Charles Christolini

Charles Christolini

Kirkwood Mountain, Lake Tahoe

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Charles's Passions

Backpacking
Snowboarding
Hiking
Mountain Biking
Mountaineering

Charles's Bio

Snowboarder, backpacker, hiker, and all around outdoor enthusiast.

Charles Christolini

Charles Christolini wrote a review of on November 21, 2012

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I bought this to replace the shovel I gave to a stranded motorist after I couldn't pull them out of a snow bank.

This shovel is light and with the telescoping handle detaching it makes packing very easy.

The length is good for me at 5'9" and I don't feel like I'm shoveling snow with a sand castle shovel.

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Charles Christolini

Charles Christolini wrote a review of on November 21, 2012

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

These are great shoes for everything from stomping around in the woods to talking to work.

The style is great and looks just at home as the bar as it does on the side of a mountain.

I also waterproofed the leather for added protection.

The only slightly negative thing is that my 9.5 has a little more room in the toebox that I'm used to. However, it is not enough to make me want to return them.

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Charles Christolini

Charles Christolini wrote a review of on November 21, 2012

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I bought these when my ions broke down. I was very hesitant to spend 550 dollars on a pair of boots. It has been completely worth it.

The flex of these is about the same as the ions. If you like the ions then you'll love these. The detached ankle cuff thing really helps with articulation.

Even when riding my Jones Flagship I find these boots are plenty stiff on steep technical lines. However, this is very subjective.

Basically. These are the Ions brought to the next level.

Ohh another thing.

The Ions in the last couple years had really soft toe boxes that would crumple / pinch when you used non-burton cap straps.

The SLX do not have that problem.

If these hold up as well as my Ions I may end up buying another pair in 100 days or so.

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Charles Christolini

Charles Christolini wrote a review of on November 21, 2012

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I have two of these. One for myself and one for my fiancee.

They fit perfectly into any jacket pocket.
Are easy to operate with mittens on.

Generally perfect.

The only thing that has happened to my yellow version is a little rust from me not drying the bits off after a day of riding. totally my fault though.

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Charles Christolini

Charles Christolini wrote a review of on November 21, 2012

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I have a pair of smith iox and they fit in perfectly.

The only negative thing I will say is that the little flaps for your extra lenses aren't big enough for how large the iox lens.

That being said you can still stack your lenses in there and zip it up safe and secure. So it works but maybe not as intended.

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Charles Christolini

Charles Christolini wrote a review of on October 12, 2012

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I ordered these last year and put them through an entire season of snowboarding. I wore them whenever my snowboard boots were not on.

In the rain, snow, mud, whatever. They perfformed perfectly.

The only negative is that the soft rubber sole , which great on ice, will wear down fast if you do a lot of pavement walking.

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Charles Christolini

Charles Christolini wrote a review of on October 12, 2012

5 5

I love everything abou this jacket except 2 very minor points.

1) The main zipper is a little weird and sometimes takes some extra effort to close. I believe this is because everything is brand new and will self-adjust over time.

2) The phone pocket inside the jacket is far too small for my Galaxy Nexus and my headphones plugged in. I couldn't imagine what people with an iPhone 5 or Evo X or something like that are going to do.

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Charles Christolini

Charles Christolini wrote a review of on October 12, 2012

5 5

I originally ordered these in a size small and found out that while they fit (I have a 31 waist) that there wasn't any room for layering. So I opted for a medium and things are a bit more to my liking.

I used to run a lot of burton AK gear and the only thing I noticed different this year from last are the zippers. Only time will tell how they perform. I'll update this as the season progresses.

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