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Daniel Murphy

Daniel Murphywrote a review of on September 1, 2019

5 5

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

This is one of the most all around capable and fun bikes that I have ridden. On the climbs and flats, it feels super light and nimble, but also has plenty of confidence on the downhills once you are really moving. The quality of the rear suspension feels leagues better than some of the gen 1 santa cruz's that I have tried in the past. The rear end is super light and sensitive off the top, and has a very smooth and controlled ramp up through the rest of the stroke. I was able to ride a size up from normal without having any saddle height issues due to the short and straight seat tube. The ability to size up and have a bit of a longer wheel base and more confidence is a great option, and makes for a really cool setup that is really fun and poppy, but has tons of stability. Components-wise, the Reserve wheels had a great feel that was not too harsh, and the Fox suspension components were flawless and felt perfect for this bike.

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Daniel Murphywrote a review of on July 23, 2019

4 5

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

If you are familiar with other Thermarest sleeping pads like the Xtherm or the Xlite, this will be very familiar to you. It is basically the same thing as the Xlite, but made with a thinner, slightly more slippery material, and with less reflective insulation on the inside. How small this pad packs up is pretty amazing every time. Comfort is pretty good, and it feels the same as the xlite. Only gave it 4 stars because I can tell this pad is going to be pretty fragile and you'll will certainly have to be very careful with it to make it last. Thankfully, they are pretty easy to repair when you get pinholes and tears, but those can be pretty hard to track down while on the trail.

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Daniel Murphywrote a review of on July 23, 2019

4 5

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

This is a great cooler for a day trip or an overnight camping trip. Two nights in warmer weather would be pushing the limits of this cooler, but it is doable with enough ice. It is extremely lightweight for a cooler with large comfy handles that make it easy to move around. The zipper design is also easy to use and was watertight.

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Daniel Murphywrote a review of on May 9, 2019

4 5

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

This pack is really cool for cragging and keeping your gear organized. i.e. not dumping the entire contents of your pack on the ground when you get to the crag. I love the stretch side pockets that can be used for waterbottles or a guidebook, I wish more climbing specific packs had these. Those along with the top pocket and main compartment provide plenty of organization. I didn't love that the pack retains its full shape even when empty because it had semi rigid foam on all sides. I am shorter and I found that with the way it sits, I couldn't tilt my head back without hitting it, though I don't think average or taller folks would have that issue. The straps and hipbelt are also very high quality and nicely padded compared to a lot of climbing packs.

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Daniel Murphywrote a review of on May 9, 2019

5 5

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

Black diamond has made some nice improvements to the classic C4s. They are all a bit lighter, and it is definitely noticeable when racking a ton of cams for long pitches. The biggest improvement is in the larger sizes. They have the greatest weight savings and the trigger keepers are extremely handy when getting shoulder plus deep into some cracks. I no longer mind racking a bunch of #4 and bigger cams.

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Daniel Murphywrote a review of on May 9, 2019

5 5

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

These Wild Country cams are a great options to consider versus the gold standard camalots. They are light, have a great range, the machined face on the cam lobes is extremely confidence inspiring. The built in extendable sling is great plus and the coloring matches the BD cam scheme. Get some of these!

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Daniel Murphywrote a review of on May 9, 2019

5 5

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

I tried out the smaller sizes of these cams and they felt really nice. First, they are noticeably very light, so you hardly notice them on your harness. They build quality and feel also seems extremely good. They have placed really nicely in tight placements and don't seem to walk at all. Awesome!

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Daniel Murphywrote a review of on May 9, 2019

5 5

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

Gave the new Gri Gri and try and it feels great, not a game changer over the 2, but a good device. It is noticeable lighter in the hand, the lever feels a bit better, and the lowering action feels a bit different - hard to qualify, maybe a bit less on/off feeling. Great!

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Daniel Murphywrote a review of on April 25, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

These small offset nuts are stellar on granite. They fit awesome in small cracks and flares and pin scars. Grab a set to up the confidence level on those thin pitches.

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Daniel Murphywrote a review of on April 9, 2019

5 5

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

I recently took this pack on a weekend trip to the San Rafael Swell and it performed admirably. I used this as my sole pack for long days at the crag and I was pleasantly surprised that it could hold everything I needed without too much fuss. This is facilitated by the handy and easy to use J shaped zipper that allows you to unfold the pack like a book and pack it very effectively. For reference, here is what I packed each day:
-Triple rack of BD cams 0.3 - 4. Plus one #5 and one #6. Handful of draws.
-Shoes, harness, chalkbag, helmet.
-Tupperware lunchbox, 2 liters of water, fleece, light puffy.
-Rope strapped over the top if I was carrying one.
The pack is quite full with this gear, but it is still quick and easy to pack. The side pocket fits a liter size smartwater type bottle very nicely; a nalgene would be a struggle with the pack full. I could live without the bottom compartment, but it is there if you want it and invisible if you choose not to use it. The one internal organizer is good for your palm top, keys, and a granola bar. Daisy chains on the front allow you to hang some gear such as a helmet if you wanted to free up room inside the pack. The pack is pretty light, I'd estimate 2 lbs or less. This pack is best for short to medium length approaches. When carrying a rope and a lot of cams, the weight and minimal padding become pretty apparent. If hauling a rope and rack on big approaches, I would go with a pack with more robust suspension and padding, but this pack is excellent for general cragging and should stand up to years of abuse,

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Daniel Murphywrote a review of on March 6, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

This is a thick and comfortable air pad that is also the gold standard for light. The main complaint about these is the noise, but my new one doesn't seem all that loud. I think Thermarest has worked on the noise issue, also the noise supposedly decreases with use. These pads are re-sizeable. I wanted a wide but short pad, so I bought the large, and then cut it down to size. For me 25 inches wide is so so much better than 20 inches wide. You can cut these and then use an iron to re-bond the edges, many tutorials available on youtube.

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Daniel Murphywrote a review of on March 6, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: Runs large
Height: 5' 3"
Weight: 150 lbs
Size Purchased: Small

I bought these specifically to wear in my sleeping bag on cold nights and they work great for that. They are lighter and much warmer than bringing an extra pair of heavy socks. You can walk and stand around a little bit, but don't plan on going far. The upper has zero structure, so your feet tend to roll off the sole. I almost wish they didn't have any sole so they would be pretty much a pair of down socks and would pack down to probably the size of a grape without the foam sole. I have a mens 7.5 shoe and the small fits pretty perfectly.

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Daniel Murphywrote a review of on February 28, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 3"
Weight: 150 lbs
Size Purchased: Medium

This jacket does a little bit of everything. It is extremely warm for the weight and is much more weather resistant than most down jackets without any weight penalty. The collection on features is very nice. I love the huge drop in pockets on the inside, the are great for keeping gloves or other small items or to keep a waterbottle from freezing. The cuffs wrap your wrists really comfortable and just feel right. Overall, this is an awesome choice for a belay or a camp jacket with the added benefit of low weight.

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