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Reviews by uzibear (5)


Rappel Rings Stainless (Manufacturer link) Average Rating = 4.33/5 Average Rating : 4.33/5

In: Gear: Add-On Climbing Gear: Bolts and Hangers

good and simple 5 out of 5 stars

Review by: uzibear, 2008-03-31


the good thing about steel rings is that they take abuse very well; after hundreds of folks have rapped off this ring, it'll still be just fine; but yes they are heavier; but great for permanent rap anchors; now only if folks could do better than use a million different strands of ratty webbing through these in j-tree : ) ..............i like chains


Stopper Nuts (Manufacturer link) popular Average Rating = 4.45/5 Average Rating : 4.45/5

In: Gear: Essential Equipment: Protection: Passive: Nuts and Stoppers

try the abc ones 4 out of 5 stars

Review by: uzibear, 2007-06-11


not sure if they're still around, but the ones from ABC are color coded and cheaper


Spire Climbing Shoes (Manufacturer link) popular Average Rating = 3.88/5 Average Rating : 3.88/5

In: Gear: Shoes: Climbing Shoes: Lace Up

my first shoes 4 out of 5 stars

Review by: uzibear, 2007-06-11


and thus am very sentimental about it; good beginner shoes, or for all day moderate climbing; comfortable, not very "techinical" or great on edges


32oz Wide Mouth Bottle (Manufacturer link) popular Average Rating = 4.34/5 Average Rating : 4.34/5

In: Gear: Training & Accessories: Water Bottles and Bags

never done me wrong 5 out of 5 stars

Review by: uzibear, 2007-06-11


is it wrong to get sentimental about a water bottle? i don't think i'm the only one; if you haven't duct taped some webbing onto the sides, you haven't lived : ) ps: after long research LOL, i suggest running webbing down the sides, not the bottom, then doubling it back up and taping over that; webbing on the bottom=doesn't stand up straight


Elios Helmet (Manufacturer link) popular Average Rating = 4.33/5 Average Rating : 4.33/5

In: Gear: Essential Equipment: Helmets

ms the meteor 4 out of 5 stars

Review by: uzibear, 2007-06-11


i got a meteor for myself, but when my wife wanted a helmet i got her this one; the meteor is nice and light but there are two things i don't like about it (the meteor, not the elios): the meteor is rather thick foam so that often i've stood up under a roof and my head hits the roof, it's quite thick; better than my head hitting the rock but it gets in the way; this has happened quit frequently; the meteor can be bulky and has got in the way often for me, i've had to bend down and twist my head out of awkward situations, i'd be concerned in chimneys too; the other plus about the meteor is that it is quite light, and i love that; however, the big minus is that it has no hard shell so i'm concerned about how it would deal with rockfall; i've never been hit on the head with rockfall, nor taken an upside-down fall and smacked my head (though my wife has), so i can't really comment, but i'd be concerned without a hard shell like this elios has; i think the poster above is correct that the meteor is good for face climbing/sport as it would absorb impact well if you fell and flipped and smacked your head.
if i was looking for a helmet now i know what i'd want, and this is my advice to you: look for something with:

1. a hard shell
2. as lightweight as possible
3. some padding under the shell (not to bulky)
4. as sleek as possible

i think the elios fits this well; it's too small for me so i haven't worn it; just wanted to mention my experience with the meteor; i don't like how bulky it is and it has gotten in the way many times for me; stay safe, buy a helmet that doesn't get in the way.