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Allen A. Taylor

Allen A. Taylor

East Coast

Allen A. Taylor's Bio

I can't really remember exactly when I got addicted to outdoor sports. I am currently working as a Forester so between work and play I spend basically all of my time outdoors. I can't imagine life any other way.

Somewhere around the end of High School and the Start of college something in me clicked. I had spent a lot of time in the outdoors in my younger years but still did not have the enthusiasm I have today. My discovery of backcountry skiing and climbing pushed me to want to be outdoors all the time. The combination of the amazing feelings and sensations that come with mountain sports with the beautiful backdrop of the mountains it what I have grown to love and live for.

As much as I like mountain biking and climbing, I live for winter. Skiing is my favorite sport. It doesn't matter if I am making jump turns down sketchy Wasatch lines, hucking cliffs in the backwoods of Vermont, reaping the presidental range corn harvest, or skiing 2" fresh on grass in October, as long as there are skis (and at least 1/2" of snow) involved I am happy.

After graduating from UVM in 2009 I am looking forward to my first winter as a full blown ski bum. I can finally focus all of my energy on the sport I love so much.

My friends and I have put together a website with which to showcase our exploits. Check it out at www.famousinternetskiers.com

There is no such thing as "too much snow"

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Allen A. Taylor

Allen A. Taylorwrote a review of on October 2, 2009

Good skis, and can use for touring
4 5

My friend Greg tours on these skis, and he says all the time that they are a nice weight for touring. He and I did a pretty big day of almost 10K vert, and 13 miles, myself on dynafit/dps and Greg on Duke/ants, and he managed to keep up. He's usually a pretty big wimp so that must mean they really do pair nicely with touring equipment. You can see him skiing a steep snow gully overhanging a giant ice bulge in the picture. Seems like he's really enjoying them.

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Allen A. Taylor

Allen A. Taylorwrote a review of on October 1, 2009

4 5

I got 8 of these 3 years ago when I started climbing at Rumney regularly. They are all still going strong. They aren't the lightest but they are just a great all around beater sport draw. They have a very nice clip to them and the webbing/thong combination keeps the lower carabiner firmly in place at all times.

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Allen A. Taylor

Allen A. Taylorwrote a review of on October 1, 2009

Confidence
4 5

AT rigs are all about compromise. With these bindings on you won't be winning any rando-races but you will have all the confidence you need in them when it counts. Big airs, straightlines, no fall zones, the bindings won't give you an excuse to turn back. I have 2 pairs of dukes and 2 pairs of dynafits. They each have their place. The duke is for charging hard, if you are doing anything else go with something lighter. I have not had durability issues but know people who have.

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Allen A. Taylorwrote a review of on October 1, 2009

Warmth Statement
5 5

I'll admit it looking "cool" is not my highest priority. Being warm however is a priority. These gloves will keep you warm, give you enough dexterity to tie knots or adjust other gear and if you care for the leather they will last, last, last. removable liners are the best thing ever just behind the ginormous cuffs. If you work in the mountains or just spend lots of time out there and durability and function are your top priorities these are the goves for you. If you are wondering how the color will look with your cotten Tall-T and baggy pants they probably aren't the glove for you.

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