Grant Helgeson

Grant Helgeson

Revelstoke, BC

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Canadian Avalanche Center Forecaster. Passion for all things mountainous....

Grant Helgeson

Grant Helgeson wrote a review of on August 27, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I'm on my second pair of these. My first pair wore out after 2 very full seasons of riding. These are so comfortable, that I wear them *every* time I go riding. I'll take them off if the climb is super long, but most of the time I wear them door to door. I love the confidence they give me for playing around on the trail! I've gone to my knees a couple times with these things on and they've done a great job of protecting me. They still look pretty good despite the falls.

I'm a little guy. My upper thigh measures 17.5" and my calf measures 15". The small size fits me perfectly and the pads never slip.

The first generation of these pads retailed for $150. I bought them at full retail and they were worth every penny. They're a steal now that they're down to $100 in my opinion.

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Grant Helgeson wrote a review of on August 27, 2013

4 5

Familiarity: I returned this product before using it

I ordered this pad intending to use it on my first generation Toyota Tundra. As other users have mentioned, it's made for the newer trucks that flair at the top of the tailgate. I certainly could have made this work on my truck, but, it wasn't quite right. Additionally, I like to be able to throw my topper on my truck while leaving my pad on. Because of the extra material in the top of the pad, the glass on the shell would not have closed.

Pretty cool setup for one of the newer pick ups without a topper. Not ideal for the 'ol ones.

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Grant Helgeson wrote a review of on August 27, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I used a 15mm wrench on pedals for years. I was swapping some pedals on a buddies bike. (Who shall go un-named, as he is of the "fix it (only) if it totally breaks" mentality. Long story short, I ended up breaking my Craftsman wrench trying to loosen one of his pedals. I picked up this wrench a few weeks later. It had enough "oomph" to break loose the old pedals. It's such a simple tool, but it's super nice to have!

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Grant Helgeson wrote a review of on August 27, 2013

Super lite & breathable.
3 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: Runs small

Fit: My knuckle circumference is 8.75" According to the sizing chart, this makes me a medium. I was skeptical, and I ended up ordering both a L & an XL pair. I couldn't get my hand into the L, so I ended up keeping the XL's.

Pros:

Nice and light. Hands stay cooler in these than in any other gloves.
Durability is better than expected from feather weight gloves.
I should get 50+ rides out of them.
Fits like a, well ... a glove! (They really do fit like a "second skin." Great feeling.
Excellent grip on ODI lock-ons.

Cons:

The lack of a velcro closure makes a surprisingly big difference. The first day I wore these gloves I ended up tearing one of the seams a bit. This was due to user error, you can't just slam your hands in these things. You've got to carefully work your hands into them. I stitched up the seam and they've been fine for the last 25+ rides.

I'll buy POC gloves again, but I'll be looking for a pair with the velcro closure, like these: http://www.backcountry.com/poc-index-air-adjustable-glove

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Grant Helgeson

Grant Helgeson wrote a review of on May 12, 2013

5 5

As an Regional Avalanche Forecaster, I spend a lot of time on mountain sleds. Most days I ride in ski boots, but on big days when I need to cover a lot of terrain, it's just not feasible to ski. That's where these boots come in. I put around 50 days on them this season and they wore very well, they still look nearly new. I'm a very true 11.5 street shoe with a foot that's a bit narrower than average. I ordered both the 11's and 12's and ended keeping the 11's. The fit great and keep my feet warm. I was out on days when temps were hovering around -30c. That's freakin' cold, but my feet stayed nice and warm. I highly recommend these for mountain sledding.

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Grant Helgeson wrote an answer about on December 9, 2012

Hey Chris, I used the Tracker2 for many years. It's a great beacon, and it's also pretty simple. That being said, I really think it's worth it to spring for the Pulse. You can leave the factory settings in place for now and then as you grow in your backcountry skiing, you can customize it. I honestly feel like this is the easiest beacon out there to use. There's a reason so many heli ski companies are making this the beacon their clients use. It's stupid easy to use, and that's what you want when it hits the fan. (Be sure to practice too).

As for the mammut to mammut, that's bogus. That being said, the newer beacons are easier to find because of the way they send out their pulse. It's complicated, but the short version is that the new beacons isolate the different signals based on the leading edge of incoming signals. The newer beacons are built for this and thus, a group of new beacons will be easier to find in a multiple beacon search, than a group of old beacons. Hope that helps!

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Grant Helgeson

Grant Helgeson wrote a review of on December 9, 2012

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I've was just recently turned onto these things and they're killer! I seam to digest them super quick which means fast energy for my hummingbird metabolism. At a buck fifty per package I don't hold back. Call me a redneck, but I really like to just keep one in my lip or cheek for climbs on the bike or skintrack. Seams to take the edge off somehow. I'm addicted to these little things. They're super tasty and at this price, it's an addiction I can afford.

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Grant Helgeson wrote a review of on December 9, 2012

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This thing lives in my little emergency kit. I keep the usual sh!t in there, and it makes it into every pack I put on, every time. This thing has saved my ass more times than I can count. Mechanical failure pushed your afternoon ride into dark? The answer is elite. You brought your headlamp but your ski partner didn't and now the sun is down? The answer is elite. I've used mine over a dozen times now & I just bought some replacement batteries. Getting benighted happens. When it does, this thing is a savior. It's pretty darn bright too!

