Chris Glover

Chris Glover

Bend, OR and the surrounding Cascades

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Christopher's Passions

Hiking & Camping
Skiing
Climbing

Christopher's Bio

Skiing (resort and backcountry), mtn biking, climbing, snowshoeing, standup paddle, hiking, cycling, backpacking, disc golf, canoeing, etc....

Chris Glover

Chris Glover wrote a review of on May 28, 2013

4 5

Love the cross venting for backcountry. This is literally just a shell pant. The inside is not brushed or softened in any way. When wearing these without any base layer I actually developed a blister on the lateral knee from the fabric rubbing against the skin. They also fit a little short. I normally wear 32x32 in my pant size. The medium was a little too short, so I had to size up to the large. Otherwise they have kept me dry and warm when paired with the appropriate base layer.

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Chris Glover wrote a review of on May 28, 2013

3 5

The construction of this glove is great. Main complaint is that the liner is not wool as advertised on backcountry.com. The glove does not keep my hands warm below 25 degrees farenheit when skiing at the resort. While this doesn't apply to many people, they do not have enough dexterity to operate the ski/hike mechanism on my Marker Barons. I think the fastening mechanism is really creative, but it seems like it actually takes a bit more time to fiddle with when putting the glove back on.

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Chris Glover wrote a review of on January 15, 2013

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Let me start by qualifying this review by stating that I'm new to the world of backcountry skiing. This is the first pair of skins that I have owned. Trimming the skins was easy to do using the video provided by BD on their website. Once on the ski, the haven't even tried to come off once. I've only had these a few weeks, so I cannot speak to the durability yet, but so far no issues. Haven't noticed any backslipping while climbing. Like I mentioned before this is my first pair of skins so I'm not sure if this is a quality the skin should have or not, but I have noticed there is virtually no forward glide. I kind of wonder if this will improve as they "break in"...

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Chris Glover wrote a review of on January 15, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

There is not much that I can say that hasn't already been said. By far the best all mountain one ski quiver I have been on. So far I've been able to ski these in 12" fresh to hardpack/groomers and they've dominated everything. In pow able to keep an aggressive forward lean stance without diving the tips thanks to the rocker. I was actually most surprised by the edgehold on the groomers... better than most "traditional" all mountain skis i've been on. I've only had them a few weeks so am not able to comment too much on the durability, but no issues so far. I'm 5'10" 180 lbs and the 183 length works great for me. I mounted a pair of Marker Barons at the factory recommended position and this has worked great. I don't think that I would want to move them forward or back at all. Obviously if you have the money for multiple pairs of skis there are probably better options to fit various conditions, but for one do it all ski this is the one for me!

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Chris Glover wrote a review of on December 31, 2009

4 5

Excellent quality goggle from Smith. Very easy to change between the platinum mirror and sensor mirror lenses that are included. No problems with fogging or vision in all light conditions. They fit flawlessly with my Gyro helmet. No complaints regarding the performance or large style of the goggles. The only reason I rate this goggle at 4/5 stars is because they arrived with a notable scratch on the mirror lens. Not sure whether this Backcountry's or Smith's fault, but if you're paying this much money for goggles the should never arrive blemished. But I would still recommend this goggle to anyone, assuming they don't arrive scatched like my pair.

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Chris Glover wrote a review of on March 26, 2009

5 5

I'm an intermediate level climber and got these to use in the gym mostly though I occasionally venture outdoors. They are very stiff which helps 'em hold on any little edge, but I guess they wouldn't be the best out there if you have to do a lot of smearing. Haven't any problems with slipping thus far though. I've been using them 3 times a week in the gym for about 4 months and they have shown very minimal signs of wear and tear. These run slightly small, but I still wear the same size as my street shoes. Even though they have leather uppers I haven't noticed much stretch.

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Chris Glover wrote a review of on February 10, 2009

4 5

I've used these bindings on one trip to Jackson Hole. I ski mostly black and double black. After the second day the plastic construction of these bindings began to squeak every time the ski flexed. This is my only complaint. Other than the noise, these bindings rock. I mounted mine on a pair of Scott Punisher twin tips. Not sure if the Jesters are quieter, but you should check into it. If you don't mind the noise, the price is right on!

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Chris Glover wrote an answer about on February 5, 2009

Hey Rob, I put mine on 89 mm waist. You could fit the 90 mm binding on a 96 mm waist but you'll have to bend the brakes. It is a good binding though. The plastic may creak a little after a little wear, but it's not a huge deal.

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