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August B

August B

August Bwrote a review of on February 24, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 11"
Weight: 175 lbs
Size Purchased: 45.5

Very preliminary review. Hopefully I'll remember to update this as I use them more.

The climbing ability is very good, somewhere in between a rental shoe with the slick grey toe protector rubber, and my comfortable lace up Scarpa Helix's. I normally do 5.12a/b at my gym in the helix's and was able to climb 5.11c/d clean in these. Above that, the rubber was sticky enough, but was too flexible to take the tinier holds.

As for comfort, plenty wide in the toes and supportive for walking around. The lacing system goes down to the toes, and the mesh really lets you synch them down for climbing, and loosen them up for walking around.

I can't speak for hiking in them yet, and I can't speak for their durability beyond two days at the climbing gym not damaging them.



Addendum 1:

I wore them on the 2 approach to a sport climbing crag. it was a little in places where streams crossed the path, and the traction was good, not what a cleat would be, but good enough to feel comfortable on the slick sloped ground. The heel gives a good amount of support and cushion, like a running shoe, but is stiff like hiking shoe, and comfortable for rucking in 20lbs of gear.

At the crag, I warmed up on a 5.7 while wearing the TX2's and they gripped the rock well. The lack of point made edging on the faces of the limestone an upper body endeavor, and while stiff, they aren't in the league of a dedicated climbing shoe. I lead the climb comfortably, but I probably would begin feeling uncomfortable on a 5.8 at this crag where I normally feel uncomfortable in climbing shoes on a 5.10.

Since we spent a little too much climbing, to keep on schedule, we jogged back to the car, which was a steep downhill, about 1.5 miles of flat, followed by a moderate uphill section for a total of 2 miles. The TX2s ran like tennis shoes, with no mugginess on my feet like leather hiking boots.

I hope to take them on longer hikes soon and will report back.

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August B

August Bwrote a review of on July 21, 2018

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I got this since I was experimenting with different anchor systems. I usually try going with beal Dynamic slings for the safety margin, but this does 2 and 3 bolt anchors so darn easily, that I usually bring it out as my second anchor.

Just clip, clip, clip, two clove hitches, and then tighten, and you're done. takes a minute, and i'm already belaying up my second.

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August B

August Bwrote a review of on July 21, 2018

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I bought one of each size since I've been jonesing for something like this to try out since rope anchors are hassle when you're not swinging leads, but I still want all the security.

the 60cm is perfect size as a PAS, makes me feel very comfortable moving about the anchor, especially when trad climbing. I've also used it a few times as an anchor extension, which dramatically improves equalization, and gives a increased sense of security, especially on trad, and older sandstone bolts.

The 120cm is perfect for double bolt anchors, it has become one of my main anchor systems, since I never truly trust bolts. I have also used it to make trad anchors several times, and it gives soooo much better equalization than dyneema and even nylon webbing, and makes me feel so much safer, putting as much dynamic absorption into the system as I can get.

I use my 150 for the above, but it can handle closely placed 3 anchor systems or a longer 2 anchor system. on wider anchors I will use them as extensions, and sometimes connect them up with dyneema if I really need to clear some distance.

If you can handle the little extra weight from a couple of these slings, there is no reason you shouldn't use them in your anchors, insanely better equalization, much more dynamic stretch in your anchor system to keep those placements in the wall in the event of something going wrong.

Like the old saying goes, just use rope :)

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August Bwrote a review of on July 21, 2018

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I've switched almost entirely to the nineteen g. With a little bit of practice they became just as easy to use as any other wire gate. The size has never been an issue for me. My only complaint is the hook catching when removing the carabiner which is the same for every other traditional wire gate, and the weight savings makes it well worth it.

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August B

August Bwrote a review of on January 15, 2018

1 5

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

After purchasing this sock, The first time I used them, the right sock wasn't waterproof and my toes soaked through. I contacted Gore-Tex about their guarantee, and they just responded to my long winded report by saying it was outside of the scope of their It keeps you dry warranty, and forwarded me to Gore Bike wear. I called Gore Bike wear, and they said they would send me an email to get me started on a replacement, and they never did. I left them a message on their customer service portal about it, and they still have not responded.

Definite Quality control and customer service issues. Gore-Tex doesn't seem to be living up to the hype.

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