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Andrew Christensen

Andrew Christensen

Southern Utah and Wasatch Areas.

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Andrew's Passions

Hiking & Camping
Biking
Snowshoeing
Skiing
Climbing

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Andrew Christensen

Andrew Christensen wrote a review of on January 6, 2014

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size

I can't believe how good smartwool is. It really makes a massive difference. These socks are nicer than my other SmartWool socks I picked up at sports authority, but I wish they had extra padding in the shin area like my other socks. I'm not sure what the white line is even there for. There is no difference in material.

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Andrew Christensen wrote a review of on January 6, 2014

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size

I love this jacket. It is surprisingly thin and light, but still very warm. I use it as a mid-layer on ski patrol. I don't think I could go a day without it actually. I have fallen in love with this thing. It is really toasty on cold days, but the material cools really well also. So I can wear it on warm days too. The only problem I have with this jacket is the color. Graphite Navy is a fancy way to say purple. Patagonia always chooses the weirdest colors. I knew I would get hazed a little on patrol, but it's such a nice jacket that I couldn't go without it for the couple days it would take to return it.

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Andrew Christensen wrote a review of on July 10, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

It's simple,functional, and cleans up nicely. It doesn't leave a bad taste either. It's also very durable, but it's not as indestructible as people claim. If you run it over with a truck, it will break. Throwing it off 100 foot cliffs is questionable. My friend threw two off of a cliff, one with water and one without, and only the one without water survived. Don't get me wrong though. I still give it five stars and would recommend it to anyone. Love this bottle.

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Andrew Christensen wrote a review of on April 28, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I have used this pack for three years on ski patrol and have been impressed. This this has not even torn yet. It is very durable and can carry everything I need. This usually consists of avalanche gear, medical supplies, and lunch. The goggle pocket is also useful. I wish this pack had a way to hold a helmet more efficiently though. It would come in handy when hiking. I tend to over heat. It's a great pack.

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Andrew Christensen wrote a review of on April 28, 2013

5 5

I love this backpack. It can be small or surprisingly big when you want it to be. It fits great. Black Diamond really put some thought into this pack. All of the features are simply convenient. I mostly use this pack to carry around my climbing stuff. It works well for back packing too. I would not, however, recommend it if you are going for a long trip. One or two nights is all a minimalist could handle with this pack. It is simply not big enough.

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Andrew Christensen wrote a review of on April 9, 2013

5 5

This is so much smaller than I thought it would be. It's great. It seems really durable. The only downside is that the pot and the pan do not clamp together. It must be stored in the neoprene sleeve to be effective. It's not a big deal, just a small detail. It's awesome that everything can be fit in the pot and pan. If you are thinking about buying the Crux lite stove, you might as well get this whole set. It works together so nicely that it's worth the extra money.

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Andrew Christensen wrote a review of on April 3, 2013

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

These shoes are downsized a little bit, so order your street shoe size. I wear an 11.5 and ordered an 11.5/45. I was a little worried because my old shoes were a size too small and I did not want these shoes to be too large. They fit great though. They are tight enough to be effective, but don't make my toe nails fall off. The rubber is great. I love these shoes. They are, however, not very aggressive. So keep that in mind.

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Andrew Christensen wrote a review of on March 28, 2013

Good All Around Helmet
4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This helmet is pretty good. The only thing that I could complain about are the ear flaps. They fall out really easily, but I fixed that with a piece of athletic tape and don't think about it any more. Other than that this is a great helmet. I have a large because I wanted to wear a beanie with my helmet. If I did it over again I would probably get a medium simply because it looks a little big on me.

I have since bought this years version of this helmet and they fixed the ear flap problem. It's much better now. The medium is also much better.

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Andrew Christensen wrote an answer about on March 28, 2013

I think these skies are pretty stiff, but still very playful. Chatter is minimal at high speeds. I have skied these for about two seasons now and love them. I would recommend them to anyone. These preform wonderfully in powder and do surprisingly well on groomed. A smaller ski would preform better in moguls. Although if it is hard pack/ice these skies will want to go straight down rather than turn.

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