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Ultralight Bent Wire Gate Carabiner (Manufacturer link) Average Rating = 3.75/5 Average Rating : 3.75/5

In: Gear: Essential Equipment: Carabiners: Non-Locking Carabiners: Wire Biners

Madrock biners... they're truck 4 out of 5 stars

Review by: ckirkwood9, 2007-07-10


I Love Them. I submitted an early review in the forums when they first came out. I bought 24 of them. 12 of the silver straight gates, 12 of the red bent gates. I use most of them for racking my gear and the few remaining for sport/trad draws.

The slim profile, light weight and ease of clipping make my harness smile. (All red on the right, all silver on the left... makes it easy to quickly identify where a piece of gear needs to be re-racked.)

They're about the same size as a black diamond neutrino but lighter and stronger and CHEAPER

Mad rock:
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Major Axis: 25KN
Minor Axis: 8KN
Open Gate: 8KN
Dimensions: 92mm x 54mm
Gate Opening: 22mm
Weight: 32gm
Price: $5

DB Neutrino
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Major Axis: 24kN
Minor Axis: 7kN
Open Gate: 8kN
Dimensions: about the same (couldn't find specs)
Gate opening: 22 mm
Weight: 36 gm
Price: $8


If i hadn't bought 24, Id be buying more.


Dynotron/LiveWire (Manufacturer link) Average Rating = 4.80/5 Average Rating : 4.80/5

In: Gear: Essential Equipment: Carabiners: Quickdraws

The beauty draw 5 out of 5 stars

Review by: ckirkwood9, 2007-01-02


This is USUALLY the first draw i place. Don't know why.. i just love it. It clips well, fits well in one's hand and is just a pleasure all around. My friends jokingly call it my "Beauty Biner" because it's always the first draw I place.


Mythos (Manufacturer link) popular Average Rating = 4.61/5 Average Rating : 4.61/5

In: Gear: Shoes: Climbing Shoes: Lace Up

Review 5 out of 5 stars

Review by: ckirkwood9, 2006-10-29


I love this shoe. I own 3 pair that i rotate as they wear. NOTE: they stretch a LOT: about 1 to 2 sizes. I wear a 41 (men's 8.5) and my street shoe is a 10 to 10.5. So buy them small and plan on 4-5 weeks of super-curled toes.

BUT once these break in - they are amazing. I've had one pair resoled 4 times, now they fit so well they feel like slippers. Excellent construction, good sticky rubber, excellent fit for years of happy climbing feet.


Tadpole 23 (Manufacturer link) Average Rating = 4.50/5 Average Rating : 4.50/5

In: Gear: Hiking and Camping: Tents: 3 Season Tents

Review 4 out of 5 stars

Review by: ckirkwood9, 2006-07-18


Prob great for shorter people I've used this tent in Rumney NH over July 4th 2006, and in The Gunks in New Paltz NY 3 times and in Yosemite over Thanksgiving 2005 and have not had any real problems. Overall, i like the tent but have a few gripes about it. Read on: Pros: 1) Easy to set up 2) strong construction 3) lightweight 4) glow-in-the-dark zipper pulls 5) fly/footprint only option 6) Tent did very well in HEAVY rain and did not leak. 7) Condensation is nowhere to be found. Cons: 1) Tent could be taller - I'm 6 foot and can only sit up in this if i am against the door and my head still presses against the roof) 2) Tent could be longer - When sleeping 2 peeps and i can't lay across the tent, my head and feet are pushing the material against both ends of tent 3) More like a 1.5 person tent. Great for 1 person. 4) Guy lines are black - not reflective. 5) footprint stake-out-tabs are SLIGHTLY larger than the tent stake-out-tabs, so staking it out means the footprint isn't taut. (this is not a big deal tho) 6) Footprint MAY not be waterproof. I'm pretty sure that it soaked through, but it's possible that it was run off, so i'm not entirely sure. 7) Tent stuff-sack and bag that holds the stakes are WAY too flimsy. I know this was done to save weight but i think this is a bad idea to use such lightweight material for the bag that protects the tent. Somehow I've gotten several holes in the stuff sack however i've treated the tent gingerly, always packing it carefully, keeping it away from any heat source, etc. The ONLY think i can think of is that since the bag that holds the stakes is kinda weak, the stakes must have made the holes by causing stress points in the stuff sack when this is packed.