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Laralyn M.

Laralyn M.

Astoria, NY

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Climbing
Hiking & Camping

Laralyn M.

Laralyn M.wrote a review of on September 16, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

If you do multipitch trad climbing, then you're familiar with the traffic jam that is your 4 gear loops when you're heading up the pitch (or as you're cleaning up after your leader). If you've ever wished you had a couple extra gear loops, then you need this harness in your life.

The harness has 3 gear loops on each side, and they're offset (two on top, one underneath). The two on the bottom can get to be a little inaccessible when you're loaded up, so I use those to hold gear I won't need right away (cordelette and webbing, rappel device, gloves, etc.), and that frees up the top four gear loops for cams, stoppers, and draws. Nice and organized! :)

I originally ordered the basic version, but I exchanged it for the Quick Adjust version instead. The QA version is much easier to get in and out of and — like the name implies — to quickly adjust it for comfort. So worth the five extra bucks.

My ONE gripe with this harness — and it's idiosyncratic — is that I can't stand it when companies make women's gear in pink/purple (or put flowers/butterflies/unicorns on it). Drives me CRAZY. But I took a wise woman's advice and covered up the purple stitching with some Beal Rope Marker. Voila. Now the stitching is black! :) :) :)

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Laralyn M.

Laralyn M.wrote a review of on September 16, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

What more could you possibly want from a headlamp? It's completely customizable! You can create 6 custom settings (3 reactive, 3 constant) right from your phone.

If you realize halfway into a trip that you need more light (surprise, that descent took longer than you thought, and now you get to do a class 4 scramble in the dark) or you need more light (you keep blinding your friends, even on the lowest setting) — just pull out your phone and make the adjustment!

On the dimmest possible setting, you still get enough light for campsite functionality. On the brightest setting... well, let's just say I wish I had THIS light instead of the Reactik when I had to do that class 4 scramble in the dark. :)

My only complaint is the software. It seriously needs some bug fixes deployed. Don't be surprised if it crashes a few times while you're setting your light up. But notice that I still gave the light 5 stars. While annoying, I'm still glad I have this headlamp in my climbing/camping arsenal.

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Laralyn M.

Laralyn M.wrote a review of on September 16, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Hey guys. We all have a sport rack. But you guys always want ME to bring MINE. I get it, I get it. The DMMs are hella smooth. The gate on the rope end is perfectly shaped for easy clipping. You never have to fumble with it. And the basket guides the rope right where you want it. And they just feel good to work with. I get it. You like my rack... way better than you like yours... So fine. I'll bring the DMMs again. (I hope this isn't the only reason you guys go on climbing trips with me.)

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Laralyn M.

Laralyn M.wrote a review of on June 22, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This is the easiest tent I've ever pitched. It requires no thought. It *wants* to get assembled.

The first time I camped in this tent, I forgot the instructions at home. But I didn't need them. The poles are color coded (so you can tell exactly which run horizontal versus vertical), and they're all strung together. There's no way to lose one, and there's no way to not understand which goes where. You just lay the footprint and tent out, straighten the poles (they magically snap into place), and then snap the poles onto the tent. There's a little loop on the inside ceiling to hang a lamp from, and two zipped interior pockets for your small things. Plenty of ventilation for the warmer months (it's definitely a 3-season).

The last trip I went on, we had to camp on public land, and the light was fading fast by the time we found a suitable spot to set up. I literally pitched this tent with my headlamp, and it took less than ten minutes. Best part is, it weighs almost nothing. This is seriously the best tent ever.

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Laralyn M.

Laralyn M.wrote a review of on June 19, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

In my opinion, this is the best screw locking carabiner to add to your rack — whether sport or trad. I love the shape. The little groove at the top guides your rope to exactly the right spot. I use these for everything from anchor building to belaying (when using an ATC). They're super lightweight, so you can throw a few on your harness without adding a bunch of weight, but they're also super strong.

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Laralyn M.

Laralyn M.wrote a review of on February 11, 2017

Compact and Clean
5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I got this as a second chalk bag for bouldering. It's simple, compact, and keeps everything clean. The only thing negative I have to say about it is this: to close the bag, you need to twist to the left, which is completely counter intuitive. (Righty tighty, lefty loosey, right? In this case, wrong.) I actually thought it was defective until a friend suggested I try twisting the other way. So in summary, excellent chalk bag, just make sure you twist it the right -- err the left way!

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Laralyn M.

Laralyn M.wrote a review of on November 9, 2016

3 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Fit: Runs small
Height: 5' 6"
Weight: 115 lbs
Size Purchased: XS

This is super cute, but I'm pretty sure the model sized up *at least* two sizes. The piece is more fitted than baggy, and it doesn't quite cover my bottom, as it does on the model. The sleeves are about an inch too short, as well. Just size up if you order one.

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Laralyn M.

Laralyn M.wrote a review of on November 9, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 6"
Weight: 115 lbs
Size Purchased: XS

I have *no idea* why this hoodie is on sale at this price. It's absolutely amazing. It's Rab, first of all, so you know it's made to last forever. It's lightweight, but fleece-lined (perfect spring/autumn midlayer), and it has thumb holes. Who doesn't love thumb holes?? Great fit, too. All you climbers out there, this one leaves plenty of room for your shoulder/back muscles without being baggy in the midsection! And it's so affordable right now! GET IT!!

