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Paul B.

Paul B.wrote a review of on October 14, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Great for shallow horizontal placements. They're good for vertical placements too, of course, but I tend to use cams for that purpose. These just seem to fit in places where other pro would be sketchy at best. Great option to round out your rack.

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Paul B.

Paul B.wrote a review of on October 14, 2015

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

They seat very securely on uneven rock (where the classic BD stoppers would struggle a bit) and I'd definitely trust my life to them. However, they're a pain in the ass to remove if you've weighted them. Great for knobby rock but be careful.

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Paul B.wrote a review of on October 14, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I moved from a BD Momentum harness to this and will never go back. The extra padding and leg loop width make a huge difference when taking big whips or hanging for a while on a hard route. I've sue this for both rock and ice and can recommend it for both.

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Paul B.

Paul B.wrote a review of on October 14, 2015

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I love my Gri Gri; however it will always take a back seat to my ATC. This is a great belay device for sure, but my ATC guide is just more versatile. for that reason the ATC is my preferred device. I generally use the Gri Gri in the gym when I know my climber will be struggling and need to hang for a while; it's a life saver for those situations. With regards to lowering/feeding, it's nice and smooth when using my rope that's well taken care of but it can be a right pain in the ass when using stiff gym ropes. I fully endorse this as a second belay device but would recommend an ATC/equivalent as a first device without hesitation.

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Paul B.wrote a review of on October 14, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size

They absolutely murder my toes if I leave them on too long but it's so worth it. Very soft, extremely precise, edge like a champ; love them. They're my go-to shoe when I need a bit of extra help on a hard boulder problem. The Grip rubber gives a noticeable increase in grip compared to the Edge rubber on my Miuras. The only other shoe that might beat these for me is the new Genius.

For reference, I wear a 44 Miura Velcro (could easily go to a 43.5) and a 42.5 in the 'Rossas. I'm a 12.5-13 street shoe.

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Paul B.

Paul B.wrote a review of on October 14, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Yes, they're not the prettiest tool in the shed, but they work wonders on ice. I've used mine for a few seasons on vertical ice and I'm very satisfied. They're a tad on the heavy side but they swing well and stick nicely with a bit of wrist-action. Great for a climber on a budget.

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Paul B.

Paul B.wrote a review of on October 14, 2015

5 5

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

Love these boots. I've used them for a few seasons of ice climbing and have no regrets from buying them. They're comfy, keep my piggies warm (down to 0 degrees at least) and dry, and seem to be built like a proverbial tank. I have no experience in the mountains but I'd highly recommend them for anything low altitude.

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