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Daniel Goodman

Daniel Goodman

Gearhead

Utah

Daniel Goodman's Passions

Climbing
Snowboarding
Hiking & Camping

Daniel Goodman's Bio

I am truly passionate about climbing and splitboarding, and living here in the Wasatch, how could I not be? Typical days for me consist of a morning dawn patrol, time spent at the office, and then climbing or training for climbing after work. If you have any questions related to either of those activities, I've probably checked out the piece myself and would love to give you my two cents.

Daniel Goodman

Daniel Goodmanwrote a review of on July 2, 2018

3 5

I love La Sportiva shoes, but these ones haven't impressed me so far. First, the sizing is different than most of their other shoes. In the Futura, Genius, Miura, and Solution I wear a size 43.5, but the 43.5 is probably a half to a full size too large for me.

Secondly, they are a fair bit more narrow in the toe box than other La Sportiva designs. Thus, while it may work for some folks, for those of us with a wider fore-foot, be wary.

Lastly, they haven't been as stiff as I expected. Definitely not as stiff as the Miura or the Otaki in my opinion.

I'll update as I use them more, but haven't been my favorite.

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Daniel Goodmanwrote a review of on July 2, 2018

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

These are amazing. They are light, right, and keep the sun off when I need it most. I love these for long hikes and multi pitch climbs to make sure that I don't turn into a raisin by the end of the day.

You'll notice I keep saying "these", that's because I bought a second one immediately after I bought the first. So do yourself a favor, save on shipping, and put a second one in the cart.

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Daniel Goodmanwrote a review of on June 18, 2018

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

To put it simply, these shoes have blown me away. So far I have used them for a multitude of climbing styles and rock types and they perform incredibly well across the board.

For starters, they are a phenomenal sport climbing shoes, especially for overhanging routes. They are some of the softest shoes I have ever worn but hold an edge incredibly well with that Toe Power System (which you can actually feel yourself). They heel hook really well, especially for soft shoes, and they added just enough rubber on top for easy toe hooking. For bouldering, the story is very similar. The only downside would be that having a lace system for bouldering can make it a pain to get them on and off. But hey, to each their own.

I've even worn these on a few steeper trad pitches and still wasn't disappointed. I can't say that I'd grab these for a go to pair, but if you have a steep climb with some trad and some sport pitches, they certainly get the job done.

Finally, I love how they fit. Scarpa does tend to fit my foot very nicely, so maybe that helped, but the lace system lets me customize the fit exactly how I need and the way the tongue was designed allows for you to tuck away any excess without even feeling it.

Size wise, I went true to my Scarpa size, 43.5, and they fit very well. Since they are so soft you could probably eek out a half size down without hurting your feet too badly as well!

Great for sandstone, granite, limestone, and quartzite, I haven't found a shoe that I like better.

I think I'm in love.

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Daniel Goodmanwrote a review of on June 4, 2018

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

The Squid is pretty sweet overall. Although you can unclip draws in multiple ways with different stick clip types (superclip or clamp), the Squid is certainly my favorite and generally the easiest to use (once you get it down). I can see how folks have has durability issues with all of the plastic, it does feel rather breakable, but so far so good with mine. Hopefully by just being mindful of the fact that it may be a tad bit more fragile than other stick clips will keep it in nice shape.

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Daniel Goodmanwrote a review of on May 22, 2018

1 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Not to be the only naysayer for this rope, but to be the only naysayer for this rope, it wasn't what I needed or expected.

To start, here's what I did like about it:

1. Handling - It was very smooth right out of the packaging, with very little pig-tailing, and a nice easy belay.

2. Weight - This rope is super light! Feels great to carry around and you barely feel it when climbing, even on really long pitches.

3. Middle Marker - Clearly marked and easy to identify, even as the rope gets dirtier.

Here's where the pros end though. My main issues with the rope is that in terms of durability, it is unbelievably poor. I took this rope, brand new, on a two-week sport climbing trip and after 5 days of climbing, I actually needed to cut the ends off because they were in such bad shape. Now, I know, this is not a beefy sport climbing rope meant for tons of falls or lots of work, but at the same time, I have several other 9.2 lines that have held up much better to minimal use. Further, there were only about 5 falls taken on this rope and the falls that were taken were minimal impact falls (lots of protection between the belayer and climber). While I am familiar with thin ropes being less durable, I was disappointed by the fact that this only held up to 5 days of climbing.

After cutting the ends and continuing to climb, the rope held up to another 6 or 7 days of climbing and barely made it through the end of the trip without needing to be chopped again.

I don't mean to openly just hate on this rope, but it is the first line I have ever owned and felt truly disappointed by. After using lines from Mammut, Sterling, BlueWater, Beal, Edelweiss, and Edelrid in the past, I would gladly pick any of those brands over Petzl for a new rope. Petzl makes great products for almost anything in climbing, but ropes do not seem to be their forte. If you want a thin line I suggest Sterling's Evolution Aero or Beal's Joker. They're cheaper and will last you more than a week.

