many routes in before the weekend is over and you have to wait another five days. It fits my 60mX10.5mm workhorse easily, no zippers but one pull cord that seems to be too long but I think i'll live.
I just purchased a set of these for the climbing club, I got them b/c
1) we're on a budget and these are cheap
2) Black diamond is a brand i'll always trust.
As far as quality comparison i'd say these are pretty low on the totem poll BUT THE BEST BANG FOR YOUR BUCK. If was choosing for myself I would go with something with a bent gate for clipping, a little lighter wouldn't be bad and i'd prefer something with a dogbone that didn't have such a large loop on the hanger-carabiner side so the carabiner couldn't slide around so much.
But all considered an awesome buy, do not regret getting! I would recommend these to someone just starting out at sport or someone who needs to buy a lot of draws! p.s. big fan of the rubber on the rope-biner side that keeps the biner stationary!
sizing comparison, I'm looking for a sizing comparison to either the sportiva mythos or solutions? I'm not looking for a performance fit but a comfortable technical shoe size that won't go sloppy. Any help is appreciated!
I'm looking for a 'cheap' pair to run down in the gym, this or the five ten moccasyms?
I'm looking for a 'cheap' pair to run down in the gym, this or the stoneland slippers? Also size comparison to the anasazi vcs?
I was concerned when I bought this bag online, the straps looked really uncomfortable, not well padded and kinda flimsy. BUT After a couple weekend trips with this pack I am very satisfied with the durability and comfort. Again the material is really strong, But if I was being nitpicky I would say I am slightly concerned about the zipper in the long-long-long run, I wish it was just a little more burly, and there might be a few too many bells and whistles on the pack including the "gear loops" on the waist belt, I can tell I will never use those for anything.
Thank you BC for the incredible welded duffle bag! holy cow this bag could take a beating, while This Is simply my first impression I can already tell this bag will be with me for a long time. I also love how the material is practically waterproof, I wouldn't be afraid to leave this bag outside in the rain with all my dry clothes in it (foolish maybe).
as far as sizing, for all those climbers out there the Medium can easily fit a 60 m workhorse rope. The Medium is 2674 cu in which is roughy 45 liters which is as big as my backpack so big and burly. It's probably A little big for a gym bag though.
It also has backpack straps which if you fasten together, with the buckle already present, form normal handle for everyday use. Unique bag, Thanks again Backcountry!
Great time, I never have to doubt the quality of my draws while up on the rock.
these are personally my favorite draws, They're inexpensive, lightweight, the action is smooth and the gate on the rope side is bent in a way that makes clipping easy. I like to mark all my gear with zebra tape, so I put it on the nylon for these guys and it doesn't come off which is a bonus. I typically see most people with the black diamond posiwire 6-pack, I would say these are an alternative to those with the same quality if not better. My girlfriend has the blakdiamond posiwire an she wishes she had mine hehe!
took out the Anasazi vcs to Reimers tx, the shoes did not disappoint. I wasn't afraid to edge on those small ledges, could easily smear if I needed to and small pockets weren't a problem. I highly recommend this shoe as a all around sport climbing shoe with decent high performance. after all it's the climber that makes the shoe not the other way around.
besides the 2 g/m, whats the big difference between this and the mammut apex standard 10.5? why the $40 difference? btw use bluewater at my work, not a fan on the "double-pick" sheath construction. makes the rope slick.
As far as rain shells go this one is pretty inexpensive! for a college student like myself who mostly spend the weekends out it's perfect. looks good, not constricting. It keeps ya from getting wet unless you're under a lot of pressure (physically). The waterproofness of this jacket fulfills the needs of most people for a really good price.
these shoes are great, the perfect combination of aggressive and semi-comfortable. (aggressive as I would want to go on most sport routes) It has a slight downturn which doesn't get sloppy cause the synthetic material, it stretches about 1/4 size which is perfect. The shoe has an a-symmetric shape which is great for toeing into pockets or small edges. Not to mention ONYX rubber which is really sticky, like I always heard it was sticky and didn't really think it could be that much of a difference but Holy cow it puts the rest of my sportive Vibrum XS to shame. My one complaint about the shoe is right now the rubber is a little thick so I can't feel much of the rock which scares me, But that just means it'll last longer, I think I still just need to break them in a little more. I wear 12-12.5 street shoes and went with and 11 in Anasazi VCS. Highly recommend for an all purpose shoe (maybe not for cracks but I hear others say differently, haven't tried them on crack yet)
P.S. when you try them on for the first time, fit them snug then take a step or two and feel heel get set back into the cup to lock the shoe into place, wonderful design!
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