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Etha W.

Etha W.

Somerville, MA

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Climbing
Skiing
Hiking & Camping
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Etha W.

Etha W.wrote a review of on April 11, 2019

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This is a headlamp well-suited to wearing around camp or urban running, but the brightness and beam distance makes it subpar for climbing, hiking, or other extended after-dark activities in the mountains. In fairness, the product specifications make it clear that it ranks below average in brightness and distance, but if (like me) you were in a rush to buy it and were not yet fully conversant in what different lumen and distance ratings feel like in the real world, you might find yourself a little disappointed.

Ultimately I'll still take this as a back-up or on a trip where I really don't expect to be doing much by dark; but on anything where I'm likely to climb/hike/ski a substantial amount after dark, I'd want something more powerful.

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Etha W.wrote a review of on February 22, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Not much to add to the other reviews as far as performance goes. Pretty awesome and an impressive feat of engineering. As someone new to touring who will mostly be skiing at the resort, I love that I can have a one ski quiver for both with minimal compromises.

It's stated in the tech specs but may be worth repeating here: the lower limit of the DIN settings is 6, so if you're a very small/light person like me, you won't have many options in terms of DIN. If you usually ski at a lower setting you might be better off with the Kingpin 10 or the Fristchi Tecton, both of which go down to 5.

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Etha W.wrote a review of on January 14, 2019

5 5

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

My hands typically run fairly cold, and I have never found gloves that keep my fingers truly warm when it gets much below freezing--until now! I took these out ice climbing in 5°F conditions with mild winds, and aside from the inevitable cold from holding your hands overhead for long periods of time (hey, no gloves can defeat the basic principles of the human circulatory system...), my fingers were warm the whole time. They were dextrous enough for me to do pretty much anything except untie a welded knot, and stayed admirably dry during some pretty wet conditions. They may even get me to like ice climbing in spite of myself.

But yes--as the other review says, these run small! I am usually an XS, and the S fit me quite snugly--any smaller and it would have been too small.

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Etha W.wrote a review of on December 22, 2018

3 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

When I first got this carabiner, I was in love with the way the simple and innovative horn construction prevented crossloading when belaying with a grigri.

Unfortunately, as Pell mentions in their review, this design feature does come at a price: since the belay device can only move along the top bar of the carabiner, there's a greater risk of dropping it when clipping it on and off your harness. While I've managed to avoid doing this, it has given me pause, especially when clipping and unclipping from a crowded harness. More often than not, on multi-pitch I now just use a D-shape carabiner per Petzl's recommendation (https://www.petzl.com/US/en/Sport/Choice-of-carabiner-for-attaching-a-GRIGRI-to-the-harness).

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Etha W.wrote a review of on September 20, 2018

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Got these for confidence-inspiring, comfortable all-day multipitch shoes and have not been disappointed. Took them up Standard Route in Whitehorse for ≈6 hours and only took them off once (even then it didn't feel necessary to do so). On the same route, they got me through my first big run-out. Did I really need $180 shoes to climb a 5.2 dike? Probably not, but it sure felt nice having them on as I tried not to think about the fact that I was ≈40 feet above my last piece.

After trying on several sizes, I ended up going with size 36.5, and they're perfect for my purpose. My other shoes are LS Katanas laces in 37 (snug but not aggressively downsized) and 5.10 Anasazi Pinks in 37 (quite tight, generally take 'em off after every pitch). I had initially sized the TC Pros 0.5 up from my Katanas thinking this would be necessary for all day comfort, but they ended up being way too big, especially around the heel. At 0.5 down from my Katanas, the 36.5 TC Pros still feel significantly more comfy than the Katanas.

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Etha W.wrote a review of on September 1, 2018

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Got these for my starter trad rack. I have yet to take any falls on them, but they place well and give me confidence that if I did fall on them, they'd hold. I place the smallest two sizes pretty frequently and feel great climbing above them knowing that they're rated to 7 and 9 kn, respectively.

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Etha W.wrote a review of on August 31, 2018

3 5

Familiarity: I returned this product before using it

Tried these, along with a number of other shoes, recently. Lots of padding--possibly too much for my taste (felt kind of weird to constantly feel my feet pushing against cushioning rather than the ground) but may be good if that's what you're looking for. They seemed to run big; I ordered the same size as my Sportiva Katanas and think I should have ordered at least 0.5 size down. The rounded toe shape doesn't feel like it would edge particularly well, but I didn't test it so can't say for sure.

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Etha W.wrote a review of on August 31, 2018

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Use these for my alpine draws and to rack my cams. No complaints so far. I find it clips easily and handles well, though those with larger hands might have a different experience. I haven't tried using it with gloves.

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