Andy Mention

Andy Mention

Front Range, CO and beyond.

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Andrew's Passions

Alpine Touring
Telemark Skiing
Camping
Kayaking

Andrew'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.

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Andy Mention wrote an answer about on February 24, 2014

This might be getting a little too specific, but it looks like you two are talking about different things. Jordan seems to be interested in the potential for the HRM strap to interfere with his beacon while in transmit mode while Arthur is referring to search mode.

Your heart rate monitor isn't going to keep your buddies from finding you, but it might interfere with searching for them if they are buried. Arthur's advice is probably good.

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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 25, 2012

4 5

These are a great pant for what I need them to do. They're fairly durable, breath well, and are slim enough that they don't get in the way (of crampons &c.). They are a little boring looking, so steer clear if you're planning on entering yourself in the steezy brobrah comp this season.
The two complaints I have are that sometimes the vents aren't enough - I cut the lining out so as to cool off and show off my skivvies. Also, they have kind of a long rise. I find that I either have the crotch hanging low or the waistband up near my belly button.

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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 wrote an answer about on January 18, 2012

The Voodoo is a burlier boot than the T2x. While it only has three buckles, it is significantly more laterally stable and stiffer overall than most three buckle tele boots. They are also going to be a little heavier than the Scarpa. I used the old T2 for a while, and when upgrade time came along, I went with Ener-Gs and then Voodoos. Garmont boots fit my wider feet better than Scarpa. I think that they're the best boot on the market (when paired with a stiff binding spring/cartridge like O1s with RidStiff or AXLs). At the same time, If you prefer the lighter weight and greater flex of a boot like the T2 then you might want to choose another boot like the BD Seeker or T2.

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Andy Mention wrote an answer about on November 28, 2011

You shouldn't have leashes on in avalanche terrain anyway. The great advantage of releasable skis (other than potentially saving you from broken bones or and joint problems) is that they will release in an avalanche. I'f you're worried about losing them then get brakes.

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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 an answer about on September 14, 2011

Thanks for the advice, but unfortunately I have the Flexlock style so there isn't any snap system. I took another look at them last night, and they're certainly tight, but the heel isn't wide enough to make contact with the rear "prong" and the two side posts (to which the rubber harness attach). I also could generate enough force in my basement to get them to slide around like they have on hard snow and ice. Maybe the boot is just too small. It's a Garmont Radium Mondo 28, for the record. I'll see if I can upload a picture tonight or tomorrow.

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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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