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Mike Y.

Mike Y.

Berkeley CA

Mike Y.'s Passions

Climbing
Snowboarding
Skiing

Mike Y.

Mike Y.wrote a review of on July 22, 2017

3 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

This bag is good if you are only using it at the gym or on short approaches. It can fit my 70m x 10.2mm rope with a few quickdraws but nothing else. There arent any straps or webbing on the outside of the bag to attach a helmet, shoes, or a harness to so if you are taking this bag outside you will have to be carrying a second bag as well. The backpack straps are mounted in a strange position that makes any approach more than 0.5 miles a bit painfull, especially when fully loaded. However the one nice feature about this bag is its built in tarp. The tarp covers a large area and is attached nicely to the bag so it easily folds in and out.

I'd recommend this bag if you are not planning on taking it anywhere that would require a decent hike to get to.

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Mike Y.

Mike Y.wrote a review of on September 10, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: Runs small
Height: 5' 5"
Weight: 125 lbs
Size Purchased: 4

Got these for my girlfriend. She usually wears a size 2, but thought that the size 4 was more comfortable and left lots of room for movement. If you want the tight fit, go with your normal size, if not, size up. It is made of this lightweight and fast drying material, which was great for hiking and rock climbing. We even were near a waterfall and the shorts didn't get wet- leaving water droplets on the surface of the shorts! She also slid down 10ft on rocks and the shorts didn't rip or get damaged so it is extremely durable! She highly recommends them!

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Mike Y.wrote a review of on September 2, 2016

4 5

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

I have bought this with the intention of using it for short 2-4 day trips, mainly with the purpose of taking it on a plane. So far I think the pack is great, it is very comfortable, large enough to carry 4 days of clothes and climbing gear, and has a good variation of pockets to keep things organized and easy to reach. Also the main reason I bought this pack in particular was due to its ability to hold climbing gear as well as a hydration pouch.

When fully loaded the pack feels sturdy and well balanced. The load is not completely on your shoulders which certainly helps when wearing it for long periods of time.

For my size @ 6ft 200lbs, I think this bag is a perfect fit . Before this bag I had bought a Deuter pack which was far too narrow and short for my size.

[UPDATE 1] The first draw back I realized is the placement of the hydration pouch. It is located on the outside of the bag between the main compartment and the straps, which has it in almost direct contact with your back. This design makes the water in the bladder get warm.

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Mike Y.wrote a review of on August 27, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This is a nice big bag, holds a ton of chalk and is easy to get your hands into. I climb regularly many times per week and I fill the bag up about once per month. In addition to this the bag has a nice belt system that can adjust to attach to a harness, or wrap around your waist for bouldering. I also just realized that the bag has a small pocket you could keep a some cash and credit cards in. Or more realistically your climbing gym membership card.

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Mike Y.wrote a review of on August 27, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

So its a locking biner, it stays securely closed when locked, and opens easily when not locked. Functionally I use it for belaying, and I have found it to be good about not rotating on my belay loop. Sometimes a biner will spin while belaying and potentially put pressure on the gate.

Other than that the color has not worn down and it still looks new after many uses.

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Mike Y.wrote a review of on August 27, 2016

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 6' 0"
Weight: 205 lbs
Size Purchased: 45

These were my first climbing shoes, and they served me well. I used these things for about 5 months 4-5 days per week. Having climbed in them for 200+ hours I can say that they are really good, capable, and affordable shoes.

At this point these shoes are coming apart, each shoe has developed a hole on the toes about the size of my pinky. I feel like the rubber on these shoes is not that durable in that it wears down quickly. Even on the soles there are thin spots of rubber that have just worn down from use.

If you are looking for a comfortable shoe that will last you around 200 hours then these are the shoes for you.

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Mike Y.

Mike Y.wrote a review of on August 27, 2016

2 5

Familiarity: I returned this product before using it

I do not recommend this pack. I was first disappointed when looking through it and trying to figure out what I could use all of the pockets for and realizing 2 things. The first being that there were only 3 pockets inside of the main compartment and all of these pockets were short and did not span the length of the bag. The small number of pockets was slightly annoying because it reduces the ability to keep things organized, which means you just end up throwing things in the bag. It also seemed like all of the compartments in the bag were not really thought out and it was hard to find places to fit things.

Second, at 6ft tall I am too long for this backpack. It was too short and narrow to fit me well which ultimately lead to me returning it the day it arrived. While trying it on my shoulders were resting about 2/3 of the way down the straps and there wasn't anyway for me to adjust them.

If you are going to spend money on a bag, I'd say get a different one.

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Mike Y.wrote a review of on August 27, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I prefer this ATC to the more fancy ones for belaying. I think you can lower the climber with a bit more consistency, so he/she doesn't get a bouncy ride back to the ground. Other than that it works well, provides a lot of friction, and is easy to get ropes of all sizes into.

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Mike Y.wrote a review of on August 27, 2016

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Very comfortable as long as you have the straps tightened correctly. Every once in a while I will have the leg loops too loose or too tight and I will feel pressure on my hamstrings during falls. Other than that it is very convenient to get in and out of, you can just loosen the loops and just step out of the harness rather than undoing the loops altogether. This just makes putting it on and taking it off faster.

I was in between the medium and large sizes, right on the upper limit of medium, but just on the lower limit of large. I ended up getting the large after trying the medium, and the fit is great.

I have been using this harness about 4-5 days per week for the last 5 months and it is still in good shape. No wrinkles or loose threads, or kinks in the stitching.

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