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Zacharywrote a review of on January 5, 2020

4 5

These boots are a great do-it-all for someone who is used to riding more aggressively than the average bear on the mountain. I enjoyed the ankle boa because of the little bit of leather padding that rests in the middle of your tongue. Other ankle boas have always placed an uncomfortable amount of pressure on the tops of my feet even without tightening them too much. The leather piece allows for a softer feel without compromising security. The top strap is awesome. This one actually goes around the entire boot as one piece so you can get it very very tight if need be, unlike others that have two fixed pieces, which end up limiting your ability to tighten the top strap as much as you may want. I personally prefer a looser bottom and tighter top on my boot, so this worked out great for me. The footbed is solid. It provided me with plenty of board feel while giving support in order to prevent foot fatigue from long traverses and just a whole day of riding. The ankle articulation wasn't anything special. Not too much and not too little mobility was allowed with this boot. The The response from the heel side is good as well, and the ankle STAYS IN PLACE all day. I had absolutely ZERO heel lift while breaking in this boot and thereafter. The only bad thing in my opinion with this boot is the lacing system they implement. The laces themselves are flat and inflexible. The material isn't that standard stretchy material that most laced boots use, but more of a knitted fabric that got very frozen over, which made taking them off pretty crummy after a long and cold day of riding. Also, they are flat, which makes lacing a bit more tedious than other traditional laces. Other than that, I wouldn't give any complaints about this rock solid boot as a whole.

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Zacharywrote a review of on December 9, 2019

4 5

I was very happy that I decided to take these shoes out to a classic splitter up in little cottonwood. Even though these are the female version, they fit my feet just fine. The heel kept itself in place very nicely, without moving around during my multi-pitch climb. The shoe was able to get a good grip inside the flaring portion and in the more narrow section of the cracks, while still doing a solid job when I needed to smear on some slab. Placing my toe on a single crystal felt nice as the sole was sensitive but not overly so that I had no support. A very solid shoe for some vertical slab and all sorts of thin and fat cracks in my opinion.

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Zacharywrote a review of on December 9, 2019

3 5

The Zone, I found to be good enough to climb around in. I wasn't particularly impressed with its comfort or fit the same way I have been with other shoes. The edges are nice for being able to accurately place your toe where you want on edges, and with the bit of downturn, you can keep that toe locked on while on an overhung problem. I used these shoes specifically for bouldering and didn't take them out on any sport routes. While the toebox was wide and let my toes breathe, the heel wasn't very snug. I found that even with the proper fit, my heel had too much playtime while climbing. The fact that the shoe has the synthetic upper that won't stretch, the two flaps that meet half-way weren't as comfortable when you need to get a bit of a tighter fit with that upper strap. I think that the pricepoint matches the ability of these shoes, in that I wasn't upset with the cost for the performance that I was able to get out of these shoes. The did their job when I worked an overhung problem in little cottonwood, and the sole seemed to do a solid job at gripping onto the cold granite in october/november. Overall a solid purchase for a moderate shoe that will spend most of its life inside the gym.

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Zacharywrote a review of on November 7, 2019

4 5

STS continues to impress. Very happy with this bag. I have used a different bag from STS with a higher down fill which packed a tiny bit smaller than this, but for a 18 degree with only being 650 fill, packed very well for my hike in to the camp spot. Definitely wasn't needing any extra liner to boost the warmth for this bag camping in October in the Uintas. Very pleased and highly recommend!

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Zacharywrote a review of on October 1, 2019

3 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Brought this backpacking on a climbing trip. Packs very small but the valve could be smaller to allow for better packability. The pillow itself is nice and big, so if you are one that needs lots of surface area this will do the trick!

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Zacharywrote a review of on October 1, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Had a blast using this very minimal/lightweight harness. Took some falls in it and even though it’s not padded in any way like some other harnesses are, there wasn’t any level of discomfort correlated to the lack thereof. I loved the mobility it allowed without giving up safety or comfort. Could climb in this all day! Also, it is important to not that I am a male and wear a small in men’s harnesses but the medium women’s fit perfectly.

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Zacharywrote a review of on July 13, 2019

4 5

Took this on a short camping trip down to joes valley. I needed a headlamp that would allow me to see everything at our camp site without being too bright or too dim. It was just right for the job! was able to navigate and see everything around me clearly without any offense.

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Zacharywrote a review of on June 24, 2019

4 5

I brought this pad out to joes valley and sure am glad that I did. I really like the ability to flip it on either side for a soft or harder drop zone. That being said, you always have to unzip and rezip this in order to unfold it entirely. The zipper gets snagged and it was not the easiest nor the quickest procedure. But when it was unfolded, it was awesome! A great pad if you aren’t going between areas often!

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Zacharywrote a review of on June 21, 2019

5 5

This guy rocks! Super easy to set up. The poles connect very easily and cleanly! The stakes are very durable. The dirt that I was on was very hard on top and i had to pound the takes with a rock I found to get those suckers in. They held up very well against said rock, thank god! It also held up very well in the wind. Can’t go wrong with this guy.

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Zacharywrote a review of on June 11, 2019

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Awesome design and functionality. This Paris with the straight gate version on my alpine draws. Easy to use and light enough to make a difference when on those long days.

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Zacharywrote a review of on June 11, 2019

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

These are some of the most comfortable shoes I’ve ever slipped into. The adjustable straps are great once you find your sweet spot. An awesome alternative to lace without restriction of Velcro. Highly sensitive shoes which gives me more security when stepping into those tiny footholds. The sock is incredible. Makes stepping into these shoes a breeze from day one.

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Zacharywrote a review of on June 11, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Instantly fell in love with these shoes my first day using them. The rounded toe really allows you to get into and feel that rock. The toe isn’t too aggressive although the downturn is. You can still smear in these bad boys because of the midsole design. I use these mainly for bouldering But have had a couple runs on some sport lines and still enjoyed them. I had to downsize to a 41.5 when in some other shoes I’m a solid 42.0.

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Zacharywrote a review of on May 8, 2019

4 5

If you’re a small person this is a major plus when belaying others! My girlfriend is tiny, but when I clip this puppy in she can belay normally. She doesn’t get sucked into the wall when I fall nor does she have to sit super far back or brace herself when lowering me. She gets to stand normally. This thing does take a few uses to adjust to it and placing it in the proper direction is key, otherwise you get way too much drag when pulling through to clip in. There is definitely a sweet spot for weight difference, though. I’ve read that it’s 80lbs. I’m not 80lbs heavier and sometimes I’ve had to literally pull the rope while being lowered from a climb because there wasn’t enough weight on the rope to run. Overall I recommend this gear for lighter people that climb with folks heavier than themselves!

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