Erica Carley

Erica Carley

Utah and Maine. Favorite places: Alta, Moab, Jackson (WY), Acadia NP, Sugarloaf, anywhere on the ocean or in the mountains.

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Erica's Passions

Alpine Touring
Backpacking
Hiking
Trail Running
Road Cycling
Alpine Skiing
Sport Climbing
Bouldering

Erica's Bio

I grew up in Maine, splitting my time between Portland, Sugarloaf and Mount Desert Island. After college I decided I needed a lot more powder in my life so I moved to Alta, thinking I'd be there for a few months. Two years later, I still can't get enough of snow and mountains.

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Erica Carley wrote an answer about on March 17, 2009

They are both rated to 15 degrees, so the warmth is identical. The difference is due to the quality of the down - the helium is 850 fill, a finer down with a better warmth to weight ratio. So it weighs a bit less and will pack down smaller. Also if you're looking at the helium eq, it's water resistant, which is great if you're backpacking in wet areas. They're all great bags though.

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Erica Carley wrote an answer about on March 13, 2009

You can tour on any ski, provided they have touring bindings and skins cut to the appropriate size. However you will have a lot more fun if the skis are designed for touring, and therefore lightweight. 82 mm underfoot is also pretty skinny for a backcountry ski as well, since you'll mostly be skiing untracked. Check out Black Diamond's or G3s line of telemark/AT skis.

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Erica Carley wrote a review of on March 10, 2009

4 5

I second everyone else - the waist band is weird, but otherwise these are great pants. If I still skied the east, I'd say they would be great under a shell pant, but in my neck of the woods it rarely gets that cold. I wear 'em at home after a day on the slopes, at the rock gym and once at a snowshoe race.

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