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Reviews by reverse_dyno (3)

Rock Climbing: Mastering Basic Skills (Manufacturer link) Average Rating = 4.00/5 Average Rating : 4.00/5

In: Gear: Media: Instructional Books

Good book for a Beginner 4 out of 5 stars

Review by: reverse_dyno, 2008-09-09

The book goes over basic knots, how to grab holds, belay, setup an anchor, and some basic self rescue. It is too basic to be of any use if you have been climbing for more than 6 months. It would make a good gift for someone just getting into climbing.

Red Chili Spirit Velcro (Manufacturer link) popular Average Rating = 4.38/5 Average Rating : 4.38/5

In: Gear: Shoes: Climbing Shoes: Velcro

Good sport shoe, bad for slab 3 out of 5 stars

Review by: reverse_dyno, 2008-07-21

I have had these shoes now for a few months. For the gym and vertical sport climbs there great, but the rubber is too soft for slab climbing. I took them out for a few days to do some multi pitch granite slabs and the rubber on the bottom took a beating. My friends were climbing with La Sportiva shoes and had no problems smearing. While I had lots of problems. After the day we compared shoe bottoms and it was obvious that the rubber on the Red Chiliís had been sanded off by the granite. Obviously if the rubber will not stay attached to the shoe there is no way the shoe is going to be able to stick to the rock.

Monster 10.2 mm Rope - Non-Dry (Manufacturer link) Average Rating = 1.33/5 Average Rating : 1.33/5

In: Gear: Essential Equipment: Climbing Ropes: Dynamic Single Ropes

Review 1 out of 5 stars

Review by: reverse_dyno, 2006-08-12

I bought one of these ropes a year ago. It fuzzed up badly after the first summer of use. I took it on some Granite and was caught in a rainstorm. Had to rap down 4 pitches in the rain, somewhere along the way I twisted the core badly. Never heard, or seen that before. The core was actually twisted inside the sheath. Had to cut that section of the rope out. Not only that, but the core and sheath slipped so much that the core came out of one of the ends of the rope about a centimeter. It is the worse rope I have ever used, and will never buy another Metolius rope again. Buy another brand of rope, as far as I am concerned, Metolius ropes are garbage.