Geoff K

Geoff K

The Sierras - from Tahoe to Sonora Pass

Geoff K's Passions

Hiking & Camping
Snowboarding
Snowshoeing

Geoff K's Bio

I'm a big fan fan of snowboarding as a whole, and find nothing like a nice backcountry trip, be it just a quick trek into the sidecountry or a multi-day excursion. Hiking & geocaching is more of a summer hobby to keep the legs in shape and stay in practice with my GPS for when winter rolls around. ;)

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Geoff K wrote a review of on January 16, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I don't use this board all that often, but love having it in the quiver. It's definitely a powder board and it's definitely directional, but if you're looking for something to enable you to ride pow all day without beating up your legs, this board floats really well and gives you plenty of speed.

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Geoff K wrote a review of on January 16, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This bag is great for backcountry day trips, or more serious sidecountry excursions. Plenty of space for the avvy gear, emergency supplies, a good sized water bladder, and lunch. The shoulder and waist straps are nice and comfy with all the weight as well. I take this along as my day bag on multi-day tours too.

I've used it in bounds when traveling before too, and it's a little over-sized and strappy for that, but it's also not what it's intended for... Overall would highly recommend it.

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Geoff K wrote a review of on January 16, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This pack is big enough and well equipped enough for a slackcountry or shorter sidecountry trip, but small enough that it's comfortable if you need a pack for a day in bounds too. The straps are comfy, and Dakine is generally pretty good about warranty stuff. Would recommend this pack for sure.

If your looking for a more serious day pack to carry a better amount of emergency gear and what not, I'd suggest looking at the Dakine Blade over the Dakine Heli Pro.

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Geoff K wrote a review of on January 15, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I've ridden the other Jones boards before, including the Flagship (the non-split version of this board) and been happy with all, so when I decided it was time to go for a split and get off the snowshoes, Jones was one of the first places I looked. I, like the other reviewers so far, opted for a karakoram binding system as well. (The bent metal collab to be precise.) You can tell while riding that it's a heavy set up, but it's solid and I would say rides very comparably to it's non-split counterpart. Very stable at speed, designed to float in the powder, and the magnetraction is a beautiful thing if you hit any crusty spots. For the price, you'd be hard pressed to find a better offering.

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Geoff K wrote a review of on January 15, 2013

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Been happy with these so far, and they (as I would imagine most other) skins come in a nice little package with a carrying bag, cutting tool, and "Skin Savers" for storage during the long (and let's be honest, boring) summer months. Worked fine in the field so far as well, minimal ice build up, glide well, and provided enough traction on the slopes I was on.

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Geoff K wrote a review of on January 15, 2013

Impressed so far.
5 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

Just got these recently and have only used them a couple sidecountry days so far, but they seem like a good choice. The Bent metal high backs are the right flex for me, and the straps are super comfy. The Karakoram interface is a pretty slick design. They ride well, and combined with the karakoram clips, my split is surprisingly solid.

I will say in the cold conditions I was in, some ice built up while traversing on the metal plates, and despite the claims that you don't have to, i did have to scrape them off before transitioning to boarding mode, though it was pretty quick. Also, on one of the bindings, the lever / pins were pretty stiff out of the box, so expect some break in time.

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Geoff K wrote a review of on May 15, 2011

5 5

these are great stuff sacks, nice and water proof, lightweight, and with the valves, it's easy to squeeze out air and pack clothes and such in really tight. I even used the small bag filled with air as a pillow in a pinch... wouldn't rely on it, but it worked. the medium and large bags are pretty huge compared to other stuff sacks I own, which makes for lots of consolidation, for better or for worse...

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Geoff K wrote a review of on May 15, 2011

4 5

Just took 'em up for the first time on a late season trip. With the liners out, the gloves are pretty nice in warmer temps. (It was in the upper 40s/low 50s.) The liners are warm, but don't seem to be anything special. I do like the double draw strings to tighten them, and the design is pretty cool but also keeps the hands free enough to function well.

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Geoff K wrote a review of on December 10, 2010

4 5

These snowshoes work pretty darn well. The modular design allows for adding some longer tails for flotation. I used to use these and recently picked up a pair for someone as a gift, definitely never had any complaints about them. I now use the evo ascents, might suggest taking a look at them as well, the ascender bars do work really well. If you do a lot of climbing on your trips, they're well worth the extra cost.

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Geoff K wrote a review of on December 10, 2010

5 5

I've been doing all my tuning and waxing at home for years, and used everything from chairs to foot stools to the more typical clamp/vises to hold my board... My back already thanks me. Nice and stable, holds the board at a comfy height, and the clamp holds nicely for working on edges. One oddity- the instructions it comes with are in Japanese ONLY. Fortunately, it's a pretty straight forward thing to use, so the lack of instructions is no big deal.

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Geoff K wrote a review of on October 28, 2010

4 5

I used this bag last season on a few overnight snowboard tours, and was quite happy and warm. It's not the lightest bag in the world, and I wasn't a huge fan of the stuff sack it came with so I ended up picking up a nicer one separately. If you're looking for a 3 season bag on a budget, it should do the job quite nicely.

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Geoff K wrote a review of on October 28, 2010

4 5

I used to have the voile tourlight probe until it got left behind on a camping trip. (oops.) Picked this up as a replacement, and I definitely like the weight. It sheds a few ounces compared to the voile, and despite being a bit shorter, is actually a little bulkier due to the diameter of the probe. At 230 cm, it should be plenty long for most recreational tours. I do like the locking mechanism on the voile as it feels more natural, but with some practice this one isn't bad at all. I also like the grip on the top of this probe, it's a very sand papery feel, but it makes it nice and easy to hold even with gloves on. Comes with a bright yellow case, should make it nice and noticeable for people prone to forgetting things like me. ;-)

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Geoff K wrote a review of on February 21, 2010

4 5

I put one of these on an old board, and I've only really had a chance to mess around with it once, but everyone had a great time trying to ride this thing. I've seen video of people riding these well, but for us it was more like a mechanical bull... only a matter of time till it kicked you off, and usually with a comical result. It'll definitely take practice to get used to, but it's a lot of fun to mess around on. I've heard better things about the official "No Board" branded one than the Burton one, but I don't know how much of a difference it really makes...

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