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Amy Skowronski

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Amy Skowronski

Amy Skowronskiwrote a review of on September 21, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I prefer this to my bladders with the screw "lid" on them - the slide top makes for fast and easy cleaning, less water spews out when I close it, and I can use it as a handle. When I first got it, I was hesitant about how thin the material seemed but I haven't had any trouble with it. The hose is more bendable than my other bladders so it's easier to drink while I walk (is a pro) but it sometimes goes rogue and water gets on my shirt (could be a con if that sort of thing bothers you). If you don't overfill it, closing it isn't a challenge. I usually let mine drip-dry but there isn't a divider in it so you can just wipe it out with a paper towel if you need to stow it away quickly.

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Amy Skowronskiwrote a review of on September 21, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I love the adjustability of this balaclava, though when I pull the mask under my chin part of one of my ears ends up a little exposed. The neck of it spreads just a little bit to your shoulders so if you wear a crew neck shirt nothing is left uncovered. I have yet to use it when it's soggy, but it works fabulously when it's dry!

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Amy Skowronskiwrote a review of on September 21, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

This is one of those pieces of gear you don't realize you need 'til you have it. It's basically a heavy duty hobo bag. Depending on your lifestyle you can 1:Chuck your nice waders and neoprene what-have-yous in the bed of your truck without worrying that the myriad of rogue stuff that lives back there will puncture or damage your gear OR 2:The trunk of your car will stay dry (and clean) so you don't have to worry about river water getting funky in the floor mats. And, as always, I am all about that lifetime warranty.

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Amy Skowronskiwrote a review of on August 28, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I gave it as a gift but have feedback to share

I got this for a friend who's big into fishing at the beach. He said it kept the sun off him without overheating and that the ventilation was pretty great and it didn't get stinky enough that his wife complained after two days. Sounds like a winner shirt.

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Amy Skowronskiwrote a review of on August 28, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

This thing kept me reasonably warm after getting soaked in 54 degree water and then staying mostly still in a super windy area (also 54 degrees) for 5-6 hours. It allows for a full range of motion and stretches with your movements without riding up too badly. Would definitely recommend.

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Amy Skowronskiwrote a review of on July 11, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

These are great. I prefer the handled ascender over the Basic (even though it's a bit bulkier) because it's easier to manipulate over challenging lips, especially when one is exhausted or particularly slimed. The design has been in use for decades for a good reason - it's efficient and it works. (Thanks to Jonathan Wilson including a picture of an older version of it in his review - awesome!)

I finally had to replace mine after a few years because after miles and miles of muddy, gritty rope (and occasionally using it as a snowcone machine on iced-up rope), the teeth have finally started to wear down more than I'd like. I'll keep buying these when mine current one dies for as long as they keep makin' 'em.

As always, keep an eye on your gear and replace it when you need to.

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Amy Skowronskiwrote a review of on June 22, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size

I wear these pretty much everywhere, they're much more comfortable than I was anticipating (my old shoes had pretty much zero padding left in the soles). I got the blue color, and it matches the picture on the website. They look cute and stay on your feet: mission accomplished.

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Amy Skowronskiwrote a review of on June 22, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

We put these on a 2017 VW Golf (named REO Speedwagon). So far we've used it to haul big plastic rain barrels, a canoe, and some small furniture. It took almost no time at all to install them, they're incredibly sturdy, and they look pretty slick.

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Amy Skowronskiwrote a review of on May 30, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

These guys are bomb proof and phenomenal for caving. That being said, pay attention to your gear and know when it's time for a replacement.

https://www.petzl.com/CA/en/Sport/News/2016-2-2/Determining-when-a-CROLL-ascender-is-worn-out-(caving-context)#.WS4XKmjyuM9

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Amy Skowronskiwrote a review of on May 24, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

When you first use it, it might not seem like a lot of chalk is coming through the bag/sock, but mash it around a bit and suddenly you have yourself a great little chalk ball. It leaves your fingers properly chalked and your hands never come out of your bag looking like you dipped them in paint. After using it once (maybe twice, tops) you just have to swipe it and you're good to go for your next handful (ha) of moves. As an added bonus, when you unceremoniously fall off the wall and land on your chalk bag, it won't spew out a chalk fart of preposterous proportions.

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Amy Skowronskiwrote a review of on May 24, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

This jazz is bananagrams awesome. It's tiny, it works great, and it weighs borderline Nothing. Last backpacking trip I was on, someone thought I was pulling out a case for my contacts/solution and their head about exploded when they found out it was my stove. When I'm cooking on the trail, it's mostly just boiling water and going from there, so I don't know how it performs when you want to do anything fancier. For what I use it for, I can't imagine a better stove. MSR knows their stuff, and this stove proves it.

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Amy Skowronskiwrote a review of on May 24, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

It's called "basic" for a reason - it'll hold your chalk, that's its job. You can clip it to you harness with a carabiner or you can put the string over your head and around your body (no fancy clip). It's not designed to impress, it's designed to get the job done and it does, don't need much else. I got exactly what I expected and I'm very happy with it.

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Amy Skowronskiwrote a review of on May 24, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

If you want more reviews about Granite Gear stuff sacks, I'd direct you to the page of the individual bags. I bought the twofer set because it was I needed two 7L bags and this option was cheaper than buying them separately. These guys are sturdy. When you pick them up, you can tell that they're not going to tear if you chuck a book in one and they're not going to rip when you cram and punch them into your pack. They're not crazy-thin or even vaguely opaque, but you can put money on the fact that they'll hold your stuff and you can abuse them without concern. I've had stuff sacks that I worry about because they're so thin it seems unbelievable (they often are, RIP). Love these.

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