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Chase Skidmore

Chase Skidmore

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Wild Places of Utah

Chase Skidmore's Passions

Snowboarding

Chase Skidmore's Bio

I'm a Utah native. Mountain biking, climbing, and traveling are three of my passions that consume most of my time. Split boarding is becoming my winter obsession.

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Chase Skidmorewrote a review of on December 1, 2016

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

The Gore liner and backing will keep your hands dry and wick away sweat. I usually opt for lighter weight gloves as my hands run hot. These have been perfect for touring and backcountry riding as they pack well on the way up, and are just the right warmth for the way down. They have been very durable and are well constructed. My only complaint is that most gloves I've had in the past free years give you a nice material on the back of the thumbs for the cold weather induced runny nose... gross yes, but these gloves only have leather and gore-tex, which is not adequate for the runny nose job.

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Chase Skidmorewrote a review of on November 30, 2016

5 5

Bought this on a whim, and sure am glad I did. I didn't really need another pump, but now I don't really use any other pump. This pump is well constructed, has an amazing and accurate gauge, and I love the release button on back of the valve, to really dial in your pressure needs. I'm not sure how I ever pumped up mountain bike tires before hand, my pressure must have been all over the place.

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Chase Skidmorewrote a review of on November 30, 2016

5 5

I got this bag along with a matching snowboard roller for a trip down to the southern hemisphere this past summer. After 2 weeks, half a dozen flights, and lots of time in the back of a truck this bag still looked brand new. The internal layout is amazing and I love that it zips all the way open and you can lay it out flat for easy packing.
The bag has great pockets, strong wheels, and perfectly placed handles. Looks like I'll have a solid roller for years to come.
I've taken the bag and a couple of more flights since the summer, and still no issues at all. Well, except for a jealous wife, so I'll probably be getting a second one for all her travel needs...

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Chase Skidmorewrote a review of on November 30, 2016

5 5

This book is great! I've got my fair share of guidebooks, and the page quality, layout, images, and beta in this book are definitely at the top of the scale. The history and stories in this book are interesting and add more color to the beloved climbing areas of the Wasatch. Buy this and start sending, it may take a lifetime to work through everything in this guide.

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Chase Skidmorewrote a review of on November 30, 2016

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I gotta be honest, not in love with cleaning, so I couldn't give a cleaning supply item a 5 star. But these have been great brushes, I've had a set well over a year now and not had any issues. Bike is always shiny and clean, and brushes/bristles are still in great shape. Buy this and take care of your two-wheeled friend.

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Chase Skidmorewrote a review of on November 30, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

These were a great additions to my light rails. I broke the ratchet strap on my bindings, and while Voile is awesome about warranty, I didn't want to wait to ride my board. I opted for these straps. Take all the beauty of a voile strap, add some contour for your boot toe, and voila, you've got a voile strap toe strap that weighs next to nothing and is easy to use.
I agree with Garret, on downside is you don't have the ratchet buckle to help tighten, so it's all about hand strength if you really want to crank these down, but so far no issues for me.

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Chase Skidmorewrote a review of on November 11, 2016

5 5

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

These are my go to shoe for connecting my shoes to my pedals. The shoes fit true to size, have adequate ventilation, and are quite comfortable. Two velcro straps and the ratcheting ankle buckle provide the right amount of adjustability for whatever your ride plan for the day is.
The sole is stiff enough to be efficient and with the rubber lugs on the outsole you have plenty of traction for those hike-a-bike situations. So far I've taken these shoes through every type of terrain and dirt substance imaginable from sand, snow, and mud and have had zero durability issues.
Mavic's customer service has been phenomenal too. I broke a buckle (in travel of all things, not riding) and they were super fast at sending a replacement. I use these with spd pedals on both my mountain bikes, and a cross bike and I don't plan on switching shoes anytime soon.

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Chase Skidmorewrote a review of on November 9, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I recently took this bag on a 2 week trip to the Southern Hemisphere and it worked great. I fit two boards, 2 pairs of bindings, boots, crampons, ice axe, etc in the bag with no issues. Very durable materials, good wheels, good handles, and just a straight-forward bomb-proof board hauler.

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Chase Skidmorewrote a review of on October 27, 2016

Best of Both Worlds
5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

These bindings are unreal. Burton premium straps and design + Spark R&D split interface = perfection on the ups and downs. Bindings are fully adjustable, I went with a size M for my 10.5 boots and had no issues positioning the straps to fit. No more pesky pins to slide in and out, just an easy to use hinge that is a snap to lock in place for touring or riding. Crampons are also a cinch to slide into place.
Hi backs are stiff and strong, but adjustable enough, and paired with burton's amazing straps, these bindings are very comfortable for long tours up, and very secure for full-speed descents. I used these on a Southern Hemisphere trip, paired up with the flight attendant split and loved these bindings.

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Chase Skidmorewrote a review of on October 27, 2016

The Proper Way to Tour the Backcountry
5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

This split is the real deal. Take a winning board shape, directional camber, lightweight core, cut it in half, and destroy both the up and down of your backcountry adventure.

