Brad Allenick

Brad Allenick

Denver and the mountains of the west

Brad Allenick's Passions

Hiking & Camping
Skiing
Climbing

Brad Allenick

Brad Allenick wrote a review of on January 5, 2013

4 5

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

I have demoed both the Cham 107 and Cham 107 high mountain in the 184 as alpine skis, and found the HM ski to be very impressive. For the weight savings, very little (if any) performance is lost.

Today I got on my new HM 107s with 22 Designs Axls and found them to be an awesome ski. I have yet to tour with them, but just throwing them into and pulling them out of my roofbox, I can see how much lighter they are than all of my other pairs of skis.

I skied them in some crud, bumps, and on some (poorly groomed) groomers. They hold an edge well, yet the pintail lets the tails easily be released for a speed check, slarve, or pivoty turn.

Though these are quite a bit lighter than the ski I cross-shoped them with (the regular Cham 107), they still aren't a "lightweight" ski in comparison to skis by the likes of Dynafit, for example. This is not an issue as a resort ski, but I have a feeling for touring a bit less weight yet, would be nice.

I will update once I have some more time on the skis.

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Brad Allenick wrote a review of on December 15, 2012

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I have some older Magnum pants that have been used and abused for the past three seasons, and they still look great. The heavy duty knees and cuffs hold up to abuse, and the venting is great. I always ski with the BD knee pads and usually just put them on through the vents in the parking lot while gearing up ? the vents are that big.

The issue I have had with the pants is actually a wear and tear issue that is a result of my boots. The stitching that holds the rubber part of the gaiters on to the nylon fabric has been coming undone since I got the pants, but so far the rubber is still attached and the gaiters still keep snow out. The stitching coming undone is a result of the sharp metal buckle on my booster straps catching and pulling on the material really an issue with the booster straps and not the skis.

When I got the pants they were my first Flylow purchase, and I new right away the company had a cool vibe. The first step of the wash instructions? "Drink cold beer." Yeah, this is my kind of company...

Technical fabric, bomber durability, good fit, comfortable. No complaints here...

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Brad Allenick wrote a review of on November 23, 2012

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

These skis rip. From big lines to groomers the skis know no bounds. Even early season days they're a good time on the groomers, fun in soft bumps, and are even maneuverable enough through the trees. No speed limit and very damp, like Dynastar's Legend Pros have always been known.

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Brad Allenick wrote a review of on May 30, 2012

5 5

I have used the tent every weekend for the last 5 weekends and am very happy with it.

Setup is super quick and easy with the central pole hub — no fumbling around late at night in the dark like you do with Marmot's system with their tent.

Tent is very spacious — at 5' 9" 150 I am extremely comfortable alone or with a partner, and this past weekend, even fit a third person without too much discomfort. It was cozy, but certainly doable.

Will update after some more wear and tear is put on the tent...

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Brad Allenick wrote a review of on December 20, 2010

5 5

Love these. I've only used them one day, but they were awesome. After a season of free heel skiing and feeling shrapnel fly up and hit my knees, and having cold knees when kneeling in the snow, and hitting my knees on cliffsides when hiking, or any other such thing, I absolutely love my kneepads and can't believe what I've been missing out on for so long. My knees feel comfortable and secure with these on, and I don't know if I'll be able to ski without them again.

They're cheap enough too! And they'll save your knees for sure. Definitely a worthwhile 40 bucks.

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Brad Allenick wrote a review of on August 8, 2010

5 5

These poles have been a great addition to my arsenal of ski gear. The grips on the shaft have proven very handy when traversing, skinning, and hiking. This is my first pair of adjustable poles and having the ability to choose the right length depending on the conditions and depth of snow has been great. These poles are light and easy to adjust. Highly recommended.

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Brad Allenick wrote a review of on July 27, 2010

5 5

Today is Tuesday. I bought these shorts on Saturday. I have worn these shorts every day since I bought them. They are the greatest. They are super lightweight and feel great. The low profile elastic waistband is awesome - I have been missing out all these years, with my typical cotton shorts and thick belts with (somewhat) heavy buckles. The pockets on these are mesh and deep, and hold a hell of a lot of stuff.

So far, I have walked around NYC on a 98º 90% humidity day, in relative comfort (as comfortable as one can be on such a day.) They have been paired with the Lululemon boxer brief, which is a great product, as well as the smartwool lightweight boxer - also great. Next, I bouldered in them, and they are much better than your run of the mill athletic shorts, thanks to the gusset crotch. Finally, I practiced Yoga wearing these shorts, and again, the gusset crotch proved invaluable to me.

I definitely plan to purchase more pairs of these shorts.

My only gripe, is the black color seems to really pick up and show all sorts of lint.

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