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I have had the DMM Flight Bag, courtesy of DMM Climbing for a few months now and thought that I would try a product review on this blog.
The bag that arrived was in Red but they are also available in Green or Grey. The quality of it looked and felt very good the seams were nicely finished and strong. The bag’s dimensions are just right for most airline cabin luggage and there is plenty of pockets ans storage. My specific bag was personalized for me by DMM’s own embroider’s who had done a brilliant job.
Opening the main compartment which has two zip’s to be able to open it fully laid out. On one side is one compartment with a net closing the compartment off with a zip all the way round. The compartment is big enough for climbing shoes, chalk bucket and chalk bag and takes up the whole of this side of the bag.
On the other side which is open it contains 2 straps with clips and also a sheet for use when outdoors to keep your ropes neat and clean. Also at the top of this side is a small pouch. This side is large enough to store your ropes. There are also a couple of clips for keys etc.
Moving to the top of the bag there is another pouch which occupies the top 1/4 of the bag. In here I have my tape, thermoband,, sleeve for my prosthetic arm and snack bars. Perfectly adequate for most small items. One one side of the bag is a holder for a litre bottle and on the other side two side handles which allow you to carry it in a horizontal position.
There are some great straps in order to attach a helmet and some straps to hold a decent sized rope.
The rucksack straps are well padded and large enough to be comfortably worn. They have a chest and waist strap which holds the rucksack firmly against your back and a mesh back board to allow your back to breathe.
All in all I really like this bag, its size and features. You don’t need anything else. It costs approx £85 – £95 and can be purchased from a number of climbing outlets.
Matthew is excited to announce that he has a new home wall and sponsor with the fantastic Oakwood Climbing Centre in Wokingham. Oakwood which opened less than a year ago has already raised the standard in indoor climbing centres and become a very popular climbing venue. "I am really pleased to be supported by such an outstanding centre and look forward to training regularly on their first class facilities". Said Matthew.
Oakwood is set in the countryside just outside Wokingham, Berkshire and boasts many top quality facilities including one of the longest competition walls in the UK, top out boulder islands, circuit board, lattice board, fingerboards, campus boards, Auto-belays, Top-rope and lead walls. It also has mini boulder walls and slide for children large and small. After climbing you can relax in their cafe with its large view window onto the climbing arena and under floor heating.
Tony Pudner, the man behind the formation of the centre said "Matt is a shining example of someone who has succeeded at the highest levels of climbing despite obstacles that life dealt him. You tell him why something can't be done and he will show you how it can. He will be an inspiration to young people, and we look forward to his future participation and involvement at the Oakwood Climbing Centre"
Why not come down and check out the centre, you may see Matthew training for his latest competition.
I am pleased to have joined the team at NoGrad, a French based high end climbing clothing company. As a sponsored athlete, known as Nograder’s I get to wear their fantastic climbing clothes which are great quality and great colours.
Nograd is based in France. They also have a number of online stockists including Alpinetrek or Bananafingers in th UK.
I am really proud to have joined the NoGraders as the first UK sponsored athlete on their team and look forward to meeting up with the rest of them at some point in the future.
Philippe Ribiere, Director of Marketing, also a Paraclimber said ‘Matt’s climbing style very much reflects NoGrad’s slogan ‘No Rules No Codes No Glory. We are pleased to have him on board.’
“I am proud to support Matthew. It’s great to see someone who is so psyched and enjoying his climbing and shows so much dedication and ambition.”
Quote from Pat Saunders, Dark Ventures“