Erik Kellison

Erik Kellison

Bellingham, WA, USA

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Erik Kellison wrote an answer about on March 11, 2009

this price is JUST THE SKIS.-this guy sounds like all the Europeans that try and barter with me on eBay. THIS IS A STORE. THE ITEM PICTURED IS WHAT YOU GET. READ THE DESCRIPTION. What made you assume it comes with bindings? In the description it even says "bindings included? - NO"

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Erik Kellison wrote a question about on March 7, 2009

I'm questioning my choice of the Salomon Lord for a Slackcountry ski. I have it set up with Baron's, and I find that it doesn't float enough and wants to carve instead of surf like my Rockers. Will the Verdict be better for powder while still retaining some hard snow performance? Right now, the Lord's are almost TOO good on the groomers, but not good enough in pow. I want something with less sidecut and less camber, but still capable of carving a turn. Is this ski I'm searching for the Verdict? Or should I be looking for something like a Line Prophet 100, Scott P4, or something else?I am 200lbs, 6' tall and would be using Baron's on the new skis. Right now I use alpine boots with my Baron's, but I'm in the market for some AT boots because skinning on flat terrain with alpine boots is a huge PITA (going uphill is fine).Help?

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Erik Kellison wrote an answer about on February 2, 2009

Wikipedia would be a place to start.And google.com is always your friend.If you can, watch any of the "Earthed" videos. They are all about downhill mountain biking. "Downhill Speed" is also really good at showcasing what it's like to race DH.

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Erik Kellison wrote a review of on January 30, 2009

4 5

I bought these goggles because I wanted the best goggles on the market, period. These offer huge visibility, great lens quality, interchangeability (which is saving me from buying 2 different goggles), and they look cool too.
However, there are some downsides to this goggle. If I'm skiing hard, they tend to fog up in the afternoon (regardless of temperature) because (presumably) they're not venting moisture. They lack frontal vents, and on dry days, I find myself airing them out on the lift. On moist days I just look through the slowly-developing peripheral haze.
With this lack of ventilation in mind, I have realized that I could buy two pairs of Phenom's for the price of the I/O's, which means that in the case of a crash, I could whip out a second set of goggles that are completely snow-free. Replacing the lens on these doesn't remove snow from the rest of the goggle. I have since Purchased the Phenom's, and the visibility is similar (though not quite as good top-bottom).
So, considering the cost and the lack of lens vents, if you have a tendency to fog up goggles like myself, I'd recommend 2 pairs of Phenom's instead. However, if you don't work that hard on the slopes, or find that your goggles never fog unless you crash (and you don't crash often), and you want to look freaking cool, then get a pair of these!
Oh, it's worth nothing that both these and the Phenom's fit my nose better than any other goggle on the market. I broke it as a child, and have had a more prominent bridge ever since. This means that most goggles/eyewear don't fit me without constricting nasal airflow. Even with a helmet pushing these down a bit, these (and the Phenom's) are the only goggles that have a wide-enough nose hole to make a comfortable, non-constricting seal over my nose. Because of this, I will heretofore always look to Smith for my goggle needs in the future. We don't all have long, skinny noses!

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Erik Kellison wrote a review of on January 30, 2009

5 5

I bought these pants to be my new ski pants in all condition. I wanted something comfortable with a layer of fleece insulation, breathable, and full-zips (or nearly there) - oh, and bibs too. These fit the bill perfectly. They are definitely waterproof, they fit well - I would say that they have an athletic fit as they are NOT baggy), and the construction is second to none. The internal gaiters are well-designed, though they do not breathe. The side zips do leave something to be desired as they only go about halfway up one's thigh, meaning that donning and removal with ski boots on is difficult, and impossible with snowshoes. That being said, I really like them. The pockets are well thought out, and the zippers work well (be sure to add a toggle to the lower zipper on each leg as MH forgot to).
Besides skiing, I have also used these for wet/snowy winter hiking/snowshoeing, and they breathe well, vent well, and protect from the elements like Gore-Tex bibs. I couldn't ask for more. Well, I was expecting a tad more warmth, but the windproof nature makes up for the lack of fleece thickness.

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Erik Kellison wrote a review of on January 30, 2009

5 5

These liners are the best I've ever had. They're a little thicker than most other liners I've owned - they're about the thickness of expedition weight long underwear - but they still work great. A little bit of dexterity is lost to the thickness, but the warmth gained is nice too. The silicon palm makes them perfect for driving and handling gear. The do pill up like someone else complained, but for me it's only been between the fingers, and it's not bad. I'd get another pair, but they seem really durable, so I doubt I'll need them anytime soon!

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Erik Kellison wrote a review of on January 30, 2009

4 5

I bought this helmet because the Xen was causing pressure points on my skull - no fault of the Xen, I just wore it too much/tightly. So I switched to the Flux because it has similar protection to the Xen. The Flux actually covers more of my head, like a FF without the chin coverage, but it's also significantly wider. So wide actually that I have space to fit my fingers in on each side. However, the helmet fits snugly front-to-back. So, if you have a sphere for a skull, this will fit you great, but if you're a bit more normal, it might be a tad wide. The included pads do not allow for fit customization, and the "Roc-Loc" fit adjustment in back does not compensate for the excess width.
That being said, this helmet does stay on well (like other reviewers said), takes a light, and has been working for me for quite a while now. I am happy with it - I just wish Fox designed this helmet to fit MY noggin a little better.

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Erik Kellison wrote an answer about on January 26, 2009

The orange has holes in the blade so it can be used as a snow anchor.- so does the blue now, apparently>>>The orange is T6 aluminum, which is stronger, and makes the blade better suited for anchor use.

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Erik Kellison wrote an answer about on December 11, 2008

The Diablo Pro 130 is a bit narrower and lower in volume (you really notice this in the forefoot area). I compared both today, and found that the Diablo Pro felt like more of a performance race-on-ice boot, while the Agent felt more comfortable. The Diablo Pro fit was fatiguing/constricting to my foot, but the Agent was just snug enough. The Diablo Pro is significantly more stiff laterally, but forward flex is comparable (within similar flex ratings).

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Erik Kellison wrote an answer about on December 3, 2008

They should. Just about any set of goggles fits with any helmet. - Dude, he asked about a specific helmet with a specific set of goggles. Giving a general answer won't help him. And no, not all goggles work with all helmets, and there's nothing more frustrating than finding out that you just wasted time and money to find out that your dream combo won't work.

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