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sporkbunny

San Diego, CA

sporkbunny's Passions

Climbing
Snowboarding
Hiking & Camping
Biking
Paddling
Yoga
Surfing
Snowshoeing
Skiing
Running

sporkbunny's Bio

I'm a work hard play harder lady; during the week I work in tech managing projects and online content, and any other time, you'll find me dragging anyone I know outside to come play with me. I am great at organizing and leading group adventures, climbing, canyoneering, mountaineering, surfing, scuba, backpacking, yoga, and just plain old hiking. I belong outside. I grew up in the mountains but I never really grew up. Other than that, I'm mostly here obsessing about gear and helping my friends find the best choices and awesome deals. I even worked in a brick-and-mortar climbing shop on weekends for year just for fun. Yup, confession time: I'm a gear geek.

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sporkbunnywrote a review of on July 14, 2015

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 9"
Weight: 140 lbs
Size Purchased: Medium

I have one other wool top with just a zip neck and used to live in it when snowboarding, hiking or climbing. Now it gets an occasional break because of this layer. I LOVE THIS SWEATER. My only complaints are tiny: 1) I really wish it had thumbholes 2) after a 4 day backpack in the rain it started to smell like wet wool, and did so even after a wash. I think a couple more washes will flush this off though. Otherwise... GET THIS THING. I also like that it looks like a casual around town hoodie (but fits much more gracefully) so I don't give myself away as a mountain lady when I'm stocking up on coffee and beer in town.

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sporkbunnywrote a review of on June 11, 2015

2 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 9"
Weight: 140 lbs

I bought a used pair of these (the red ones) for a dayhike through the Subway in Zion. Good thing they were only $30. Yuck. First thing I noticed was that they had tons of room inside the shoe so no matter how thick or thin my neoprene socks were (I tried .5, 1, and 2 mil), my toes got hammered because my foot would just punch straight for the end of the shoe. The lacing system is good but I'd like it to crisscross my arch many more times to enable a better fit and prevent the toe hammering. The zippered part covering the laces was a good idea except for one thing, it becomes a big pocket on the top of my foot for mud, sand, rocks, pollywogs, you nameit. Ieuww. OK and lastly (this could be because my pair was a little old... althought they looked pretty new), the rubber on the sole is just not terribly sticky compared to the 5.10s. I tested it on all surfaces and the rubber only stuck to a perfectly clean wet rock with no slime; it was aweful on everythig else, especially the wet tree trunk were I completely endo-ed onto my tailbone... whearas I remember the 5.10s sticking to everything including green slime and wet tree trunks and feeling like the canyon version of spiderman. Maybe the newer model is better? I sure hope so.

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sporkbunnywrote a review of on June 9, 2015

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

I have attempted sewing my own tent with a similar design, only to discover that you simply can't get the same quality materials for the money as this thing. I caved and bought it for those high alpine adventures where I'm carrying climbing gear and my overnight kit high into the sierras when every ounce counts. I have pitched it once so far, in a car camping campground in Utah that was crawling with beetles and ants. The Sierras, IMHO, are cleaner. I used a makeshift footprint from another tent and used my gear to block the gap between the edge of the tent and the ground all around the perimeter of the tent, only I didn't have that much gear so there were lots of gaps. Interestingly, every creepy crawly promptly exited my home and never came back in all night. They must sense the danger of being trapped in a tent with a giant carapace-crushing human. I was cozy and very comfortable, and even checked a few times with the headlamp for visitors. None. I'm going to DIY a footprint from Tyvek and glue a small border of mesh all around the outside edge just to be fancy. Lastly, the stakes are crappy, two of them broke with normal pounding into dirt. Lame. Buy better ones.

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sporkbunnywrote a review of on April 28, 2015

3 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: Runs large
Height: 5' 9"
Weight: 140 lbs
Size Purchased: Medium

I'm normally an "extra medium," women's size 8 to 10 in shirts. This top fits too roomy on me. I really like it so I'll use it anyways but its too bulky to tuck into pants or treat like a baselayer.

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sporkbunnywrote a review of on March 2, 2015

Simple and great design
5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I have had and lost or scratched several pairs of fancier goggles. These just work and I seem to keep them. I am just about to replace the lens for the first time after 4 straight years of solid abuse, logging about 30 days on snow each season (that is a lot for a San Diegan). These fit nicely with the Giro G9, G10, and Bad Lieutenant helmets and resist fogging even with a facemask (as shown). Here I'm about to attempt snow-yoga and handstands (nearly impossible in deep pow, BTW) and they didn't fog up. I also had a cold and kept the mask on for 4 straight days of riding and still, no fog. Lens seems pretty tough too, just avoid the mirrored ones. Replacing the lens is super easy and frankly, these just look cool. Mine are black with the Amber lens, which is great for sunny and cloudy.

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sporkbunnywrote a review of on February 15, 2015

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

As my profile suggests, I have a thing for sporks. This one goes in my utlralight pack when I'm really cranking down the ounces. Its great for tight packing too, since it fits inside most cups and pots. I had trouble with it collapsing like many reviewers here, but you just have to push down the little "belt" on the handle to tension the handle and keep it in place.

