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Daniel

Daniel wrote a review of on December 2, 2018

3 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: Runs large
Height: 5' 9"
Weight: 160 lbs
Size Purchased: 30 short

After about of year of not too hard use, the side pocket has come unstitched and is unusable. I really like the fabric though, so if the stitching quality had been better I would have given these 5 stars. I'd probably still buy another pair if the price was right though. These pants can usually be had for cheap and are very versatile and moderately warm. I'm about 5'10" and had to order the short version; regular length was way too long, so be careful on sizing. I normally wear 30X32.

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Daniel wrote a review of on December 2, 2018

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: Runs large
Height: 5' 9"
Weight: 160 lbs
Size Purchased: 32

Really good quality pant that I like for climbing in cooler weather, but I agree with what a previous reviewer said about the fit being kind of weird and them looking like bell bottoms. I think slightly more fitted pant would look a lot better and still allow for plenty of movement.

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Daniel wrote a review of on December 2, 2018

3 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

The first thing I don't love about this pad is how weird it is to close it up. I always end up with a gap at the bottom of the pad and have had things like water bottles slip out before if I'm not careful to put something large at the bottom. Also after a year, the pad developed one rip that started leaking foam out (I repaired it), but one of the shoulder straps feels like it is about ready to come undone as well. I'll give it three stars for the thickness and for using recycled materials, but I'll be getting something else next time. This pad is also sometimes very awkward to carry and feels off balance unless you get it on just right.

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Daniel wrote a review of on October 24, 2015

5 5

Height: 5' 9"
Weight: 160 lbs

These pant are awesome. For a while I put off buying rain pants because it seemed kind of necessary, but really these pants are pretty great. In a downpour, they're so nice to have, and in cooler weather they can function as a windbreaker during low-aerobic moments.

The fit is really nice for me (size medium with 30" waste). Although I normally wear a 32" length, this 30" length seems to work very well. The build quality is very sturdy and the fabric is amazingly lightweight for how weatherproof it is. I'm still amazed that it can stuff into its own pocket!

The breathability is good, but I wouldn't want to be running in them by any means. Just take it a little slower while you have them on and you'll be fine. At least you'll be a hell of a lot drier than you would be if you didn't have them.

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Daniel

Daniel wrote a review of on October 24, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 9"
Weight: 160 lbs

I needed a warmer baselayer for fall and winter activities, so I picked this piece up on sale for $39.00. I'm a big fan of Patagonia, and this layer is no exception. It fits nicely, but wasn't quite as tight as I expected it to be (ordered size medium). It has a bit of room in the waste and in the arms, but it still is slim fitting and goes well underneath layers.

I love that the zipper on it goes so deep, for those moments where I'm hot and/or feel like being indecent in public. I also really appreciate the thumb loops (although they seem fragile and I hope they don't rip out--so far no problems). The odor treatment on it seems to work very well too. I wore the shirt consecutively for a few days and didn't notice any bad odor, although the shirt itself does have kind of a weird smell that may stem from the odor treatment itself. Overall I'm really happy with this product and can't wait to get outside and use it some more!

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Daniel wrote a review of on October 24, 2015

5 5

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

I was hesitant to pick up a piece of metal that was so expensive, but I'm really pretty happy I did. My primary reason for buying this piece was to use it as a backup fall prevention device in my solo toprope set up, and in this regard it works fabulously. It slides up the rope incredibly smoothly and locks instantly on the way down. It does make me a little nervous that the teeth can be disengaged, but I always make sure before I start a route that I'm good to go, and it's only a backup anyways, so I still feel safe. I've never needed the backup yet (thank goodness) but I have full confidence that it will be there for me if I ever need it.

The other reason I bought this is because I like MULTIFUNCTIONAL gear. There are many other scenarios where I could use this piece, and as someone who has an interest in mountaineering and canyoneering, I'm sure that one day this piece will accompany me on another trip for another reason. It's expensive, but it's good.

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Daniel wrote a review of on October 24, 2015

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

This is my least favorite carabiner probably, but that's okay because all I use it for is attaching to a pulley so that I don't crossload it. In this regard, it works great (and you really probably do want an oval 'biner if you're clipping into a pulley), but I wouldn't use it for much else. It feels kind of cheap and not very smooth (although I'd certainly "trust" it to hold me). It doesn't open very wide and doesn't always screw super silky smooth like some of my other carabiners. It's a bit ugly too honestly. But all in all, for the price, I think it's a really good oval locker.

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Daniel wrote a review of on October 24, 2015

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I got this for two reasons:
1) I wanted another belay device, other than my ATC, to use for when I don't exactly have full faith in my belayer. In this regard, it works great. I love the locking feature and it gives me extra piece of mind. I only really do toprope, and it works really well for that. I think it would take some extra getting used to to use for lead climbing, as feeding out rope on a grigri seems like it would feel weird.

2) The other reason I got this (after reading lots of people's advice) was to use as a primary fall prevention device for my solo self belay rig. I use it on top of a Petzl microtraxion so that when I fall, or if I get to the top of a route, I can simply disengage the microtraxion and rap down the route. For this use it also works very well, but sometimes requires a bit of pulling to get the rope through at the bottom of a route. At the top, the weight of the rope helps out and it feeds no problem.

