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Erika German

Erika German

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Erika's Passions

Camping
Backpacking
Snowboarding
Hiking
Paddling
Alpine Skiing
Mountaineering
Sport Climbing
Kayaking
Bouldering

Erika's Bio

I'm an adrenaline junkie. Love danger. I'm a Whitewater, Caving, and Hiking Guide. I also teach girls and ladies to shred their snowboards in the park. I used to be a sponsored snowboarder until my knee had a nice meeting with a rail and its never been the same since. I'm from Boone, North Carolina and I have traveled to 11 different countries so far. I also have a passion for visual art and photography.

Erika German

Erika German wrote a review of on January 9, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

This was my favorite ski of my shop's demo line up this year. It's a perfect ski for making long fast turns down groomers without any chatter. The more you push this ski the more it gives back. I love that it's wide enough under foot to float on powder days as well. I wouldn't recommend it for any beginners though, as it is your typical volkl which is for more aggressive skiers.

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Erika German wrote a review of on January 9, 2014

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size

Love the jacket! It has been great for all the conditions I have encountered here in Colorado. It's got enough insulation to stay warm on cold windy days. The hood does fit over my helmet. I enjoy all the pockets it has for keeping my iPod and extras. The only complaint I would have is the snaps for the powder skirt are a little weird, but I haven't had a problem with getting snow up my back with it yet.

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Erika German wrote a review of on September 11, 2013

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

This is a great ski to get the ladies feeling more comfortable on the mountain. The high rocker profile allows it to turn easily and combined with the width this ski will plow over crud and through the powder with ease. However, this ski does not hold a good edge on any sort of ice. This ski is most fun on powder days and in the trees as it is very soft and forgiving. Make sure you get this ski a little longer than you are used to because it has so much rocker the longer length will make it more stable.

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Erika German wrote a review of on September 11, 2013

3 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

This is a great ski for all abilities. Whether you are a beginner trying to figure how to get down the hill gracefully or you are a more advanced skier that wants a ski for a little of everything the superstitious is a good ski for it all. With softer wood at the tip and tail, than under foot, and a bit of rocker, it allows the ski to lead you into turns easier. The stiffer wood underfoot still allows you to keep a good edge and feel more confident when conditions get a bit icy. This ski is a bit wider under foot allowing it to float a bit more in powder and cruddy conditions but still feels like a traditional shaped ski when you want.

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Erika German wrote a review of on September 11, 2013

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Love this ski for hauling down some groomers and ice. Its a bit of a stiffer ski and holds a great edge at high speeds. This ski is for a more advanced and aggressive woman skier. Great for icy conditions. This ski is not good for powder, slushy conditions, trees, or moguls.

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Erika German wrote a review of on September 11, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This is a great ski for the entire mountain and every condition that can be thrown at you, except for the ice and really high speeds. They don't hold the best edge on ice but they are amazing on powder days and in the trees. I find they will also do pretty well in moguls. My ski shop has named this ski 'the Trampoline' which makes them great in the trees and moguls because the camber under foot is easy to load and unleash. I find myself jumping to where I want to be and never have a problem getting anywhere with these. They were my purchase after skiing all of our skis last season.

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Erika German wrote a review of on April 25, 2011

5 5

Great for a small medical kit or keeping your camera, phone, etc. dry on the river or while hiking or camping in wet conditions. Fits easily in a back pack or carabiner it to your raft or in your kayak.

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Erika German wrote a review of on March 11, 2011

5 5

This boot is awesome! Very light weight and comfortable once packed out. DC is one of the few companies to start making true half sized boots. This means the liner and shell are the same size however it does take about a week of riding for them to fit comfortable and pack out (when you buy a boot it should fit Really snug). This boot has the boa system which has a lifetime warranty. Also, they have gotten rid of the brackets that hold the boa wires and introduced a light weight kevlar under the fabric to prevent the boot from tearing up and pressure points from forming on your feet and ankles. These boots offer great support for a great day on the mountain.

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Erika German wrote a review of on March 7, 2011

KEEN Venice Sandal is a Savier for a River Guide
5 5

I wear these EVERY day of the summer as an expedition guide! Whether I'm on the river, in a cave, or out hiking these save my feet all the time. I watch all the other guides wear Chacos and their toes come out bleeding every day. I love the toe protection on these and the fact that I can have my feet in the water and when I bring them out I don't have to deal with shoes that stay soaking wet. Who wants pruned feet or foot rot when you've been hiking through a cave all day?

The only thing I can possibly say I don't like is that they are kinda heavy when I am trying to swim and don't really help me out if I'm trying to swim a rapid to get to a customer in distress.

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