Alex Quitiquitwrote a review of Petzl Sirocco Helmet on June 14, 2017
Familiarity: I've used it several times
Already been put to the test by Jorg Verhoeven in Boulder Canyon.
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Already been put to the test by Jorg Verhoeven in Boulder Canyon.
I often ask a lot of my D shaped locking biners. I have about 6 of them on my rack/harness at all times for all sorts of acts. This biner has risen in the ranks as my favorite.
Super smooth action on the screwgate, red indicator - great for PAS connection and letting you know when you AREN'T locked.
And they have a great light feel to them. Lighter than the BD Nitron Screwgate and a whole lot more carabiner.
Very versatile and easy to clip/unclip with the key gate.
New Favor Locker!
BD's C4 Ultralight - reduction in weight, same gold standard cam.
For Rappelling - it can't be beat. Semi-autolocking on rappel - it's a great back up - and you can always add a prussik for double the safety.
Smooth belaying comes with practice, but this device does it all.
I love the abrasion test they show in this video - really shows the improvement over contact slings- As well as breaking strength with knots etc.
I have been a long time convert to the TC Pro / Katana Lace Combo. I am sure i am not alone in this combo - I use my Tc Pro's for moderate multipitch and trad, and my Katana Lace's for more technical and aggressive lines.
The Quantum fits right in here. Except it has the added benefit of sticky Stealth. This shoe is pretty stiff in the midsole, but has a precise downturn to it that gives it stability and performance. It fits my wide foot great! I am a 9.5 and I bought the 9.5 and it fits great!
If you are like me and needed something stickier and a bit more precise - the quantum is leaps and bounds in the right direction. I give it 5 stars as it has allowed me to climb somethings i was previously scared of climbing before, small footholds with runouts.
For the price, these are a great high performance bouldering gym shoe -
Make sure you size them up at least a full size. And if you want that comfort for gym sessions - GO FOR A SIZE AND HALF LARGER THAN YOUR NORMAL STREET SIZE.
I've got wider feet and these things fit super well!
They feel similar to a boostic from Scarpa but fit better because of the wider toe box. They have a solid feel to them on small holds and the vibram is really nice.
These things are fantastic! They a great for making alpine draws and the bartack is extremely low profile and easy to extend- just remember to clip at the bartack and pull.
I buy them 4 at a time because you can never have enough alpine draws, and i can't emphasis that enough.
This rope is clutch for alpine adventures, traverses, and the like. I used this on a very moderate ridge link up where i needed a rope for a few short stretches of harder climbing, and then it was either packed away or used simul climbing.
It works great as a single line, even for it's diameter, and I've thought that if i ever had to climb a pitch with it that would expose the rope to any sharp edges or a any spots that could cause wear, I could just tie into both ends and have my partner belay me like twin ropes, and have him tie in with a bight to second.
A very versatile tool for the alpine and for long approaches where weight matters - It's also dry treated and ready to rock.
Yeah, sure, a bit hyperbolic.
But as far as a ski that can do it all - you're looking at it. Not only does it have the shape and construction to handle any type of condition, it just straight skis fun. It's full of energy and pop, it has a solid carbon flex - stiff where you need it - poppy where you dont. It really crosses all the lines. No chatter at speeds, almost full sidewalls, carves on groomers, comes around quickly in tight spots, and edges beautifully in the steep/coulies.
After beating up my Grigri 2, I upgraded to the + and I am already stoked on it's features.
I've used it for top roping in the gym, which the new "top rope" setting is a great add. It's more "grabby" on the rope in this function. I was top-roping with one of the gym's provided ropes (THICK -11mm) and it worked great.
When in lead function this thing feed sooooo smoothly! If I had my eyes closed i'd believe i was belaying with an ATC -
No more holding the cam down to feed slack! - Yes, i know, i wasn't supposed to do this anyway but with the + - in lead mode, it's soooo smooth to pay out slack.
It also feels burlier - but not heavier. I have a feeling it will be less prone to the polishing and groovin that i have going on with me 2 (which has seen some use)
I also had a chance to test out the anti panic. We climbed up a 3 pitch route, and wanted to lower from those top anchors down to a mid anchor to top rope a harder quartzite slab - i was able to lower my partner smoothly off the anchor and engaged the anti-panic once as I started to lower too quickly. It was awesome to know that I couldn't drop my partner. It was easy to disengage the anti panic and begin lowering again.
I had been thinking about replacing my USED grigri 2 for awhile and am super stoked on the upgrades.
For beginners - ease of transition from learning on an ATC, Great for Gym Climbing, Great to any sort of trickery when lower outside climbing, and great lead belay (duh)
The legend contiues!
The Nano 22 has always been my biner for alpine draws and for climbing in the alpine. Being so light and low profile, they are the best biners for their weight.
These are the updated biners - stronger, more durable, and with a large bucket. Excellent update to a great ultralight biner!
From .3 to #2 BD, these match up perfectly to my cams and make identifying them on my harness quickly when i need to slam a piece in. They are light, at 1 oz, and are easy to clip and use!
As soon as I realized how much better it is to have biners that are not only light, but also coordinate with my cam colors, I always make sure to keep a few of these on hand.
Big enough to be easy to clip and use, but light enough to make them the perfect replacement for my older D shaped biners.
Pretty Simple and ambigious midge fly. I ended up clipping the hackle down to a small puff to mimic what i was seeing, caught a few after making the change. Pretty solid!
Classic Black Hole construction and minimal design. Is great as a gym bag, or a small bag for travelling when you don't need the frills of pockets or spacers. Because of the TPU it's super sleek and is nice for throwing in everything from fly fishing waders to dress shirts.
It's super easy to clean when you leave your gym clothes in there too long (guilty)
The bag weighs nothing and packs down very small - I actually packed it in my checked baggage on my trip to Iceland and used it on the way home to pack all the goodies I bought for the squad.
I started using this pack as a pack for casual fly fishing days and its great! It fits way more than it initially looks and sits really well on the back.
I have also taken it on a trail run and used it to carry my work computer. Multiversatile with the bomber construction of the Black Hole style.
It takes just one of these to make your day go from terrifying to awesome. A well placed and set stopper is nothing but a glorious thing.
Classic BD, color coded for quick placement.
Every rack needs a set.