post holiday goodies

Flashed sent me new stuff for the new season including a cool new brush. check it out…

here is the new boar's hair brush they now make.

here is the new boar’s hair brush they now make.

the new brush has two ends, one narrow and one wide, the material is biodegradable, and there’s even a clip to hold it onto things.

biodegradable with good brush angles

biodegradable with good brush angles

Tool Bag, chalk and some brushes

Tool Bag, chalk and some brushes

I’ve switched from the Boulder Bag to the Tool Bag for chalk and prefer it more. I really liked the Boulder Bag, but it’s not as good for traveling.

a new Shogun, new Ninja, and a new Shogun cover for the old Shogun (foam is still good!)

a new Shogun, new Ninja, and a new Shogun cover for the old Shogun (foam is still good!)

this is a cool feature they put into all their pads... a storage slot that keeps small things between the foam pads.

this is a cool feature they put into all their pads… a storage slot that keeps small things between the foam pads.

here is the "new" buckle for all their pads. new because I've been using the old ones for some time.

here is the “new” buckle for all their pads. new because I’ve been using the old ones for some time.

here are some images of the old pads after heavy use and abuse both traveling and while in Joshua Tree (the worse crag yet I’ve visited on soft goods): my job as a product tester is to destroy things by falling on them and just using them without TLC, and I’m good at it!

though the wear is on the seem, check out the added bar tacks on the corner protector. this is a worthy addition.

though the wear is on the seam, check out the added bar tacks on the corner protector. this is a worthy addition.

blown buckle

blown buckle. the weight we pack into them is quite large

corner protector protecting ...

corner protector protecting …

broken zipper is an odd one

broken zipper is an odd one

the new buckles are beefier, but this one did it's job well given how heavy the pads are loaded.

the new buckles are beefier, but this one did its job well given how heavy the pads are loaded.

in this next photo, you can see the old buckle and the obvious wear. the webbing has two layers for added durability, both old and new.

these aren't so bad... on the ninja, the outer of the two webbings was worn completely through.

these aren’t so bad… on the ninja, the outer of the two webbings was worn completely through.

we are planning on going back to France, via Spain and Albarracin, from February to May. this time we’ll be taking two Shoguns. I’ve never had a problem with taking crash pads, but we usually always have to do a bit of explaining. once the airlines realize it’s pretty much indestructible and very light, they seem to be fine with it.

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~ by r. mulligan on 2014/01/14.

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