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sporkbunnywrote a review of on February 15, 2015

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

My favorite weight saving piece of gear. And it is orange! I use a -10 degree down sleeping bag that refuses to fit in a regular stuff sack, so this handy daypack takes over to squish it to the size of a coffee can. When I set up camp and use the pack as my peakbagging daypack, it is light as a feather, which matters when scrambling up and down in time for sunset. I like the bright color since I'm easy to spot anywhere. The fabric is a little more fragile than I expected but I didn't expect it to survive a 60 foot slide down a granite face without any marks. If you're considering a compression sack, get this instead.

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sporkbunnywrote a review of on February 15, 2015

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

There is a shortage of step-in bindings in the world and... these are the best I've tried. I rented setups with even the fanciest Flow models and something about those is just not as stiff as these. I ride offtrail, backcountry, crud, pow, ice, places with Closed signs, and the Cinch binding has held steady through it all. I use a pretty stiff boot after discovering that softer, park-riding boots just don't let me push my speed enough in powder. My only complaint is that the little metal part that keeps the back of the binding system latched is a bit flimsy. Mine rolled up and I have to carefully fix it once in a while. The metal is sharp as a razor too, so... yipes. I bet the CTX doesn't have that problem. If I ever wear these out, I'll surely upgrade. Thank you K2!

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sporkbunnywrote a review of on February 15, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: Runs small

If you're new to canyoneering, you might think you can get by with some other water shoe. Fuggett-abbatt-it! My first trip down the Zion Narrows (top to bottom) was in some promising looking Addidas water tennies. Um, no. The fancy looking laces broke on mile 4, and all the rocks in the river conspired to hobble me. I could feel even the pea-size pebbles through the soles. So I splurged as soon as we exited the canyon and bought a pair of these Canyoneers, which I then took on any hike involving a water crossing. For 7 years, including the Bridge to Nowhere in LA many times, Orderville, Pine Creek and the Subway (in Zion). I love them for sticking to even the slimiest rock, and protecting my feet and ankles on all sides. I am guessing I put about 500 miles on mine before they just plain gave out. The last time I went to Zion (Narrows, again), I finally destroyed them: it was a good death, as that is the place where all Canyoneers (the shoes) go to die. About 4 miles into the hike, the soles on both shoes tore off and I spent the remaining 12 miles creatively macrame-ing them onto my feet (the orange lacing in the photo eventually lashed an old, oversize pair of Crocs -- a friend's -- over the soleless shoes). Even then, they did the job. And best of all, these come in orange, which is important when your feet are turning purple and wrinkly.I recommend adding a pair of thin neoprene socks, which will keep your foot in place even if the shoe or straps loosen during transit.

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sporkbunnywrote a review of on February 15, 2015

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I have two fused disks in my vertebrae so sleeping pads are not something to skimp on for me. I am also an obsessive ultralight gear hound, so I suffered long nights on thin, hard, ounce-counting pads (Therm-a-Rest ProLite+a Zrest), and then I tried some thick wobbly pool-floaty looking pads (Big Agnes Air Core) for a couple of seasons before Therm-a-Rest came up with this fabulous invention. Now I sleep like a babe in the woods, even on my side, and none of that wobbling off the mattress thing. My only complaints are these: No, you can't take it out on rocks and do extreme yoga. It doesn't come in orange. And it crackles a bit loudly when you move around on it.

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sporkbunnywrote a review of on February 15, 2015

Warm hands, warm heart
4 5

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

Apparently I have no blood circulation in my extremities. My fingers and toes freeze blue when the wind picks up. I got real-deal frost-nip (nerve damage) at 31 degrees, in the sun. When I started backcountry snowboarding and snowcamping, this became a real liability. Thank you Black Diamond for saving my digits. I still have all ten fingers. I tried every heavy ski glove in the shop, even the burly ones for men (my hands are about a men's size medium, but slimmer). Frozen fingertips in all of them. Then I put on this massive beast of a mitten and voila, warm hands even on the slow ski lift in the middle of a below-zero whiteout. The liners come out for easy washing, and the big gauntlet seals in a lot of heat around your wrists where jacket sleeves end. You sacrifice some dexterity and you'll look like a boxer, but you'll be the nicest girl on the chairlift when your hands are warm. Also, your hands will be so warm that if you need dexterity for a bit, you can take off the mitten and text away! They say "Cold Hands, Warm Heart," but take it from me, "Warm hands, warmer heart."

