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Eric C

Northeast, USA

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Eric C

Eric Cwrote a review of on May 19, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

The Petzl Spirit screw-gate is by far one of my favorite pieces of gear on my harness. Just from holding it, you instantly notice how incredibly light it is despite being a standard size D locker. The spring tension feels amazingly crisp and snappy, inspiring confidence in its robust strength. This biner is super versatile, as I've used it for pretty much any purpose you would use a locker for. For instance, I've used this biner on a PAS, building anchors, belaying with a Gri-gri, etc.

One of my favorite things about Petzl screw-gates is the red marking on the gate when it is unscrewed, giving a good visual reminder to always screw down so you don't screw up!

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Eric Cwrote a review of on May 19, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

The Trango Phase is a neat little biner that packs a punch with its strength at such a small size and price point. You can rack cams with them but I tend to use them in an alpine draw configuration. The basket of the biner is fairly large given its tiny size which makes it awesome for clipping all the nuts and bolts you might find on a climb. The colors look really pretty and the anondized finish looks like they'll last quite some time. Definitely plan on picking some more up!

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Eric Cwrote a review of on May 19, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Bought a 6-pack of these babies for a spring break trip down to the Red and they held up awesome. The lower bent gate biner makes for effortless clips especially when pumped out on steep, overhung routes while the beefy polyester dogbone offers a great grip when hangdogging. Just from my week down there, they've caught some gnarly 2-bolt whippers and only came out with some minor scuffs. Not to mention, they're lightweight enough where I'd bring them on trad climbs to extend placements. The keylock nose is an added bonus when clipping into nuts and cams.

I'd totally pick up another 6 pack next time they're on sale. These draws are going to be on my harness for quite a while.

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Eric Cwrote a review of on February 27, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

The BD Dynex slings are classic, dependable runners that have saved me plenty of times in sketchy situations. They are lightweight and durable for seasons to come. The 60cm works great to extend pieces while the 120cm is awesome at slinging trees or equalizing 2-bolt anchors.

As with all dyneema products, be wary of using it as a personal anchor. Other than that, the BD Dynex slings are reliable, lightweight runners for any scenario you would find in climbing.

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Eric Cwrote a review of on February 27, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Simple, light, and strong. What more can you ask for? These bad boys shed down a ton of weight on a trad rack. I like to pick up the multi-colored rack pack to organize my Camalots and these individual Neutrinos go a long way when paired with a sling for alpine draws. I even like to keep an extra Neutrino on my harness just to crack open beers on a climb.

They are small, so they are a bit fumbly to clip when wearing gloves. But since they are so friggin' light, a full sized biner can't really compare. Also, the fact that they're $5 each makes them even more awesome.

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Eric Cwrote a review of on February 27, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Strong, lightweight, simple, and inexpensive biner for virtually any climbing function. I love the snappy spring tension and the smooth anodized finish for belaying. One very minor gripe I have is that it takes a little longer to screw on the gate lock when compared to other HMS lockers, but if anything, it'll make sure you lock the biner all the way. Would definitely buy more of these cheap biners for anchors, belaying, etc.

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Eric Cwrote a review of on February 27, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Purchased the 240cm sling as a lightweight alternative to 7mm cordalette for 3 point trad anchors and couldn't be any happier. The slim 8mm width sheds weight and the dyneema material inspires confidence.

One particular thing about this sling that Mammut designed well is the bar tacking. Other manufacturers tend to make the bar tacking super stiff and bulky whereas Mammut streamlined the stitching as if it's a part of the sling itself. I would totally pick up more of these slings for virtually any climbing function.

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Eric Cwrote a review of on February 27, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

The Mammut Wall Alpine Belay Device is a simple, lightweight, and efficient tool to have on my harness. Most ropes I've used flow smoothly when belaying and rappelling. Having used both the Reverso and ATC Guide, I think I have found my new guide mode belay device due to it's cheaper price point and it's minimalist design. Would totally recommend this belay device for any multi-pitch climber!

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Eric Cwrote a review of on June 13, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Of all the different brands of chalk on the market, I always find myself buying a big 15oz bag of Metolius chalk simply because of the huge quantity you get for the price. It does the job when I need it to and couldn't ask for anything else.

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Eric Cwrote a review of on June 13, 2016

Too School For Cool
5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Been using my older model Quasar almost daily for about 2 years now and had nothing but awesome experiences with it. Great for hauling books and my 13' Macbook Pro across campus as well as stuffing extra layers for those chilly days. Not to mention, this backpack looks cool enough to walk around campus while remaining technical enough to wear on long day hikes and even multi-pitch climbs. The back panel does a decent job promoting airflow but still expect some minor backpack sweat on really hot days.

Overall, the construction is solid and even has some water resistance to protect your valuables on rainy days. As other reviewers have mentioned, the soft elastic mesh pockets on the sides are prone to having small holes torn through them but they still hold a 1L Nalgene regardless and are a part of the normal wear and tear of the product.

I would totally recommend this backpack for the outdoor minded student who wants one pack to do everything.

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Eric Cwrote a review of on June 13, 2016

It Keeps On Truckin'
5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 11"
Weight: 175 lbs

My Patagonia Trucker has accompanied me on my adventures for the past 2 years. It's hiked, skinned, climbed, and rappelled hundreds of thousands of feet over the years while remaining stylish enough for everyday wear.

Don't be afraid to get this hat covered in sweat and dirt because IT WILL get covered in sweat and dirt. If anything, your grimey Patagonia Trucker earns you street cred on the skin track.

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Eric Cwrote a review of on June 12, 2016

EDGEcellent
5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 11"
Weight: 175 lbs
Size Purchased: 44.5

Bought these bad boys as my primary all-around shoe for sport, trad, gym, and boulder. I am throughly impressed by their edging performance and comfort for a slightly downturned shoe. The crisp Vibram XS Edge rubber is sticky yet durable and the toe rubber along with the grooved heel allow you to stick those hooks.

Sized them a half size down from my street size for a comfortable fit and they stretched a half size up after a couple of long gym sessions. If you are looking for a performance shoe for steep sport and moderate boulders, I'd downsize them about a size or a size and a half from your street size as they are leather with a synthetic upper and will stretch a bit.

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Eric Cwrote a review of on June 12, 2016

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I recently bought this harness on sale for under $40 to replace my old Petzl Calidris. After using this on some multi-pitch trad climbs and a couple gym sessions, I am pretty impressed by its comfort at hanging belays while maintaining its streamlined design to save weight and reduce bulkiness. The four gear loops hold a full trad rack pretty well and the tie in protector along with the indicator feature on the belay loop are cool innovative designs. Would totally recommend this harness for the multi-disciplined climber who is constrained to a budget.

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