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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 February 28, 2017

4 5

Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 9"
Weight: 175 lbs
Size Purchased: Medium

I really like the feel of this shirts. It's a pretty standard fit, I buy Medium T's across the board and this one fits as expected. I read through other reviews before I bought, and was nervous about fit and neck sizing. I have not experienced any issues with the neck opening, and it seems like the right size to me. In my opinion this is a great moisture-wicking shirt that also looks great when you are not working up a sweat. Soft seams and reflective stitching are a plus!

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Chase Skidmorewrote a review of on February 9, 2017

5 5

I upgraded to XX1 eagle recently. It was a little more than I wanted to budget on an upgrade so I compromised on the crank. At this point it doesn't feel like a compromise. This crank looks really good installed with the rest of the eagle set, and is sub-100 grams heavier than the XX1 version. Very happy with this crank and the 12 speed setup.

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Chase Skidmorewrote a review of on February 9, 2017

5 5

This cassette is just what you'd expect from the XX1 designation from Sram, smooth and nearly flawless. Plus it's GOLD! The 500% gear range is perfect for running 1 or 2 chainring sizes bigger than regular 1x11 drivetrains. It took maybe 5-10 minutes of tweaking to dial in the limiter screw and derailleur adjustments, but now I'm shifting 12 gears like a dream! The whole system works very well and I'm very happy with my upgrade. I've used XX1, X01, and XT 11 speed drivetrains. This blows all of them out of the water.

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Chase Skidmorewrote a review of on January 16, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I love this pack. I have two sizes, the 32 and 42. I use the 32 for dawn patrols and light days (truthfully I could probably get away with the 22 there) I use the 42 for all day affairs, rope accessed lines, and any other time when layers, food, and extra gear is a must. The removable top lid, and options for rope carry are great. I love the access points to your dry gear and avy pocket. The bag fits well and stays put while skinning up and shredding down. Multiple options for ski/snowboard carry are perfect for every type of terrain. Ice tool carry works great and allows you to stash poles as well. The goggle pocket and helmet carry pouch are great for the uphill.
Overall this pack is laid-out well, durable, comfortable, and perfect for all your backcountry adventures.

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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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