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Christian Paul

Christian Paul

Gearhead

Wasatch Range, Utah

Christian Paul's Passions

Snowboarding
Fly Fishing
Hiking & Camping
Snowshoeing
Yoga

Christian Paul's Bio

Published landscape photographer. Avid outdoors nut. Backpacking, hiking, backcountry camping, peak bagging, and angler. Both resort and backcountry snowboarding is my passion in the winter. Between all 4 seasons, I spend on average 150 days a year in the wilderness. My adventures year round take me to some of the most incredible places around our planet. I feel capturing them in their ever changing state is crucial in promoting wilderness preservation. Take nothing but pictures, leave nothing but footprints.

Website: http://christianpaulphotography.com/
Blog: http://seekingshambhala.blogspot.com/

Christian Paul

Christian Paulwrote a review of on January 26, 2016

5 5

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

I needed a new down for touring and this was the best rated one I researched. I ordered a large to my specs. It seemed a bit form fitting when I got it, and I was concerned that maybe I had ordered the wrong size. But after talking to others who had it, that is the way it was designed to be a mid layer under a waterproof shell. I got to take it out after we received over 5 ft of snow out of the last storm on a really cold day. I was a bit chilly when we topped out at the summit, and putting this jacket on was like having a personal heater. I could not believe how warm this jacket was. It was much lighter in my pack too. For all the doubts I had about this jacket, it has quieted those for me. It is a great jacket, really warm, and weighs nothing in your pack. Highly recommended for backcountry touring or UL backpacking

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Christian Paulwrote a review of on January 26, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I bought this tent to replace my other solo tent I previously owned. It has been on trail over 100+ miles a season for the last 5 years. It is still water poof on the rain fly and the zippers are still in working order. I have used a footprint from day one and this tent is incredible for a solo tent. It has been in massive thunderstorms, snow, hurricane force winds, and has stood up to tree debris and all sorts of hazards in the wilderness. The minimalist pitch of fly and footprint is amazing and easy to pitch. But you must stake the fly on the fly/footprint option. It has been worth every penny I spent. Highly recommended as a durable, lightweight, solo tent for backpacking.

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Christian Paulwrote a review of on January 4, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I have had mine for a couple of seasons now. They are pretty bomber and warm on cold days and stay dry all day riding in powder. They have a hand warmer insert pocket that you can put one in on the top of the glove with a waterproof zipper. The liners are very nice, soft and warm. I actually use my liner uphill when touring on the splitboard and they keep my hands warm. Great glove+liner which will keep you warm and dry.

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Christian Paulwrote a review of on January 4, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Bottom line, if you travel in avalanche terrain, this book is full of essential knowledge. It has everything you should be familiar with if you are entering avalanche terrain. Plus, if you like to geek out on snow science like I do, but want it put straight forward, this book explains it all in easy to understand terms. Bruce Tremper was the director of the Utah Avalanche Center here in Utah. His years on slope studying snow and what snow does have kept me safe out there. I would highly recommend reading this book. Know before you go.

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Christian Paulwrote a review of on December 27, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I gave it as a gift but have feedback to share
Fit: True to size

I bought these for my daughter as she had outgrown her old winter boots. They fit true to size, but we bought up one size so she could grow into them. The inside is a very comfortable and has a soft lining that is insulated. The outer layer is waterproof. The tread is grippy and did not slip on the ice we had that day she took them out. Easy on as these are just pull on, no laces to tie. My daughter is very happy with her boots. As a parent it is nice to have something out of the box that works for your kid in the snow.

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Christian Paulwrote a review of on December 12, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

These skins are bomber. I have walked over rocks, downed trees, and tree debris in the skin track and they still look like new. Not even any stains on mine. They are easy on and easy off. Make sure you trim them properly to your boards profile as to not cover the edge on your board but still cover your base so they have maximum efficiency climbing. I cut two triangles off the corners of the tails so the were easy to pull off when you are switching out modes. They fold easily together to throw in your pack or jacket. They are really grippy on the skin track, and I have had no snow on glue issues, even braking trail with them. They stayed glued to my base. Hang them to dry before storing them. Great skins from the originator in splitboarding!

