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Andy OBrien

New Hampshire

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Andy OBrien

Andy OBrienwrote a review of on June 22, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I bought this solely for leading with an inexperienced belayer who doesn't have someone on the ground with them. I agree that learning to use a regular belay device first is very important but sometimes you get someone new and their the only ones who can go climbing with you. I like the peace of mind if I take a fall on lead and a new belayer freezes up I have some sort of a back up. Not saying that anyone should rely on the Grigri to take place of a good belayer but something is better than nothing even if it's only in my mind

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Andy OBrienwrote a review of on June 21, 2015

5 5

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

I normally don't like chewy things like this because they get stuck in my teeth. A friend had some out at the crag and let me try one. Not sure if its the organic ingredients or what but the orange tasted great and didn't get stuck all through my teeth.

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Andy OBrienwrote a review of on June 21, 2015

5 5

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

I normally don't like any of gel packs because they taste awful and leave a funny aftertaste. I picked one of these up in a few different flavors just because I was doing some extended hiking and wanted to save on weight so I could get the extra miles in with my compressed time schedule.

I was surprised at how good they tasted. It was like eating really good honey. No nasty fake flavor or aftertaste. I have already ordered more and will be keeping an eye out for when they go on sale to throw in my pocket while climbing multi-pitch routes.

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Andy OBrienwrote a review of on June 9, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I've had this pad for about 3 years or so and I've spent about 100 nights on it and am beyond pleased. I've used it from brutally hot summer nights to 4 below zero. As far as cold goes even sleeping on snow @ -4 the only time I felt a chill (other than the air on my face) was when I rolled off of it. It's light enough and comfortable enough to spend the money on but to tell you the truth it's so rugged it should cost more. I've been weighing in between 190 and 230 and like to plop down after a long day and it's still like new except for a little discoloration from using it without a sleeping bag on hot nights and sweating heavy on it.

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Andy OBrienwrote a review of on April 12, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Fit: True to size
Height: 6' 0"
Weight: 1845 lbs
Size Purchased: large

I bought these to go ice climbing and winter hiking in. I am 6 feet tall 185lbs and usually wear a 32x34 pant size and these fit wonderfully. I was impressed with how well they kept me warm on Mt. Washington at 25-30 degrees with steady 40-70mph winds. Really looking forward to next winter to try them at truly cold temperatures.

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Andy OBrienwrote a review of on May 29, 2013

I love it
5 5

I was really surprised with the capacity of this pack. I bought a medium for my 60# pit/boxer mix and I had to make it almost as small as it would go but with it opened up it fit on my 80# German Shepard. I recommend going slow and starting them out hiking with it on and nothing or very little in it. Were still working our way up to no more than 20% of body weight. It's a little expensive but if your doing a lot of hiking with your dog and he still has energy to play fetch for an hour like mine then it's worth every penny. If your dog is a couch potato it's not for you.

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