Use Code TAKE20MAY for 20% Off One Full-Price Item*
Lucas V.

Lucas V.

Grand Rapids MI, or Slade KY

Lucas V.'s Passions

Hiking & Camping
Biking
Climbing

Lucas V.'s Bio

I am currently in college to be a Geologist and spending way too much time rock climbing(what a good problem to have though). I also enjoy mountain biking around the northern peninsula of Michigan.

Lucas V.

Lucas V.wrote a review of on December 14, 2014

It already had some snags on the sheath
3 5

Familiarity: I returned this product before using it

I just got this rope and have not had a chance to use it. When I opened it up there where already substantial snags in the sheath of the rope. I understand that I'm being nitpicky and a rope is going to get snags and is going to wear but I would like it to be free of defects out of the box at least. Im sure it was no ones intention to sell a slightly imperfect rope, but for the cost of a rope its worth noting.

Im in the process of figuring it out. I'll update on the outcome.

(0)

 

0 Comments

Lucas V.

Lucas V.wrote a review of on October 28, 2014

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I am all about packing light and using small packs. I got to use as a day or overnight pack to carry somethings like a GoPro, phone charger, tooth, etc.

The pack is actually very large and can hold a lot of things in it. It is almost too big because it has to be pretty full for it to hold its shape. It has three pockets, one big main pocket which a smaller pocket in it(that is also used as a stuff sack to compress the pack down to a small size) and one pocket on the outside. The material is thinner than I expected and seems like it could be ripped kind of easily and it also doesn't hold its shape very well but I have used it pretty frequently and have not had a problem. It has a nice big, thick waist strap that is comfortable to wear but I have had some problems with it slowly loosening if the pack has a lot of weight in it.

Over all I like it and I use it a lot, it looks good too. Besides the few things about it that I don't totally love which I talked about earlier, I think its a good quality product. Do recommend.

(1)

 

0 Comments

Lucas V.

Lucas V.wrote a review of on October 22, 2014

5 5

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

I have been climbing for about 2 years and have gotten by with cheaper shoes because getting really aggressive shoes wouldn't have helped but I thought it was time to upgrade.

The Miura has been great! I wanted a somewhat aggressive shoes because I really like to climb crimpy and slabby stuff and I needed something that could edge well and this shoes lives up to it! The toe box is nice and snug around my toes and theres no movement of my foot in the shoe at all. The heel fits fine too, I don't use my heel too much but it think it would be up for the challenge if I needed too. I really like lace up climbing shoes because I can tighten them down nice and snug. The laces worry me a little because they seem like they could break if I tighten them too hard but I haven't had a problem yet(fingers crossed).

The sole! Its a Vibram so it has to be good. It is really good at standing on small stuff and using the smallest feet possible. They are sticky on almost any rock and seem like they will last a while too. I have noticed that compared to other climbing shoes I cant feel the holds as well with my feet and that can sometimes lead me to not set my feet perfect but I think its just a new shoe type for me and I am getting better with them.

I am usually a 10.5 US street shoe(i'm not sure what that is in European) and I got this in a 41 EU and they fit PERFECT.

I think they will be a durable shoe and I expect them to last me a long time. So far I have good impressions. Do recommend.

(1)

 

0 Comments

Lucas V.

Lucas V.wrote a review of on October 16, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Once I got serious into climbing I wanted to build my own set of gear and one of the first things you should start with is some quickdraws. I looked around and saw so many different options it was hard to figure out what I should get. I have always found that Black Diamond makes great gear to I saw the Freewire was quite a bit cheaper than most other draws out there so I decided on them.

When I got them I was immediately impressed by the quality and features you get for the lower price.

They have the big thick nylon dog bone which keeps them from twisting around and allowing you to accidentally back clipping. They also are full size wiregate biners which is rare for a low cost draw. Many of my friends have tried to save money on draws and other brands come with much smaller sized biners which can prove to be hard to deal with sometimes. The gate is easy to open and slide a rope in, and it always makes that *click* sound when it closes which can be helpful to belayers. The biner that the rope will go through has the rubber spacer between the draw and dog bone which helps keep it steady, this feature is rare and mostly found in the $15-20 range in my experiences.

The only thing I have found to be a hassle is since they are both biners are wire gate the notch on the top biner can get stuck on my gear loop when going to clip but its never too bad. This is not a design issue because thats just the design you get with a wiregate. They are also not the lightest draws on the market but the additional pound I have to carry up the wall has never been noticeable.

For the price the draws are packed with features usually only found in more expensive draws. I have had great luck with them. Do recommend.

(0)

 

0 Comments

Lucas V.

Lucas V.wrote a review of on October 16, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: Runs large

Most of the people I know have a pair of these and they all said the pants were the best thing ever so I got myself a pair. They were not kidding, almost everything about these pants make them spectacular! They are breathable, durable and comfortable. I use them mostly for climbing when it's a little too cold for shorts and they hold up to the rigors of being bumped and rubbed against the rock for a weekend. The material has a nice amount of stretch to it and allows me to make any kind of movement I would want to in them and they are not constricting or feel like they might tear. The material sort up absorbs the chalk that gets on it and is a little hard to get out but with a good wash or 2 they look fine again.

The waist has a great tightening system that will keep them up even if they are a little large on you. I got the small waist with 32

(0)

 

0 Comments

Lucas V.

Lucas V.wrote a review of on October 12, 2014

5 5

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

I got this because I have never owned a proper rain jacket, and thought it was time. It took me a long time to decide on which one to get because the different waterproof ratings are almost impossible to understand.

I chose this jackets because it looked good and because the 25psi waterproofing sounded like its should be sufficient. I have been in a few pretty strong rain storms in this jacket and I would say its more than enough waterproof. The longest was about 4 hours in a heavy shower, and it kept me completely dry. The only spot I could tell the material was getting wet was in the stitching but the taped seams kept the water out.

It is surprisingly breathable for being a little thicker material than some, I never feel like my sweat or body heat is trapped inside the jacket. The material has a few layers to it, the outside being a pretty typical feeling hardshell rain jacket and the inside is a soft almost pleather feeling material that doesn't stick to my skin at all if I have a short sleeve on. The stretch of the material is not too noticeable but if I have to reach for something I can feel the material match my movement a little. Its also very quick drying, if I get soaked and let it sit over the back of a chair or in my tent it will be dry in a hour!

Overall my impressions are good and Im happy. If anything changes I will make note of it.

(1)

 

0 Comments

Lucas V.

Lucas V.wrote a review of on October 12, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I got this harness while I was still pretty new to climbing but ever since I have been nothing but impressed with it. I was not to expensive but it comes with many great features. when it comes to the fit and finish it is fantastic, I like sleek and simple designs and this one fits both. It is minimal and not bulk but it feels sturdy and well made. It doesn't have big thick foamy padding like some harnesses but yet I can hang around all day or belay someone for a long time and it will always feel comfortable, and disperse the weight well.

The gear loops have a plastic sheath over them that makes it easy to pull gear off in a tough clip or pro placement. It has a haul loop that is rated to a few kN, I have never used it but its there if you do!
I have worn this harness for just about every climb I have ever done and it shows very little wear. The buckles are made from metal and are not effected by rubbing against the rock all the way up a slab route. The material is not showing much wear either with a lot of abrasion against rock and it feels just as safe as the day I bought it. I am 150lbs with a 29-30 in waist and I bought a medium. With all the straps tight it fits like a dream but still would allow me to have quite a few layers under it and it would still fit.

Overall this thing is great and I plan to buy another if my current one ever wears out(if it ever does!). Do recommend.

(1)

 

0 Comments