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Metolius Ultralight Master Cam Review

In this video, I review the Metolius Ultralight Master Cam.  This cam is a redesign of the original Master Cam.  It’s not only lighter, but has a few features, such as the trigger, that have been improved for easier use.  The action is great and the color coded cams are easy to spot on your harness.  Pair that with the FS Mini II carabiner and you have a winning combination that w…

Outdoor Designs Denali Glove Review

In this video review, I look at the Outdoor Designs Denali gloves.  This is an over built, highly featured winter glove for the harshest conditions.  I see this as an ideal ski glove that will last you many seasons.  It comes in a mitt or glove configuration and also in two colors, tan or all black.  My favorite feature is the ingenious cuff design.  Be sure to size up on this glov…

Projects at Coopers

Perfect sunny day at Coopers Rock!  The conditions were amazing:  moderate temps with low humidity and a light breeze.  Can’t get better than that for the end of February.  We ran into a bunch of friends from Pittsburgh and ended up working a few boulder problems together.  If you go to Coopers in the beginning part of the year, be sure to take your bike so you don’t have to walk all t…

A Week at the New

I spent a week at the new in mid February.  The weather wasn’t superb, but what can you ask for in February?!  We got out and sampled some stellar boulders at Interp, Substation, and Short Creek and tried hard at t…

Outdoor Research Diode Jacket Review

In this video review, I take a look at the Outdoor Research Diode Jacket.  This is one of the few puffy coats purpose built for climbers and belaying.  It’s packed full of features and has synthetic insulation on the highest points of wear and a down/synthetic blend around the torso.  A great hood, velcro wrist closures, chest pocket, two fleece lined hand pockets, and two large interna…

Cypher Codex Review

In this video review, I take a look at the Cypher Codex shoes.  These high performance slippers are designed for steep routes and bouldering, but also edge quite well.  The shoe is slightly higher volume, so if you are looking for a lower volume shoe, take a look at the Cypher Zero review.  The toe is aggressively downturned and the upper is synthetic.  Combine that with Vibram XS Gr…

Outdoor Research Radiant Hoody Review

In this video review, I take a look at the Outdoor Research Radiant Hoody.  This is a super versatile fleece that you can wear alone over a shirt for those cool Fall mornings or as a mid weight jacket under a storm shell while skiing in Winter.  This three season piece is trim fit and well designed with minimalist features like a tight hood, thumbholes, and one chest pocket.

I received…

Petzl Tikka Review

In this video, I review the Petzl Tikka headlamp.  This is an all new redesign for the Petzl Tikka for 2015.  The single LED emits 100 lumens on the high output setting.  There is also a low output setting for lighting objects close to you.  As with all Petzl headlamps, the strap, body and overall product is well designed, comfortable, and compact.

I received the headlamp from Verd…

Rocktown and LRC

The second half of our trip to Chattanooga was spent at Rocktown and then back to Stone Fort.  Rocktown was tough and burly, so we toured all the classic easy problems.  Our last day bouldering, we went back to LRC, where I had a great day and climbed harder than expected.

Rocktown tick list:

Lot Lizard (V1) – flash
Fly Dawg (V0) – flash
The Easy Way Out (V1) – flash
Goforia…

Singing Rock Penta Review

In this video review, I take a look at the Singing Rock Penta helmet.  This is an ultralight helmet that won’t break the bank!  An all foam construction with a thin shell makes it super durable and the light webbing harness and buckles are usable and functional.  Check it out!

I received the helmet from Liberty Mountain and Singing Rock for review, but don’t worry, you can’t buy my…

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