Daniel Ochoa

Daniel Ochoa

From Santa Barbara to Lake Tahoe and everywhere in between

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Daniel's Passions

Road Running
Camping
Backpacking
Snowboarding
Trail Running
Hiking
Mountain Biking
Road Cycling
Mountaineering
Swimming
Surfing

Daniel's Bio

Mountains mountains mountains. Oh and the ocean is pretty cool too. Spend my time snow surfing and cycling in between Tahoe and Santa Barbara, diving and surfing here and there.

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Daniel Ochoa wrote a review of on June 21, 2013

Tevasphere's Spherical Heel is Real!
4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I've been running around Mexico and my local trails now for a few weeks in these things and I'm impressed. As a guy who doesn't do well with minimal shoes on rocky terrain these protect my feet (arches, heel, and toes) really well. The spherical heel seems to ensure every downhill heel strike is centered and balanced without and pressure points and the arch pods provide the stability to allow the heel sphere to roll. The shoe is built really solidly too. These will lost the abuse of my 225 lb frame for a while. The shoe is lined with eVent fabric which is good and bad. The waterproofing is going to be great as the weather turns to fall and the rain starts falling but in the summers higher temps my feet are warmer than average. Not unbearably so but noticably. Overall, I'm liking what Teva is doing here. It seems like they've hit on something

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Daniel Ochoa wrote a review of on February 6, 2013

Not just a Pow Board
3 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I've ridden this all season in every type of condition. Deep pow in the trees, corduroy steeps, and powder filled chutes, and I haven't found a real weakness for this shape. I love how short it is, I can whip this into a turn like no other. I love how surfy it is too. Holds an edge on ice. If you're riding switch a lot this board won't be great but that's not why you pick this up. You pick it up to ride POW and it kills the fluff but don't feel like you have to put it away when the snow firms, I haven't.

I'm giving this only 3 stars though for it's durability. No, I'm not the gentlest on boards but I'm on my second hovercraft this season. The first had an issue with the tail aluminum insert dis bonding and now my latest has the base dis bonding. These both happened after impacts with rocks but not overly damaging impacts or at least ones that haven't done the same to previous boards. The base Ptex mostly held up after each impact.

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Daniel Ochoa wrote a review of on October 16, 2012

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I've been looking for a light weight down jacket for a while so I picked this up on sale from backcountry. I'm am completely satisfied. It is unbelievably light, compresible and really warm. Low 40's high 30s with just a t-shirt underneath sitting by a campfire was just right. Great for morning chill in the Sierras too.

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Daniel Ochoa wrote a review of on October 16, 2012

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I've picked up a couple Stoic brand items lately and if you can get the size right the quality and value is top notch. I was able to score the stash shell on Steepandcheap so i went for it in a size XL. I'm 6'4" 225 average build but tall. I usually wear an XL in almost every other brand but when I tried on the XL stoic shell it felt short and just a bit more form fitting than I prefer especially since I plan to use this for sierra splitboard missions with layers beneath if needed. Returned it for a XXL with ease and it fits great. I can layer underneath, it feels pretty tough and the water faucet waterproof test gets at A+. Also this thing is LIGHT and that's what I was looking for in a back country shell.

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Daniel Ochoa wrote a review of on May 19, 2009

4 5

I picked these up for my recent splitboard trip up Mt Whitney in the Eastern Sierras. I had never used crampons before but I was told to get some in my kit. They worked great on my board soft boots. I wear a size 11.5 in Salomon Malamute's and these fit fine all though just barely so careful if you have larger feet. They are light compact and will last for years in steel

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Daniel Ochoa wrote a review of on April 8, 2009

5 5

First of all this jacket looks great. I got it in red at the beginning of the season and have worn it day in and day out. As far as fit goes it's great. At 6'4 230 the length or arms and torso are perfect. I like a baggier fit (but not draping off me) and this is just right for me. Waterproofing is amazing. Rode in the rain and stayed relatively dry. A good amount of pockets and the chest IPOD pocket within a pocket is great. I've carried my iphone in there almost everyday and it has survived. Hood fits well also. If I had one complaint it would be that in the powder the cuff velcro can get saturated with snow and prohibit the velcro from adhering. I have to make sure to really clean of the cuff from snow or I'll have the cuff closure straps flapping. Otherwise I love it

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Daniel Ochoa wrote a review of on March 27, 2009

3 5

The tech specs say backpacking and hiking but I've used these to snowshoe and skin up the mountain on my splitboard and they work great. Really light in the pack too. My only complaint would be that when fully stowed the cam locks don't fully lock down on the narrow end and adjusting the screw would cause the cams to be too tight when locking the poles out into hiking mode. Overall very nice and light.

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Daniel Ochoa wrote a review of on March 27, 2009

4 5

Love this piece. Read all the reviews and I was sold. The wool looks quite classy for a techy piece of gear. the backcountry logos add nice flair and the fit is just fitted enough for my liking without being too tight. I'm 6'4 230 and the XL works well. Perhaps a little short if your torso is long though

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Daniel Ochoa wrote a review of on February 25, 2009

4 5

such a fun board. I've been riding this almost exclusively these days since luckily tahoe has been getting dumped on. It really does float as advertised and it's super responsive. I'm a big guy, 6'4 230lb and i ride the 168 no problem. I love snapping of natural hits with this thing. so fun. Sadly I slammed a hidden land mine and tore through to the core. The base seems a little thin on further inspection but i guess what do you expect when you bomb onto a rock.

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Daniel Ochoa wrote a review of on February 18, 2009

5 5

I have to say that I will never buy another snowboard boot. I've had the malamutes for 4 seasons and 200+ days of hard charging and they get more comfortable every day of riding. I"m 6'4 240 lbs and lay every ounce of it into every turn and I revel in the stiff response I get. From powder to groomers to hard pack steeps I swear by these.

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