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Colin McPhillips

Colin McPhillips

Anywhere I can find some fun.

Colin McPhillips's Passions

Hiking & Camping
Biking
Climbing

Colin McPhillips's Bio

"Step out of your front door and open your eyes. The miles of asphalt aisles and cold hard steel are designed to make you conform. Don't."

I live for outdoor sports. Skiing, mountain biking, climbing, and backpacking are where its at for me. Camping too. I am awed at the beauty of nature. When I find myself in outdoor beauty, you gotta make the most of it - just sit back and drink it all in.

I also love taking pictures, whether it's documenting an excursion or taking my time and getting shots. I want to someday be an outdoor adventure/artistic photographer, and I've already started getting into it. Feel free to check out my latest work...hit this up!
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Colin McPhillips posted a video about on March 5, 2011

I took these pups to Colorado for a week and they were great. As the vid shows the snow was super deep in the trees there and the shogys were quite maneuvarable and floaty enough for an east-coaster's standards. They also were great throwing carves in the tracks on those bluebird days. enjoy.

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Colin McPhillips wrote a question about on December 1, 2010

What is the difference between these boots and the T2 Eco for this year, aside from the renewable plastic in the T2? I'm looking for a boot to do about 50/50 resort and backcountry in the east and am looking to buy soon. Not sure which one would suit me best. I'm about 5'8" 130 lbs and ski aggressively, mostly searching for woods or powder stashes or a combo of both. Thanks in advance.

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Colin McPhillips posted an image about on November 28, 2010

The Ultimate in Photogenic Ski Poles

look at 'em, soo dreamy. I hired a model to dress up as a legit-looking skier, though he never skied in his life and struggled hard on the hike up. all he did was pant and complain. I finally shut him up with some alpine spiced cider.


anyway, this is a solid set of poles. no complaints so far about strength, wide range of adjustability is clutch, good powder basket design and they're cool.

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Colin McPhillips wrote a question about on October 14, 2010

Would the shogun be an alright ski to mount tele? I was originally considering the czars but now I'm thinking they would be too fat for my east-coast powder stash endeavors. I also heard that skis meant to be setup alpine-style aren't the best for tele-skiing and/or when I get into skinning. I do like the twin-tip and rocker aspects of this ski, but I'm not sure if the fact that they're not designed specifically for tele-ing could compromise its touring capabilities. Any thoughts?

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Colin McPhillips wrote a review of on August 1, 2010

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I technically don't have this pad because I have last year's orange model, the Prolite 4, but it is essentially the same and I am very pleased with its performance.

I originally had a Z-rest, and, well...that got real old real fast. I had it for an 11 day backpacking trip in New Mexico, and let's just say the uneven ground got the best of me. It was not comfortable at all and took up a lot of space. Trust me - if you want a comfortable night sleep, the Prolite is where you'll find it. Though the z-rest is far more economic, if you're like me and appreciate a restful sleep after a solid day on the trail, you'll hate yourself for having only a thin layer of waffle foam under you. Compared to other pads I've seen and tried (including a big agnes that took 15 minutes to inflate), this one has a firm elevation that nullifies uneven ground (goodie #1) yet also has heavenly comfort, idiot-proof deployment, small pack size (size does matter), and ruggedness, whilst avoiding the higher tax brackets of King-like Neo Airs (goodies # 2, 3, 4, 5, 6). Rest in peace.

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Colin McPhillips wrote a question about on August 1, 2010

I'm pretty set on taking a pair of Czars for telemarking this winter. However, they will be the skis I learn the tele turn on, unless I take lessons, but either way I'd like to use them for the off-piste, deeper tree runs that I do regularly. I've heard raves about Hammerhead tele bindings...would anyone care to share suggestions for a binding/boot setup that not only I could get comfortable with from the beginning but also progress with and take into the backcountry for some hard shredding? (Cough, cough, Jamey Parks) Thanks.

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Colin McPhillips wrote a review of on July 31, 2010

Haters will Hate. Not me.
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I like this stove a lot. It is so beautifully light and compact that I'm at loss of words for why a person would dislike it. Here the stove is a photogenic performer while winter camping (I know, I was a traitor to the Snow Peak name by buying MSR fuel but hey, don't worry about it.) It is quite impressive how it can just fold up into itself and stow away in a tiny plastic box. As backcountry.com clearly spells out for you, it's a really powerful stove too, so the ratio of weight to heat output is highly in your favor. And it has four legs instead of three...compare to that pocket rocket!

Also, I've heard a lot of bad hype about auto-start ignition, but if you've heard the same don't let that steer you away from this pal of mine. It's been absolutely 100% reliable and I've never had to resort to matches for the 2-3 years I've had it. Enjoy.

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Colin McPhillips wrote a review of on July 31, 2010

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So. I picked up a pair of these dudes ...say...this past March or so, and I can't say negative things about them. Basically I wore 'em to school and everywhere else every single day since, and all I heard from there on out was something along the lines of "ill shoes man" or the girly "I like your shoeesss :-)" (No, they're sandals. Get it straight.) etc etc. Except of course for some of my punkass friends who were either too jealous or had no style of their own so all they could do was dismiss me as having clown shoes. No way mayne. Sanuk is all style and comfort, and they do both quite well I must say. Rad-looking, compliment-raking, relaxation-inducing shoes (sandals) with an everyday reminder to live the rasta. All said... Yah mon!

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