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Taniawrote a review of on November 10, 2018

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Not much to say other than these are perfect in every way.
They match color scheme and range with the C4s, feel just as bomber if not more, have less of a walking issue due to the literally sticky feel of the non-anodized lobes, and have extendable slings that are so convenient. I don't miss having thumb loops at all. I learned to trad climb on a mix of these and C4s and find myself picking my dragons over C4s whenever I can. Can't wait for the Dragonfly's! <3

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Taniawrote a review of on November 10, 2018

3 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I am 5'5", 130 lbs, 27" waist, and I have an XS. Based on my measurements, I could wear an S, but it felt too small when I tried it on.
I kind of hate how this harness sits on me, but I think I'm an anomaly. Most people seem to love it. I can't get it to chinch up as tight as I want it, and when it's weighted down with gear the quick adjust slips and makes me need to readjust it constantly, which is an ongoing struggle.

Also, in such a small harness, it feels like everything is squished together, making it just awkward to cinch up and adjust properly. I can't really blame Misty Mountain for that, but I do feel like I'm on a never-ending mission to find a harness that fits a small woman (I'm not even that tiny!!) and can carry gear comfortably.

When I called Misty Mountain to discuss this, they said that the fit was fine (and that an S would have been fine too), and they offered to send me a non-quick adjust version, which I appreciated but declined.
As far as the loops, I purchased this harness specifically because I was struggling with fit in other harnesses and also racking up gear on four loops. I find the six loops on this a bit of overkill, and I'm still unable to find a way to manage how I organize gear on so many loops. I find that racking anything on the lower loops on this makes my gear hang a lot lower than I find comfortable for climbing, so I avoid it.

Hanging in this harness is also quite uncomfortable, unlike what I read in other reviews. I feel like this pinches nerves in my legs in a weird way, and I can barely stand hanging in it longer than a long lower, let alone a hanging belay.
So, with that said, if anyone knows of anything better...please share!

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Taniawrote a review of on November 10, 2018

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

These are by far my favorite locking carabiners. The red on the screwgate is a super nice touch too, just to ensure they're locked. It stands out nicely with the silver. Otherwise, they are light, smooth action, no annoying nose hook thing, and overall fantastic. I also really like the DMM Shadows, but these are just as great.

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Taniawrote a review of on November 10, 2018

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

These are sweet. I got them to build some alpine draws when I was learning how to trad climb and building my rack. They have been awesome--super lightweight, fit in my giant hands perfectly, and are just great. I don't like combining them with the nanos, as I know others do. I just use two for my alpines.
In the future, I might upgrade to DMM alpha trads, just to eliminate the nose hook thingy that catches and annoys me to no end, but for now these are great and were much more affordable!

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Taniawrote a review of on November 10, 2018

3 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 5"
Weight: 130 lbs
Size Purchased: XS

I think that this runs true to size, but it runs small compared to other Patagonia down jackets. I am usually an XS in Patagonia and S in all other jackets.
I ordered the XS and found it too small. I did not purchase an S, because the fit also felt weird and bulky in an awkward way. I was looking for extra warmth to serve as a belay jacket (I run super cold and the Patagonia down sweater and Patagonia nano puff don't cut it). I ended up getting the Rab Neutrino Pro based on a gearhead recommendation (and other reviews), and despite it being giant and marshmallow-like, it feels like I'm enveloped in a sleeping bag and I love it.

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Taniawrote a review of on November 10, 2018

3 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I've used this harness for about 500 days of climbing over the past three years. I purchased it because it had great reviews and was affordable and I thought it'd be a good step up from my first harness, the BD Primrose.
While it has served me well, I'm mildly annoyed by how loose it sits on my waist.
I am 5'5", 27" waist, size small, 130lbs, athletic build, and I own the harness in a size small. It fits, but I have to cinch it up as far as it goes. I usually just wear it to sport climb in the gym, so no layers.
While some say that this harness would work for trad climbing, I've tried racking up on this and I find it incredibly uncomfortable to carry more than just sport draws on. For trad I wear the Misty Mountain Cadillac, and that works fine.

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Taniawrote a review of on November 10, 2018

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I love this bag. I have the Black Hole 60L Duffel in White, which I purchased while it was on sale for $80. Normally I wouldn't buy something like this in white, but it was the only color available for the price and I absolutely LOVE it. It looks so good despite the obvious scuffing that happens with normal wear. It has held up super well and it's literally a black hole--everything fits! I've gone on weeklong trips and filled this up with all my gear no problem. It also fits as a carry on when not super loaded up, which is really convenient.

