Could anyone comment on the sizing compared to the anasazi vvs, moccasym, dragons, or sportiva solutions?
Could anyone comment on the sizing compared to the anasazi vvs, moccasym, dragons, or sportiva solutions?
Just got these guys for cross training and short runs, My favorite thing about this shoe is the fit and how it's tight around the midsole but there is tons of room in the toebox. I've only taken a couple runs on the road so far and they seem aight as far as cushion goes but then again they are supposed to be for trail running (on that note lets be honest I'm not gonna buy a shoe just for trail running) I normally have high expectations for merrell shoes cause in the past they have lasted me forever, and while I just got this shoe I'm not to sure about the mess uppers. They It seems kinda flimsy to me (the mesh uppers) so i'll will probably not use for every day and keep reserved for working out and etc.
The first thing I noticed besides how comfortable it is the traction, which doesn't really make or break a shoe but I will say it is very hard to slip on wet or dry. It's very warm as it should be. I normally wear an 11.5 to 12 and got a 11.5 which seems to have more than enough room for thick wool socks. heads up the dark earth color is not that dark as pictured, but still a good looking shoe. In addition my experiences with Merrell is that they are very durable, so while I can't say I've put it thru the wringer, I can say I have high expectations for the durability.
Just got this as a gift because I kept borrowing the pentax wg-3 from another person. So far from what I've tried out it's a sick camera. Picture and video quality is pretty high but obviously this isn't a professional camera.
Something I like about this camera is how simple it is to use when it comes to almost everything. As far as downloading pictures, taking pictures on auto, display option, etc. it's really simply. My only dislike is there isn't a button or exterior way to change the ISO or the Aperture quickly, but for what this camera is for automatic does the job pretty well.
The condition specs are awesome, 14m under water, 220 lbs of pressure, -10 degrees Celsius, and a 6.5 ft drop. I kinda wish it had a higher than 6.5 foot drop but I guess i'm only 6 foot tall.
So the difference between the GPS version and the normal WG-3 kit is obviously the GPS, a display on the front for time and what have ya and the size. This one is bigger than the normal one and in my opinion the normal WG-3 kit has a much better/slim feel to it. But not a real problem, it's not BIG it's just not as small as the normal one. Overall great, I would recommend.
We use these along side the BD vario chest harness at my work. While we don't use either very often I would prefer to use the BD chest harness. Because this one is more cumbersome, It's not always easy to tell if it is twisted on another person like the BD one is, it's bulkier when hanging and simply doesn't look as clean. If you're looking into a chest harness check out the Black diamond chest harness.
On another note the harness does the job it's meant to perfectly well so for that i'll give it an additional star.
We use a couple of these at my work, and while we don't use it often at all, the simplicity of this chest harness is appreciated. Much like the BD vario speed harness, there is no padding but the webbing used is wide so applies pressure to a wider area. It's clear if you get it twisted and easy to tell if someone els has it on correctly. Not the most useful but it does the job in easy style.
If you need a warm hat, you can't go wrong with this.
1 very warm
2 good looking
3 fleece lining around ears
1 Sometimes the fleece lining makes it hard to hear soft noises but a very minor annoyance
overall a grand buy that will keep you warm. You know the expression... If your feet are cold, put a hat on.
We carry a couple of these at work, and in my experience, it's not the kids that want them it's the parent. I have used this once to belay a kid which means I had to put it on them as well. So lets just say putting this on someone the first time is an adventure with many tangles and "could you put your leg through this loop. no this one... the one I'm holding!"
This windbreaker is perfect for a sunny day when you know it isn't going to rain but maybe it's a little chilly from the wind or you wanna keep the sun from burning your back. The lining on the inside is also really soft and comfortable. My only thing is, and I know it's just a windbreaker (why I don't downgrade on the stars) but why not just wear a rain jacket and a light long-sleeve or sweater. This conditions for having to use this in Texas are very slim, But I know it's just a windbreaker.
It doesn't have normal pockets but it does have frocket. This is probably a contributing factor to why it is so light, but also a contributing factor as why I gave it 4 stars.
Style and looks, It's a very good looking jacket as you can see that comfortable and moderately warm. Overall I would recommend it to someone.
always gotta be watchin
Wether you prefer ATCs or grigri's this is still a must, especially if you ever need to rappel after a climb. In my opinion I also think if you don't know how to use an ATC you shouldn't be using grigri to begin with because this teaches the basics and doesn't give people a chance to get sloppy with their belay technique. grigris are nice for belaying someone working on a project but for easy warmups and gimmes the ATC-XP is easy to work with, smooth and accommodates all size ropes.
As far as the actual ATC-XP, it's an ATC, not much to say. I like the colors and it works like an ATC-XP should. I've never heard of one of these failing unless it was human error.
This specific ATC is nice for sport or Toprope as opposed to the ATC guide which can be used for directionals on multipitch and the normal ATC which is good for nothing as it wears down and gets sharp rather quickly.
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?