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Christian Paulwrote a review of on December 12, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I got these gaiters for those early season backpacking trips where you have to cross snow and ford small streams that run high in the early part of the backpacking season. I have post holed to my knees and wadded running streams in mine. Never once having anything get wet. You are going to want a Goretex boot if you are stream crossing. These add that coverage to where the boot stops. I would cross quick these streams quick so I never stood in deeper water than ankle deep for long periods of time in them. Light to pack in, easy on and off. The lace they give you is a lot stronger than you think. Great gaiters for early season alpine where you are looking to stay warm and dry when you get to your destination.

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Christian Paulwrote a review of on December 12, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I picked this up because I got tired of having goopy hands after trying to eat out of dehydrated meal packages with too short of a utensil. Its light, easy to clean, and will not melt like plastic utensils will. It has been my spork in the backcountry backpacking for a number of years now. Its still like new! Love my Titanium Spork!

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Christian Paulwrote a review of on December 12, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I forgot my sleeping pad on a trip to Denali in 2005. I picked this thinking I was going to be so uncomfortable in the Toklat. To my surprise, it was warmer and more comfortable than the pad I had left at home. This pad has been on so many backpacking and car camping trips I have lost count. It does keep you warm and is the low profile I like so you don't move off your pad which happens to me a lot with inflatables without rail tubes. I have had mine for years and still take it out with me camping. Best part- you never have to patch a hole because it is foam! For the price you are not going to find a more bomber sleeping pad.

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Christian Paulwrote a review of on December 12, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I have had my Air Contact 55+10 since 2007. In that time, it has trekked more wilderness than any pack I have owned. The torso adjustment is on the fly with one velcro strap adjustment. It has a super soft back carry and is the most comfortable for a pack in this weight class I have ever used. It has all the room you need, even for the kitchen sink if that is your thing. Side pocket storage is huge. The sleeping bag compartment is the biggest I have seen. I can put my bag, pad, and a small day pack in there. Main chamber is very large and can fit quite a bit in there. The lid has two pockets, one under the lid, and one on top of the pack. Both are very roomy and will hold more than they look. The compression and adjustment straps are easy to use and very comfortable. The hydration sleeve is easy to get into and will run over the shoulder with a loop on the chest strap for you to put the mouth piece in for on the go water. I cannot tell you how many off trail, rubbing against trees and rock, and getting hit with tree branches in tight woods this pack has gone through. The rain fly is built in and easy to access and deploy. loots of loops and straps if you need to carry something on the outside. If you are looking for a mid-weight backpack that will haul everything you need and then some into the wilderness, I highly recommend checking this one out.

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Christian Paulwrote a review of on December 4, 2015

5 5

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

First day wearing them I got to ride these on a day that started in the teens and ended up in the upper 30's. I was a bit worried that they would not be warm enough but once I got them in the boots they were just fine. They were comfortable and really form fit your foot and ankle. Zero bunching of the fabric. They really fit your foot nicely. They seemed quite long as they went all the way up to my knee. I was surprised at how nice these sock are to wear. I would probably not wear these on a day that is below 10 degrees. They are a thin weave fabric, so not a lot of insulation. Great choice for touring in snowboard boots because of the wicking power of these socks. My feet almost seemed dry when I took them off at the end of the day. Well designed sock. I love them!

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Christian Paulwrote a review of on December 1, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

This beanie is super comfy and warm on your head. The reversible neck gaiter feature is pretty sweet. I use this to keep my head warm while we are booting up to get out on the splitboards. I have not been cold once in it. It wears big, so there is a lot of room if you have a full mop or are sporting natty dreads. Great beanie!

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Christian Paulwrote a review of on November 28, 2015

Best clava I have ever owned!
5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I picked this clava up after my beard wore a hole in my old one. It was a bit more then I wanted to spend, but it was such a nice fit when I tried it on, I knew it would at least work with my head kit. What I found out after riding in freezing cold temperatures is that it is really warm. I generally only wear it to my bottom lip, but when the grauple is pounding you in the face on the chair, you have something that you can pull up over your nose. Its light so you can put it in a pocket so you have it if conditions change. I have had mine for two seasons now and I love it. As you can see in the photo below of me wearing mine, its all smiles!

