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Elias Littenberg

Elias Littenberg

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Elias Littenberg's Passions

Hiking & Camping
Biking
Skiing
Climbing

Elias Littenberg's Bio

Yeah! Originally from Niagara Falls, NY, I graduated from SUNY Albany with degrees in Meteorology and Geography back in '02. Immediately afterwards, I moved west and started ski bumming in Tahoe. I finally ended up in Utah after seasonal stints in Montana and Jackson. I'm Buyer and Merchandiser of all things Ski and Paddle. The gear, not so much the clothes. I ski as often as I can, even over the summertime if I can find some snow. If it's not a ski day, then I'll be tagging along on road trips all over the West. Deserts, mountains, oceans...can't get enough.

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Elias Littenbergwrote a review of on May 31, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I've used my MSR Base 2 Pot Set for years now. I haven't treated it very gently so they are a bit roughed up. However there is no problem with food sticking to them - they clean up super easy. The pots have proven to be plenty sturdy despite the light weight. MSR's Pocket Rocket stove (CAS0368), the smaller pot, a lighter, 2-3 sporks, and a small fuel canister can all fit snugly into the larger pot with a little jigsawing. A key feature is the handle snaps down onto the lid to keep everything in place. Pick up the MSR Base 2 Pot Set and consider yourself good to go.

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Elias Littenbergwrote a review of on May 31, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I've just finished my 3rd season with my Original Souls. They are good looking poles that always draw comments and compliments. Mine have some old cracks and seams in them, but they don't seem to be falling apart. It looks more like real wood getting honestly weathered. They have been nothing but sturdy and reliable whether touring or zipping around the resorts. They are a bit heavier than a high end aluminum pole, but it's hardly an issue. Support a local, made-in-USA brand and scoop up some Soul Poles.

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Elias Littenbergwrote a review of on May 31, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Key piece of ski/bike gear for me. I used the original version for a few years - these are a considerable upgrade. The updated VPD is super soft and malleable but does harden noticeably with only a light impact. It's much thinner than the older version and form fits very well. The VPD 'pads' are a cinch to remove which means the shorts get plenty of laps in the laundry. A must have for skiing and biking. Highly recommended!

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Elias Littenbergwrote a review of on April 29, 2016

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size

I've got the darker gray version with the neon hits. I love the mellow and muted look of the shoes and had no intentions of using them for sport. They are a clean and simple design and are very comfy. The sole is very grippy, you'll track whatever you step on into the house for sure. So much rock salt this winter....

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Elias Littenbergwrote a review of on April 29, 2016

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I'm that guy. I'll spend every night leading up to a weekend family trip making sure all is ready for a lightning quick escape from the burbs on Friday apres work. Food/water/shelter, backup contact lenses and first aid kits, headlamps, firewood, kid snacks and fancy wine. Get to a neat place to camp and ... rats! Dad's sitting on a rock again. Not anymore. Now I'm the proud owner of the Crazy Creek Crazy Legs Quad Beach/Festival Chair. Tie Dye edition (totally worth the $2). The space age mesh back allows me to 'air out' after hauling a kid carrier thru slot canyons all day while the definitely probably NASA engineered frame makes it easy for my 5 yr old to unpack from the car and set up before I say something like, "Hey! Outta my chair.". When deployed, the Crazy Creek Crazy Legs Quad Beach/Festival Chair sits only a few inches off of the ground making it easier to perform Man Yoga (Myoga). Gently press your heels into Earth Mother and extend your legs slowly, not quite locking out your knees. Exhale. Feel the balance of nature expressed in the relaxed stance of your chair's two points of contact. Reach for your cup of wine from the....oh. No cup holder. Okay fine, 4 stars.

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Elias Littenbergwrote a review of on February 2, 2016

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I was looking to add a light weight, park inspired, kinda-fat ski to my quiver for those days at the resort where you'd rather goof around than ski full throttle all day. I settled on the Sir Francis Bacon after test driving the Sick Day series and their 'cloud core'. The Bacon is remarkably light for it's size, super soft in the nose and very tip of the tail with just enough stiffness under foot to feel bouncy and solid on small and mid sized airs. I find it a bit too soft to really push it in difficult snow or to hold an edge on icy groomers, hence the 4 of 5 star review. However the Bacon excels at the edge of the trail where the snow gets pushed around into natural jumps. Hips, side-hits, rollers, wind lips, kickers...that's where you want to be with the Bacon. It feels weightless on jumps and has a pretty good pop to it. It is wide enough to feel sure footed on natural transitions and landings. The mellow rocker on the tips and tails obviously help in soft snow but also inspire you to get creative with presses and butters. That being said, the light weight construction and forgiving ride make me think that after a year or two at Snowbird, my Sir Francis Bacon is going to end up with some AT bindings on them. They would make for an ideal freeride-y touring ski. I'm 5'9" 145lbs and ski the 184cm mounted ~2cm forward of the recommended line.

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Elias Littenbergwrote a review of on February 2, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I've owned several Maze Helmets over the years. I still love the low profile look, super light weight, and seamless fit with Smith's goggles. While not a specific multi-impact helmet, it can take a few dings without damaging the liner. I did compress the foam on one pretty wild crash, but suffered no injury or loss of consciousness. The Maze did it's job. The low cost and high quality made it a cinch that I'd replace that helmet with a new Maze. Highly recommended.

