Bouldering is fun, but it also requires a LOT more upper body strength than top rope climbing so don't get turned off if you can't complete even the easiest problems. The big walls are mostly vertical, so your feet (should) take most of the weight. Bouldering is typically more overhung and you're hanging from… » 4/14/15 1:51pm Tuesday 1:51pm

How does this compare to mountain hardware's Q.Shield down? I had one of their ghost whisperer down jackets for a while but found that it would wet pretty fast under a good hardshell when I was moving. It didn't fully lose its loft, but it wasn't anywhere near as warm. Got rid of it in favor of an Arc'teryx Atom LT,… » 4/02/15 2:40pm 4/02/15 2:40pm

I discovered prana's zion pants when I started rock climbing and realized that, yes, actually all my other pants slightly crush my balls. Any pants that fit, at least. Having pants with a big extra stretchy gusset there is sort of the greatest thing ever. Hard to describe, but it's like they're floating on their… » 3/30/15 1:34pm 3/30/15 1:34pm

That stretch is particularly rad because it makes it a LOT tougher. Most miracle fibers (kevlar/dyneema/spectra/UHMWPE) don't like to stretch. They're fine for situations where you're managing a static load, but awful any time you want to to absorb energy without passing a huge shock along to something more fragile… » 3/26/15 10:47am 3/26/15 10:47am

It's easy to cast dispersions on gun owners from somewhere where cops are 3 minutes away and there aren't polar bears and grizzlies. Alaska is a special case and accidents happen. How many kids were still seriously hurt in a car crash today? » 2/22/15 9:20pm 2/22/15 9:20pm

It may also be the case that wetting out is much less of an issue if you've got something other than a big sheet of densely woven nylon as a face fabric as on a hard shell. Fleece, wool, etc all remain relatively permeable when they're soaking wet. » 2/09/15 9:57am 2/09/15 9:57am

From an in-person spectator's perspective, it's an acquired taste. On TV, it's kind of hard to tell what the hell is going on at any given point. It doesn't really lend itself to sitting down for a couple hours with a twelve pack and just zoning out. The cars are cool to watch, but who knows who is leading?! It's… » 2/02/15 1:53pm 2/02/15 1:53pm