Brian Shindurling

Brian Shindurling

Wasatch & Uinta National Forests

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Brian's Passions

Telemark Skiing
Backpacking
Hiking
Mountain Biking
Sport Climbing

Brian's Bio

I find passion in the remote Wasatch Back and Uinta Mountains. By trade, I'm a search engine marketer, but mostly because it adequately feeds my addiction to powder skiing.

Brian Shindurling

Brian Shindurling wrote a review of on November 16, 2011

4 5

After skiing Crispi tele boots for 10 years, I took a leap of faith to BDs continually improving boot line. My first couple of days in these boots were a mess. The bellows flexed differently, they were lighter, my skiing was jacked. But...after about 7 days in these boots, I'm falling in love. My favorite part of this boot is the boa liner. I can get these suckers super dialed to my feet. I have found them to be a little on the cold side compared to what I'm used to, but the more I use them, the more I love them. They ski like a solid 4-buckle boot enabling me to charge any kind of terrain, but they're light enough that they are a great touring boot. If you're looking for a comfortable tele boot that's stiff enough to charge and light enough to tour, this is it.

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Brian Shindurling wrote a review of on November 16, 2011

5 5

Granted, I haven't used a very wide variety of climbing skins, but that is mostly due to the fact that I picked up a pair of these Ascensions a few years back. I am now on my second pair of these skins and have literally zero complaints. They are extremely hydrophobic, dry quickly (when they get a little wet), and they stick on any kind of snow. The cool part about the nylon vs. the mohair skins is that the nylon lasts quite a bit longer...and takes more abuse. I definitely don't take care of my skins as well as many other users do, but man...year after year they keep sticking--to the snow and to my skis. The length of the tail has enabled me to use my skins on a few different skis--up to 10cm difference in length. I haven't found a reason to try something else.

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Brian Shindurling wrote a review of on November 14, 2011

5 5

I wear this jacket under a hard shell for about 80% of my ski days in the Wasatch. For the weight and bulk, it delivers incredible warmth without forcing you to sweat between laps. I wear a cap 3 baselayer under this jacket and cover it with the stoic bombshell for resort riding and find myself comfortable all day long. It's the perfect touring companion as well because of its light weight and packability. For the money, this is the best synthetic insulator you can buy. I'm on my second Luft Hoody and have purchased them for many of my friends. Killer jacket.

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Brian Shindurling wrote a review of on September 22, 2011

4 5

I have always used regular rub on ski wax on my skins as an aid for glide and to keep the snow/water off of my skins. Last spring I gave the Slop Stopper a go to see if it performed any better and, to my surprise, it did. The compound is much softer than regular rub on wax and allows you to get quite a bit more embedded into the skin. This softer compound does a couple of things 1) it gets an adequate job done faster and 2) it does the job better. My only beef with this product is the price. $13 for 2 oz of low technology wax is steep.

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Brian Shindurling wrote a review of on June 15, 2011

4 5

These gloves have been awesome...but after a mere 400 miles or so I've blown out one of the finger tips. They give an awesome feel through the bars and grip like gorilla glue on my Kona grips. I also really like the rubber grips on the breaking fingers...just in case. At this price point, they're disposable in my mind, so I'll get another pair. On the bright side, the hole in the finger enables me to use my touch screen phone without having to take my glove off. sweet.

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Brian Shindurling wrote a review of on June 15, 2011

5 5

This is my favorite jersey so far. The v-neck thing made me a little apprehensive to buy this jersey in particular, but now that I have it and I've worn it quite a bit, it isn't so bad. This thing wicks moisture like crazy, and bears no odor what-so-ever--even after a long weekend in Fruita. The built in glasses chamois is the icing.

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Brian Shindurling wrote a review of on June 15, 2011

5 5

I'm net generally a jersey kind of guy. I've been riding in cotton t-shirts since I was 8 years old. BUT...DAKINE is changing my mind about jerseys. This one in particular does an excellent job wicking moisture from your body and has a mesh vent panel on both sides from your arm pits to your hips to keep you cool. Finally, technical material that doesn't make you look like a spandex loving stopwatch whore.

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Brian Shindurling wrote a review of on January 24, 2011

4 5

The beacon itself is very clean, simple and easy to use. The display gives you no non-sense, easy to follow directions as you move through a search, and at the 2 meter mark it switches over to a fantastic pin-point display. The audio is great and the screen is backlit for use in low light conditions.

