Chris C

Chris C

Wasatch Mountains, Southern Utah, Vancouver, B.C.

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Christopher's Passions

Alpine Touring
Trad Climbing
Hiking
Mountain Biking
Alpine Skiing
Bouldering

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Chris C

Chris C wrote a review of on August 8, 2012

5 5

...is there some kind of catnip equivalent for dogs? My dog (a lab mix of some kind) absolutely goes crazy for this toy. I can use it as a virtual leash - if I carry it in one hand, my dog will follow intently - even passing up treats.

Floats in the water and my dog retrieves it every time. That's more a review of the dog and not the toy, though...

Solidly made, too. My dog and another 50-lb-ish dog played tug-of-war for a good ten minutes straight at the dog park the other night, and no damage to it at all.

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Chris C wrote a review of on July 27, 2012

5 5

I've been riding it pretty hard these season and haven't had any problems. It climbs pretty well, but that's not its strength - this bike really loves going downhill. Handles great around turns at speed. Handles drops well and the 6" travel makes technical spots almost too easy. The ProPedal and front shock lockout really help with climbing.

Love the SRAM drivetrain, I love being able to shift five gears down with a single button push when I come up on an unexpected hill.

Haven't gotten around to convert to tubeless yet, though I plan to. I may as well, since the tires are very difficult to get off the stock wheels (trust me, you *don't* want to have a flat on the trail with the stock setup.)

This is an ideal bike for Moab and the Wasatch Mountains, where I do most of my riding. It's flexible enough to be a XC rig but it's beefy enough to handle some FR stuff as well. It could probably handle a lot of Vancouver's North Shore trails and Squamish as well. I don't think I'll be taking it to the Whistler Bike Park, though.

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Chris C

Chris C wrote a review of on July 25, 2012

5 5

I love using this for laying around in my back yard or going out camping (in the woods). If there are lots of trees and/or big rocks around, it's easy to set up. I usually take a couple of long quickdraws and some webbing along. In the desert, it's not so easy to set up. I've been known to attach one end to the roof rack of my car... The only drawback is that it's very easy to fall asleep in the middle of the day and wake up with a sunburn.

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Chris C wrote a review of on July 25, 2012

5 5

I finally had to break down and replace my six-year-old Tevas after my puppy got ahold of one of them and destroyed it, but these are a fine upgrade. I swear that Keen must have used my foot as a mold when designing these sandals. Been hiking a lot with them, no break-in time at all. No worries about getting them wet, they dry quickly and the toe box protects my feet against rocks and sticks.

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Chris C wrote a review of on February 15, 2012

5 5

I was worried that the 186 might be a little too long (I'm 5'10 and weigh 160). But they've worked out great. I've spent a few days on them at Snowbird, under varied conditions (groomers, crud, skied-out steeps, untracked powder) and they've performed well for me. They charge. They float in the pow. They make for smooth landings off drops. I'm not really a park skier so I can't speak to that, but for all-mountain use, I really like these skis.

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Chris C wrote a review of on July 6, 2011

5 5

These shoes work really well for my five-year-old daughter. Great traction and great fit. Took her out for a hike yesterday, but she wanted to run the whole way. She had no slips or falls on a fairly technical trail (Lake Blanche in Big Cottonwood Canyon near Salt Lake). She loves the color too, and as parents, we like the fact that they're washable.

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