Hi, my name is Carlos Tkacz, and I love to climb! Climbing, specifically bouldering, has been the major driving force in my life since I discovered the sport 10 years ago; it informs pretty much every decision I make, from how and where I spend my time and money to where I live now. Since I began, I have climbed all over the States and in 6 other countries. For me, climbing indicates a larger quest: searching for purpose, truth, understanding, and all that metaphysical crap. The discipline necessary to improve as a climber has filtered into and improved nearly every aspect of my life and has informed a lot of the way I look at the world now. If I’m not climbing (you have to rest, right?), there is a good chance I am involved in one of my other passions: teaching, reading, and writing.
My favorite Flashed Product is the Hueco Pad. This is an EXCELLENT product. First of all, the idea of the detachable seam cover is awesome. I find seam cover super useful for avoiding rolled ankles and for butt-dragger starts. The pad carries nicely and comfortably, especially considering how large it is. The extra loops for the buckles make it easy to carry a Tonto or other pad within the big guy. And then there is the foam: by far the best on the market, in my opinion. I have taken some gnarly diggers onto this pad and appreciate the balance between firmness and softness. Finally, the option to customize is great. I sent the Flashed guys some images (Star Trek and Samurai Jack), and they put together two amazing-looking designs. I definitely recommend this pad!