Searching: I wasn't overly impressed with the speed at which it acquires a signal in search mode. The range on this beacon is not top notch, but at 40 m I still find it adequate. Once the beacon locks onto a signal it is very easy to follow. There is a strange little glitch in the 5-7 meter range where it seems to stall and the guide arrows jump around a bit. I assume this is a point where it switches antennas or something. At 2 meters, the beacon switches over to pin-point mode which is actually really cool. My only quarrel with this mode is the intervals at which the signal beeps. You have to move a lot slower with this beacon in your pin-point than I'm used to with my analog beacon.

Bottom Line: This is a great beacon, but does stumble in a few areas. I'm hoping a software update in the future may correct the glitches that I've come across. I haven't experienced any issues in my beacon drills that would deter me from relying on this beacon in an emergency situation.

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Brian Shindurling wrote a review of on January 24, 2011

4 5

The weight to work ratio of this shovel is fantastic. The D handle enables you to really dig in and move some snow around without your hands slipping around on the handle like most of the cheesy t-handle avy shovels. The blade of this shovel is a little shorter than one would expect, but to have such solid and durable tool in the backcountry, I'll take a little less surface area on the blade to keep it light. This is an excellent tool for any backcountry pack.

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Brian Shindurling wrote a review of on December 7, 2010

5 5

I'll be honest, it's taken me a full season to learn to really ski this binding well. I've been a G3 Targa guy for a long time and decided to give something with a little more power a try. The adjustbility in these bindings is truly amazing. I weigh 140 pounds and ride the Crispi XR boot. In Position 3, these bindings will actually push my heel back down. I literally cannot ski them in their most aggressive mode. BUT...ah, the ability to adjust the pivot and level of activity in these bindings: In Position 2, these bindings feel very aggressive to me. The position of the pivot maximizes the stiffness of my boot and I can ski as aggressive as I want and feel nothing but power in and out of turns. Position 1 is my favorite coming off of a decade on G3s. The pivot point is closer to the toe and allows me to ski deep snow with a more surfy kind of feel as opposed to aggro joe. Position 1 feels like a really really stable and powerful G3. I'm in love.

Touring you ask? These bindings are not the lightest tele bindings on the market in any way shape or form. However, the free-pivot tour mode allows you to skin much more efficiently and I truly don't notice the weight. In my opinion, it's worth dragging a few extra grams of weight to have a binding that feels and skis as well as this one does on the way down. And have no fear...you won't be breaking anything on this binding. These suckers encompass some serious quality...Made in USA...built like the good stuff that we used to make... I have converted.

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Brian Shindurling wrote a review of on December 2, 2010

5 5

I've been a Smith sunglasses guy for as long as I can remember--though I used to rock sliders only as sport glasses. The Trace Interlock is not only an incredibly functional pair of interchangeable lens sunglasses that I use year round for ski touring, fly fishing, mountain biking, hiking and climbing--but they are actually really good looking. These guys have become the only pair of sunglasses that I wear. The Trace is the first fashionable lightweight sunglasses that I've owned, and I love them.

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Brian Shindurling wrote a review of on December 2, 2010

4 5

This is a super solid synthetic insulator. I bought last year's model and liked it enough that I bought 3 more as christmas gifts. The media pocket is awesome because it keeps your device's batteries warm. My one complaint with this jacket (which may have been fixed with this year's model) is the size of the hood. It's so large that it's almost dysfunctional without a helmet on. I'm constantly adjusting it to keep my peripheral unobstructed.

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Brian Shindurling wrote a review of on November 29, 2010

5 5

I never used to be a helmet guy...in fact, I've purchased and tried to wear 3 other brands/models. This helmet on the other hand gets worn every day I'm out--whether sled-skiing, touring, or making resort laps, this helmet provides the safety I need with incredible comfort. It is well ventilated, lightweight, and it doesn't make you look like a character out of the old "Oddities" cartoon...you know what I'm talking about. Oh, and the brim is both fashionable and functional! On cold tour days, I can open the vents and leave this helmet on. The brim acts like a ball cap and provides your eyes a little shade. I love this helmet.

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Brian Shindurling wrote a review of on December 29, 2009

5 5

I was a little skeptical of this vintage style glove when I first got them, but was stoked after my first few days skiing with them. The seams are very intelligently placed so they won't wear out, and they are extremely comfortable to use. I've worn these gloves in temps from 0 to 25 degrees F and have been comfortable every day. For those that like to wear the cuff of your jacket over your gloves, these work great due to their low profile on your wrist. I'm psyched, and I know these gloves will last me a long time.

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