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Vadim G

Vadim G

Salt Lake City, UT

Vadim G's Passions

Hiking & Camping
Running
Biking
Skiing
Climbing

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Vadim Gwrote a review of on August 15, 2014

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Not the lightest but get the job done. This was my first set of quickdraws. They clip really well. I am a little hesitant about the external rubber stabilizer...we'll see if ends up ripping off with enough use. Overall solid set of quickdraws at an awesome price

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Vadim Gwrote a review of on August 11, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size

I sized these shoes down pretty agressively, and got the smallest shoe I could squeeze my foot into. They stretched somewhere between .5-1 size for me, they are synthetic lined so don't stretch as much. These shoes edge amazingly well, and are really STIFF...so for climbers that are just getting serious and venturing into the 5.11+ range, and haven't built up as much foot strength as the climbers that have been doing it for years...these are perfect. The stiffness of the sole lets you edge and stand on tiny foot holds. The slightly downturned shoe is great for vertical and some overhanging stuff (won't be as good as aggressively downturned shoes like the testarossa or the solution, but still pretty darn awesome). They've done really well for me sport climbing outside, gym climbing and bouldering. I didn't like them as much friction climbing on slab, but that has prob more to do with how i sized them. Overall this is hands down one of the best all around shoes out there, if it fits your foot, and you are looking for a workhorse that does a great job with 90% of the climbing you do...this is it. This is not the shoe the specializes in any one thing like overhangs or slab friction routes. Overall...I love it. CHeck out the review below, I found it useful.

http://www.outdoorgearlab.com/Climbing-Shoe-Reviews/La-Sportiva-Miura

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Vadim Gwrote a review of on October 27, 2013

4 5

This shoes is super comfortable and will stretch A LOT. The lacing allows the shoe to hug your foot really well. I'm not thrilled with the XS edge rubber, it was a bit slippery to start, although it did improve somewhat after the shoes were broken in and the rubber was roughened a bit. Also keep in mind that these are not aggressive at all, no downturned toe. I personally like the fact that I can keep these on during the whole climbing day at the expense of having slightly less stable footholds on the harder routes.

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Vadim Gwrote a review of on October 24, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size

These are great minimalist shoes, fit true to size, have a zero heel to toe drop and minimal cushioning. The vibram rubber soles are awesome. A big upside is that they look great, unlike the stupid looking vibram five-finger shoes.

They are pretty comfy w/o socks, but you'll want to have socks on with any runs that are 5-6mi and up (my feet started to blister a little after that). Also, beware that these shoes take awhile to adjust to if you aren't running in minimalist shoes already. I've been in the adjustment phase for 3-4 months now, and still occasionally feel calf tightness/achiles and posterior tibialis tendon aches.

If you are just starting to transition to minimalist shoes, I'd say if you go for these then rotate them into your running routine once or twice a week for short runs to start, and then build up. Other minimalist shoes that have a little more cushioning or a slightly heel-toe drop may work well also.

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Vadim Gwrote a review of on October 23, 2013

3 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I have last year's Mantra. Disclaimer...I'm an intermediate skier, have taken these both east coast (vermont) as well as out west in BC and colorado. These skies are awesome at laying down big turns at high speeds. They are super stiff and are perfect for carving on groomers. They are also wide enough and heavy enough to take them into powder. However, the stiffness of the skis and it's not so great turning radius makes them difficult to handle in tight trees and bumps. Not the most playful ski. May be a little too stiff/heavy for my liking. That being said...they're a great ski if you are looking for all mountain ski to use on the east cost (take advantage of those groomers) and west coast (can tackle powder when needed).

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Vadim Gwrote a review of on October 18, 2013

4 5

Overall great tent, it's easiest to set it up with 2 people around, I can't imagine doing it by myself although technically may be possible there are other tents out there with simpler setups. This tent is pretty heavy if you are doing the full setup, however weight can dramatically be reduced if you leave out the shorter reinforcement crossbars. This is a good option if you are going backpacking where weight is a big problem, and you will not need the tent to withstand high winds as in an alpine basecamp situation.

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Vadim Gwrote a review of on October 13, 2013

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size

First lets be clear .... a pair of $60 socks is a ridiculous notion. With that out of the way these are actually great for reducing calf cramps/tightness and soreness. I found this really helpful when making the switch to minimalist running shoes and forefoot running.

Also, fit is really important with these. So be sure to measure your half with a tape measure and follow the fit guide

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Vadim Gwrote a review of on October 13, 2013

5 5

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

This hoodie is one of the best fleeces I've ever warn. It is INCREDIBLY warm, perfect for those really cold days out in the mountains or just around town. It isn't very wind resistant, you'll be happiest wearing this with a shell for wind protection. Zipper runs nice and high to keep your neck/chin warm. Has an athletic fit, may run a tiny bit small. I'm 5'9, 150 lbs, I typically wear a small but this medium fit me perfectly.

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Vadim Gwrote a review of on October 13, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

These goggles are really freakin cool looking. They're definitely a bit on the expensive side, but are a truly quality piece of equipment. You get a really wide angle of vision, and very clear and fog resistant lenses. These fit seamlessly with POC helmets, which keeps the wind completely out, and makes a difference on those cold windy days.

One important thing I would note is that the black lenses are VERY tinted and are only good for blue bird days. You'll want to get another set of lenses with higher VLT rating for most skiing days.

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Vadim Gwrote a review of on October 13, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size

I've used this hoodie both as a mid layer for EVERYTHING (skiing/ice climbing/winter running) as well as around town. Has a great fit; I'm 5'9 150lbs with broader shoulders and the small fits me perfectly. It's very warm, I'd put it as slightly warmer than the R1 by comparison. The hood is pretty awesome, it lays very flat against your back when not in use, and fits perfectly under a helmet when you wear it. The zipper runs high, making this have a built in balaclava . Overall, couldn't be happier with it. Another quality product. It's also pretty tough/abrasion resistant, and the tougher material that the chest/elbow panels are made from is effectively wind resistant

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Vadim Gwrote a review of on October 13, 2013

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Solid helmet, the head lamp straps are nice (mine haven't stretched out yet like the review below). The chin straps take a lot of fiddling with to get the fit just right and comfy, but once you do the helmet is quite comfortable. The wheel fit adjustment is a nice feature. It's also pretty cool looking as far as helmets go, so definitely gets added style points there.

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