Nathan K.

Nathan K.

I’m a climber, photographer, and general outdoor enthusiast and may have some knowledge to share!


Detroit, MI

Products I Love

Goal Zero Boulder 50 Solar Panel

Goal Zero Boulder 50 Solar Panel My Review

Ideal for vanlife/car travel

I had this thing on the road for 6 months in combo with my Goal Zero Yeti 400. It was great, and gave me power in the back of my truck for what I needed, which was mostly charging my phone, computer, camera, and running a fan occasionally. I made a home made rack to mount it to my roof and it worked great. It’s nice that it comes with a kick stand where you can angle it toward the sun if you want. The design is nice and durable. It isn’t necessarily a low profile panel because of the metal frame it’s in, but it makes it easily mountable. This 50 watt panel would take about 10 hours of full sun to charge my 400 watt hour batteries from low to full. And that’s without being able to angle it. Not the quickest, but fine when you don’t need a ton of power. It’s nice because it comes with the cords if you want to chain more solar panels to it. I’d recommend!

Goal Zero Yeti 400 Portable Power Station

Goal Zero Yeti 400 Portable Power Station My Review

User friendly, gets the job done

I used this product while living on the road in combination with the Boulder 50 solar panel, and it was a good pair for somebody who didn’t need excessive amounts of power. The most power I’d use is to run a fan overnight on the hotter nights. That would usually take the battery from 100% don’t to 20 or 30%, but for my other uses which we’re charging my phone, computer, and camera, I could get multiple charges in no problem. I had the solar panel mounted to my roof so if it was sunny it was constantly charging, so I seldom had to worry about running out of power. And if it was a concern, I could take it into a coffee shop with me and charge it out of the wall if I really needed to. Ideally 100 watt panels would have been nice, but 50 worked just fine. It’d take about 10 hours or so of full sun to charge to full. But the battery life was great and it was easy to use.

Patagonia Lightweight Synchilla Snap-T Pullover Fleece - Men’s

Patagonia Lightweight Synchilla Snap-T Pullover Fleece - Men’s My Review

Snap To on this one

Always love supporting Patagonia. A company doing business for good. This recycled polyester fleece is a must. Super soft, keeps you very warm, and a very durable piece of clothing. It’s great as is or used as a mid layer with a jacket. The sleeves are designs to not pull the sweater up while your arms are extended, so perfect for climbing! And it just looks pretty good.

Scarpa Vapor V

Scarpa Vapor V My Review

V stars

I’ve had two pair of these now, love the shoe. It is considered a technical shoe, in between all around and performance. It has a slight downturn and pretty flexible midsole which will give you power on overhung routes, but also a stif rubber and a stif toe plate that will give forgiving on your toe muscles while trying to edge on slab routes and small features. The dual velcro closure makes it easy on and off.

Arc'teryx Alpha AR Jacket

Arc'teryx Alpha AR Jacket My Review

I have had this jacket for a couple months now and spring season in Michigan, I have needed it. In a complete downpour I was completely dry underneath. When I get back to my car, I take it off for a dry comfortable ride home, and within a 20-30 the jacket has almost dried completely after laying it out over my passenger seat. This jacket is great for climbing, specially alpine conditions when you need a hard shell. The pockets are up at the check leaving room for a harness to go around the waist, and has a synchronized down hood for a tighter fit around your head/helmet. Great product. The only down side is that when I where it out casually (not what it is designed for) I like to have pockets for my hands down low. But when your climbing in the alpine wearing a harness, this wouldn’t be an issue. For a better casual pocket situation, maybe check out the Beta series.

Black Diamond ATC Guide

Black Diamond ATC Guide My Review

A great general multi pitch belay device. Also can use for ascending a rope if done properly. The orientation of the guide loop (loop on top of belay device) is side to side to it is oriented nicely when attached to your harness with a carabiner.

Arc'teryx Atom LT Jacket

Arc'teryx Atom LT Jacket My Review

Perfect light jacket

This thing is the best all around jacket. The material is incredibly soft, yet durable on the outside. I have had mine for almost 3 years and the only wear it has is a burn hole (unfortunate but common). Breathable side panel material makes it keep cool when you need it to, and otherwise keeps you warm on chilly days. Perfect for athletic output on a cooler day. Nothing fits quite like a good Arc jacket.

Five Ten Anasazi Moccasym Climbing Shoe

Five Ten Anasazi Moccasym Climbing Shoe My Review

I looove this shoe. Very comfortable, wearable all day as long as you size it correctly. I don’t know if sizing has changed since Adidas bought 5.10, but you want to size them pretty snug, because it is an unlined leather shoe and will stretch almost a complete size. Once broken in, they are very comfortable and they are one of my favorite shoes. Ideal for crack climbing, slab/edging, or all day multi pitch.

Petzl Grigri 2 Belay Device

Petzl Grigri 2 Belay Device My Review

What is there really to say

One the the best devices out there. Great for belay, great for rigging, and many many other applications. However, it is very important you know how to properly use this device before using it. Make sure you receive the proper training.

Black Diamond Belay Parka

Black Diamond Belay Parka My Review

Good warmth to weight

Great product that keeps you warm, and retains heat even when wet. Not water proof, the the puffy synthetic insulation will keep most of its insulating properties when wet. Pros: very warm, fits will, dual zipper for when warm with a harness, layers well. Cons: doesn’t pack down very small, sometimes the zipper and be finicky.

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