Griffin Post

Griffin Post

Jackson Hole, WY

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Griffin Post's Passions

Camping
Backpacking
Trail Running
Hiking
Mountain Biking
Paddling
Alpine Skiing
Mountaineering
Sport Climbing
Alpine Touring
Swimming
Surfing

Griffin Post's Bio

So, apparently this is the page where you learn all about me. Hmmmm let's see. I was born in Austria, raised in Idaho, and formally educated in Colorado, although my real education has taken place throughout the world. I'm fortunate enough to make a living skiing- I'm one of the luckiest people in the world. Somedays I spend all day on google earth, just day dreaming, planning expeditions I may or may not ever get a chance to do.

I think that skiing is one of the most selfish activities one can do, and for that reason I think it's incredibly important to try to give something back. I mean, c'mon, if you're lucky enough to get to ski for a living you better be helping other people out that are less fortunate than you, which is a lot of people. I don't think skiing is an ends in itself, but rather a means to accomplish larger, big picture goals. If in ten years all I've done is win some competitions and film some segments, I'll be pretty disappointed in myself.

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Griffin Post wrote a review of on May 30, 2014

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This is a great minimalist harness for ski mountaineering. It doesn't take up a ton of room in your pack and you can put in on without taking off your skis. Nice. Sizing can be a little funky, having a 32in waist (yet putting it on over my ski clothes) i felt like i fell a bit between sizes. I went with the S/M, and it works pretty well, but not sure how well it would work over a large puffy. That said, it sounds like those went with the larger size also had issues. If you think you fall between sizes, i'd order two and return one.

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Griffin Post wrote a review of on May 30, 2014

3 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I've used this pad extensively on winter camping trips and, for the most part, it's pretty solid. It packs easily, is light, and the stuff sack is actually properly sized (unlike those sacks that seem impossible to get the pad back into. That said, on really cold nights it doesn't have quite enough insulation for snow camping. I'd recommend bringing a close-celled pad (great for around camp anyway) in addition to this, providing a bit extra insulation.

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Griffin Post wrote a review of on February 6, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I come from the ski racing world, and I like my boots snug and this is my go to sock for that tight fit. The socks fit naturally, and don't bunch up after a long day schussing like other socks. They're warm and the morino wool fights odor transfer (when your other shoes start smelling because you wear the same socks as in your ski boots...you know what I'm talking about). Size wise, I wear a 9, which is sometimes an in between size in socks, and the medium fits well.

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Griffin Post wrote a review of on February 6, 2014

5 5

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

As some of the other reviewers noted, this is definitely not a base layer it you're looking to wear it next-to-skin. That said, it's an ideal second layer or outer layer on chilly fall/spring days. The morino/nylon construction provides great breathability and good resistance to wind. Plus, the hood fits snug against your face if you have to put up with some ridge-top gusts. I wear a medium and find the fit- hood and all- true to size.

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Griffin Post wrote a review of on February 6, 2014

5 5

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

For days when the temps aren't sub-zero, this is my go-to mid layer. Morino wool keeps you warm and dry where you need it, and the smartloft insulation in the front gives you and extra boost of insulation around your core. The back panel's morino is particularly nice when you're carrying a heavier pack, as the wool breathes and wicks moisture that would just build up if you were wearing a down.

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Griffin Post wrote a review of on February 6, 2014

5 5

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

I've used this on the coldest days of the season so far (-15F) as a layering piece as well as wearing it alone in warmer temps. Simply put, it does the trick without making you feel like a snowman. The blend insulation provides the warmth of similar, but bulkier down pieces. I particularly notice this slimness in the hood. Whereas its down counter-part would feel bulky and maybe a little claustrophobic if you were wearing this with a shell, this hood doesn't even feel like it's there. Plus, it packs well when it heats up.

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Griffin Post wrote a review of on February 6, 2014

5 5

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

I've been using this base layer every day this season in temps as cold as -15F. Essentially, it's my go-to base layer for several reasons. First, the Morino wool is second-to-none in terms of warmth and moisture transferring compared to other synthetics on the market. Second, while it's great when you have a fresh base layer every day, that's just not the case on certain trips. I'd confidently wear this for a week straight without any worries about it getting funky. Lastly, even though it's worn next-to-skin, it doesn't have a super tight, jock-fit, yet isn't loose to the point where it bunches up when you're piling on the layers. That is, you can wear it alone without feeling like you should be in some sort of football training commercial.

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Griffin Post wrote a review of on November 27, 2013

5 5

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

These are my go to gloves for cold days (<0F in the AM) when I don't need the dexterity of the Henrik Pro Glove. I.e., I'm not sledding, working with ropes, etc. My hands are usually the first things on my body to get cold but when I'm wearing these mitts it leaves that job to my feet. Some people think the wrist loops are a little goofy, but after rocking them for a season there's no way I'd ski without them. They leave your hands free to move instead of awkwardly sticking them under your arm pit or dropping them off the chair. I treat my gloves with the accompanying balm or a similar store-bought balm to make them a little more supple and to up keep the leather. Not totally required, but it helps give the gloves a little more life and maintains the feel.