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Daniel Goodmanwrote a review of on May 3, 2018

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size
Height: 6' 0"
Weight: 160 lbs
Size Purchased: 11

Mammut usually isn't the first company you think of when you think of approach shoes, but they should be! This is my second pair of approach shoes from them and I also own a pair of mountaineering boots from them and have been very impressed.

First, these are lightweight but feel durable. I haven't put a ton of work into them yet, but they seem like they will hold up for many miles to come. Not to mention that they are great for long rocky hikes without any major foot discomfort!

Next, they were comfortable right out of the box! No major break in period for me with these guys, just take them out of the box and you are on your way.

Size wise, I find that Mammut fits very true to size, I have been an 11 ever since I can remember and this shoe was no different!

With a lightweight, durable, and waterproof approach shoe at a great price, who could ask for anything more!

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Daniel Goodmanwrote a review of on May 2, 2018

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: Runs small
Height: 6' 0"
Weight: 160 lbs
Size Purchased: Large

This shirt is awesome for not only water sports but also for general workouts from lifting at the gym to going on a run. It breathes surprisingly well and the UPF rating keeps you safe when the sun is beating down on you.

Definitely note that it fits tight and size slightly up accordingly. I usually wear a size M in Patagonia, but wear a size L in this piece. The size M fit, but the L was much more comfortable.

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Daniel Goodmanwrote a review of on May 2, 2018

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

These are great for just about everything from belaying on the ground to setting up anchors. Easy to lock and unlock, with a nice indicator (red line) to help you note whether or not you have actually locked it into place.

Buy these. You won't be disappointed.

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Daniel Goodmanwrote a review of on May 2, 2018

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size
Height: 6' 0"
Weight: 160 lbs
Size Purchased: 11

These shoes are awesome! They make me look like I'm actually a real rock climber, the stealth rubber is great for scrambling, and they fit true to size! I wear an 11 in most every shoe I've ever had and the 11, while fitting slightly on the larger side, fits well.

I have heard people say that they have had issues with the durability of these. So far no issues, but if I have problems I will update my review!

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Daniel Goodmanwrote a review of on April 18, 2018

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I built a bed into the back of my truck for car camping purposes and this made for a great night's sleep! Perfect size for two people as well! We threw this over our sleeping bags for a cozy night's rest down in the desert.

What makes this blanket really awesome is that it is perfect for use while sleeping but is also portable and packs down enough that you could take it out with you just about anywhere for a few degrees of added warmth to your adventure. I found the regular size particularly nice for bouldering in cold temps.

While I wouldn't take it out backpacking necessarily, (you certainly could it would just be bulky), it is definitely helpful for a number of different situations, particularly in terms of sleeping systems. If you ever worry about being cold when you sleep, you just found the best solution!

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Daniel Goodmanwrote a review of on April 11, 2018

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

The Grigri 2 is awesome. Although it is not totally foolproof, this assisted braking device can make life a lot easier on those long belays when you're partner is sieging the new proj. Certainly heavier than a typical tubular belay device, it still has it's place in the climbing world. Pick one up, it'll make your next belay and your life easier.

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Daniel Goodmanwrote a review of on April 11, 2018

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

This pad is amazing! I used it winter camping a number of times and it kept me quite warm! As others have noted it is a bit noisy, but for those of us who sleep like rocks, it isn't too much of a problem.

It's incredibly light for what it offers, packs down to almost nothing, and should be the first pad you reach for for winter camping.

The only person I wouldn't recommend this too is someone who moves a lot in their sleep and has trouble getting to and staying asleep simply because of the noise factor.

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Daniel Goodmanwrote a review of on April 11, 2018

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: Runs large
Height: 6' 0"
Weight: 160 lbs
Size Purchased: 30

So far so good with these pants! I have only gotten to take them out for one end of the season spring tour but I loved them. They kept me dry despite it being a really wet spring skiing day and very surprisingly breathable and light even with the heat. They do run a tad bit large, I normally wear a size 32 waist and ended up with a size 30 in these which fit me quite well!

They have plenty of pockets, great ventilation options, and Cordura scuff guards for those inclined towards spring alpine pursuits!

Overall if you need some spring skiing softshell pants, look no further, these are fanstastic!

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Daniel Goodmanwrote a review of on April 4, 2018

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Well after taking this to Alaska on a recent ski trip, I'm convinced that I don't own enough gear to overfill this thing. With a couple of sleeping bags (-10 and -20), skins, probes, shovels, sleeping pads, snow saws, clothes, ice axes, and more, I still had plenty of room to spare. If you often take trips where you pack a lot of gear, there is no replacement, this one is simply the best.

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