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Matthew's Passions

Snowboarding
Climbing

Matthew's Bio

I am a mountain bum. I drool over new gear. I spend as much time, outside, living the dream as possible. I have a season ski pass and cherish blue sky climbing days.

http://alittlethinair.blogspot.com

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matthewtcox2257980 wrote a review of on December 28, 2012

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

These tights are no joke ? they are the real deal. The first time I put them it took me 10 minutes to fully get them on. I own a couple pairs of compression tights and none are half as nice as these. The amount of support they provide is redonkulous. I instantly went out and squatted 1,000,000 pounds (literally). I don?t like how much they cost, but they are without a doubt the best. I haven?t skied in these yet, but they will be perfect long days.

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matthewtcox2257980 wrote a review of on April 8, 2012

5 5

I am without question a sock snob. I refuse to own cotton socks and have gone strictly merino for at least 5 years. Occasionally I will let a pair of “tech” socks creep into my closet, but I am usually less than satisfied and always end up going back to my smartwools.

I bought these socks with the same assumption I usually have about tech socks. I’m hopeful for something wonderful, but I don’t get my hopes up.

Let me tell you – get your hopes up. These socks freaking rock. I was even a little skeptical because they are an in house brand. I have owned my socks for about 8 weeks and I still love them. They are the first pair of socks I reach for. I will certainly buy more – they are great. Here are the reasons I like them: They are stretchy, but not too much. They wick wonderfully. They don’t get a wicked stink. They are padded just right. They are durable.

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matthewtcox2257980 wrote an answer about on November 24, 2010

Way more headache than they are worth! I was all excited about them and bought a couple. They are garbage, dont waste your time. It is way faster and easier to keep a couple of slings over your shoulder with some biners and then rack all your pro on the 4 loops.

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matthewtcox2257980 wrote an answer about on July 31, 2009

$99 American dollars.

I guess you could attach it to the side of a full body harness while belaying with a figure 8, but I wouldnt. You are creating a system that doesnt make any sense. I think you are just asking for trouble when trying to do this. Check out this forum on a Prusik back-up.

www.yourclimbing.com/forum-prusik_backup_rappeling

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matthewtcox2257980 wrote an answer about on July 31, 2009

If you are really looking for a work horse you should look at a marathon rope from sterling or the sharp arc from edelweiss. The marathon series is super tough, they last forever and always climb well. I have owned a couple over the past 10 years (8 spent guiding). The sharp arc is also a beast. It takes some time to break in and will feel super stiff, but it will last a long time.

IF I had to pick one rope soft catches and durability it would be the sterling.

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matthewtcox2257980 wrote an answer about on July 31, 2009

The #5 looks neat but who really wants to climb a nasty offwidth, which is the only place you could use it. Plus the thing weighs like a 100 lbs. Buy either the .3, a .75, #1 or #2. Think fingers and fists. Those are the sizes you will be using most at this point in the game. good luck.

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matthewtcox2257980 wrote an answer about on July 1, 2009

These screw in using drywall screws. The jibs are very small, so running a hex bolt through them to a t-nut wont work. These are best used as additional hold to a couple of combo packs. You can use them for foot holds or really small crimps. As far as your 3/4 inch ply goes, these will hold fine with the screws they come with.

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matthewtcox2257980 wrote an answer about on March 30, 2009

BD says that #1&2 are only for aid, but damn, I find great placements for them all the time. I dont run it out when i am above them, but I've taken small falls on the #2 and the wire held just fine, no frays or any problems. I will keep using them on lead and wont think twice about it.

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matthewtcox2257980 wrote an answer about on March 30, 2009

These will not stretch at all, so dont expect that. I have the same problem, I have a high arch. It is up to you if you want a shoe that will not close all the way. I cant hang with that. I would not go up a half size as then your heel will move around and the shoe will suck. If you are set on a velcro shoe, i'd keep looking. Otherwise there are tons of great slippers and lace ups that would work for you. Try La Sportiva, they seem to have a little more volume built in for the arch and instep.

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matthewtcox2257980 wrote an answer about on March 29, 2009

I dont think the D60 has a dc input. since you are using removable rechargable batteries I would into a set-up like this:Brunto solar panel and any 12v inverter (can be bought at almost every electroncis store). You can plug the inverter in to the panal and charge your stuff up. Leave it at your camp while you are out with your camera shooting. You will need at least 1-2 extra batteries. But this set-up would be perfect.
http://www.backcountry.com/store/BRU0142/Brunton-Solaris-26-Solar-Panel.html

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