Colin McPhillips

Colin McPhillips

Anywhere I can find some fun.

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Colin's Passions

Hiking & Camping
Biking
Climbing

Colin'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 wrote an answer about on May 24, 2011

haha thanks you guys, solid advice. and yea dude the skiing is definitely....I wanna say either reason #1 or #2 for me going out there... Anyways. yea i'm def gonna be skiing a lot. (hopefully all goes well). just a matter of if i'll have the money by then to shell out. but thanks yo, i'll letcha know!

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Colin McPhillips wrote a question about on May 23, 2011

I might....keyword might...be interested in getting a pair of pow skis for college at CU Boulder next year. Keyword might. Should I go czars or rocker 2?

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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 an answer about on December 18, 2010

Probably the 181 dude. The behemoth 187 is intended for the biggest of guys, who've got maybe half a foot and 20 lbs on you. Even the 181 itself is still 2+ inches taller than you, which is right about where beginner/intermediate park skiers should have it (more advanced park riders usually go bigger for stability and wider landing platform). Also the shorter one will have a lower swing weight, so better if you end up progressing in the park more than anywhere else.

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Colin McPhillips wrote an answer about on December 8, 2010

rian...what about using the czar as an east coast ski for mostly tighter tree runs (in which i hope to, and usually do, find some pow stashes) and touring? Is it too giant for that or will it be fine to haul, steer, handle, and turn?

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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 an answer about on October 8, 2010

Unfortunately you're not going to find a North Face fleece that's warmer than the Denal - it has 300 weight fleece, which is the warmest made, vs the 100 weight on the windwall. If the issue is coldness due to wind chill however you may find the Denali is simply not warm enough alone because fleece is not intended to block out heavy winds. The windwall 1 would be a nice thing to layer on top of a denali if it's really cold out, but keep in mind that either one of these alone still won't stand up to the chill. Windwall is not fully windproof, whereas TNF Apex is, so it might be worth spending the extra money on the apex. Also, the apex has more better resistance to it, so when it comes time to depend on this piece as more of a shell, the apex will repel water better than the windwall and be more versatile in that sense. And in the case of tossing another layer over a Denali (which is considerably thick as it is), you'll definitely want to size up on whatever outer layer you decide to go with. Hope that helps.

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Colin McPhillips wrote a review of on September 1, 2010

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I love Nalgenes and I love this bottle, both for different reasons, but this is just such a unique container that there's more to say about it:

well, first off, it's cool. How often do you see people walking around with a squishy pouch of liquid held to their lips? Yea.

I first caught sight of one at a camp I went to, where a counselor was just loving the cool misty flow of dihydrogen monoxide down his throat, and I was loving it too...the thought of having my own! Oddly enough, water seems to be colder in one of these than in a Nalge. Probably due to science.

One very self-evident feature that I cannot leave out of this rant is how it folds up...! it's awesome. Say you're going on a hiking trip where water sources are limited at the start and you hope to resupply at streams as you go. Well, folks, pack down one of these Platypi somewhere in the depths of your pack and it takes up as much room as a nalgene would if it were crushed plastic without dead space. Essentially, it's an extra liter of water you know you can drink without taking up an extra liter of space in your pack. YA platypus, I love you

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