trail ninja

trail ninja

Colorado and southern Utah

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Richard's Passions

Trad Climbing
Camping
Backpacking
Trail Running
Hiking
Snowshoeing
Mountaineering
Sport Climbing
Bouldering

Richard's Bio

In it for the rush and to feel heathy and alive!

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trail ninja wrote a review of on June 5, 2011

5 5

This has become a standard helmet that you will always see when you're out. Light weight and looks sharp! I got mine in black and would tell you to get white or a lighter color. it's a good breathing helmet, but every little bit helps. It was the only helmet that I didn't look stupid in and that counts for something!

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trail ninja wrote a review of on June 5, 2011

4 5

First the good. the tool had good length, strenth, plam pad, and how is the leash not standard!? Wile working on a cam that was very stuck, going from working the triger and using the tool was a snap becasue I could just drop the tool and go back to my hands.
the bad is not much but little stuff that I would change. the quality of the leash is second to none!...but why? the leash is far too nice for a nut tool and because of this it's heavy. my friend has the Metalious one thats a little nicer quality if you ask me. This makes me ask, " why not buy that one and just make a light weight leash?? all this aside it's nice and I do recomend it.

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trail ninja wrote a review of on June 5, 2011

The best the world has to offer
5 5

I don't think I can say anyting that hasen't been said, but for me it goes like this.
The BD cams have the best ballance of Build quality, cost, and stability. Soooo many people trust them with their life and so do I. I think the strange feel of stability these have has something to do with the twin rotation shafts and the stiff spring tention. The tention is handled well with the build of the triger complemented by slilky smooth motion. You can't say anyting bad about them.

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trail ninja wrote a review of on June 5, 2011

cool guy
5 5

so someone told me if I got this I would be cool, so I did and I am! I got the yellow one cuz it seems like it would cover the size range I wanted. I feel so cool now. I clip it to my belt every day even when I go into walmart! you never know when this thing will come in handy. Ok so for real.
this is way heavy, but then it's almost a 2 in one. It's so top heavy compared to my #2 BD. This and the lack of a rear loop make it a little awkward to use. If it could be lighter and have that rear loop then I would sell my first born for a set. as it sits I love that I have it and I like knowing that it will almost always fit when I go for a placment. Did 5 stars because it's a work in progress, but it does work and really well so I gotta give props.

So final thought, Not much out there is like the quality, build, and stability of a BD cam thats been placed proper. This has a beautiful build quality, but for now if you're a real rock climber then your rack should be 70-90% BD. A few of these wont hurt you too much, but two BD cams or one of these? You make the call. I'm happy with mine and still undecided if I will end up buying more. not sure if this will help you at all, but it's where I stand today.

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trail ninja wrote a review of on June 5, 2011

5 5

Was I sceptical? YES! Am I happy with my decision? YES! My climbing partner and I have been using the Grigri and were pretty happy with that until now. This has a simple design that just works. I do suggest you watch the video of how to use it and practice, but after you've done that you'll never go back to the Grigri. When a climber is leading you just hold it in your hand at the right angle and watch it feed super smooth. If a fall takes place it will lock up quick and perfect and your hand naturally grabs hold of the brake end of the rope. I don't recomend using it as a ascender, but I had to at one point first trying the grigri only to find it impossible for how I needed it to work. The cinch did it like it was designed exactly for that! I'm telling you it's like magic. Small, light, WORKS!

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trail ninja wrote a review of on May 31, 2011

5 5

It really is that much better! I also have the size down from this that BlackDimond makes and I just don't even really need it anymore. This thing is huge! It's also so thick that it feels great to crash on. the best feature other than thickness and over all size would be the velcro straps on the back that hold the seam together when open. no more worries about landing on the folding crack and bottoming out. I also like being able to lay on it like a bed and rest or even camp out on it if you wanted to. I think this should be the standard size people use. I can say nothing bad about it.

