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Andrew L.

Andrew L.

Andrew L.wrote a review of on April 29, 2019

3 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Height: 5' 8"
Weight: 160 lbs

The material is fine, moisture wicking, light weight, yaddi yadda. However, the most important part of any base layer is that it fits in a way that you forget it exists.

This thing has an uncomfortably high neck so it touches against your throat unless you keep pulling it down and the sleeve material bunches up at the seam joint. I bought it as an extra trail running shirt and base layer and used it once or twice and now just can't seem to justify putting it on compared to a smartwool base layer or some of my other better fitting polyester layers.

Less likely to wear this than anything in my giant pile of "free" graphic race shirts they hand out after marathons and such. Which says a lot...

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Andrew L.

Andrew L.wrote a review of on April 29, 2019

3 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

while this sounds like a petty complaint, it is actually kind of a pain in the butt to get it on your fingers. Resistance bands you can just pop on and go so it is much easier to use it idley at the office where as this requires this weird little preparation time where you strap up every finger.

It works, but considering this supposed to be an absent minded training tool it is kind of annoying.

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Andrew L.

Andrew L.wrote a review of on April 29, 2019

2 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Height: 5' 8"
Weight: 160 lbs

Restricts range of motion and has really high armpits that dig in while climbing.

I bought this shirt because it has bright cool colors (I got the yellow). Unfortunately it really grinds into your under arms and the back restricts your range of motion, which is a bummer because as a tanktop all you have to do is... not do that.

I've tried to give it away to some of my friends who are my size and also wear tanktops but after trying it on once nobody seems to want it. I'd definitely skip this one, pretty poor design all around.

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Andrew L.

Andrew L.wrote a review of on April 29, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 8"
Weight: 160 lbs

I bought this jacket expecting the occasional outdoor use and it has become my do everything all the time jacket. I wear it in the office, I wear it half way up a cliff face, I wear it at the grocery store, and I wear it in my sleeping bag on the side of a mountain. This thing is so worth the money.

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Andrew L.

Andrew L.wrote a review of on April 29, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 8"
Weight: 160 lbs

This thing is an absolute workhorse. I keep using this thing and keep being surprised at how much I like it. I might go back for the version without the hood as unzipped the balaclava mouth cover area bounces around a bit, but not a huge problem.

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Andrew L.

Andrew L.wrote a review of on April 29, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 8"
Weight: 160 lbs

These pants feel noticeably thinner and lighter than the other pants I wear for climbing/hiking. I mostly wear Kuhl renegade or Prana stretch zion, I love these OR pants, they are very breathable, comfortable, and lightweight bought a second pair after buying these on a whim.

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Andrew L.

Andrew L.wrote a review of on February 1, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: Runs large
Height: 5' 8"
Weight: 160 lbs
Size Purchased: Small

Technical side:

Pants fit great, little baggy in the leg area but not too much. Legs run long on me which isn't unusual. The seams and cut is very unrestrictive, far more flexible than I am. Material is light and feels like cloth rather than stretchy material. I have been very pleased with their performance on the rock. Minor downsides are: These pants are not moisure wicking, after a day of climbing I will usually have sweat rings where my harness was and the pants feel slightly damp, not a huge problem but if you get wet they don't dry that fast. Also the pockets are at strange angles, it took me a bit to get used to this but for stylistic reasons I don't care.

Now onto the important part:
They come in an orange color so bright it is just magnificent, I love these pants and get compliments a lot about how technicolor popping they are. If you go with the bright color prepare yourself because it isn't dull or faded its intense and I couldn't be happier.

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Andrew L.

Andrew L.wrote a review of on February 1, 2019

5 5

I was looking for a durable, lightweight, minimalistic bag. This bag is essentially a giant dyneema drybag with some well executed features transforming it into a fantastic bag.

Impressions after using this bag for a while as a Crag bag to haul climbing gear on hikes and backpacking with it.

* Light as a feather, non sarcastically I think if you tied a string to this bag and took the straps off you could use it as a kite.

* Super comfortable load distribution, straps feel great, waist belt feels snug and comfortable.

* Extra pockets are actually useful

* Very waterproof, I was skeptical but this baby is at home in a torrential downpour (Though be aware it only has one pocket so if you open it the water is going straight in like a bucket)

* Didn't make my back hot or uncomfortable, I was concerned it would but it felt breatheable despite being a sheet against your back.

This bag is great, I am really stoked to use it more!

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Andrew L.wrote a review of on February 1, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Fit: True to size

Bought these as crag shoes, edge holds well and is comfortable. Looks nice enough to wear around if you really want. Not sure I would trust these as a true hiking shoe but for the price these are a great shoe to wear around the crags and do some technical approaches.

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