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Robert McFarland

Robert McFarland

Little Cottonwood Canyon, Big Cottonwood Canyon, Moab, St. George, The Swell, Maple Canyon

Robert McFarland's Passions

Hiking & Camping
Snowboarding
Biking
Climbing

Robert McFarland's Bio

I have been camping, backpacking and hiking since I was very young. I was introduced to rock climbing in 2003 and have been an avid climber ever since. I love spending long days on multipitch trad routes and towers but won't say no to a session of clipping bolts. Recently have gotten into mountain biking and I am looking forward to many more days clipped in to my pedals.

Robert McFarland

Robert McFarlandwrote a review of on January 31, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

The GriGri is phenomenal belay device. It is reliable, easy to set up, and very safe. The new design is less bulky and works much better on the thin sport ropes that are coming out like weeds. The device is pricey, but it is totally worth it for the avid climber. It makes supporting your hand dog partner a breeze and can easily be used from an anchor or redirected for lowering.

The only thing I don't like about the GriGri is how many people you see using them wrong. It is not acceptable to leave your thumb pressing down on the cam while your leader is climbing! If you purchase this device, please take the time to learn to use it right. Petzl has great videos available to help you learn. No matter how safe your belay device is you are putting your climber in danger if you use it wrong.

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Robert McFarlandwrote a review of on January 20, 2014

4 5

Familiarity: I gave it as a gift but have feedback to share

I bought this harness for my girlfriend and she has been very happy with it. It i extremely comfortable and fits so well that she says she can hardly feel it on her body while she climbs. The colors are awesome and the buckles all function smoothly.

The only downside about this harness is that the gear loops are pretty small. It is perfect for carrying draws up a short route but you run out of space pretty quick when racking up for a long trad climb.

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Robert McFarlandwrote a review of on January 13, 2014

4 5

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

These socks fit comfortable and tightly and they stayed in place throughout my run. They kept my feet warm and dry even though there was snow on the ground and I had to step in the occasional puddle. When I bought these socks I was in the process of breaking in new shoes and I never got any blisters from them. Last but not least, the toe slots fit well and once I started running I never even noticed them!

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Robert McFarlandwrote a review of on December 2, 2013

5 5

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

I have trashed two pair of mojo's and I am still ordering more. The shorts are super comfy, light, and don't inhibit your movement at all. The waist band is thin enough to not cause any trouble under a harness and the pockets are nice and deep so you can still keep a GU packet in there and it will rest below your leg loops and avoid getting squished.

I would agree with chrp53915 that the sizing can be a little difficult. I am 5'10" with a 32/33 waist and i wear the mediums. I like that the leg length comes down to just above the knee. When I am hiking or climbing the pants do fine, but when I go in town for a beer and I have a wallet, car keys, and a cell phone the weight can cause the waist so slip down a bit.

Great pant, I am sold for life. I also mountain bike, run, hike, backpack, and hit the town in them.

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Robert McFarlandwrote a review of on December 2, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I have both the Reverso 4 and the BD Guide. I love both of these belay devices and regularly switch from one to the other depending on my preference while I am gearing up. I prefer the Reverso because it feeds slightly smoother than the Guide. The auto lock set up is super convenient and I like that it orients in the direction of the biner instead of perpendicular to it. It also rappels smoothly but I think the Guide is a little more accommodating of larger ropes.

You can't go wrong with either device, but the Reverso is definitely a little more buttery on the feed. It also handles skinny ropes a little better.

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Robert McFarlandwrote a review of on December 2, 2013

5 5

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

These are great shoes for any intermediate or advanced climber. They edge super well and the slight downturn makes climbing the overhangs a cinch. If you fit the shoe correctly you will want to avoid smearing. Once they break in they will have enough flex to smear a move or two but you should definitely not be climbing slabs or cracks in them.

I am primarily a trad climber and have the Five Ten Coyote, Scarpa Techno, and Evolv Defy all in size 43 (US 10). When I decided to get these more aggressive shoes I dropped down to a 41.5 (US 8.5). I would recommend sizing down until your arch starts to feel tight. The shoe will stretch amount half a size and your foot will be able to relax while you still maintain performance.

I love my miuras and definitely recommend them.

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Robert McFarlandwrote a review of on December 2, 2013

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

This is a handy piece of equipment for anyone who has eaten way too much ramen and chooses to cook real food now. Light, small, and convienent. The only thing worth noting is that when unfolded it does not remain perfectly flat; so if you cut up your garlic into tiny pieces and then pick your hand up off the board it will bend towards is folded shape and you may loose some garlic to the chipmunks.