The split channel setup is a breeze to adjust and dial in your stance exactly how you want. Even though it still uses pucks, it's much easier to line up than the standard inserts. I paired this board with the Burton Hitchhikers and it was a match made in heaven.

This isn't the lightest splitboard on the market, but it is far from the heaviest, and weight was never an issue for me on the up. I got to tour around on this for a couple of weeks over the summer in Chile, and I can't wait to get it out for winter in the Northern Hemisphere. I rode this is powder, through winddrifts, on groomers, and over some really nasty ice and didn't have any trouble at all. Stability felt great at speed, and edging and responsiveness was amazing. I even used this for a day of resort riding the board was so fun and playful.

The tapered shape and traditional yet setback camber makes the soft stuff a dream to float through, and handles all the mixed snow conditions you can experience in the backcountry with ease. Traditional camber makes skinning much easier while skinning compared to rockered boards. I think Burton knocked it out of the park on this one, and with 158cm and 163cm options it should be the perfectly sized backcountry weapon.

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Chase Skidmorewrote a review of on October 14, 2016

Comfort from the Elements
5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 9"
Weight: 175 lbs
Size Purchased: Large

These pants are dialed. The C-Knit fabric is very supple, not loud and crinkly like other Gore-Tex, but it has the same waterproofing nature. The pants are extremely comfortable and allow for complete freedom of movement. They intergrate seamless with the Norrana zippered powder-skirt. The venting is generous and well placed to release a lot of heat when touring or when the sun comes out. The fit is nice and the fabric is abrasion resistant.

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Chase Skidmorewrote a review of on October 14, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 9"
Weight: 175 lbs
Size Purchased: Large

This jacket is amazing! The cut is awesome, the camo pattern is great, and the features are perfect. The C-Knit fabric gives you Gore-Tex protection without the potato chip bag crinkle and stiffness. I loved the venting and the pockets of this jacket and the longer cut. I went with a L for a baggier fit allowing for lots of layering. I usually wear M in most everything except for outerwear. I usually use the jacket for touring, but this would be perfect for any snow-related endeavor. One thing I've loved about all Norrona jackets is the tapered cuff that covers the back of your gloves, it allows for full coverage and full range of motion, and the cuff is much easier to pull over gloves and mittens than traditional cuffs.

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Chase Skidmorewrote a review of on October 14, 2016

Comfortable Durability
5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 9"
Weight: 175 lbs
Size Purchased: Large

I took these pants on a recent trip to SA. The pants worked great. The Gore-Tex Pro is unstoppable, and the fabric backing was comfortable and helped breathability. The AK warranty and the Gore-Tex Pro will provide you with a pair of pants that are basically invincible. The pants handled everything from rain, wind, sleet, and ice, and of course they kept me dry. Fit was good, pockets were solid, and there was adequate venting. I took a size L, and it was good for layering, but I'd usually wear a M.

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Chase Skidmorewrote a review of on October 14, 2016

Great Snowboarding Shell
5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 9"
Weight: 175 lbs
Size Purchased: Large

I took this shell on a trip down to Chile this last summer. I've owned a number of Gore-Tex Pro jackets but the fit and features of this jacket made it one of the best I've used. The neck opening was perfect for being comfortable, compatible with a helmet, and still keeping the snow out. The double cuffs were awesome for keeping in warmth and keeping out snow. My only complaint was the cuffs were a little bit harder with mittens, but not a big deal at all. The pockets were plentiful and in all the right places. With the AK and Gore-Tex marks you know this jacket will last through a few seasons worth of abuse. I went with a large for layering and a slightly bigger fit and it worked perfect.

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Chase Skidmorewrote a review of on October 14, 2016

Freeride Board That Shreds All Condition
5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I had the chance to take this board with me on a trip down to Chile. While there we experienced a ride range of snow conditions. This board was there to see me through them all. The 157cm was perfect for me. 5'9" 175lbs
The board rides very predictably with traditional camber underfoot and rockered nose to help with float. Stiff enough for high speed, but soft enough to be playful and great pop. The board felt very light underfoot, and the slightly tapered shape helped in pow, but wasn't distracting, or all that noticeable on hardpack or icy conditions, I was able to hold my edges without issue. This is an awesome board for ripping every feature on the mountain.

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Chase Skidmorewrote a review of on September 22, 2016

5 5

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

I really like this jacket. It is very warm, and comfortable as a stand alone or with layers underneath. I took this on a winter excursion to South America and it helped me stay warm in the wind and humidity of Southern Chile. The jacket is think, but well cut, so you don't look like a marshmallow. The face fabric is very durable and resistant to weather with the DWR treatment. I liked the knit and stretchy under cuffs that helped to seal in warmth around my wrists. This jacket is great around town, but is rugged enough for some cold weather camping and outdoor work. Solid piece from Basin and Range.

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Chase Skidmorewrote a review of on September 22, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 9"
Weight: 175 lbs
Size Purchased: Medium

I really like this shirt. I am a pretty standard M, and this shirt fit no problem. I did see a lot of the comments about weird sleeves, but I didn't notice any issues at all. I have longer arms and I thought the fit was great. This shirt is made of quality material, it's warm, looks nice, and is durable.

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