Chris Davenport

Chris Davenport

Anywhere High, Wild, Steep, and Deep- icy and rocky is good too!

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chris's Passions

Mountain Biking
Road Cycling
Mountaineering
Sport Climbing

chris's Bio

I live to be in the mountains... simple eh? Well it's the truth and whether I'm skiing pow in the winter, climbing a 14er to ski in the spring, firing a granite crack or epic single track in the summer, or hiking to an alpine lake in the fall, it's all the same to me. Although I must admit there is a lot to be said for standing on a summit... with your skis on!

I grew up skiing in New Hampshire and migrated to Colorado to race in college. After a less than illustrious racing career I was immediately attracted to the growing sport of competitive freeskiing. (we called it "extreme skiing" back then) Many contests and two World Championship titles later I felt at the top of my game and ready to find other challenges. I had grown up also climbing and hiking with my folks, so it was natural to continue pursuing that in combination with my skiing ability. Ski mountaineering is what motivates me full time now-a-days, and I'm at peace when I've got a big project in the works.

Skiing has the ability to grow and evolve as you do. What you like to do on skis right now might be entirely different from what you find yourself doing ten or twenty years from now. But one thing will remain the same for you as it has for me, being in the mountains with friends, and on skis, totally kicks ass!

So thanks for checking out my gear recommendations here in Backcountry.com To follow my blog register at www.chrisdavenport.com and also make sure follow me on Twitter and InstaGram @Steepskiing

If your ever hiking up Highlands Bowl at Aspen Highlands, give a look or two back down the boot pack... that might be me coming your way!

A Goal Without A Plan Is Just a Wish- Gaston Rebuffat,
Chris Davenport

Chris Davenport

Chris Davenport wrote a review of on October 31, 2013

Light, Fast, and Awesome
5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I was a skeptic. I never imagined that lightweight "rando" boots would or could ever ski well. After last season this skeptic has become a believer! The Alien is an amazing little piece of technology. Of course it's crazy light, but it also skis really well, especially in nice spring corn snow, which was when I used it most. I took these out for most of April and May ski mountaineering in Colorado and loved them. Long days, steep couloirs, knife-ridges, it's like having a mountaineering boot that skis well.
I will say it took me a day or two to really dial in my technique with this boot- you have to be a bit careful about not over-flexing it- but once I found my perfect balance point it was game on. The cuff is amazingly supportive when your weight is back, like at the end of a fast turn. The BOA buckle system is brilliant, and the ski-walk mechanism is super easy to adjust and use.
I would recommend this boot to anyone who loves fitness touring or spring ski mountaineering. It's a game changer for me- light is right!

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Chris Davenport wrote a review of on October 30, 2013

The most versatile boot on the market
5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Hi Everyone,
Disclaimer first- I was closely involved in the design and testing of the Freedom boot series. My main goals with this boot were to have incredible fit with a low-volume shell, light weight, and high performance both in ski mode and in walk mode. We have achieved all of these in spades and I couldn't be happier with the final product. This boot was the talk of the Outdoor Retailer and SIA shows and is living up to the hype.

The Pebax shell feels like a smooth and even-flexing race boot. It barely changes it's feel when the temperatures fluctuate. The custom Intuition liner is super comfy and very warm, and that's coming from someone who has had cold toes for 30 years. In walk mode the ankle flexion is remarkable, and it's super-easy to switch from one mode to the other unlike many internal mechanisms on other brands.

This boot is equally at home charging in-bounds terrain as it is on a nice backcountry tour or 3000' bootpack. I have spent over 120 days in both the Pebax Freedom SL and the P/U Freedom and can honestly say it's the most comfortable boot line I've ever been in.

And finally, the fact that you can easily switch the soles to accomodate your aalpine bindings or tech-type bindings is a bonus. And there is NO flex in the connection of the sole to the shell. It's solid!
Be Safe and Ride On!
Chris Davenport

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Chris Davenport wrote a review of on January 12, 2012

Style, warmth, and comfort
5 5

From the streets of Aspen or Chamonix to the Ouray Ice Park to Mt. Everest Camp II- this jacket has been with me for well over a year now and I love it. Super comfy feel to the nylon, very warm baffles, and a sharp look make the Bernese a winner. It packs into its own little stuff sack for travel as well. Hood fits over a helmet easily.

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Chris Davenport wrote a review of on January 12, 2012

Athlete designed, tested, and reviewed!
5 5

Stian Hagen and I spent a ton of time trying to get these pants right- and we succeeded! This is the best alpine ski pant I've ever used. The neoprene snow-seal on the waist is super-comfy, keeps the snow out, and also keeps your mid-section warm. You can easily fold it down for the non-powder days as well. and the boot gaiter is amazing- wrap your power strap through the holes in the gaiter for a perfect seal. They do run a touch big so while I run a large (I'm 5'11 170) I could use a medium perhaps as well.

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