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Robert Beno

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Raised in Truckee CA, Rob was introduced to a mountain lifestyle at a young age: learning to ski at 4 years old, taking his first week long backpacking trip at 5, and learning to boulder at 7. Though the mountains will always be home, somewhere along the way Rob realized that shoveling snow isn’t very much fun, and that it was time to head to the beach. Spending the better part of the last 8 years living in Santa Barbara CA nursing a pretty serious surfing habit, Rob has rekindled his interest in climbing and now spends virtually all his spare time on the rocks. If not climbing you’ll find Rob at his accounting day job, working on his urban farming project, brewing beer, or bragging that he’s had his Nalgene water bottle since he was 6 and that it’s been to 15 different countries (which he seems to think is cool).

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Montane Minimus

Montane Minimus

The Montane Minimus is an exceptional ultralight rain jacket with the price tag to match. The Minimus offers more ventilation than the other ultralights we tested and with more reflective...
Patagonia Rain Shadow

Patagonia Rain Shadow

The Rain Shadow has been discontinued. The most similar jacket in our review is the Patagonia Torrentshell. Also be sure to check out our complete Rain Jacket Review. The Patagonia Rain...
REI Kimtah Jacket

REI Kimtah Jacket

Constructed from three-layer eVent, REI's Kimtah jacket is a medium weight rain shell that is ideal for long bouts of exposure to the elements or as a lifestyle piece in rainy climates...
Mountain Hardwear Epic Jacket

Mountain Hardwear Epic Jacket

Simplicity is the name of the game with the Epic Jacket. An all-in-all middle of the road performer that is fairly lightweight, the Mountain Hardwear Epic Jacket is missing some key...
Marmot Oracle

Marmot Oracle

The Marmot Oracle is the rain jacket that offers the most features and creature comforts of all the jackets we tested. All of the cool features on the Oracle do come at price however:...
Marmot Aegis Jacket

Marmot Aegis Jacket

Marmot's Aegis Jacket is our testers' favorite, winning it our Editors' Choice Award. Unfortunately, the Aegis Jacket has been discontinued. The Marmot Precip, $100, is the best value out...
Petzl Micro Traxion

Petzl Micro Traxion

The Micro Traxion is Petzl's smaller, sleeker, sexier Mini Traxion. As with the Petzl Mini Traxion, the Micro Traxion is designed to be a progress capture pulley for hauling on big walls...
Organic Big Pad

Organic Big Pad

This is our favorite custom order big pad due to its high quality custom craftsmanship. Our favorite pad available from retailers is the Black Diamond Drop Zone pad. This is one of the...
Wild Country Ropeman 3

Wild Country Ropeman 3

Recall info from Wild Country: Wild Country Ropeman 3 Recall. Wild Country issued a voluntary recall for their Ropeman 3 ascender which although passing all required CE EN standards has...
Mueller Athletic Tape

Mueller Athletic Tape

Mueller Athletic Tape is a solid, affordable option to take care of all your climbing tape applications. We found the adhesive on the tape to be tip-top and the tape stayed put once...
Wild Country Technical Friend

Wild Country Technical Friend

Based on the original Friend, Wild Country's Technical Friends features solid construction and a classic design. These cams have been around forever and just work. We like the feel of...
Rock Empire Robot Cam

Rock Empire Robot Cam

The Rock Empire Robot Cam has been discontinued. Please take a look at our Editors' Choice award winning cams, the Black Diamond Camalot and Black Diamond Camalot X4 to consider as...
Johnson & Johnson Athletic Tape

Johnson & Johnson Athletic Tape

Johnson & Johnson athletic tape is an affordable, solid option for all your climbing tape needs. It will perform excellent while protecting you from those flesh eating hand cracks, or...
Metolius Climbing Tape

Metolius Climbing Tape

The Metolius Climbing Tape is the most popular climbing tape on the market. It will serve you well as your go to for a jagged hand crack, or for taping up those cracked and split finger...
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