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Laralyn M.

Laralyn M.wrote a review of on November 9, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 6"
Weight: 115 lbs
Size Purchased: Small

Ibex makes excellent stuff, period. This is no exception. It's very lightweight, merino wool (no stink), and man — who can pass up those stripes?!

I'm 5'6" and 115 lbs, which usually means XS, but I ordered up on this. The XS fit, but it was a little constricting in the armpits. The Small is a bit loose, but overall more comfortable.

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Laralyn M.

Laralyn M.wrote a review of on November 9, 2016

4 5

Familiarity: I returned this product before using it
Fit: True to size

This hoodie has just about everything you could ask for from a lightweight midlayer. The fleece lining is soft and warm. There's a cloth zipper backing and cover, so you never come into contact with the metal. There's a hem adjuster to tighten things up. Two zippered pockets, and two internal stash pockets (no zipper though). And thumb holes, can't forget the thumb holes!

I do have a few "buts" though. While the technical details are great, the fit isn't perfect. The arm holes are small, so there's some of that cutting-into-your-pits action going on. And it's a little short. Lifting my arms over my head results in belly draft. And the hood is very small. So the fit is weird. Is it worth the money? Not for me, because fit is everything, but for other ladies out there, this is a damn good hoodie.

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Laralyn M.

Laralyn M.wrote a review of on November 9, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Fit: True to size

This is what's been missing in my winter-wear arsenal. It's super soft, beautifully woven, and versatile. I've always reacted to beanies (they always feel scratchy), but this one is the ticket. Yes, it's expensive. But I'm keeping it!

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Laralyn M.

Laralyn M.wrote a review of on November 8, 2016

3 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

What I like:
- Definitely makes coffee easy at the campsite with minimal parts (i.e., french press and mug in one)
- Lightweight and not bulky (again, all-in-one design)

What I don't like:
- Sometimes the inner cup — which you press down in order to trap the grounds at the bottom between the two layers — doesn't make a perfect seal, and you get coffee leaking out the side when you go to pour it
- Sometimes coffee leaks up between the two cup layers as you're pushing the inner layer down

Is it worth $23? I don't know. Maybe. I'm not returning it, but I would ideally expect more from a setup like this.

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Laralyn M.

Laralyn M.wrote a review of on October 14, 2016

3 5

Familiarity: I returned this product before using it
Fit: Runs small
Height: 5' 6"
Weight: 115 lbs
Size Purchased: XS

Event at 50% off, I'me struggling over whether to keep this. If it were less discounted, I'd definitely send it back. The shoulders and arms are too tight (for a climber), the sleeves are too short, the shoulder articulation is poor (get ready to show belly as soon as you reach for that next hold), and the thumb holes are literally on the wrong side of the sleeve (like, where the pinky finger is). It's just awkward! For $30 , is it worth it???? Maybe... Depends on your financial situation. If you can afford to pay more for better, maybe skip this one.

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Laralyn M.

Laralyn M.wrote a review of on October 14, 2016

3 5

Familiarity: I returned this product before using it
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 6"
Weight: 115 lbs
Size Purchased: XS

Sure, it's a comfy sweater. But if you're going to get into any kind of warrior pose (or do anything that involves lifting your arms above your head), get ready to show your belly. The bottom hits at the belt (low-rise pants) in a relaxed state. Again, super comfy. But not really activewear.

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Laralyn M.

Laralyn M.wrote a review of on October 14, 2016

3 5

Familiarity: I returned this product before using it
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 6"
Weight: 115 lbs
Size Purchased: XS

Are you a climber? Then this shirt will really frustrate you. It looks sexy and drapey when your arms are at your side. But as soon as you lift your arms over your head, the fabric that was sexily clinging to your hips will be lifting up to expose your belly. Whether or not you're self-conscious of your belly, who wants to deal with a midsection draft on a crisp autumn day?!

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Laralyn M.

Laralyn M.wrote a review of on October 14, 2016

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size

I would never pay $70 for this tank top! But at the sale price, it's totally worth it. It's basically a sports bra with drapey jersey fabric to flatter your midsection. There's a cutout section in the low-back. I was self-conscious about that at first, but I've gotten a lot of compliments on how it flatters my climbing muscles, so I've come around to really liking it.

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Laralyn M.

Laralyn M.wrote a review of on October 13, 2016

1 5

Familiarity: I returned this product before using it
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 6"
Weight: 115 lbs
Size Purchased: XS

As others have reported, this is a cheaply made tank. Everything about it screams "will not hold up." Loose threads hanging off of all the seams, inconsistencies in the stitching, etc. Save yourself the return shipping fee.

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Laralyn M.

Laralyn M.wrote a review of on October 13, 2016

2 5

Familiarity: I returned this product before using it
Fit: Runs large
Height: 5' 6"
Weight: 115 lbs
Size Purchased: XS

Yes, I measured the neck. Because it's so weird!! It's definitely not a hoodie (no hood, and no pull cords -- despite the photo). And it doesn't scrunch because it's kind of bell-bottom (bell-top) shaped. It's just 15 inches of weirdness at the neck! If I'd gotten it at a thrift shop, I'd just cut the neck off. But I can't do that to an $80

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