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james peak wilderness area, rocky mountain national park, flagstaff mountain

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i am a Colorado native and i love skiing, climbing, hiking, and mountaineering.

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outdoor panda wrote a review of on February 27, 2013

3 5

I have had this pad for about three years now and I love landing on it. It is unbeatable as far as surface area and pad thickness. However, there are some caveats. While I have had this pad for three years, I don't use it regularly as I usually sport climb. I probably have gotten about 60 days of use out of it including two trips to Hueco Tanks. After only this much use, The fabric near the corners has started to rip. It only started a few months ago, and I was hugely disappointed. A pad for this much money should be as durable as can be. Also, the hip belt doesn't fit people with small waist very well. The hip belt and shoulder straps are not padded. The fabric doesn't hug the foam well and often sags a bit. The straps are connected to the fabric only, not the foam, and because it doesn't hug the foam well, the pad often falls far from the back, creating a feeling of wanting to fall over backwards sometimes. The closure straps are connected to the rubberized surface at the bottom and when cinched tight, they cause the "rubber" to stretch... permanently. A good pad, but probably not worth the price. Hope this helps any interested buyers out there.

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outdoor panda wrote a review of on April 20, 2010

4 5

Overall, these shoes are great. They have served me well for gym climbing, bouldering, and overhangs. they dont always do so well on slabs though and they are not very stiff. They also lack a downpointed toe which can make things harder. Also, the toe wears down very fast. But overall, they perform fairly well and are very comfortable

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outdoor panda wrote an answer about on February 23, 2010

i definately have to agree with Vern. it is a great beacon and it was the first beacon i ever used and i learned it incredibly easy. also, if you are just getting into backcountry trips, i would strongly recomend that you take an AIRRE level one avalanche course. they often teach you how to use that beacon and it will help keep you safe in the backcountry.

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outdoor panda wrote a question about on February 23, 2010

I am wanting to by my first pair of climbing shoes. i am an intermediate climber and i usually climb 5.10c up to 5.11a or b. i also climb indoors and outdoors. is this shoe good for me? i also have a long narrow foot and i was wondering if anyone else knows about how it fits. thanks.

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