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Ellese

Ellesewrote a review of on January 30, 2018

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 0"
Weight: 110 lbs
Size Purchased: S

These pants are the stretchiest and most durable pants I own currently. I absolute love wearing these climbing because of the reinforced knees and seat area - I never have to worry about abrasion and tearing against rocks. I also love that the ankle can be tightened with the elastic loop. Overall, my #1 climbing pants. The pants are great for hiking as well as they are thick and can keep my legs warmer than other pants. The one downside is that there is a clip on the hip area where a backpack hip strap usually goes. If the pants aren't adjusted correctly this can sometimes get in the way. To be honest the pants fit me just fine without clipping that adjustment strap, so often times I'll just leave it un-clipped, and it doesn't bother me.

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Ellesewrote a review of on January 30, 2018

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 0"
Weight: 110 lbs
Size Purchased: XS

My favorite thing about this hoodie is how lightweight it is for the warmth and breathability. It's an easy jacket to layer and the color is fantastic. I usually don't wear this hiking or camping just because I find hoodies a hassle to take on and off, but for biking during my commute or warming up at the gym, this is a great option.

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Ellesewrote a review of on May 29, 2017

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

These are smaller than the Hotwires, which I use for the rope end of my Alpine draws since they are bigger and easier to clip into. The Neutrino's smaller size can make it harder to clip into sometimes, but over all they do exactly what they are supposed to, and feel strong an durable as well. The wire gate is great - perfect amount of spring.

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Ellesewrote a review of on May 29, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

The cushion and versatility of this pad beats nearly all other pads I've climbed with. The standard pad is quite stiff and folds in half, making it difficult to position over natural terrain. The R3 easily contours over uneven or rocky ground. We've even slung it up against tree trunks that were in the way. The point of a crash pad is to provide protection when falling during bouldering, and this crash pad excels in this.

As other reviews have said, this thing is HEAVY. I've never bouldered in an area further than ~1-1.5 miles from a parking lot, and haven't had to much fuss carrying it uphill, or in the heat. It's a pain sure, but for me, the sheer awesomness of this pad outweighs the only downside - it's weight.

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Ellesewrote a review of on May 29, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Never underestimate how much a pony-tail adapter WILL SAVE YOU.

A regular helmets never fails to be pushed up by all my hair, leaving me with a helmet that sits too awkwardly far forward on my face. The fit is often loose, and hard to adjust, making the helmet not as safe as it should be, and making it difficult or annoying to wear while climbing.
The pony-tail adapter allows me to easily secure the helmet to my head and adjust it to fit my noggin perfectly. It is comfortable, cute, and fairly lightweight.
I've hit my head on quite a number of holds, and while the helmet looks moderately scuffed and scratched, it still remains reliable and durable.

Other reviews mention it not fitting small heads. There are definitely less adjustment options then other helmets on the market (The Elia only has 2 areas that it can tighten/loosen at + the chin strap), but I have not had any issues at all with it not fitting my head properly. I have a regular sized head (I think).

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Ellesewrote a review of on May 29, 2017

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 0"
Weight: 110 lbs

I use these shoes just for indoor climbing and training sessions.
They are a great for the price, making them perfect for training sessions or the beginner just getting into rock climbing.

Downsides: The rubber is not nearly as sticky as my other (but more expensive) climbing shoes. My feet will slip on polished holds but I've still climbed moderately difficult problems with these shoes. There is also a hotspot on my pinkie toe, and the heel. This may be just for my own foot (I just have average shaped feet - if anything they air on the wide side), but it does not occur until I've had the shoe on for 2+ hours. I manage to keep these on for 1.5-2 hours a time usually before giving my feet a break.

The Positives: The arch support is nice, and the laces allow for a tight or loose fit depending on my mood. For my foreseeable future of training days in the indoor gym, these are my go-to shoes. They probably work decently well outdoors as well, though I have not tested it (I usually opt for my Anasazi Moccasym's for any outdoor climbing I do). Compared to other climbing shoes, they are relatively affordable, and very durable.

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Ellesewrote a review of on May 29, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 0"
Weight: 110 lbs
Size Purchased: 7.5

These shoes I save exclusively for local/collegiate bouldering competitions and outdoor climbing (no indoor training sessions).

I swear by C4 Stealth rubber. It is incredibly sticky, and sensitive enough for me to judge whether or not I can trust tiny feet. I haven't done extreme edging but it has worked well for the edging I've done thusfar. I know for sure that I can trust these shoes for numerous friction slab pitches though. I've climbed in both hot and cold weather, on sandstone and granite, and these shoes were great for every condition I've experienced so far.

I wear these shoes with socks, because I wanted a slightly tighter fit (they are true to size). Leaving them to bake in the sun has also helped them to shrink slightly (I do this regularly and it has prevented the shoe for stretching too much). The shoe molded well to my feet, and has not stretched as far as I can tell. Despite a tighter fit, I have worn these for up to 5 hours straight with no discomfort whatsoever.

Downsides: Not great for heel hooks. I still managed to do heel hooks just fine, but they don't feel as solid as my La Sportiva Trantulaces, which I use for just training days.

The soles seem durable (so far). I have climbed with the same pair 1-4 times per week for the past year and the edge is still visible on the shoe (some wearing away at the edge is very normal - good footwork will prolong the rubber's life).

In short: AMAZING SHOE. WOULD BUY FOR THE REST OF MY LIFE.

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