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Meteor III Climbing Helmet (Manufacturer link) Average Rating = 4.78/5 Average Rating : 4.78/5

In: Gear: Essential Equipment: Helmets

Comfortable and Light 4 out of 5 stars

Review by: banjolele, 2010-06-09

This helmet is comfortable, light, and spiffy looking.

I shave my head and other, non-foam, helmets felt uncomfortable on my scalp. This was not a problem with the Meteor. It is light enough that I forget it is on, but feels fairly sturdy (though I haven't taken a head hit with it) when I bump it on the rock.

My only complaint is the price for a piece of molded foam, but it should last a while.

Koda Chalk Bag Average Rating = 4.00/5 Average Rating : 4.00/5

In: Gear: Essential Equipment: Chalk Bags

Designed Well 4 out of 5 stars

Review by: banjolele, 2010-05-30

I bought this as a replacement for a terrible Evolv knit bag I bought, and am pleased with the purchase. I have large hands, and was initially worried about the size. With a full chalk sock it was a too tight of a fit to get some good bounce action with the chalk, but after letting half the chalk out (refillable chalk socks are the way to go by the way) it was golden.
~Tough/durable outer shell
~Rape whistle on the tightening clasp (might come in handy if I get need help one day)
~Tough/durable belt/cord loops
~large size isn't really all that large

ATC Belay Package Average Rating = 4.00/5 Average Rating : 4.00/5

In: Gear: Essential Equipment: Belay Devices & Descenders

Great intro belay and biner 4 out of 5 stars

Review by: banjolele, 2010-03-02

A reasonably price package with no complaints, and no real 'wow' factor either.

Defy Climbing Shoe - Mens (Manufacturer link) popular Average Rating = 3.94/5 Average Rating : 3.94/5

In: Gear: Shoes: Climbing Shoes: Velcro

Great for the price 4 out of 5 stars

Review by: banjolele, 2010-03-02

My first shoes and they were definitely the right ones to learn in for cost effectiveness. They wore quickly, but that is to be expected from a neophyte with bad footwork.

They smell terrible after a few sessions, but that can be minimized by always air drying after a session, spraying lysol once a day, and the occasional lysol/febreeze combo.

The length didn't stretch, but the width did more than I would have expected it to. This wasn't so much of a problem with the velcro closure.

The heel feels a bit roomy, but that I'll chalk up to odd sized feet.

The rubber is decent and fairly sticky, but there were a few times chimneying and smearing that I could tell the difference between a friends LS Miura's and my Defy's.

Bottom Line: A great priced beginner shoe, but the never ending stink makes a resole look doubtful. If you're doubtful about your resolve to become a climber, the price can't be beat. If you're absolutely certain you won't give up (or are already an experience climber), and the cost of a better shoe isn't prohibitive, buy the better shoe.

Knit Chalk Bag - Checked Average Rating = 2.00/5 Average Rating : 2.00/5

In: Gear: Essential Equipment: Chalk Bags

That bag is turrible! 2 out of 5 stars

Review by: banjolele, 2010-03-02

~Nice looking.
~Decent size opening and pouch.
~nice tight closure.
~Fleece lining doesn't run high enough on the inside.
~The plastic stopper on the end of the closure loop pulled off the first time I closed the bag.
~The inside fleece bag is not sown tight enough to keep chalk in, so it slowly leaks and leaves bag shaped dust patches where it was placed.
Bottom line: Nice looking bag with serious problems.