Overall, it's a very multifunctional piece of gear, but it is expensive and it does weight more than some other devices, but it's still very good.

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Daniel wrote a review of on October 24, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I gave it as a gift but have feedback to share
Height: 5' 9"
Weight: 160 lbs

I got this as a gift for my girlfriend. We like to do things outside together, but she doesn't really have many good clothes for layering. She is also sometimes a bit basic, so she'll probably like having a North Face jacket too... But with this jacket she can be basic and technical! Now when I drag her to come rock climbing with me or ask her to go on a winter hike, she'll have no excuse! Mwahahaha

But in all honesty the jacket looks really nice, seems like it will fit well, and feels very comfy. I can't comment on it's durability yet, but I expect that it will last a very long time. I think she'll really love it.

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Daniel wrote a review of on August 13, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Does what it's supposed to and doesn't hurt the wallet too badly. I like them. I've never noticed any problems with smoothness, although I haven't climbed any ice with them or done anything when it's too cold, but I don't imagine this being a problem. They might be a tad bit heavier than some other 'biners, but for certain applications, they're perfect. I use them for building toprope anchors and they're really solid. I don't really know how much you can say about a carabiner: it holds me without breaking, opens, closes, and locks well, and is one of the cheapest ones out there. Why pay $20 for a carabiner when you could pick up two of these instead?

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Daniel wrote a review of on August 13, 2015

First Crash Pad
4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I really like this thing overall, but my one gripe is that it doesn't seem to close properly. I just couldn't get it to look quite right, and it pulls on the clasps in weird ways when shut, ultimately leaving a flap on the bottom where things could fall out. Overall, not a big deal if you just put something big on the bottom, but it's kind of annoying. It feels great to fall on though! Also the fact that it's made out of recycled materials (hence the name R3) is really great. Wish more companies would do stuff like this, because it works really well!

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Daniel wrote a review of on August 13, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I made the mistake last year of pouring some boiling water into one of my plastic bottles during a backpacking trip: I quickly realized that most plastic bottles are not "hot-water-proof" as it deformed and melted before my very eyes. Needless to say I was unhappy for the rest of the trip. Fast forward to that winter and I now am using a lightweight metal water bottle. What happens on a snowy hiking trip you might ask? The water freezes, expands, and breaks the bottle. Again, I wasn't too happy. But no more! I finally decided to buy a decent water bottle that won't let me down, and this is the one to do it. Plus it has lots of room for cool looking stickers.

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Daniel wrote a review of on August 13, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This is my favorite carabiner. It's really light and strong and the shape makes it really useful while belaying. I like to have it along in case I forget a belay device so that I can just tie a munter hitch around it and be good to go. You can't really do that on the smaller carabiners. Other than that, the gate action is really smooth, the opening and closing mechanism works great, it's cheap, and the black color is sexy. What's not to love? Just wait till it goes on sale and pick one up: you'll be happy you did!

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Daniel wrote a review of on August 13, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I haven't used too many other climbing ropes, and this was my first personal rope, but so far I really love it. It seems to handle really well, catch well, and is durable. I also really like the fact that it has a middle mark: definitely helpful when setting up a toprope and I'm sure for myriad other uses. I got it for a good price, and have been quite happy. I hope I don't regret not getting a thicker rope, but only time will tell! So far it seems like a winner! Just a note: I don't think that it has a dry treatment. Some people seemed confused about this, but I'm pretty sure it doesn't.

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Daniel wrote a review of on August 13, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Okay, I'm not a canyoneer, but I like climbing. I picked this rope up because it was a) cheap and b) static, so that I could use it for rigging toprope anchors. The fact that it's dry-treated is just an extra bonus to me (although obviously essential for some). I got the 100 ft. lenght, which works great for wrapping around trees and other natural anchors. I always know I'm going to have enough rope, which is nice. At first I was a little hesitant about the diameter, as many people recommend at least 10mm for top rope anchoring, but so far I really don't see why. This thing is going to hold you NO PROBLEM, and the forces generated in a toprope fall are going to be small anyways. It seems pretty durable too, although it does have some visible wear from being smashed into rocks (since I'm using it as an anchor). I think the wear is mostly superficial though and I still expect a long life out of this rope.

TLDR: I like it and it's cheap.

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Daniel

Daniel wrote a review of on August 13, 2015

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

A bit heavy and thick, but it does exactly what I need it to do and it's cheap. I bought this so that I could make some slings of varying length from it on a budget. I also use longer pieces of it for anchor building if need be. It's very tough and durable, but tying water knots all over the place is kind of a pain if you ask me, so in retrospect I should have probably just bought some sewn slings/runners, but oh well, this saved me money! I do wish that they sold this stuff in longer lengths. I wanted to use it to do some slack lining too, but obviously 30 ft. if way to short, especially after cutting pieces of it for webbing. All in all though I'm happy with the purchase.

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