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Chris Gilas

Chris Gilas

Golden, Colorado

Chris Gilas's Passions

Fly Fishing
Climbing
Biking
Skiing
Running
Hiking & Camping

Chris Gilas's Bio

I've lived in Colorado my whole life and couldn't imagine leaving. The mountains are my home and I do most everything in them. Most of the time I am doing one of three things in the Rockies, climbing, hiking, or running; sometimes a combination of the three. But mostly I just want to be in the National Parks to enjoy getting away from day to day stressors and discover new places inside them.

Chris Gilas

Chris Gilaswrote a review of on August 9, 2016

5 5

The shoulder strap system is ingenious, it moves with you as if it was part of your body giving you complete range of motion in your upper body. It's main front pocket is deep and has plenty of room for a couple different layers for a hike or space for all your AV tools; it also has organizer pockets made with AV tools in mind. On the back there is a back access only panel which is also essential for the back country and has plenty of room for extra layers or tools, this is also where you find the bladder pocket. The padding on the back is comfortable and breaths pretty well too. Outside the inner pockets the pack also has a very handy helmet holder which packs away and durable fabric that can hold up to a lot of abuse. Overall 10/10.

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Chris Gilaswrote a review of on August 9, 2016

4 5

The shirt fits tightly in the sleeves and could almost be called slim fit in the body, so consider this when choosing a size ( the sizing chart provided is pretty accurate though). The feel is great, it's a finely threaded cotton that is soft to the touch, and the quality of the printed tool stencil is not the kind that will crack over time. My only problem is that the colors in the images are not completely accurate, the Aspen color (which I bought) was much more orange than it appeared in the picture.

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Chris Gilaswrote a review of on July 27, 2016

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I have very sweaty hands most of the time climbing and this stuff fixes that every time. I also like the consistency, it's not an ultra fine powder but it's not chunky either and doesn't roll off your hands the minute you pull them out of your chalk bag. However, don't forget to take care of your skin after using because it's a really good drying agent.

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Chris Gilaswrote a review of on July 27, 2016

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: Runs large
Height: 5' 10"
Weight: 145 lbs
Size Purchased: 6.5 (US

These are my one and only shoes right now and I use them at the crag, in the gym, and on the crash pad. I think as far as indoor and sport climbing goes they work REALLY well, I haven't had any complaints.Bouldering in them is great too, the only issue is they have no camber and the toe is very rounded so depending on your skill level there may be better shoes on the market (but not for the price). I do love their feel though, my feet hurt in them after a climb but not like in my other shoes. So, if you're new to climbing I would highly recommend these because of price and their being overall versatile shoes, and even if you're experienced they still work just as well as any other all around shoe.

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Chris Gilaswrote a review of on July 27, 2016

4 5

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

I haven't used it too much but it is just as functional as any other rope trap on the market. It has the regular tie in points inside and has a nice large footprint when laid flat so you shouldn't worry about your rope touching the dirt. I did find it's closure system to keep everything wrapped a little annoying but it works and certainly keeps the rope bundled without pinching the rope.

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Chris Gilaswrote a review of on July 27, 2016

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

This is one of my favorite beeners because it's light weight, it looks cool, the locking is solid, and the price isn't bad. When you need light weight and versatile it's got you covered, the only thing I wouldn't suggest using this for is when you need your belay device to have a large range of motion because it is thinner on it's inside edge than most carabiners I've used. (I bought the screwgate, the auto-locking is probably the same though)

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Chris Gilaswrote a review of on July 27, 2016

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I've used this belay device hundreds of times in the gym but have yet to use it outside, I can't say if it's good at the crag or not. As far as top roping goes it's excellent because of its high friction edges which let you get maximum breaking from very little pressure with your break hand. It was also nice because when taking and giving rope it felt smooth and effortless and the device didn't catch unless I put my break hand down. As well as it's great feel with a rope connected, it felt great clipped to the harness too because it's very light and compact. The only problem I found was that it was hard to fit a rope of 10+mm into the opening; it can fit, it will just be very snug and if you get too pumped on the climb it can be tough to get the rope into the device. Other than that issue it is a great device, especially for newcomers to climbing, and will definitely serve you well as your next belay device.

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