Andy Mention

Andy Mention

Front Range, CO and beyond.

Andy Mention's Passions

Hiking & Camping
Paddling
Skiing

Andy Mention's Bio

I grew up in Maine and now recreate all over Colorado and the world, when I can afford it. My major stoke is backcountry skiing and kayaking.

Andy Mention

Andy Mention wrote a review of on December 12, 2012

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This light is plenty bright to get you in trouble with cyclists going the other direction. The battery doesn't last forever though so you'll want to charge it regularly. Luckily the on/off switch quickly tells you how much juice you have.

My only real complaint is cold-weather battery life. My speculation is that the aluminium case conducts heat so well that the battery just gets cold and dies.

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Andy Mention wrote a review of on January 18, 2012

5 5

This is my third season with these poles and they're generally great. I have two recommendations for anybody buying them:
-Get the longer ones. I've never needed my poles to be shorter than 115cm, but often want them longer than 125 for steep skin tracks.
-Make sure you tighten the Flicklock closure. It can sometimes loosen and then you'll just scrape up the lower pole section and need to adjust constantly.

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Andy Mention posted an image about on September 14, 2011

Bent/Broken

Oh, so THIS is what everybody is talking about.

I think that the combination of foam-core skis and rid stiff bindings (and obviously shredding too hard) broke these bindings. I still have them on two pairs of skis though because I like the way they ski and tour better than any other bindings. Now I just have two backcountry kits, ready to go.

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Andy Mention wrote a question about on September 13, 2011

These work really well for my tele boots, but I have had a few problems with my AT boots. I have them fitted correctly, but the prong at the back of the heel sometimes slides around and into the tech heel groove. Am I doing something wrong or should I just file the thing off?

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Andy Mention wrote a review of on September 1, 2011

4 5

I'm no rando racer, and I want my backcountry skiing packs to be burly enough to last and have the features that I really use. Here's my list of useful features (in no particular order):
-back-panel access
-A-frame or diagonal ski carry
-insulated (in the shoulder strap) hydration tube routing
-Avy gear pocket
-Rugged construction

My few complaints are that the straps are all way too long. You're going to want to break out the sewing machine and a knife to shorten these up. Also, the design would be a lot more elegant if it didn't have like, 700 little pockets to store random straps. Snowboard carry system, I'm looking at you. Also, the shovel pocket is a pretty tight fit for my G3 Avitech shovel and Tech probe 320.

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