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maip70492wrote a review of on August 18, 2015

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: Runs small

I usually wear a 2-4 in pants (waist size ~28-29in), but based on reviews I ordered a 6 in these, which turned out to be spot on. Definitely check the size chart on the Black Diamond website Women's Creek Pants product page, it's specific to these pants and you'll be able to accurately judge your size based on your measurements.

These pants are super nice and flattering if you have an athletic lower half; they don't look too "techy" and are definitely a great crag-to-town piece. The fabric feels really good on the skin but is also very durable and will protect your legs; it has a little bit of stretch but not a ton. They breathe ok but not great (I tested them climbing on a 90 degree humid day). The pockets and belt loops are all thoughtfully designed as well.

I got the blue, which is kind of a slate blue in person; it's a nice, understated, but not boring color.

I have "alpine thighs" and a "bubble butt" and I found that though these pants provided a great fit on my legs, they had a big gap at my lower back and wouldn't stay on. I had them taken in at the back and now they fit great.

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maip70492wrote a review of on June 17, 2015

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I was tired of dragging my friend's rope across roots and sticks while cragging, and since he refused to buy a rope bag, I got him this tarp.

The tarp does a great job at its basic feature, which is keeping your rope off the ground and letting you move it around easily while being light and simple.

Pros:
Colored tie-in loops for the ends
Straps let you cinch up your rope burrito
Super light and minimal
Cheap but does a great job!

Cons:
Straps could be better: they could be spaced wider to capture bulky ropes better, and the buckles are not very smooth
The "proper burrito roll-up technique" seems inobvious---I can't seem to get it on the first try.

For the price, this thing does an awesome job.

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maip70492wrote a review of on May 1, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

It bites anything, feels bomber, and bundles up well to stash on your harness, since it's a "hollow" weave with a bar tack instead of a bulky fisherman's knot. I got the 13.5" as a rappel back-up, which is a hair long if you do three wraps and attach it to your leg loop. Even if you think the heat resistance is superfluous, this little guy bites better and handles better than any bit of string you might buy off a spool. My only criticism is that after a little bit of use it'll look filthy from sliding along your filthy ropes....maybe that's an additional anti-theft feature!

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maip70492wrote a review of on May 1, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Mine was blue and white and not ninja black, so I have no issues with color.

I got the 7mm x 50ft and cut it in half with a hot knife. Sterling's 7mm is rated to be a little stronger than other brands, which is why I chose it. It handles well, knots well, and unties easily. No complaints here!

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maip70492wrote a review of on April 26, 2015

3 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I've had the 130 lumen Spot for a little over a year now.

I don't particularly abuse this headlamp, but I'll toss it in the head of my pack with my other stuff. Even in lock mode, it will unlock itself and turn on, and run the battery down. I can't comment on the real battery life because of this issue. It has a bunch of useful modes, but only one button, so you have to memorize a bunch of different tap patterns to figure out how to switch between them. The seldom-used ones still slip my mind most of the time.

Otherwise it's quite bright and sufficiently comfortable and versatile. I use it for hiking and climbing.

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maip70492wrote a review of on July 11, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: Runs small

I've gone through three (resoled) pairs of these.

These have been my "quiver of one" shoe for the gym and the outdoors. They stick like no other. They're soft enough to be sensitive; they have enough of a power toe to give performance; and yet they can still edge some. They're comfortable enough (for me at least) to wear for a couple pitches, but don't sacrifice performance. Cracks were no problem either. They're pretty good at everything.

Major cons were (1) durability: the rubber on these shoes seems to just evaporate right off, and is prone to separating at the edge where the sole meets the toe; and (2) specificity: for any given type of climbing (steep, small edges, etc.) you can probably find a better shoe...but you'd be hard-pressed to find one as versatile.

I took close to my street size (roughly 9-9.5, took 9.5) in these and it was a hair snug, but the correct size for me.

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maip70492wrote a review of on October 6, 2012

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

...but I feel like I've outgrown it fast. They seem decent outdoors, and the XS rubber feels really sticky to me on granite--I love smearing with these outdoors. However, they really have been hampering me from hitting tiny edges in the gym, and I find myself slipping off footholds far too often with these.

They've been very durable and comfortable beginner shoes, but after a few months of climbing (basically once I hit 5.10b indoors) I feel like I've outgrown them.

I wish I had gotten half a size smaller, they definitely stretched over the months I've been wearing them, which is another issue with performance.

Overall I'd definitely buy them again as a first shoe and I'll still use them outdoors, but I'm looking for something a little stickier (like Stealth C4 rubber) for the gym.

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