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Christian Paulwrote a review of on November 24, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I have flown to with this bag a number of times to Oregon and Washington and it is a no headaches bag that has solid skate wheels. It is very easy to get around with. There is no having to lug the weight all over the airport and to your vehicle. My largest board is a 162 and I sized up to a 166 so I could throw in an extra board. I also fit my boots, jacket, pants, helmet, and gloves in there. I even had room for a wax kit on one trip. It has a securing strap in the bottom to lock your boards down and tons of headroom for your gear. My Wheelie bag has been through baggage claim about a dozen times to and from SLC to the PNW and has never had any problems. It even has a nice front pocket you could throw a couple of tools or wax in. The shoulder carry strap is pretty comfortable as well. The section that holds the tails of your boards is really reinforced so you will never have a board poke through if it gets the airport toss around from the baggage handlers. For the price and how many years I have had mine, it still is a sold bag. I'd buy another one if mine ever wears out.

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Christian Paulwrote a review of on November 18, 2015

Superlight, bomber rain jacket!
5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size

This has been my rain jacket for over eight years. It has been all over with me backpacking, hiking, and peak bagging the mountains here in Utah and Wyoming. It is completely waterproof, super light, and packs into its own hood and fits in a stretchy pocket on my UL backpack. The chest pocket will keep anything you store in there warm and dry. The hood, and waist have cinch cords so you can lock in your warmth, and the cuffs will Velcro closed to your wrist size. The microfleece soft fabric around the neck and near the zipper garage is soft and does not rub on your chin or neck. I have also used this for spring touring on the splitboard and it was great and kept me warm and dry. Not to mention, it is a great wind break for those strong alpine winds which you get high alpine backpacking. Every singe one of my friends has replaced their rain jacket over the last eight years, I am still wearing mine. So you get what you pay for. I would highly recommend this jacket to anyone looking for a completely waterproof rain shell.

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Christian Paulwrote a review of on November 18, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

You will need a board with the ICS Channel System from Burton. So these will not traditionally mount 2x4 and 4x4 systems. For every type of snowboarding, this binding fits the bill. The straps are bomber and super comfortable. The living highback is awesome and easy to use. The autocant plate will have your knees saying thank you. For the price, you are not gonna get better performance. All around great binding for your ICS/EST setup.

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Christian Paulwrote a review of on November 17, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This board has a great profile for all mountain shredding. The flex is mid- stiff under foot and soft tip and tail for variable snow conditions. The torsional flex is kept in check by the channel system in the board. Put on a pair of EST bindings on it and you will feel the full potential of this board. It is solid under foot and I have even hit 70+ MPH on this board and it did not feel out of control or loose on the snow. I have ridden this board in every snow condition imaginable and it has performed like a champ through everything that has been thrown at me. This is my cruiser board at the resort because there is not a piece of terrain that it is not solid on. Oh and I bet you are wondering how the Custom performs in powder right? 6-12" it is a champ. Deeper than that? Set your stance back and surf high tide! This board is not to be underestimated. I have never had a snowboard last as long as this one and perform great day after day riding over 80-100 days a year for the last seven years. How many snowboards do you own that you can say that about? Amazing board from one of the innovators!

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Christian Paulwrote a review of on November 5, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I have had this pad for a few years now, and from long distance backpacking trips to car camping this pad has been through it all. It is comfortable and has an R-Value that covers most of your summer adventures. Folds up nicely and the bonus of foam over inflatable is that it never will go flat on you. Price is hard to beat for how bomber this pad is.

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Christian Paulwrote a review of on November 5, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This probe deploys quick for use probing for the victim you are trying to locate. It is super light, easy to use, and packs very small in your pack. Completed my kit nicely and I love practicing with it. I hope I never have to use it in a real burial. But it is nice to know that if I had to it is light and easy to use.

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