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Taniawrote a review of on November 10, 2018

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

These carabiners are great. I purchased them on recommendation from an experienced climber friend as I was just learning, and I found them to be really useful for several applications. The screwgate action is very smooth and they are light and versatile. The longer I've spent climbing, the more nuanced I've gotten about things I prefer in my climbing gear, and now I lean more towards Petzl Spirits or DMM Shadows for small, light locking carabiners. These, however, do the job very well.

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Taniawrote a review of on February 18, 2018

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I really can't say enough good things about this shoe. I messed up my achilles climbing a while back, and as a heeled booty aficionado, I was beyond upset that I can't wear heels anymore (even my Born, B.O.C, and Clarks!). BUT. I soon realized that these shoes... oh these wonderous deliciously comfortable beautiful pieces of heavenly joy did not hurt! I could walk in them ALL DAY and be fine. ugh. I need these in every color to replace every other shoe I can't wear.
Disclaimer: I bought mine at the Columbia Employee Store in Portland, and they were discounted to like $100 or so. $200 seems pretty steep, but they are so worth it.
Also--living in Portland, I have to make sure my shoes are random puddle and rain proof, and these are awesome. Puddles can't hold me back anymore. Waterproof leather helping me kick ass on the wild streets of the PNW. <3

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Taniawrote a review of on February 18, 2018

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

After a miserable night borrowing my dad's low profile one-person backpacking tent where I felt like I was going to die of poor ventilation and claustrophobia, I did my research and order myself this guy as a 1p. It's awesome. Easy, simple set-up with two poles on the outside (crucial for cold, late nights setting up camp by headlamp), and the awesome extra space for my head. I loved it so much that I bought a two-person for camping/backpacking with an extra person (or car-camping solo). My boyfriend (6'2") and I (5'5"), both slender and athletic, fit comfortably. The outside vestibules were great for storing gear, as there wasn't room for much else inside. We were a tight fit, but very comfortable. Perfect for backpacking or short trips.

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Taniawrote a review of on February 18, 2018

3 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Not my favorite, but it does the trick I guess. I bought as a dual purpose big backpacking pillow and small car camping, and I realize my mistake in trying to do two in one--it sucks at both! Too big to pack in a backpack, but too small and lumpy to want to use if I'm just car camping and can take something better.
I'll probably keep using it for a bit until I feel like I've used it enough to justify the purchase, and then will try something else.

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Taniawrote a review of on February 18, 2018

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

After a miserable night borrowing my dad's low profile one-person backpacking tent where I felt like I was going to die of poor ventilation and claustrophobia, I did my research and order myself this guy. It's awesome. Easy, simple set-up with two poles on the outside (crucial for cold, late nights setting up camp by headlamp), and the awesome extra space for my head. I loved it so much that I bought a two-person for camping/backpacking with an extra person (or car-camping solo).

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Taniawrote a review of on February 18, 2018

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I have wild, hard to manage curly hair, therefore I HATE wearing helmets. This one fits my big (I blame my hair) head and works wonderfully. I love the adjustable things it has, so it feels secure, but also roomy enough to not make my head feel smushed. My poor helmet is all beat up and scratched up, but it shows that I put it to good use. :)

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Taniawrote a review of on February 18, 2018

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I mostly love this harness. On a superficial level, the colors are awesome and I love how it looks when I have it on.
The fit, however, is not ideal. I'm not tiny by any means: 5'5", 125lbs, pants size S/27-28"/2-4, and the small size baaarely fits. I have to cinch it up as far as it goes. It's fine, but anyone smaller than me would have a hard time. fitting into it. Same with the leg loops, despite being a weightlifter and having pretty muscular legs for my size. I have to cinch them all the way.
While hanging on a route, it's comfortable enough. I obviously am not expecting this to be the most comfortable, but I wouldn't want to hang in it too long, as after hanging for a bit to work through a sequence it starts getting unpleasant.

Still, this harness is awesome. I'll probably try a new one for my next harness, though.

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Taniawrote a review of on February 18, 2018

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I use this biner on a practically daily basis while indoor lead climbing. It's connected to my GriGri, and takes quite a beating. The size is perfect--it doesn't feel too big on my harness and get in the way of my belaying, but it's also not so small it's awkward. It's perfect for having to take in and out of my GriGri several times. Love it and thinking of getting a couple more in green.
Note: the black does wear off a bit on the areas that are in contact with my belay device, but that's expected. It gives it characters, so I don't mind.

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