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Reviews by sierragal93546 (4)


Siren (Manufacturer link) Average Rating = 4.00/5 Average Rating : 4.00/5

In: Gear: Shoes: Climbing Shoes: Women's Climbing Shoes

Comfortable but so-so performance 2 out of 5 stars

Review by: sierragal93546, 2011-07-14


This was my first shoe, purchased in November 2009. It is super comfortable and was fine when I first started on easy 5.7 juggy climbs. But as I got more experienced and progressed on steeper and harder climbs, this shoe just didn't cut it. Hearing the rubber on the sole on the rock like tap shoes was unnerving. Granted, climbing in the Sierras in winter will make any rubber hard, but I just didn't feel safe. Bought a pair of La Sportiva Katana shoes which had much stickier rubber and felt much more secure even in the winter. Then I got the La Sportiva TC Pro and that was it--my magic shoes. I still love how comfortable the Siren shoes are so had them re-soled with the TC Pro Vibram XS Edge rubber. But the design of the shoe still does not lend them to edging well even with the new rubber. I wear them now just for conditioning on a home wall or indoor climbing.


TC Pro Climbing Shoes Average Rating = 5.00/5 Average Rating : 5.00/5

In: Gear: Shoes: Climbing Shoes: Lace Up

My Magic Go To Shoes for everything 5 out of 5 stars

Review by: sierragal93546, 2011-07-14


I'm a female climber with size 7 street shoe and a rather large bunion on my right foot. Size 37.5 fits great. I'm still fairly new to climbing (about a year) so any time I need confidence on a new kind of rock or climb, these are my go-to shoes. They've worked so well on everything (granite slab, steep overhanging face, cracks, sandstone, etc) that I started using them for everything. The only downside is it is not as sticky as I would like for small knobs on smooth granite. Still looking for the ultimate sticky shoe for slicker rock.


Gridlock Screwgate Carabiner Average Rating = 5.00/5 Average Rating : 5.00/5

In: Gear: Essential Equipment: Carabiners: Locking Carabiners

Great improvement 5 out of 5 stars

Review by: sierragal93546, 2011-07-14


This works perfectly to keep the biner in the correct orientation. It can sometimes get a bit hung up on the loop so it is not always the swiftest to set up, but once set works great. Only wish is that they add a friction-reducing wheel like the DMM Revolver.


Womens Primrose Speed Adjust Harness Average Rating = 5.00/5 Average Rating : 5.00/5

In: Gear: Essential Equipment: Harnesses: Women's Harnesses

Remanufactured SA buckle is bomber! 5 out of 5 stars

Review by: sierragal93546, 2011-06-05


Bought this harness November 2009. Had problems with the SA buckle slipping constantly and needing to be tightened after almost every climb. I finally contacted BD and they not only took it back without a receipt, but expedited an IRIS harness with traditional buckles so I could still climb on the weekend. They then sent me a new Primrose with newly manufactured SA buckles to field test...all at no cost. They added a small divot on the buckle that makes all the difference! The buckle stays put all day. Both the Primrose and Iris are very comfortable but the best thing is the placement and rigidity of the gear clips. I tried several other harness makes but the gear loops were always a problem. I'm a beginner so easy clipping onto the gear loops is key. I would highly recommend both of these harnesses for comfort, safety, and function. I'm 5'3" and 118 lbs. A size small fits perfect if fully cinched.