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trail ninja wrote a review of on April 30, 2011

OH NO TWO STARS!!!!
2 5

Ok let me explain. I hate to be the kill joy in this pretty boy party, but lets get real. Have you seen/worn this overrated trash bag? Arc'teryx has a name for a reason and this jacket they make today with ProShell is NOT where it came from. In a extreame effort to save a few ounces Arc has all but lost what made it worth the money. Are you buying this having worn, felt, and seen the older Arc'teryx XCR shell? or are you just saying to yourself that it's just gotta be the best they or anyone can do? I have both and can tell you that the two jackets made by the same company have no business being on the same mountian together. It's the difference between building it so it will last forever and building it so you'll need to buy the new model in a few years. ProShell is so paper thin and weak that holes are now a thing to just get use to. Also I guess stiches are too heavy these days so we'll just glue the entie thing together....? The glue will fail as it has for me. The XCR has it glued and stiched. I wish you all could hold, feel, and wear the older XCR before buying the ProShell, then look at the sales man and say WTF DUDE!!! This is for all of you that are really going to use/depend on it like back country ski/snowboard or mountianeering folk. the rest of you can grab the nearest hefty and hit the bunny slopes for all I care.

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trail ninja wrote a review of on October 17, 2010

Tank Shell
4 5

I like everyone loves Arc Jackets. This I think is the best mountianeering jacket on the market today. I would like to note that they are big mountian jackets and if you dont enter the relm of the super cold then you should size down. I have a large and it fits like a extra large no joke. Get your size if you plan to layer like no other. Your results my varry but, I also have the older XCR model and it seems to be holding up way better than this new proshell.. I'm starting to wonder if they focusing so much on making it light weight that they are over looking durability. Light contact with rocks and I already have a few holes.. Proshell is a type of gore-tex fabric so I guess I can't blame Arc too much but, still..

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trail ninja wrote a review of on May 1, 2010

3 5

My friend and I were wearing these and the la sportiva evo gtx(basicly the same boot) We do our mountian climbs in the winter and with both we would get cold feet. Cool boots for sure but, not much keeping your feet warm. The heel area of these are bigger than the Evo's and over all would be better for a wide foot. We both wear the Spantik from Sportiva now. P.S. my feet are not prone to getting cold.

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trail ninja wrote a review of on May 1, 2010

3 5

Over all it's a real nice boot thats made to last. My one problem is that I can't really see what they are made for. Ice climbing maybe but, Sportiva makes better lighter boots for that. It's a boot that seems to be in a small gap for people that would need a stiff boot for crampons in above freezing weather. They just don't keep my feet that warm. Maybe I'm a more extreme climber than I think going out in the cold Colorado mountians in winter but, I doubt that. I ordered the Sportiva Spantik's and returned these. Sure they cost more but, atleast I'll keep my toes :-)

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trail ninja wrote a review of on October 9, 2009

5 5

Ok first let me please tell you that if you are a first time buyer from this site like I was, you have nothing to worry about! I live one state over from where these ship out from. I ordered it snail mail and they came the next day. very fast shipping and order prossesing! I also ordered a crash pad that shows it took 2 days to deliver, but I never got it. Not Backcountry's fault UPS's fault. I called Backcountry up and the first thing they tell me is, "We'll get another one shipped right out!!! WOW amazing costumer service!! A+++++!!!

OK OK the shoes... I had a chance to try these on from a local Retailer. From what I have read, the all leather shoe will stretch a bit, up to one size. I wear a 11.5-12 in US mens. I ordered these in 10.5 and they fit tight, but I can tell that after a few uses they are going to be perfect. Rubber on them is real sticky and even being a beginner I feel like a pro. Shoe is well built and seems like it will wear well. I was really liking the La Sportiva Mytos, but am real glad that I got these. I think my next shoe will be 5.10's I love my blue suede shoes!! Thank you Backcountry.com

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