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Greg's Passions

Climbing
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gre2501083 wrote a review of on April 13, 2011

5 5

The reviews speak for themselves. Just be aware the strap hits a little further back than other flip flops (in your arch normally) and this sandal has a higher arch than say Rainbows or Tevas. That being said, these are the best. Hand down. Chaco also has great customer service, replaced a pair of leather flops when the thong unexpectedly broke. Will never be without a pair.

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gre2501083 wrote a review of on April 13, 2011

Little Red Riding Dog
5 5

Alright, part of the reason I love this is my guilty pleasure of seeing my dog in a coat, but it is actually really good quality. I picked it up on SAC for $35 or so and it was a bit of a splurge but worth it. The hood could use some wiring or a chin strap to keep it over the head, but that is a minor quibble since the main thing is to keep the body dry, which it does. Took the pooch on our normal mile walk and got downpoured (it was raining...wait for it...cats and dogs...nothing...oh well), but this thing kept his body dry. Even the chest strap did a decent job of minimizing the underside getting wet. We get a lot of complements on the coat as well.

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gre2501083 wrote a review of on April 13, 2011

2 5

Not so much fat as a giant in normal clothing. As another reviewer puts it, the sizing is waaaaaaayyyyyyyyyy off. I wear a medium in everything and I could barely even zip it up without the bladder in. Once i finally put the bladder in and delicately zipped up the shirt as I was about to go out the door for a ride to try it, I decided against. Not only did I look like a Meathead in sausage casing, but I think it would have choked me after 30 minutes. Unless you are a rail thin cyclist with no muscle mass what-so-ever, size up, and despite that it still felt like I had a sloshing hump on my back. There is only so much that shirt fabric that is designed to breath can do to keep a water bladder in place I guess. I was hoping for a great product that I could take on the trails with my bike and maybe even run with, but it sloshed around too much and ended up just going back to my normal camelbak trail pack. Had to return it and wouldn't recommend.

Sincerely a man that is 5'9 that weighs more than 155lbs and who doesn't have a chest like a middle school girl.

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gre2501083 wrote a review of on June 16, 2010

5 5

Just took these trips on a winter trip to NZ and they performed better tnan expected on a raining kayak trip and a day of climbing on a glacier. Not the warmest glove in the world so you might need a liner for sub freezing, but kept me warm, dry and able to work a camera most anything else I needed to do. Real deal for a mid-weight glove you don't have to spend a benjamin or more on. Highly recommend.

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gre2501083 wrote a review of on April 6, 2010

5 5

Got a few of these for my PAS and anchors in general and they are great. Easy screw action, keylock is great and they are light as a feather (for a locker that is). I picked up a few of the Quicksilver lockers as well and you can tell the better quality. They are a little pricer than other options, but I have been happy with mine.

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gre2501083 wrote a review of on April 6, 2010

4 5

First off, I would almost insist on someone learning how to use an ATC first before becoming too reliant on the GriGri, but that said if I am climbing/leading with someone I might not be 100% with, I will set this puppy up and it is much nicer knowing that if I fall and they freak, it will catch me. Not the easiest to belay a leader, but since you will need an ATC to rap, I switch between the two depending on who I am climbing with anyways based on their speed/slack preference/weight/ect....

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gre2501083 wrote a review of on April 6, 2010

4 5

As with any of the Covert fabric stuff, feels like soft wool to the skin and pretty stylish to boot. I grab this when it is cool outside and want to look good doing it. When it is really cold I reach for my MH Dome Perignon b/c that really gets the job done. This is more fashion than function, but that is what I bought it for honestly, so 3 stars for function, 4 if you are just wanting to look good at the bar/park.

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gre2501083 wrote a review of on March 1, 2010

5 5

I am new at outdoor climbing and was looking for a PAS for myself, and went ahead and bought this even after my buddy told me to just save some money and buy some webbing and a locking binner. It was worth the minimal extra money to be able to use this thing with ease as I clip in and out of the multiple loops customizing the length of anchor on the fly, while he fumbles around trying to get the length right on his webbing. Can you do it cheaper? sure. Is it the best system out there? There might be, but I am sold on this one for how easy it is to use.

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gre2501083 wrote a review of on August 3, 2009

5 5

Got this on SAC for the wife after I got mine and she loves it. Replaces an older MH rain jacket that never fit right. Very female oriented cut that looks great on her, and the chocolate color is even nicer looking in person. This jacket is a little muggy down here in the south, but just about everything is. Burly fabric and the welded seams make it look like you spent a lot more for it. Haven't had any issues with performance yet. The only thing I would improve on this jacket would be to put a wire in the brim of the hood to give it a little more rigidity. Aside from that, great buy especially on SAC.

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gre2501083 wrote a review of on August 3, 2009

5 5

Like previous reviews, love these pants. They are not real stiff and burly softshell material, but they strecth/breath like crazy. They shed light rain nicely and are very comfortable in temps up to mid-high 80s. Highly recommend these for bouldering/climbing and or any outdoor activity. The belt loops a nice plus (my REI softshells have these too) and there are a ample pockets for all your needs. Medium fit me great, normally wear 32-33 waist and 30-31 inseam.

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gre2501083 wrote a review of on January 7, 2009

4 5

Read the reviews on this one b/c if you are shelling out the money you need to know what you are looking for. As previous reviewers have noted, if you are looking for a light weight shell for backpacking or other outdoor activity, this is the ticket. I already have a lightweight MH shell (already have the epic which is not as nice but for 1/3 the price and the I already own it and it does the job in most all situations I have used it in) of similar weight, so I ended up returning it. Now, if you want an all around shell that rocks, buy this (the size is a little tricky as noted by others, the large fit very well on my 5'9" 185 frame as an athletic fit with a little room for layering). The main reason I ended up returning (aside from a bit of redundancy that I couldn't warrant spending the money on) was because I was looking for a heavier weight fabric. It definitely has a durable weight for a light weight shell, but I wanted something a little heavier to supplement my epic (which is admittedly lighter than this). I ended up in a Gore-Tex Performance for the weight I wanted (and at 1/2 the price on SAC), but if I need to replace my spring/summer/fall shell this is where I am turning next. FYI, I have noticed that the color on BC products tend to be a little lighter than online, so keep that in mind, but still a sharp looking product overall. One other note, I think they could add an inside pocket in the future to improve this one over. Really hated sending this one back, but I just couldn't justify it.

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