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Allen A. Taylor

Allen A. Taylor

East Coast

Allen'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"

Allen A. Taylor

Allen A. Taylor wrote an answer about on October 5, 2009

This ski is stiffer than everything than the Bsquad... the ants and gotomas are kinda noodly, the phantoms not so much... but still not mega stiff.

The M1 is a very stiff ski. you flex it and you think "wow that's stiff but i can manage it.

the B-squad however is crazy stupid stiff... you flex it and you question your athletic ability, and whether you will even be able to ski it or not...

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Allen A. Taylor wrote an answer about on October 5, 2009

The rocker on these skis isn't that substantial. With only a 5/30, I don't see these being terribly squirley on all but the iciest of groomers. They are very similiar to the 07/08 rockered Seth, and that had great groomer railing potential... once you are up on edge the ski is decambered anyway, and the rocker is taken out of the equation...

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Allen A. Taylor wrote an answer about on October 5, 2009

I believe that the Momentum has two adjustment straps on the waist, whereas the Focus only has one. I find the single strap on the Focus to be sufficient...

Also there is NO gear loop on the Momentum which is a big downer to me..

Not really sure if there is any other differences besides that. Perhaps surprisingly the Momentum is a tad lighter, but I'd say it's not a game breaking weight... I like my Focus. Seems like the prices are about the same these days so I'd go with what I know

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Allen A. Taylor wrote a review of on October 4, 2009

4 5

There are pleny of places to review the tech specs on this camera. It has serious issues with exposure which have ruined several of my better shots, hopefully the new firmware will fix the problem. The biggest thing for me is the ease of use, just turn it on and go. It doesn't slow you down much and doesn't piss your buddies off.

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Allen A. Taylor wrote an answer about on October 4, 2009

As long as your BSL is in the range you should be fine. Remember however that there is a large range of BSL's for various boots of the same foot size. Just make sure you don't limit your boot options in the future if you want to go with a larger boot of if you want get a boot that has a long BSL for its size.

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Allen A. Taylor wrote 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 wrote an answer about on October 2, 2009

I would say the key to using the paper template is making sure (and then checking three or four times) that you have the centerline perfectly marked. That is the hardest part. Also make sure you have the right bits to drill into the skis. Smaller diameter for wood core, bigger diameter for metal. That is a mistake you won't make twice

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Allen A. Taylor wrote an answer about on October 1, 2009

I have used prodigy turbo fans and they...

I have used prodigy turbo fans and they do a good job preventing fog. You still can't hike in it or anything but when just skiing around the turbo fans are a big help. They don't fit as well as the regular prodigies but it works and is worth is for the reduced fogging.

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