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Tobey Schmidt

Tobey Schmidt

Tucson, Arizona

Tobey Schmidt

Tobey Schmidtwrote a review of on September 29, 2019

So Nice for Super Long Routes Outside!
5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I was given this product from Backcountry, but this review is my personal opinion. Yes, yes, yes! Love this rope. It hardly gets kinky and it's so smooth and durable. The 9.5 really makes a difference when you're climbing a 60 or 70 meter route. It feels so easy to clip, feed through the belay device, coil, hike in and out, etc. I got this in 70 meters, but I'll probably get it in 40 meters for a gym rope as well. Can't say enough good things about this rope-you won't regret buying it! I've used it mostly in the desert for multi-pitch, trad and sport.

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Tobey Schmidtwrote a review of on September 29, 2019

Would be Better Than ATC for Beginners
4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I was given this product from Backcountry, but this review is my personal opinion. I think the model and design behind the Mammut Smart 2.0 belay device is pretty genius. Personally, I don't think it will ever replace my ATC Guide or Grigri, but I think it's a great option for climbers who do different stuff. I often find myself on multi-pitches and rappelling, so I use the ATC guide for that. In the gym or when climbing single-pitch outside I like to use my GriGri, but I think this belay device comes in close second there.

I think the Mammut Smart 2.0 would be great for beginning lead belayers, because it's a lot easier to pick up than lead belaying with a GriGri--it's also more affordable. I think this belay device really shines in the gym (toprope or lead) and on single-pitch climbs outside. There are plenty of climbers out there who don't climb multi-pitch or who never need to rappel, and I think this would be a great and affordable option for them instead of an ATC.

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Tobey Schmidtwrote a review of on September 29, 2019

Soooo soft and breathable!
5 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 6"
Weight: 135 lbs
Size Purchased: Small

I was given this product from Backcountry, but this review is my personal opinion. I have nothing bad to say about the Mammut Moench Light t-shirt. It's really soft, breathable, stretchy, lightweight and anything else you'd want from a shirt you're going to be sweating and exercising in. I do wish the shirt came in some more pastel colors, because I'm not a big fan of purple or bright orange, but the white is great.

I am typically a size small and I thought the small fit me great. It wasn't too tight or too big. I have a long torso and it definitely covered me. If the Moench Light t-shirt came in some better colors I'd definitely buy more to climb and workout in!

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Tobey Schmidtwrote a review of on September 29, 2019

Super Comfortable and Breathable--Love!
5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: Runs large
Height: 5' 6"
Weight: 135 lbs
Size Purchased: Small

I was given this product from Backcountry, but this review is my personal opinion. I absolutely love this Mammut Crashiano tank top! Sometimes I think it's hard to find tank tops that don't rub around the armpits while you're climbing, so it was nice to find one that's so soft and stretchy. Another thing that I like about the Mammut Crashiano tank is that it's long and covers part of my butt, so when I'm climbing I don't have to worry about my pants riding down and showing underwear.

I usually wear a small and I would say the small fit me quite well, but I could almost go down to an extra-small. It's just a big baggy, so depending on how tight you want the tank to be I think you could potentially downsize. Also, there's a little zipper pocket in the bottom side of the shirt and I LOVE it! Great to keep chapstick or something small if you're going to be out on a route all day.

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Tobey Schmidtwrote a review of on September 29, 2019

Great, but Gear Loops Not Good for Trad
3 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I was given this product from Backcountry, but this review is my personal opinion. I've used this harness quite a bit now. I love it for sport climbing, don't love it for trad climbing. The gear loops on this Togir 3 Slide harness are just too far back for me. When you're sport climbing it doesn't really matter, because you're just aimlessly reaching for any quick draw. However, when I'm trad climbing and I need to grab a specific size, it's hard to look so far backwards and find the correct piece. If you're strictly a sport/gym climber, this is a great harness! (I'm not an ice climber, so I can't say how well it works for that). Also, I'm obsessed with how pink it is!

Everything about the Mammut Togir 3 Slide harness feels very sturdy and well made. I love the loop feature that's inside of the waist--it allows for you to tuck the other side of the waist into it so that it's not hanging out or sliding around. While I don't like the position of the gear loops, I do like the material they're made of and how sturdy they are. The leg loops are easily adjustable, but don't loosen easily which I think is a good thing. Overall, would be my favorite harness if the loop were just further forward.

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Tobey Schmidtwrote a review of on September 29, 2019

Finally! A Lightweight Helmet That Works
5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I was given this product from Backcountry, but this review is my personal opinion. I've tested out a few other ultralight helmets on the market from different brands and they always feel like they're barely passing as functional helmets. I have many friends who have broken those said helmets too easily. Often times the helmets were just in a backpack when the weight of a rope snapped them in half--that should not happen with something meant to protect your brain from rock fall or impact.

The Wall Rider MIPS helmet is even lighter than the other ultralight helmets that I've tried, so I was a bit skeptical. However, after receiving it in the mail and taking it out climbing I understood why the price tag is a bit higher than other helmets on the market. It's badass! I don't know how Mammut built the helmet to be as durable as it is, while still managing to keep it at 8 ounces. It's incredibly comfortable and I like the sleek colors.

The adjusting straps at the back of the helmet take a bit of finessing to get the helmet to fit snug, so I'd suggest getting that right before you start climbing. Maybe that'd be a good improvement for the next version? Making the straps a bit more user friendly. Otherwise, best helmet on the market!
(Photo is of my boyfriend--but I use the helmet as a lady and it fits me great, too!)

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Tobey Schmidtwrote a review of on June 20, 2019

Great windbreaker & pack down small
4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 6"
Weight: 135 lbs
Size Purchased: small

I was given this product from Backcountry, but this review is my personal opinion. I've used the Kari Traa Nora Jacket mostly for rock climbing, but also bit of hiking. It really does a great job of blocking the wind and kept me comfortable on a breezy, slightly cool day. When I go out for long days on the wall and must keep things light, I like a jacket that is lightweight and packs down small. The Nora Jacket packs down very small and hardly weights anything, but I would definitely consider it to be a windbreaker for less aggressive activities - hiking, running, backpacking, SUP boarding, etc. On only my second time taking it out climbing I noticed a small rip on the upper arm part of the sleeve. The material is very minimal, which is great for a lot of activities, but maybe not for climbing when you're going to be rubbing against rock.

The Nora Jacket fit very well and felt true to size. I like how there's an adjustable cord at the bottom of the jacket to tighten it around your waist. I also love the material that's under the armpits...I typically find that windbreakers can sometimes be a bit intense and leave me sweating a lot, but because of the breathable material under the arms I felt comfortable. While the Nora Jacket has its pros and cons, it's one of those jackets that I'll probably bring on every adventure because of its weight, size and versatility.

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