Alex Laugeman

Alex Laugeman

"A hole-in-the-wall town in what is now called Utah"

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Alex's Passions

Trad Climbing
Camping
Snowboarding
Hiking
Mountain Biking
Road Cycling
Snowshoeing
Sport Climbing
Bouldering

Alex's Bio

Originally from the marvelously flat midwest (St. Louis to be exact), I moved out here to ride some snow, bikes, climb some rocks, and float down some rivers. As it turns out, this is a good place for all of those!

I study Meteorology at the University of Utah (greatest school evAr) and you can probably catch me causing ruckus with my friends.

Alex Laugeman

Alex Laugeman wrote a review of on June 18, 2011

5 5

This board will carry you with love through anything you want to slay...one day at the Canyons I was riding pow above my knees for a while, then it got sunny and warm so I took a couple laps through the park and the board loves it all. Flat camber means you can press like crazy while still keeping pop, and not being full on banana shaped for the sh** talkers that may be lurking. Nobody likes sh** talkers anyway.

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Alex Laugeman wrote a review of on June 12, 2011

5 5

I've had this thing take me from my first time climbing outdoors to now as I consider myself a somewhat intermediate climber. I just like how light and simple it is to use, I tend to fumble around with a GriGri a bit, but probably just because I don't use them that often. When I'm pitches off the ground belaying or repelling I prefer something simple like this so I can focus on the task at hand, and the extra little teeth provide great friction for lowering or rapping too. And very durable as I said it's been with me for years!

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Alex Laugeman wrote a review of on June 12, 2011

4 5

I haven't used a ton of headlamps in my day, but for when it gets dark out I couldn't ask for more. This sucker can be really bright, but the dimmer is awesome for when you are in closer spaces and don't really want to blind others or yourself. It'd be cool if it had the red light option to be easier on the eyes like some headlamps do, but maybe I'll just get one of those separately. I've had it for almost 10 months now and haven't had to change the batteries either!

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Alex Laugeman wrote a review of on June 12, 2011

4 5

This was my first pair of snowshoes, so I don't have a lot to compare them with, but I can say that they were awesome. They're very light, I'm about 165 lbs and even without the flotation tails I could break trail fairly easily. The crampons give more traction than I thought! The Televators are pretty easy to pull up while you're walking, you can pretty much do it while walking with enough practice. Putting them down is slightly harder, but I was fumbling around with a full pack and a snowboard on my back so...that was probably my own fault. For shoeing around it doesn't get much better than these!

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Alex Laugeman wrote a review of on June 12, 2011

5 5

This pack is obviously made winter-specific because it has everything you need to go to the backcountry. Pockets for everything, goggles, probe, shovel, and hip belt pockets for snacks, burt's bees, a knife or whatever else you want. The insulated hydration sleeve seems a little short for when a Camelbak hose is out, it probably leaves 5-6 inches dangling out, but definitely enough to keep the water from freezing. It's very comfortable...so much so that I actually use it for climbing as well!

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Alex Laugeman wrote a review of on June 12, 2011

Can't wear anything else climbing
5 5

These guys are very stretchy for having only 3% spandex, perfect for awkward footwork while climbing or slinging your legs around while hiking! The roll up snaps are key, I'll probably buy the zip-off version for summer climbing so I can swap to short without having to take the harness off. I'm 6'0" with about a 32" waist and the mediums fit juuuuust right.

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Alex Laugeman

Alex Laugeman wrote a review of on June 12, 2011

5 5

I've used this bag for a while now, although not really pushing the limits of the rating, but down to the upper 30s or so. I'm 6'0" 165lbs, the regular length was just right, and I stayed completely warm every time, sometimes too warm! The sleeve for the pad will fit pretty much any pad so long as they're around or under 20 inches wide. Packs small and it's pretty light!

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Alex Laugeman wrote a review of on February 10, 2010

5 5

This board is a super solid in park! Little stiff to begin with, but very easy to soften up over time. The fact it's stiffer than most park boards makes it SICK on jumps too, and for hauling ass. With a little riding you'll be able to press the hell out of it along with slaying jumps, a good combo!

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Alex Laugeman wrote a review of on December 5, 2009

5 5

I've ridden these about a dozen days already this year and it feels like I've had them for 3 seasons already! Minus the extremely-beat-up part, meaning they fit marvelously and feels like your feet are at a day spa the whole day you're riding. Fit true to size, I wear a 10.5 shoe and the 10.5 boots are awesome. Only trouble is the lacing, but that's my fault because I'm in a cast, and everything is difficult in a damn cast.

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