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Griffin Post wrote a review of on November 27, 2013

5 5

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

This is my go to glove, as long as the temps are > 0F. There's virtually no breaking in period, as they feel well-worn right off the bat. Some people think the wrist loops are a little goofy, but after rocking them for a season there's no way I'd ski without them. They leave your hands free to move instead of awkwardly sticking them under your arm pit or dropping them off the chair. I treat my gloves with the accompanying balm or a similar store-bought balm to make them a little more supple and to up keep the leather. Not totally required, but it helps give the gloves a little more life and maintains the feel.

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Griffin Post wrote a review of on October 28, 2013

5 5

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

I originally got these pants as a early winter, late spring pant when the conditions called for cool temps and some snow, but didn't require a full gore tex/winter setup. From backpacking trips to hunting, these pants deliver with reliability and durability when your plans call for leaving the beaten path. Whether it's bush-whacking up a hill side or hiking to a lookout in moderately deep snow, these pants deliver. Unlike some other light-weight pants, the full zip pockets give you added confidence and easy access to gear you need in a pinch.

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Griffin Post wrote a review of on October 28, 2013

5 5

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

I used this jacket nearly every day last season- it's an awesome, tough jacket that can handle anything from AK cold to warmer spring days. The 2L Gore-Tex provides technical protection, without looking like an overly techy jacket (.i.e. like you're about to take off for Everest). A lot of jackets claim to walk the line between style and performance, and the NFZ truly does.

My one piece of advice is that this jacket tends to run a little small- I'd definitely size up if you're planning on running a thicker mid layer underneath.

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Griffin Post wrote a review of on September 3, 2013

5 5

This is my go to base layer for the coldest days of the year- I'd say any time the temp isn't getting about 10F. It's comfortable and Flash Dry technology allows for quicker drying than similar pants, particularly when you pair it with vented pants. I prefer this cut over the boot cut just because I have that added security when hiking in powder, where the boot cut tends to ride up sometimes. Plus, in my experience, it tends not to retain odors as much as some of the other base layers on the market.

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Griffin Post wrote a review of on September 3, 2013

5 5

This is my go to base layer for all but the colder days of the season (I'd say colder than 10F). It's comfortable and Flash Dry technology allows for quicker drying than similar pants, particularly when you pair it with vented pants. I prefer this cut over the boot cut just because I have that added security when hiking in powder, where the boot cut tends to ride up sometimes. Plus, in my experience, it tends not to retain odors as much as some of the other base layers on the market.

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Griffin Post wrote a review of on September 3, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This is the boot by which all other boots should be measured by, particularly in terms of flex. Other boots which I've skied that claim to be a 130 flex end up being far softer than these. The RS 130's responsiveness truly distinguishes it from the rest of the market. While I've heard some people complain about these stiffer boots resulting in worse shin-bang when landing in the back seat, I've never experienced it with these. In my experience, such shin bang comes from a poor fit, not a stiff boot.

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Griffin Post wrote a review of on September 3, 2013

4 5

While designed for biking, I've found this to be a solid all-around rain jacket for most things outdoors. The cut is big enough that you can sneak a thin puffy underneath without feeling like your movement gets restricted, which makes it great for most three-season activities. The pockets are generous, with enough space for stashing bars on longer rides or other essentials. I'd have to say the one drawback is how packable it is- you can stash it your pack, but it doesn't compress as much as some other TNF products.

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Griffin Post wrote a review of on May 28, 2013

5 5

I was initially drawn to this pack by its no-nonsense, straightforward design. It has everything you need from a pack without the extra bells and whistles that a lot of the time end up being just extra weight. I've used this extensively this spring for ski mountaineering missions as well. While I don't think it's specifically intended for this use, it does the trick, particularly for missions where you're bringing rope and a modest amount of pro. There's no diagonal carry, but the a-frame works just fine. It's the best pack I've come across for its weight.

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Griffin Post wrote a review of on May 9, 2013

5 5

I've found this pack to have the perfect amount of space for alpine style missions- skis, skins, ice axe, crampons, extra layers, etc. Packed to the brim, the pack never feels cumbersome. The ski carry system is tough and mindless, the only problem I've found is attaching the upper clip when the pack is full and you're user wider (>100) skis. Also, the goggle bag is just a touch bigger than other packs, and doubles as a place to stash your crampons. The two main compartments are nice as well, as it's easy to divide gear into stuff you regularly need (food, layers, etc) from stuff you might not always take out on a trip (emergency gear). Lastly, on multi day trips, i'll roll this up and pack it in my bigger pack, so I have a more reasonable day pack.

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