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Seth Ryan

Seth Ryan

Washington, DC

Seth Ryan's Passions

Climbing
Snowboarding
Hiking & Camping
Paddling

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Seth Ryan

Seth Ryanwrote a review of on February 13, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I have appreciated the craftsmanship of other DMM products like their nuts. These locking carabiners are very light and as others have noted the locking mechanism is smooth.

I picked up a few of these for use in anchors. It would be too small for my taste in use with a belay device. But, for ascenders, anchors, and other places you want a locking carabiner these would be great.

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Seth Ryan

Seth Ryanwrote a review of on November 16, 2016

Great no-nonsense climbing shoe
5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: Runs small
Height: 5' 9"
Weight: 170 lbs
Size Purchased: 9

This is my second pair of Evolv's; the first being the Defy's I bought when I first started climbing about 10 years ago. The rubber is firm and sticky. They edge well, but don't smear as well as some of my stickier shoes. It is all a trade off as these will certainly last longer. I have been wearing them for two indoor sessions a week for the past month.

The velco closure is a nice upgrade from more basic designs that allows you to fine tune where the tension is. By pulling the top strap across and forward I can get more tension in the arch.

The rubber patch on the toe allows for better camming and will prevent wearing through the top quickly.

Runs true to Evolv sizing; which is to say they run small. My street shoes (Nike) are size 8, Bed Rock Sandals are size 8, Red Wing boots are size 7.5, but in Evolv climbing shoes I wear a 9 and they are very snug at that. Honestly probably should have gone up to 9.5.

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Seth Ryan

Seth Ryanwrote a review of on July 17, 2016

Love this boat!
5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

This is my first whitewater kayak; I've dubbed it the Technicolor Dreamboat. Before making the decision I paddled a Remix 59, a Stomper, a Karma and checked out a friends Rockstar.

I settled on the Fun as a good mix between river runner and play boat; perfect for the Potomac river which is in my back yard here in Northern VA. I am confident that this boat will take me anywhere I want to go in the near future as a novice white water kayaker.

The planning hull has good stability, ferries easily, edges consistently, and surfs well on features.

As always Backcountry is my go to place for gear!

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