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Robert McFarlandwrote a review of on December 2, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I have had an older style of this organizer for probably 8 or 9 years and I just recently bought this newer model in medium. I use mine for a home made first aid / survival kit. The large pockets are great for separating gauze pads, sterile gloves, triangle bandages and your trusty compass and pocket knife. The smaller compartments then further sort your band aids, emergency whistle, and single serve medications. I wouldn't rely too much on the water resistance; especially after it has been in the bottom of your pack for six months, but usually my jackets and gear are packed around it to keep it clean and dry.

I highly recommend it to those OCD organizers out there.

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Robert McFarlandwrote a review of on December 2, 2013

3 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

When it comes to camping, even if I have a whole trunk full of space, I generally try to take as little as possible. I really like this mug because it is light, simple, and has a little bit of insulation. Is it going to keep your coffee warm while you are snow camping? Probably not. But it will keep your breakfast hot and your hand cool while you scarf oatmeal at 2am before an alpine start. Then when you get back to camp 18 hours later, you can celebrate by sipping whiskey out of it.

If you are looking for long term insulation, I would consider a Hydro Flask or a Kleen Kanteen. But if you are looking for simple and multi use. This is a great way to go.

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Robert McFarlandwrote a review of on November 14, 2013

4 5

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

I purchased this softshell to use on spring and fall climbs that may get just a bit chilly and windy and I have been very pleased. The single layer material adds just enough protection from the elements and yet doesn't restrict any movement in the arms and shoulders. It's lack of bulk allows it to layer nicely under a harness and is hardly noticeable when it is crammed in a summit bag.

Though the M3 material stretches comfortably with body movement it is a little restrictive when you try to whip it off on the run. If you have light gloves or a beanie on you pretty much have to take all of those accessories before you can layer down.

I love the half zip front, hem draw cord, and the thumb loops because they allow you to cool down or warm up just a little bit with very little effort. Great jacket and I would recommend it to any climber.

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Robert McFarlandwrote a review of on November 13, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I have been very happy with this rope bag. I tend to carry extra gear to the crag so my rope is rarely inside my pack. The Super Chute has a good sized tarp and tie down loops that are colored red and green: easy to remember which end is the stacked side! The corners of the tarp that are attached to be bag are sewn up which creates a sort of funnel when you get ready to shake the rope down into the bag. The shoulder strap is comfortable but if you have an approach of a couple of miles you are better off strapping it to your pack.

One of the biggest wins in my book is how quickly you can fold, roll, stuff, and cinch this bag up when the day is over. No zippers to line up, no special flaking to make it all fit. Just shove it in. Very easy and versatile.

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Robert McFarlandwrote a review of on November 12, 2013

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I added the Ergon's to my hardtail this summer and I have been very happy with them. The 'wing' area under the palm allows you to relax your grip and distributes your weigh evenly especially during the downhill portions of a ride. The bar ends are large enough to get about half of your hand on and helps increase your power when peddling uphill.

You may have adjust some of your other hardware when you install these. I had to move in my gear shifts so my hands were not as crowded. Other than that, instillation is a cinch and the end result is very rewarding!

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Robert McFarlandwrote a review of on November 12, 2013

5 5

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

These pants are awesome, no other way to say it. They are super comfortable and once you put them on you barely realize they are there. The stretch material allows freedom of movement in all directions yet still remains durable and withstands the abuse.

The legs have a moderately narrow taper that keeps excess material from getting in the way. In need of some fancy footwork? You can easily roll up the legs to mid calf and secure them with two button snaps.

I have worn these pants on multiple climbing trips on all types of rock. They still look brand new save for one wear spot and that was totally my fault. Take my advice: if you are climbing gnarly offwidth's in the desert... take your car keys out of your pocket! The friction between the rock and the metal wore several small holes in the thigh of the pants.

Last but not least, the pockets on these pants are deep and functional. I hate when climbing pants have pockets that are to small to be useful. Two rear pockets, two hand pockets, and one cargo pocket allow plenty of storage for your keys, wallet, and phone when you run into town for a beer.

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Robert McFarlandwrote a review of on November 11, 2013

5 5

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

The Boulder X is the best approach shoe I have worn! It fits true to size and the cushy liner makes it very comfortable for long walks. The rubber is very sticky for those class four scrambles and it edges well enough that I often find myself leading easy routes in them. Stick to your size if your typical approach is more like a hike. If you have technical approaches or often climb in your approach shoes then I would recommend downsizing half a size.

I like them so much I bought a second pair to have a ready replacement when the first wears out.

Great shoe, good price, very comfy, and performs well. I highly recommend this product!

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