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david graham

david graham

Texas

david graham's Passions

Hiking & Camping
Running
Yoga
Climbing

david graham's Bio

born and raised in Dallas, Boyscouts got me camping and I've been addicted to climbing for the past 3 years.

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david graham wrote a review of on October 27, 2014

5 5

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

So I'll say what you've heard before, The good
-great at cracks
thick leather and toe rubber plus the high top for off width
-supreme edging
really stiff midsole and vibram xs edge save your energy while standing on small things.
-really comfortable
once you break them in, which takes a long time, they are pretty darn comfortable.
and everything else good you've probably already heard.
the bad:
-supreme edging results in loss of sensitivity
which is normal, but this shoe almost takes it too far, you can't feel a thing. But have no fear, you get used to it.
-supreme edging also results in loss of smearing power
it may just be me but I found that this shoe is put to shame when it comes to smearing compared to other shoes. which you think would be a priority for a big wall shoe.
the ugly:
-the price
if you can find em cheap, get em but it's hard to find this shoe for less than $100
-small cracks
I just tried these out this weekend at a smaller finger crack, they did alright. I thought rand smearing in them wasn't bad. as long as you can get something in the crack. But there was definitely a point where i wish i was wearing something with a thinner profile... until the crack thinned out more and i was using micro edges, then i was glad again.

sizing for me:
I wear a 12 street shoe and I got a 44 in these. I don't think i could wear these all day on a big wall but I can hang around and belay in them for a pitch or two. I would go another half size up (44.5) for all day comfort. I also wear
miura lace 43.5 - comfortable but performance sport
solutions 43.5 - bouldering tight
moccasym - 10.5 with some toe curl

conclusion: feel like I should give em 4 stars based on what I just wrote but I like em so much I'll give em 5. No 4, hmmm 4.5? ehh screw it we'll round up.

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david graham wrote a review of on May 1, 2014

5 5

You won't regret buying these guys. These do great as a compliment to a larger set off cams, for those smaller cracks. For reference the metolius number 6 (dark green, largest in this set) pretty much the exact same size as the Black diamond C4 #1, I prefer the action on these to black diamond C4's. I haven't had any experience with the C3's though. One thing you should know though, On the smaller smaller ones, sometimes the trigger can get in the way of putting the cam as deep as you'd want to go.

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david graham wrote a review of on April 20, 2014

5 5

These are my favorite cams of mine so far (only have master and camalot C4's). I feel so much more confident when I find a place to use these rather than the camalot C4's (weird I know). Although the action may take a little more force to engage, it is smooth and makes it so the lobes pull back evenly every time. I only wish metolius made larger sizes of the master cams because I would buy those in a heartbeat, but for now I'll keep using these for my small cams. I don't know how these stack up against BD camalot X4's which might be a more appropriate comparison though.

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david graham wrote a review of on March 23, 2014

4 5

I bought one of these specifically for hanging part of my rack on and i plan on buying more. This biner is perfect for anything you can throw at it except for when you need a locker. It's cheap, so leaving one or two behind isn't gonna break the bank. I would call it a little on the heavy side especially if you're carrying a ton of them, but they provide a lot of bang for the buck when it comes to usefulness.

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david graham wrote a review of on March 23, 2014

3 5

a good tool to have, I personally do not use them outdoors but I use them at my job at a climbing wall when I am setting to adjust where my body is relative to the wall. But I have recently seen another device that did the same job but was adjustable on a cinch able pulley, made the daisy chain look like a dinosaur. Anyways I prefer sling outside to anchor in just cause I don't like the idea of the daisy chain loops snapping and creating a domino effect that snaps all the loops into one large loop, thus creating enormous amounts of extension and possible shock loading the system. Kinda a worst case scenario that I'm not even sure that would happen but yeah, I trust sewn runners/sling outside cuase they're simple though not as easily adjusted.

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david graham wrote a review of on March 23, 2014

5 5

It's hard for someone to screw up a carabiner, unless of course it doesn't hold the weight it is suppose to, but other than that, the only other things to consider are weight, aesthetics, the action of the gate, and the shape (for different jobs in your system). I picked up a couple of these on sale for my runners and they do a good job, nothing to complain about. I haven't taken a fall on them yet but i'm sure they'll do fine since I can trust the mad rock brand. no reason to be hatin on these biners.

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david graham wrote a review of on March 23, 2014

5 5

My favorite part about this is how they put the holes on the side so you can tighten loose bolts. I do a lot more sport climbing than trad but I may just start bringing this guy up with me on sport routes to tighten those loose bolts I find almost everywhere. The actual nut tool itself Is pretty good, sturdy material, I do wish it was a little longer so it could A) reach more places and B) get more leverage on the chock, but who am I kidding I do more hitting than I do prying anyways ha.

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david graham wrote a review of on March 16, 2014

5 5

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

I received this thanks to backcountry. In the one person table set. and so far it is a keeper. It's cheap/inexpensive and sturdy. I also normally only bring a bowl with me cause it's all i need. Anyways it's perfect sized for a outdoor meal, get the lid it is helpful when you don't feel like cleaning immediately . It's a bowl!!!

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david graham wrote a review of on March 16, 2014

5 5

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

I like this set, thank you backcountry, for several reasons. The material is strong so i don't think it will ever break on my when i need it (always a plus). It's inexpensive and i'm no longer eating out of metal material that makes that noise when you run a metal fork over it and it doesn't burn my hands when i'm trying to stay warm while eating hot soup. Favorite item in there is either the bowl or the insulated mug (both of which have lids) because it's what you/I use the most. The plate is a little big and useless (for me) and the silverware is also a little unnecessarily large, so packing tightly isn't the best. But for the majority of what I do it works great. If you buy this pack, you can take stuff out and put stuff in before a trip depending on what you need/want. For that reason I give this 5 stars.

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david graham wrote a review of on March 16, 2014

4 5

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

This is a great plate, my only complaint is that it is enormous. But machine washable is a nice change from my old cook set. So the product is great but I normally only pack a bowl outdoors because a bowl can do everything a plate can and more. For that reason I would recommend the GSI outdoor infinity bowl instead of the plate.

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david graham wrote a review of on March 16, 2014

4 5

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

the ring is bomber, doesnt seem like it is going to come off. Also the fork, spoon and knife also seem to be made of very sturdy material I would expect them to break either. My one complaint is that they're really big and unwieldy and hard to store. I prefer my stuff to be small and packable.

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david graham wrote a review of on January 6, 2014

4 5

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.

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david graham wrote a review of on January 6, 2014

4 5

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.

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david graham wrote a review of on December 26, 2013

4 5

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.

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david graham wrote a review of on December 26, 2013

2 5

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.

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