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Dan Murphy

Dan Murphy

Newark, DE

Dan Murphy's Passions

Biking
Climbing
Hiking & Camping

Dan Murphy's Bio

I am an adventurer from the east coast. My first love is rock climbing, but I also enjoy mountain biking, mountaineering, and backpacking.

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Dan Murphy

Dan Murphywrote a review of on February 26, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 4"
Weight: 155 lbs
Size Purchased: 7.5

This is my first clipless shoe and so far I like them a lot. For the record, this is a very wide shoe for sure, which is good for me. I can rarely find shoes of any type wide enough for me because I wear a size 7.5 and have very wide feet. These are plenty roomy for me in the forefoot and toe box, so much so that I could probably have sized down a half size because there is plenty of room for your outside toes. This makes for a comfortable shoe for me but people with narrow feet might not like the play when unclipping.

They have a rigid sole compared to the sneakers I was wearing before, which feels more efficient, but still feel good to walk on trails in. I can get them very tight with the strap across the top so that they feel good when pulling up on the pedal. Construction seems very solid with plenty of rubber on the front and sides to protect the toes and shrug off impacts. They also seem nicely water resistant; I can just hose off the mud on the upper after a ride without saturating them.

There is a few degrees of the pedal stroke where they don't want to unclip because the beefy toe area hits my crank arm, though I don't think this is too big of a deal.

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Dan Murphywrote a review of on February 23, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

This is an initial review as I have only had these for a couple weeks. Also, these are my first experience with clipless pedals.

So far these have been great out on the trail. They have been plenty easy to get in and out of for a beginner and I haven't has any unintended releases or vice versa. I wanted something with a platform and these have been a great compromise for trail riding in terms of size and weight vs the full mallets. And it is nice to be able to just push on the pedal platform as I try to get my 2nd foot clipped. Grip has been highly adjustable with the variable tractions pads and adjustable pins. With my fiveten shoes I can set the pedal up so that there is very little resistance to unclipping, or run the pins out a bit so that it has less of a floaty feeling while clipped. I took it apart and construction seems pretty bomber. Haven't had any problems yet in the heavy mud and I think it will be difficult for any debris to make it into the spindle. Looks dead easy to take apart and service either way.

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Dan Murphywrote a review of on February 8, 2016

Super Thin
5 5

I bought these thin pedals specifically to help compensate for my bikes low BB. They are very light and feel very solid and well made. I adjusted the nut on the outside of the axle enough so that they would spin more freely but didn't have any lateral play. We will see how that holds up in the long term. They are great so far, look awesome and feel plenty comfortable and grippy underfoot.

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Dan Murphywrote a review of on January 15, 2016

5 5

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

This is a nice light pack that is very versatile. I was a little concerned about the durability when I ordered it, but the fabric seems plenty strong for my use. You can pack this down to daypack size, or use the expansion collar and have almost 60 liters, so that is awesome and flexible. The selection of attachments on the outside is perfect and most are removable if you don't want them. Pretty easy to attach poles, axe, crampons, snowshoes to the outside. Overall it is a minimalistic pack for going light and fast, but big enough to hike all your crap in. I initially went with a small not really thinking about it, but it was definitely too small. The medium fits great.

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Dan Murphywrote a review of on January 5, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This is the only bag I've owned for a long time now. 15 degree works great in the cold and I bring it on warmer trips too since its very light weight and packs down. This bag is plenty warm, very lofty, and great specs for backpacking. It's an expensive bag, but it is worth it for the good materials and the quality you get from Marmot products. I've had mine for many years and it is still performing perfectly. The closer system works well and it is easy to cinch it down all the way for cold nights. Every once in a while I'll throw it in the dryer on low for a few minutes to refluff up the down and it is as lofty as ever.

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Dan Murphywrote a review of on January 5, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I use this on the Cosmo when car camping and take it off while backpacking as it's too bulky for that. It makes for a pretty comfortable groundpad when you want a good nights sleep. Definitely one of the most comfortable groundpad combos short of a full air mattress.

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Dan Murphywrote a review of on January 5, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Awesome pad for mild weather. Foot pump option is a welcome addition and nice for cold weather so you don't have to blow into it. Reasonably light and packable for backpacking and thick and comfortable and not too loud like some. I also like the raised part for your head. I pair it with the pillow top while car camping for extreme comfort and remove it for backpacking as it doesn't pack small.

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Dan Murphywrote a review of on January 5, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: Runs large
Height: 5' 4"
Weight: 160 lbs
Size Purchased: 30 short

Great all around pants. The softshell is very stretchy, which feels awesome when active, and it seems very durable and abrasion resistant. Butt sliding on rocks, ice, and snow has yet to make a mark on the seat. These are lightly insulated under the softshell with a low profile backer. They would be good by themself on cooler spring and fall days, and good with a base layer for winter hiking. I wore these with a midweight wool baselayer for winter hiking on the mountains down to 15° F and they were perfect. They shed weather very well. My pack was encrusted with ice from freezing rain all day but my pants seemed dry. They are also good as a warmer pant for cold sport climbing or bouldering days for people who don't like climbing in jeans. I have a 28" inseam and I have the 30 short. They are a little long, but perfectly manageable with the zipped and cinchable cuff. The waist fits but could be tighter since it is a pretty stretch elastic waistband. My pack was tending to push my pants down in the back. I'd consider sizing down or wearing a belt to solve this.

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