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Elias Littenbergwrote a review of on January 9, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Once you have a pair of these (or FKS) you basically have a lifetime supply of bindings. They can take a huge beating and are the most dependable bindings I've ever used. If you do explode out of your Pivot 18 binding, then you really earned it. These will hold on tight thanks to the large amount of elastic travel. Honestly I'm not big or rowdy enough to neeeeeed these bindings, but after buying a used pair 5 years ago (old Rossi version) from a former racer who put a few hard years on his, they are still going strong. You'll wear out your skis way before you wear out your bindings. Highly recommended!

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Elias Littenbergwrote a review of on January 7, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I can't get enough. It's just too much fun. Normally I wouldn't be too pumped to ski on something so very directional but the Cham 107 is a big exception. The unique rocker and sidecut recipe provides an unmatched combination of high speed stability and oops-watch-out agility. Much easier to ski in my opinion than the latest run of Legend series skis. Let's start with the rocker: a very low profile early rise nose (rocker starts at about the Y on the Dynastar tip logo) keeps the tips stable in variable snow while providing plenty of float for a relatively narrow 107mm waist. The rest of the ski is cambered all the way to the squared off tail. There's a relatively short running length on the edge since the tips and tails are tapered (think JJ-style) so the Cham ski is very agile for its size. The tail is super cool since it has the taper, but no rocker. This gives you that small running length for hard snow/carving since the last bit of the tail is off the snow but the whole ski is 'down' when you're running flat based or landing airs. It's awesome. Construction is classic Dynastar - hand made with a solid wood core and titanal reinforcement, thick sidewalls, and a seemingly indestructible base. Early season Snowbird can be merciless to a pair of new skis but the Chams have gotten through the autumn with nothing more than a bunch of character enhancing scrapes and scars. No core shots (despite very rocky traverses and a few direct on rock landings in thin snow) and the edges are all in place. The only negative that I can come up with is the weight, especially when paired up with the Pivot 18s. I haven't put them on a scale or anything but they are definitely hefty, probably helps with the stable ride and durability. I encourage any of you to grab a pair and point them at the most chopped up, skied out zones at your local resort and hit the gas. I think you'll be amazed at how fluid and burly the Cham 107 skis.

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Elias Littenbergwrote a review of on January 2, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Looks like these are getting around. I brought it to a SCUBA shop to see if they'd fill it up and they said 'yes' before I even finished my sentence. It takes ~hour, costs only a couple of dollars, and you're ready to go. It's a simple 2-step process to get it hooked up into the pack and will only take a few seconds. Make sure to dub check the pressure before you head out (easily read thru a window on the cylinder's sleeve inside your pack) and get to trail breaking. Have fun be safe.

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Elias Littenbergwrote a review of on November 19, 2012

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Picked these up at the beginning of last season (only change for 12/13 is the graphic) and ended up skiing them almost every day that I wasn't touring (Snowbird passholder). I'd say that the Influence 105 is more than enough ski for all but the deepest days. These were super fun all over the mountain - especially in chutes, chopped bowls, and trees. They carve much better than I expected too. They are a bit turny for a freeride ski, but I felt that it helped keep the ski loose and fun despite it being more damp than a lot of today's rocker skis. Despite the twinned tail, the Influence 105 isn't much of a freestyle ski. The sturdy core and metal matrix make this ski more of a directional all mountain stick with kind of a limited freestyle feel. Not much jibbing on these, but plenty of pop for airs. The bases are sturdy and survived last season's lean winter in pretty good shape. However you'll want to wax these regularly. I've already gotten back on them this season and am fired up for another winter on my Influence skis.

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Elias Littenbergwrote a review of on November 18, 2011

4 5

The footprint and rocker profile of the BD AMPerage ski is very similar to the Rossi S7. Both feature camber underfoot with rockered tip and tail and a ski width that tapers off towards the tail. You get a very easy turning, directional all mountain ski. Two things separate the AMPerage from the competition - a very light weight cap construction and a significantly longer effective edge underfoot. You'll hear lots of folks comment on how easy it is to ski on the groomed snow, but I think the longer edge (and therefore longer cambered base) makes for a great touring ski. More skin contact on the way up vs most other rockered skis and the same dynamic and playful surfing feel on the way back down. In my opinion, the AMPerage is too soft to be a daily driver at a resort. I found the light weight and soft flex was easily overpowered in chopped up snow. However, in soft snow it was a really fun ride. I'd recommend this as your quiver pow ski at the resort or your full time touring ski if you prefer big surfy turns after your hike/skin/climb.

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Elias Littenbergwrote a review of on October 6, 2011

4 5

So, an easy-to-turn ski that doesn't chatter on hard snow and floats in pow? Bummer right? The BBR struck me as the skiing equivalent to a mellow surfing long board - it makes life easy for casual skiing all over the mountain. The sidecut easily rolls back and forth on groomed snow and the combination of a wide nose, tip rocker, and a pin tail allows you to ski nimbly thru forests and bumped out chutes without getting beat up by a dedicated big mountain ski. While it won't replace the Rocker2 on most people's wish lists, the BBR is an intriguing ski that's worth a demo and -I believe- is more of a peek into the future of ski design with it's exaggerated combo of sidecut and rocker than a quiver killer of today. Take 'em for a spin and see what you think.

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