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Grant Helgeson wrote a review of on August 9, 2012

Superlight, Ultra Compressible.
5 5

After using this piece all winter, I feel I'm in a good position to review it.

Fit: I'm 5'10, 145 lbs. The medium fits me very well.

Pro's: Ultra light, super compressible.

Takes up very little room in a pack. Mango is super bright which is great for what can be short dark & cold days in Interior BC. Jacket is also quite warm. I'm pretty warm blooded and I find it to be an appropriate puffy for breaks between athletic activities in the mountains (ski touring) down to about -20 C (-4 F) Anything colder and the bigger puffies come out of the closet.

Cons: DWR wears off quickly, and the piece has very little water resistance. Any kind of membrane would obviously increase the weight of the piece, and I like it just the way it is. But, you do need to be conscious of this and keep it under a shell if there's any kind of precipitation.

Overall, this is a top notch piece.

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Grant Helgeson wrote a review of on August 9, 2012

4 5

When I'm not wearing chainsaw boots, I'm wearing these shoes. I wear an 11.5 in almost every shoe, and these are no exception. The shoes have worn pretty well thus far, but I stress that I wear them as a casual shoe only. I've got a green superfeet insole in them & I find them very comfortable. They breath pretty well too. The shoe would work well for very short hikes, but it is a pretty soft sole, so I wouldn't push it too hard. I feel like the shoe would not be sufficient if you were carrying any kind of load. Overall, great casual shoe, probably a bit under-gunned for anything else.

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Grant Helgeson wrote a review of on May 20, 2012

5 5

I picked up 6 pairs of these socks two summers ago, as I wear them in my wildland fire boots. I put a lot of miles on these socks running saw, calling in buckets and digging fire line, and they've been *super* good to me. They're a great weight for hiking in the summer time. These socks have far outlasted all my other merino socks, I figure I've got about 100 days on each pair now, and they're finally starting to come apart. I just picked up another 6 pair so I should be good to go for another two seasons of fire. I'm an 11.5 street shoe and the L/XL fit great.

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Grant Helgeson wrote a review of on May 20, 2012

4 5

I picked up the Lone Pine/Forest last fall and it quickly became my most worn hat. It's got a great thickness to it that keeps your head nice & warm. I've received a lot of compliments on this hat too. I've washed it a few times and I was stoked that the colours have stayed nice and bright. Great rugged hat that looks good inside or out.

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Grant Helgeson wrote a review of on October 6, 2011

5 5

I've had Tikka family headlamps for years, and this is the best incarnation of the design I've seen yet. The bright setting is SUPER bright, enough so that I've been able to find rap anchors on dark granite, in the rain, in the dark. (Kind of a long story...) But, you can go to the low setting and flip down the more defuse wide angle lens and not blind your buddies. I'm also a big fan of the red light mode, it's super nice when you need a quick light, but don't want to loose your natural night vision. The optional "rescue whistle" is kind of a joke, but, this is a headlamp, not a whistle right?

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Grant Helgeson wrote a review of on October 6, 2011

5 5

I spent the last 5 months behind these shades fighting wildfire in Canada. I've got a fairly small face and they fit me well. I found the Black Iridium lenses to be great in nearly all light conditions, super sunny to overcast. Most importantly for me, they offer great eye protection and they are ANSI impact protection approved which means I can wear them on the fireline instead of lame safety glasses. The lenses are a bit scratched now, but, I feel like I got my $'s worth out of them, and I'm admittedly a bit hard on things. Frames still function great despite being stepped on, dropped, etc....

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Grant Helgeson wrote a review of on October 6, 2011

5 5

I picked this rope up for a sport climbing trip to Greece last spring where 70+ meter ropes are the norm. I've long been a devote of Mammut ropes, but at the time, there weren't any available through BC.com. So, I took a chance and grabbed this cord. I've had the chance to climb and fall with it all summer, and I've been super stoked on it. 58g/m means that even at 80m, this thing is still fairly light. The bi-pattern weave has been super helpful when stringing together multiple raps. Despite the other reviewers experience, my rope is ultra smooth where the patterns come together, no issue there. I live in the Canadian Rockies were sharp limestone is the norm and this cord has held up really well. No core shots or abrasions despite some pretty heavy use. (I've done plenty of projecting on this cord too, it's not all sending ;) Falls have been nice & soft & I love the feel of this cord. I trust this rope with my life & would definitely recommend it to others.

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Grant Helgeson wrote a review of on October 6, 2011

5 5

I spend my life outside, whether I'm wildland firefighting, avalanche forecasting or seeking alpine adventures on my own time, I've got to fuel my body. I'm one of those guys who needs A LOT of calories all the time. Thus, I've eaten plenty of "bar food." I can barely stomach most bars these days, but Probars are the exception. This is far and away my favorite flavor, I buy these things by the case load at this point. With over 300 calories you can't beat these things. That, and they're freakin' delicious too! You won't be disappointed.

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