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sporkbunnywrote a review of on February 15, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I organize group adventure backpacks several times a year, and every hike, at least one guy brings one of those overspecialized half-liter wonders (ahem, the ones that start with Jet and end with Boil). Every time, *that guy* proudly boils up a cup or two in his tiny little pot, and I boil water and cook and fry and sear and simmer and fricken' fricasee for the rest of the group with my trusty Primus. I don't understand why people fall for the "personal cooking system" advertisment. Weight savings when you hike with a group is all about sharing equipment, and nobody needs a personal stove. Even when I hike solo or just in a pair, I still need at least a liter every time I boil, so the smaller cookers just don't cut it. In addition to serving as the perfect superlight group cooker, this little stove also conserves so much fuel that nobody trusts me when I tell them all I need is that little can. I think the heat exchanger is magic. For a group of 3 or 4 hikers for 2 or 3 nights, I can usually get by with just one can of fuel!!! CRAZY. So if you're weighing the options between a Jetboil that barely cooks enough water for one person and weighs as much as this Primus, get the Primus. Ditch the marketing hype. One small caveat: ALWAYS bring a lighter/matches. Piezo ignition is very unreliable at altitude. Not the stove's fault.

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sporkbunnywrote a review of on February 15, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Even though big, fat locking carabiners are super reassuring when you're climbing, they're not so great when you can't fit them into the bolts at the top of a pitch. I've had this unassuming little locker on my rack for a couple years, and the best thing about it is that when you get to a bolt that has that tight angle, it always fits through the hole. I recommend carrying four of these, one for each bolt at an anchor and two for your master point. They weigh less and take up less rack space than those big fat reassuring lockers and they are just as strong. Interestingly, mine has taken a beating and seems to be impervious to scratches. Not that I care, but its kind of magical.

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sporkbunnywrote a review of on February 15, 2015

3 5

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

For years, even as a dedicated sierras backpacker, I resisted the down jacket directive: I didn't like the Michelin Man look. I tried every alternative, including Patagonia's R4 and several synthetic less-puffy jackets. After one too many nights shuddering at altitude while my companions luxuriated in their slightly heavy North Face Nuptse jackets, I splurged on this primo ultralight layer. The Joneses were pretty impressed, even though the color options aren't very exciting. The jacket is so light you'll laugh. I've taken it on every shoulder-season adventure outside of river trips since, so "putting it through the wringer" might be an understatement. I use Nikwax down wash to launder and it comes out perfect. Aside from being unstylish and a bit too unisex to wear in public, my only real complaint about this jacket is that the fabric tears if you look at it the wrong way. I have repaired a few rips and it is still functional, but be warned. Us hikers can't have nice things. Anyways, if you're looking for the puffiest, warmest, lightest jacket you can get, this is it. Just forget about looking cute. I'm a women's size 8-10 and I got the men's Small.

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sporkbunnywrote a review of on February 15, 2015

A turning point in your shredding career
5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I switched from gnar-gnar backcountry skiing to snowboarding about 6 years ago so I know a thing or two about edges. My first boards were the usual, recommended Roxy and Salomon boards, you know, the ones for women. Some of the things I care about in boards are handling, snap, and float. As my skill progressed, I needed a bigger board, so I rented one of these Never Summer boards in Mammoth for a weekend. My snowboarding friends (the ones I'm usually trying to keep up with on speed) watched me disappear ahead of them, and said, "Wait, who is *that* girl and where did she go?" Something about the edges on these boards (I've tried a few models) changes *every* thing about your ride. Your edges bite into a steep icy hillside, stop on a dime, and glide across the worst mashed potatoes all at mach-one. So, take this glowing review with a grain of salt: This board will make you slough off all the other boards in your quiver. When Never Summer says "all mountain" they mean it. You won't need a special board for the park or the groomers or the pow, you just need this board. Hope you try it, you can thank me later.

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sporkbunnywrote a review of on February 15, 2015

Easiest cam to place hands-down.
5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Yup, dorky pun intended. I've tried every cam from here to Amsterdam, including the beloved Black Diamonds, Wild Country, and CCH/Aliens. I have big hands for a lady, usually a men's size medium glove, and in BD's, the hand-jam thickness of a red cam. My first encounter with these Metolius cams changed everything. I like to place cams as deep in the crack as possible, and with these long fingers, that's about 10 inches, however, the way most single-stem cams work, my hands get in the way. The Metolius Master allows my to keep my hand pretty flat while pulling the trigger, so deep cracks, here we come. See photos. The color coding was great too, since I could be sure that anyone using my rack will place them dead right. Its a rare experience to be following a new climber and feeling confident in their gear placement! Last thing: the trigger pull on these cams is sweet and smooth, and feels like a million bucks in my hand every time, meaning I place gear faster and with more confidence. The one thing we love our cams for: confidence.

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sporkbunnywrote a review of on April 6, 2005

5 5

I have been using 5 pairs of North Face's older style of zip-off pants for 5 years now and they are my favorites. I was stoked to find this new style, which is stylish enough to wear in public! Better yet, it comes in long length (hard to find!). The fabric is indestructible, and stands up to rock abrasion and bushwhacking better than even Mountain Hardwear. I've been butt-sliding down rock faces in Joshua tree and burrowing through brambles in Anza Borrego and the fabric doesn't even show wear! Note, however that the fit runs small and the thighs are a little narrow; consider going up a size if you are using these solely for hard hikes/backpacking/climbing. Stick to your normal size if you are also wearing these around town and like to look good.

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