Erik Engebretsen

Erik Engebretsen

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Erik's Passions

Backpacking
Camping
Mountain Biking
Hiking

Erik's Bio

I grew up in the northwest corner of Washington State, in Joyce, a small fishing/logging village near Olympic National Park. My main activities include: Snowboarding, hiking, backpacking, road trippin', mountain biking and chilling on my porch with my dog and a cold beer.

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Erik Engebretsen wrote a review of on March 9, 2011

5 5

Love this board! It's the best "All-Mountain" board I've owned. You can cruise groomers at top speed even when it's choppy, you can carve on ice and land drops and kickers with confidence. The board wants to be ridden hard and will reward you for doing so. I'm 5'11" and 180 and the 161.5 has been near perfect in most conditions. It floats on the powder but is more responsive than other boards it's size when you get into the tight tree turns. If you don't have the dough to throw down on a quiver, this board is a good one-stop shop.

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Erik Engebretsen wrote a review of on September 15, 2010

5 5

This is a really good knife. The VG-10 steel is a very quality steel that holds an edge very well. I also have a SOG Flash knife and the construction of the Visionary seems to be all-around better. Although the black powder-coating is meant to keep light from reflecting off of the blade, it also acts as a good non-stick coating when cutting meat or other foods. I also think that the Arc-Lock is just as fast to open and actually faster to close, than the assisted open knives. I really like this folding knife and will probably carry it for many years to come.

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Erik Engebretsen wrote a review of on June 15, 2010

5 5

I bought these tires for my commuter bike and have had no punctures at all. I ride 12 miles to work through industrial areas and am constantly facing broken glass, rocks, potholes, train tracks and the infamous Goat Head Thorn... With my old tires, I was patching them about once a month. I have been riding on these tires now for about 3 1/2 months and have not had a single puncture. In fact, I haven't even had to air them up at all. The tires are very lightweight and fast, as well. I would definitely recommend these to anyone who rides rough terrain and is concerned about getting flats.

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Erik Engebretsen wrote a review of on June 15, 2010

5 5

This is a great knife to carry around every day. It's lightweight, sharp, sturdy and has a very cool switchblade-type assisted opening. The only minor complaint I had was with the safety switch. It was very loose and would engage all the time, while in my pocket. This is a minor complaint though and does not hinder the overall effectiveness of the knife. I would definitely recommend this knife to use for daily tasks and for camping purposes.

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Erik Engebretsen wrote a review of on June 15, 2010

5 5

This little axe is pretty amazing! It's very sharp and solidly constructed yet it's still very light. The axe is very good at chopping and is also good at splitting smaller chunks of wood. I don't see this axe wearing out for a very long time. The saw was pretty sharp too, but I don't use it much. If you plan on using the axe, I do recommend taking the saw out of the handle to avoid having it fly out and injuring someone. I have no complaints with this axe and definitely recommend picking one up.

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Erik Engebretsen wrote a review of on June 23, 2009

5 5

Comfortable, stylin' and keeps you cool in the heat. The fact that it is organic cotton is kind of cool but, with how loosely defined that term has become, it is not really a factor in buying this shirt. Also, I normally wear a large in button-up shirts but this shirt is really big. I went down to a medium and it fit perfectly. Get this shirt for summer, you will not regret this purchase!

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Erik Engebretsen wrote a review of on June 17, 2009

5 5

Wow! These sunglasses are awesome! I had never heard of them before my friend let me try a pair out. I can see things that I would never be able to see with other sunglasses. My friends think I'm crazy because I'm always pointing things out that they can't even see. I can see the ripple effect of the safety glass, on car windows and can see right through the reflection off of water, right to the bottom of lakes and streams. I've owned other polarized sunglasses before but they don't even come close to these. I would recommend these in any conditions, but especially for use on water.

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Erik Engebretsen wrote a review of on January 9, 2009

5 5

I love this hat! It is warmer than a normal beanie but not so warm that you are sweating while shredding. Best part about this hat are the earflaps. You can flip 'em down on extra cold/windy days to keep your ears from falling off and you can flip them up when the wind dies down. Hat is also constructed very well and no furry critters were harmed in the making of the hat. This is an awesome hat overall, as long as you don't mind looking like an Ex-KGB operative from the Ukraine...

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Erik Engebretsen wrote a review of on December 15, 2008

4 5

First off, I don't use these gloves for their intended purpose, (ski patrol). I use these as my everyday snowboarding gloves. They are constructed very well and are very durable. The problem comes in when the temp. dips below about 20 degrees. I've found them to be pretty comfortable in weather down to about 20 degrees but when it gets down to the teens or below zero they do not keep your hands warm. If you are looking for a durable glove that allows a lot of freedom of movement, this would be a great glove. If you are skiing or boarding in really cold weather, often, I would stay away from this glove.

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Erik Engebretsen wrote a review of on September 30, 2008

5 5

This is the perfect cook set for long-distance backcountry trips. It is extremely light, sturdy, compact and easy to clean. If you are cooking anything more complex than freeze dried or "just add water" meals, you might want something a little bigger though. I'm usually a lone wolf and packing light though, so this set works out perfectly for my needs. No complaints.

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Erik Engebretsen wrote a review of on September 16, 2008

5 5

I have owned many flip flops and never really though much of them, other than as a cheap substitute for shoes. These flops completely changed my outlook on what a flop is. They are just as comfortable as any shoe I have worn and are a must in any warm climate. They actually have arch and heel support, the footbed does not break down and they can be re-soled! Being as I'm from SLC, these flops pretty much do not leave my feet in the summer except to sleep and hike. The price may seem steep for a flop, but considering they will last for years, it's a very good deal.

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Erik Engebretsen wrote a review of on September 16, 2008

5 5

This bag is amazing! I am more comfortable and get better sleep when I'm in this bag than when I'm sleeping in my bed. Really warm and has a silky-smooth liner. A lot of bags say they are 0 degree but are actually significantly colder after they are used a few times. Not with this bag. The 800+ fill is super warm and does not pack out. Another bonus is the roominess inside the bag; plenty of wiggle room. On a cold, clear night there is no need for a tent when you have this bag. The only catch is, you do not want to use this bag in wet conditions w/o a bivy or a good tent. Absolutely no complaints with this sleeping bag.

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Erik Engebretsen wrote a review of on August 1, 2008

5 5

This jacket is seaick! It's designed for running and such, so if you're looking for a casual jacket I would look elsewhere. It's very form fitting but fits well and is constructed well. I only use this jacket when I'm running from the Five-O, in the spring when it's not too cold out. Once it dips into the 50's or below, it's not all that practical. Oh yeah, it's also great as a mid-layer when boarding or skiing.

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