Andrew Christensen

Andrew Christensen

Southern Utah and Wasatch Areas.

Andrew Christensen's Passions

Fly Fishing
Hiking & Camping
Biking
Running
Skiing
Climbing

Andrew Christensen's Bio

The little kid inside of me is still climbing rocks and sliding down hills. One part of me has bills and a family to worry about, and the other side of me just got grounded for buying another set of skis. I'm just trying to not let growin up make me boring!

Andrew Christensen

Andrew Christensenwrote a review of on July 28, 2016

Nice!
5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size
Height: 6' 1"
Weight: 185 lbs
Size Purchased: L

This is a really great shirt. It's got a little stretch in it which makes wearing it really comfortable. I don't feel restricted at all and it looks good. I think the bottom sides look a little weird, but that's my only complaint.

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Andrew Christensenwrote a review of on February 28, 2016

3 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

It's a solid binding, but its really heavy which is a BIG draw back in my opinion. Maybe I'm just out of shape. . . but trying to hike seven miles in these was physically exhausting. Who cares if there is a flex-free platform and low-profile chassis if my legs are burning so badly by the time I reach the top that my skiing is sloppy anyways. Be in really good shape if you buy these and put them on small, light skis or just get lighter bindings.

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Andrew Christensenposted an image about on September 26, 2015

Great Shoes

I bought these for my wife. She really likes them. I personally think they look cooler than any other women's shoe I have seen. They are as aggressive as it gets. I've seen her use the tiniest little edges with them. The sizing was hard, but the folks at backcountry.com gave great advice which helped me get the right size the first time. My wife said that they were really tight at first, but have now stretched to be perfect. The shipping was crazy fast as well which is always a plus! So, with the help of my gear head, I was actually able to get my wife something that we didn't end up just returning- huge accomplishment for any man.

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Andrew Christensenposted an image about on September 26, 2015

Awesome Shoes, Poor Marketing

I bought these shoes last month. I love them. I think they are great aggressive shoes. I spent a lot of time trying on different shoes and these just fit my foot really well. They don't have any dead space in my heal, and if you make sure the Velcro is loose enough putting them on is really pretty easy. At first my foot would pop off the wall occasionally, but now that I've climbed a couple times out doors and in the gym they feel so solid. I'm never worried about my foot slipping. They just stick! These shoes really work well with overhanging climbs. I tried to use them on a harder climb (in the picture) that was not overhung, and they worked. However, it was not comfortable. I had heard that these shoe turn your feet blue. I haven't experienced it yet, but I also take my shoes off right after each climb. I think the way Five Ten markets these shoes is messed up. They make it sound like a cheap, discounted shoe. That's not the case. If you look hard enough you can find great deals on a lot of different aggressive shoes. Even at full price the difference between $150 and $170 is basically a nice quick draw.

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Andrew Christensenwrote a review of on September 12, 2015

Great for my needs
5 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

This is a great cooler. The size works for my family of three. We don't go on long adventures because my daughter is only 19 months. Honestly, I was surprised by the size when I first purchased the cooler. Because the insulation is so thick, it looks like a bigger cooler than it is. If you need a reference point on the size, I would say that if you put two gallons of milk and some small fillers in the cooler it would be full. The quality of the cooler is better than anything I have ever seen. At first, I didn't like the metal handle, but now that I've used it a couple times I think it is better than two separate handles. The design makes it really easy to haul around.

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Andrew Christensenwrote a review of on September 11, 2015

2 5

Familiarity: I returned this product before using it

I bought this hat for my wife. That was the first mistake! :D We ended up just returning it because it was too tall and had really square features for her face, but the graphics are cool. I also think that the quality of the hat was pretty good. The front material was nice and soft, but the brim was more maluable than I like. I would not discourage people from buying the hat, however. Backcountry made it really easy to return the product. I've always been impressed with their customer service. I do miss their old return policy that they had years ago, though. It didn't get better than that.

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Andrew Christensenwrote a review of on December 16, 2014

Some things are better simple
4 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Fit: True to size

I just got this jacket after owning an older version. I must say, at first I was taken back. It seemed like patagonia had almost gone back in time. A lot of the features- like waterproof pit zippers and a fancy drawstring for the hood- where not featured on my newer jacket. I think patagonia realized that simpler is better. My old jacket was wearing heavily because of the waterproof pit zippers (they were too stiff). The draw string system was also problematic. It would loosen over time. So in conclusion, sometimes the old ways are better than fancy new ways. This jacket is proof.

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Andrew Christensenposted an image about on November 18, 2014

Problems of Amazing Gear

I've used this bottle all summer working on a fuels crew. It is a great concept. Using a vacuum to insulate- best idea ever. The problem I found was that I would drink all of my water and only have ice left. It wouldn't melt fast enough! This was super nice when we had to camp on the fire line, however. I would have ice for the first two days, assuming I didn't pour water in that was too hot and melt all of my ice. It's a good quality product. It does dent pretty easily though, so be careful. I haven't seen a loss of functionality since I dropped mine twice.

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Andrew Christensenwrote 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 Christensenwrote 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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