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Amy Skowronski

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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Amy Skowronskiwrote a review of on May 24, 2017

5 5

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

Comfortable, easy to use, good price. Padding is great and doesn't interfere with your climbing but is much appreciated when you fall. If you're looking for a harness that will serve really niche needs, maybe hunt around a bit more, but would recommend this to any novice/intermediate climber. Great all-around harness.

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Amy Skowronskiwrote a review of on May 24, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

1. This thing is sturdy and will hold up even if it gets banged around a little bit in your pack.
2. Not only does a Nalgene nest nicely in it, some fuel canisters do, too! Sea To Summit mugs (with a little bit of convincing) can be used as a lid so you can keep all your little things together without using another bag.
3. The handles stay comfortably cool. I have a copper mug gets hotter faster, but so does its handle, so I prefer this thing.

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Amy Skowronskiwrote a review of on May 9, 2017

5 5

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

It started to rain on the trail last weekend and when I pulled this out of my pack, someone asked if it was my pack shell and stood dumbfounded when it unrolled into a jacket. It packs down TINY. It's ridiculously lightweight and keeps you dry dry dry. I like the elastic on the cuffs (my last rain jacket didn't have that). The trade-off for size and weight is lack of waist pockets and no armpit vents. It's a great all-around rain jacket; it performs excellently and looks good so it's perfect for on-trail and around town.

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Amy Skowronskiwrote a review of on May 9, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I thought all the hype around Hydro Flasks was just talk, but after I bought one, I can say that YES these things are as fabulous as everyone says. I use it every day. In the summertime it keeps your ice cold drink nice and cold and in the winter time I like to put hot tomato soup in it to sip on. It keeps whatever you put it in at temperature for an alarmingly long time.

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Amy Skowronskiwrote a review of on May 9, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Well, I logged in to write a review for these, but it looks like I already have. What can I say, I love these. I have two 5L bags that I use almost every weekend (one for food and one for clothes) and one 10L that only gets used rarely. They're incredibly durable and being able to see into the bag is a huge perk, especially when your slimed with mud and don't want to filthify the inside of your dry bag just to snag a Snickers or a pair of dry socks. I've gotten a lot of comments on them on trips so I bought a handful of 5L bags to give as gifts and they're always a huge hit. For sizing reference, you can easily fit 6 beers in the 10L and still have some room for ice.

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Amy Skowronskiwrote a review of on May 9, 2017

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: Runs small

The material is soft and comfortable. The inside is a little fuzzy but isn't fleece. One of the pockets wasn't sewn quite right, but it isn't noticeable and functions fine. This isn't a super high-quality hoodie, definitely not the kind of hoodie that will last for years and years, but it's very comfortable and warmer than I anticipated.

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Amy Skowronskiwrote a review of on January 22, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

The waistband goes up to right below your bellybutton, which is perfect for combining with a rain jacket, because without a doubt you will stay dry. These pants are lightweight and fold down relatively small, but nothing crazy. The zippers on the calves are great - you can leave your boots on when you put them on!

Even if you just leave them in your pack and rarely use them, you'll be glad for the times you need them. Definitely a good investment.

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