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Ben Stone

Ben Stone

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Ben Stone's Passions

Fly Fishing
Hiking & Camping
Paddling
Climbing
Surfing
Running
Skiing

Ben Stone's Bio

I have 22 months of skiing and counting. I take photos, have a strong couscous game, cannot touch my toes, like getting rad. I'll try almost anything twice!

Instagram:@stoneymtnphoto
Email:stoneymountainphoto@gmail.com

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Ben Stone

Ben Stonewrote a review of on August 24, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 6' 3"
Weight: 155 lbs
Size Purchased: 11

I check the "put these through the wringer" emphatically for I have had to push these shoes to hell and back. When I first got these shoes a little over a year ago, my initial impression was a crazy lightweight minimalist shoe that seemed to be a bit thin and flimsy. I figured I would keep them until catastrophic failure cause me to return them, however this has not been the case. My intended use for them was as an approach shoe to the snow in the summer months here in washington to get my turns all year. They held up extremely well through many long dry approaches at paradise and packed down to nothing (I could fold over my skins bag, fit the shoes in, and shove at the bottom of my pack). Throughout the yewr I have abused them through running, hiking, and more dry approaches, but what really made them shine is a recent trip to Iceland.

I had my hiking boots (The North Face) fail just walking around Reykjavik, and was left with only two shoes: these Mammut and my ski boots. Less than ideal on a very very wet and demanding trip. I have trounced down abrasive volcanic scree slopes up to my ankles, plodded through wet marshes (yes my feet got very wet), and climbed up chossy low 5th class approaches all without a single defect or even broken lace. After a year of abuse through skiing, climbing and traveling I fully expected to have to buy a new pair of shoes, but as I sit here in the airport about to leave with happy feet (and a happy wallet), I must give a round of applause to Mammut. I have enjoyed your ropes for yeas, but this last trip has made me a believer in your soft goods, thank you!

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Ben Stonewrote a review of on February 17, 2015

4 5

The new Synapse line by G3 is pretty rad. All are super light and gear toward ski mountaineering where shared ounces are reason to jump for joy. These suckers make great volcano season skis, as they are obviously light but also have enough flex to cruz over all those postholes set by the unfortunate souls without skis. Only bummer is that skis are really not for top performance. they are for survival skiing, plain and simple. Great skis if you're climbing up anything!

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Ben Stonewrote a review of on February 16, 2015

5 5

Was looking for an easy way to expose my city mouse of a girlfriend to big mountains. Dinner date! Took her up on Rainier and was able to cook a 3 course meal PLUS dessert. Try doing that in a jetboil!

The Dragonfly is freakin magic, I can simmer rice, boil water like a champ, get those intant mashpotatos just right, and all without burning the tar out of my food. I have even been able to pull of popcorn (sorta) by doing small continuous circles over the burner. Anything you can cook at home you can cook on this stove, and it will taste way better! (cuz you're outdoors, duh)

Only snafu is the noise. Joke that MSR 32oz is ready for take off after priming and prepare to have all conversation squelched. Small price to pay for being the Gordon Ramsay of the backcountry.

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Ben Stonewrote a review of on February 16, 2015

Strap up for that summit
4 5

Obiously light and geared toward mountaineering, so don't let that cheap price tag sway you. That said, you can put on over my skis (god send)! Only hitch is the sizing, make sure to go bigger than you think, you'll most likely be wearing more layers than you think. Better to have a harness that fits at the summit than the approach trail yea?

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Ben Stoneposted an image about on February 7, 2015

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I am a man of few luxuries when I go out, I like my "light is right" mentality when suffering up big peaks, but there are two things I just can't skimp on: A headlamp and a sleeping Pad.
Also this headlamp weights in at 0.46 lbs, where as a human head weights 10-11 lbs. That makes this this headlamp a 20th (5%) of your head weight, not bad to have a freakin light cannon on your head.

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Ben Stonewrote a question about on November 16, 2014

How big is too big? I would like to have one crampon to go on all my skies, but would there be any negatives to having too much space? For example a 120mm on a 90 mm ski?

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