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Ethan B.

Ethan B.wrote a review of on May 19, 2019

2 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This pack is good, but not great. Other reviews do a good job of discussing the positives of this pack such as full zip access and capacity, and I agree with those. i would also add its nice durable fabric, so I dont see the bottom wearing through any time soon.

Here is what I don't like.

This pack won't fit a smaller than average person. I have a 30 inch waist and the waist straps are maxed out. 50 inch waist? No problem. 27 inches? You'll be carrying the weight on your shoulders.

A lack of outside pockets and organizer pockets. While the second zippered pocket is nice, it's not enough. Within it are 2 zippered pockets, but I still find myself rummaging through a bunch of items in the big compartment to find what I want. The main compartment also has no top closure, so if your pack falls sideways or upside down you risk having something slide out.

While you are wearing the pack. you can't access anything. If the pack is on your back, your stuff is out of reach. No easy side mesh pocket for a phone or water bottle,no waist strap pocket for a key or chapstick. It's stop and drop if you want to access any of that stuff.

Overall a good pack and much better than the worthless old Kelty that I replaced, but not something to jump on, like the reviews lead me to believe. If you need a big crag pack now, go for it, but if you can hold out for the next iteration for a while longer, i recommend it.

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Ethan B.

Ethan B.wrote a review of on August 9, 2018

5 5

I got a somewhat sized up pair of these to do a big link up because I needed something that would give me performance and all day comfort. We climbed something like 34 pitches with maybe 4 of the pitches being close to my limit, and I never felt like the shoe held me back in terms of performance, nor did I feel that it was uncomfortable. I also love the lace up for those 2 reasons, but If I was going to climb in the Verdon or Portrero these would be my go to for performance and easy removal.

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Ethan B.wrote a review of on February 22, 2018

3 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: Runs small
Height: 5' 9"
Weight: 155 lbs
Size Purchased: Small

The length of the sleeves and torso is perfect, but this thing is far tighter than I'd like in the shoulders and chest. If I sized up to medium, the sleeves and torso would be too long, but the top half would fit great. Right now it's way too tight in the armpits and I'm gonna hope that it stretches out. The only other reviewer I saw wearing size small was 5'11 and 135lbs and he liked it.

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Ethan B.

Ethan B.wrote a review of on December 25, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Disclaimer: I have used the rope extensively for 2 weeks, but I do not have any knowledge of the longterm durability of this product, only its "in the moment" action.

The rope is great. Totally perfect. Super soft catch. Anyone who says the catch isn't soft is insane. The rope is very light. My friend said it was lighter than his dirty 60 meter 10.2. Diameter is awesome. It works great for rappelling, belaying a second with an autoblock device, regular belay, extra friction belay, whatever . I would never ever consider getting a rope above 9.8 unless I was planning on top roping a lot. Love it! There's no middle mark, but still deserves 5 stars.

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Ethan B.

Ethan B.wrote a review of on December 25, 2013

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I bought these (full set) for a trip to Joshua Tree because I couldn't afford cams but my partner and I needed some more largish pieces. I was very happy with them. I always took at least 1 on a climb, usually 2. I found a placement on most climbs. They are very solid when placed well and I found that some constrictions just SCREAM torque nut. I would never consider wired hexes. Slings are the way to go. I never took a fall on one but I definitely would feel confident going for a big move if I had one of these below me.

They are great but the overlap is still not perfect, I think they are the best hexes ive seen, but they do not deserve to be put in a different category from hexes altogether.

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Ethan B.

Ethan B.wrote a review of on December 23, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I just bought these (7-11) as the first part of my trad rack. I spent a week in Joshua Tree using them to fill out my partner's rack. I was climbing "Orphan"(5.9, F.A. 1954) and hitting a harder section when I saw a charming constriction at face level. I threw in the #11 and it looked bomber. Then I flipped it 180 degrees and I could tell that the gods themselves has blessed this placement. I continued my struggle upwards until I took a fall about 8 feet above the nut. My partner of course sunk his ass to the ground, offering me literally the least dynamic catch of all time. As I regained composure, I complained that my balls had been squashed by the harness, but from that moment on, I knew that my nuts were indestructible.

In summary, I think a dirtbag I met said it the best. "Man, I really hate brand loyalty... BUT DMM NUTS ARE THE BEST ****ING NUTS."
Now I look at BD nuts like, "Bro, do you even lift?"

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