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Daniel H.

Daniel H.

Daniel H.

Daniel H.wrote a review of on July 18, 2018

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

My biggest recommendation if you are interested in this backpack is consider what exactly you need your backpack to do. This pack is probably perfect for someone out there, but not for me. First the good: if you've never owned a Thule product, rest assured that what you buy will have unbeatable quality and aesthetics. This backpack has been my daily driver every single day for the past year, and not only does it still look brand new, I've really enjoyed using a bag that looks this professional. I also use a Thule bag for my camera, and it too is on a level of its own in terms of durability and design. But as I said before, depending on what you need your backpack to do, you might want to pass on this one. As a college student (as well as someone who is constantly on the go), the backpack's internal design isn't ideal. I carry a lot of things on a daily basis, and the main compartment is oddly narrow which makes carrying lots of books quite difficult. In addition, neither compartment opens very wide which is not ideal if you need to find things in a hurry. General organizational spaces are somewhat sparse, although the dedicated pocket for storing a portable battery is something I greatly appreciate. The internal laptop sleeve is also a welcomed feature, but when the backpack is full, it takes some effort to get your laptop in and out. Lastly, this is definitely not a pack to use in the rain for extended periods of time. I would only go as far as to say it is slightly water resistant.

All this being said, if you are someone who does not have a great number of items to cart around, and you're looking for a great-looking bag, I whole-heartedly recommend this product. This is a great pack, it's just not perfect for me.

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Daniel H.

Daniel H.wrote a review of on July 18, 2018

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 10"
Weight: 155 lbs

The Apex Flex falls just short of being the ultimate all-weather jacket. I've used this coat year-round through rain, wind, snow, and hail, and in most situations it provides a sense of security akin to that of body armor. But in my experience that all-weather rating begins to fall apart in heavy rain. It certainly has some water-resisting properties, but I have noticed moisture seeping through the jacket after prolonged exposure, which is unfortunate considering it's premium price. Perhaps someone with a different experience can share some information, but for now I recommend looking elsewhere if you need a truly waterproof rain jacket.

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Daniel H.

Daniel H.wrote a review of on April 16, 2018

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

No matter how many different pairs of shoes I try, I keep coming back to the Acro. I use these mostly for bouldering and gym climbing, and have sent some of my hardest climbs while wearing them. I am a huge fan of the construction of the shoe, as they use a great deal of rubber. This seems to reduce stretching and improves durability in my experience. I also feel that the price is extremely fair given the highly technical nature of the shoe.

The one negative thing I have to mention about the shoe is the sizing. Maybe it is the fact that I chose to order the tight-fit variant of the Acro, but these shoes were nearly impossible to put on when I first got them. In a 42.5, they are actually the largest shoe I own, which seems impossible seeing as my next-smallest shoe is a 42 (La Sportiva Miura Lace) and feel significantly less tight. However, the Acros have since stretched slightly, and though they are still tight, I can put them on and take them off with ease.

In any case, I would highly recommend giving the Acro a try if you are looking for a technical shoe to use over a variety of disciplines. Be wary of sizing, and try them on in person if you can.

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Daniel H.

Daniel H.wrote a review of on April 16, 2018

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 9"
Weight: 155 lbs
Size Purchased: 29

These pants are the near-perfect solution to my long search for the ideal climbing pants. I have always loved Prana products for climbing, my go-to product of choice being a pair of regular Stretch Zion pants before I made the switch to the Zoggers, mostly in favor of the slimmer fit and elastic cuffs around the ankle. Prana build quality and comfort make their products simply fantastic for continued repeated use, and I will likely never try a different brand of pants for climbing.

I do have a couple qualms with them, which include the fact that the ankle cuff is quite tight which, while it does not impact comfort in any substantial way, seems unnecessary. In addition, I wish they offered an inseam longer than 30 inches. Sometimes they feel a bit short.

If you prefer climbing in slimmer pants (or if you are simply looking for a multi functional, stylish pair of joggers) chances are you will not be disappointed with this product.

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Daniel H.

Daniel H.wrote a review of on January 17, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 9"
Weight: 155 lbs
Size Purchased: 41.5

I love these shoes. I use them exclusively for indoor, both sport and bouldering. They excel at both, and the fact that they are a bit on the softer side makes them very precise. I wear my Miura Lace's in a 42, and these shoes in a 41.5, but I am considering getting a new pair in either a 41 or 40.5 because the ones I use now stretched a bit too much. Overall, though, they are a fantastic shoe especially considering they cost about $30 less than many other high-performance shoes!

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