Evan Tougas

Evan Tougas

Trees and snow and stuff

Evan Tougas's Passions

Hiking & Camping
Biking
Snowshoeing
Skiing

Evan Tougas's Bio

I like cheese and trees and stuff. Skiing, hiking and sleeping are pretty neat.

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Evan Tougas wrote a review of on October 21, 2014

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: Runs large

These things are awesome! They're light weight, relatively quick drying and super roomy. The crotch gusset combined with the larger cut thigh region makes them great for hiking, scrambling and climbing.

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Evan Tougas wrote a review of on October 21, 2014

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

They're markers, they're time tested and tough as nails. That being said, they're also pretty damn heavy. They're great for what they are, a 60/40 inbounds/ touring binding. For long tours, or use as a primary binding- I hope you have some burly legs. Overall, baron's are a great starter/weekend warrior binding.; they'll take a wide range of boots and won't let you down.

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Evan Tougas wrote a review of on September 26, 2013

4 5

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

First off, in comparison to the Salomon SpeedCross 3 Climashield shoe, These fit seemingly wider and I think more true to size. These shoes are great, they have good tread, the goretex liner is killer, and keeps you bone dry. For hiking and approaches they have plenty of support, and are even awesome for walking to class on wet days. However, has a running shoe- there are many better options. These shoes are on the heavier side of things, and feels "clunky" if you while running. It may be just my opinion, but these are definitely not my dedicated running shoe.

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Evan Tougas wrote a review of on August 28, 2013

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

So, I must say that this is my first AT boot, and my first Scarpa boot- but oh was it a great decision. So first off, the Maestrale Rs is a featherweight, powerful ski boot. I wear a size 9.5 and purchased these is a size 27, which is a perfect fit. These boots aren't all perfect though, the cuffs are high and made for skinny legs. My tree trunks took a little persuading to fit at first, but that will change over time. At first, the pivoting tongue puts up a fight, but that becomes easier as you become more familiar with the boot. ( It makes putting the put on a dream.) Now for the flex, this boot provides an awesome range of motion for the ups, and is bomber for the downs. I trust it.

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Evan Tougas wrote a review of on March 26, 2013

5 5

The ATC Guide is an essential piece for every body's rack. It's simple- and that's half of the beauty. The Guide is a beautiful creation- BD took the award winning ATC XP and made it even more useful. The extra loop allows for multiple belay positions, and added security. The teeth allow for grip with heavy climbers or slick ropes. Plus, if you're reading this, then you know what it does. So stop reading and buy it already.

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Evan Tougas wrote a review of on March 17, 2013

5 5

What makes these so effective? they work, well. These skins are burly, grippy and still slide well. I've only used these on crud and ice, but they held way better than I would have expected. The tail clip has a tenancy to slide off on my skis, but it's not too annoying. I would buy another pair, but I have a feelingI won't have to for a while.

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Evan Tougas wrote a review of on March 14, 2013

5 5

It's funny how we love things that work the way they should, but that's the case with the base camp duffel. It's bomber, water resistant, and did I mention bomber? this this was made for getting thrown into cargo bays, tied to roofs or tied to donkeys. The large is great, and fits all of my skiing stuff. Definitely worth the investment.

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Evan Tougas wrote a review of on February 20, 2013

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This is a good all around side country and resort pack. I've used to for day tours and back country skiing. It holds the essentials- probe, down layer, extra gloves, water, etc. The shovel pocket is too small for my black diamond D7, so I have to use the snowboard carry. However it works well with Ortovox shovels and I would imagine the BD D3 would fit. Both diagonal and vertical ski carry are bomber on this thing. Perhaps the most stable I've used yet. The A frame ski carry is also wide enough for the fat skis. (I've carred my Volkl Chopsticks in the A Frame, which are 148-128-148). The separate dry pocket is really nice when you're putting wet skins for gloves in there and you don't want to soak everything. The helmet carrier is pretty neat, but it doesn't work so well with my Giro G10Mx, but I wouldn't expect it to. Overall a great pack that is definitely suited for the backcountry.

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Evan Tougas wrote a review of on May 14, 2012

3 5

I have an old alps mountaineering extreme 3, and I much prefer it to the new ones. Ive had it for years and it's still running strong, however the clear window in the rain fly is beginning to crack and wear through now. The tent itself hasn't changed much, Only colors and decorations. The difference lies in the rain fly. The new one is significantly larger than the old, allowing for more gear but its so large that the wind catches it easily. Even staked down the larger rain fly can be pulled up in a decent wind storm. This issue never occurred with the old tent. This tent can handle more than 3 seasons however, I've use it in the dead of winter and it's had no problems staying up, and it breathes very well while also being warm. Note, for added durability look to the "Outfitter" version sold on the alps website.

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Evan Tougas wrote a review of on May 1, 2012

5 5

This pack got Backpacker magazine's "best all arounder" for a reason, Osprey killed it with the Atmos 65. It's light, durable, comfortable, and it carries like a dream. the pack hardly moves when it's strapped on, and it doesn't really feel like there is anything there, even with 40 or more lbs in it. It's perfect for everything from weekends to multi week treks, assuming you know how to pack. It's versatility allow it to handle climbing trips and urban environments like a champ as well, all without the weight of the Aether or Argon. Definitely the winner.

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Evan Tougas wrote a review of on February 21, 2012

5 5

I have one harness for all conditions, sport, indoor, outdoor and ice. It's light, burly and most all comfortable. The gear loops allow a lot of options for tools or biners. I wear a 31-32 pant and opted for the size one. It's a solid fit and it allows plenty of room for layers when ice climbing. I've taken falls with this harness and it's a lot more supportive than many, certainly a good investment for any climber

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