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Reviews by sungam (4)

The Self-Coached Climber (Manufacturer link) popular Average Rating = 4.88/5 Average Rating : 4.88/5

In: Gear: Media: Instructional Books

SCC 5 out of 5 stars

Review by: sungam, 2011-12-01

When I talk to people about training, I recommend them this book every time.

Quantum Tech Ice Axe Average Rating = 4.50/5 Average Rating : 4.50/5

In: Gear: Alpine & Ice Climbing: Ice Axes and Hammers

Perfect swing, great picks. 4 out of 5 stars

Review by: sungam, 2009-08-19

These things swing exceptionally well, they're light etc. as you would expect, and have Grivel's usual fantastic quality. The only things that lose them a star are the fact that the horn on the bottom it too close for me - I have giant hands and it pinches my pinky a little too much when I wear thicker gloves - and the fact that the carbonfiber gets iced up in damp conditions when there's snow about. It needs a rubber grip to be added on, I suppose. The only reason I haven't done this is because it would make the pinky even tighter...

Cirque Pro Approach Shoe - Womens Average Rating = 2.91/5 Average Rating : 2.91/5

In: Gear: Shoes: Approach Shoes

The single most overrated piece of kit I've bought. 1 out of 5 stars

Review by: sungam, 2009-08-19

Maybe it's different in the smaller sizes, but in my size (12) these things are really, really badly designed. There's way too much material at the base of the heel, making my heel shift to the side as I walk, and since it has such a narrow sole, this puts awkward pressure on your ankles. the heel cup cinching down thing is a total gimmick, and the only thing going for them is that they look "outdoorsy" and have a full rand. I strongly recommend not getting these shoes.
I walked into the Bugaboos in my fully rigid boots just so I wouldn't have to wear these.

Belay Master (Manufacturer link) Average Rating = 4.56/5 Average Rating : 4.56/5

In: Gear: Essential Equipment: Belay Devices & Descenders

The D-mod grigri's best friend. 4 out of 5 stars

Review by: sungam, 2007-07-11

These suckers are awsome. Anyone else using the D-mod will probobly notice how often they like to cross-load, but the belay master nips that trend in the bud quick style. You can get a steel biner that it fits on, too.