Showing posts with label Gear Review. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Gear Review. Show all posts

Friday, October 18, 2013

Soho Crash Pad

This is my attempt at a review of the Soho Crash Pad. I've been using this pad for about 2.5 years. It's served its purpose in Bishop, Joe's Valley, Las Vegas, Little Cottonwood Canyon, Wyoming and lots of small areas in Montana. 

Sunday, April 14, 2013

Neon Gear 45

I got this backpack in the summer of 2012, and I feel like I've used it long enough to write a little review on it.

First, let me say that I'm usually skeptical of over-engineered gear--that is, gear that "has to" be used in a certain way. However, this backpack is NOT that way. It has many features meant for certain things (i.e. gear loops for quick draws, a pouch for chalk bags, a slot for climbing shoes, and a tarp for a rope). But, in my opinion, it has exactly the right amount of features to be helpful, instead of annoying or excessive. 

The bag is easy to pack. It has a wide opening on top, as well as a separate and even larger opening on the back, making it easy to stuff gear into it, and take gear out of it. 

It is comfortable to carry, even with a full day's worth of sport climbing gear--that is, a rope, draws, shoes, chalk, clothes, food and water. If I need to carry more gear, I take the rope out, coil it, and strap it to the top of the bag to create more room for other stuff. Size-wise, I think it's a perfect day climbing pack.

Below, see close-up photos for the pack's details.

Chalk bag pouch: can be unclipped if you don't want/ need it. Keeps your other stuff free of chalk. Nice!

Shoe pocket: big enough, and well-ventilated.

Gear rack: can comfortably fit 12 draws and a belay device.

Rope tarp: draw string closure and tabs for carrying around at the crag.

The whole shebang, as opened from the back.