James Welch

James Welch

Keystone, CO

James's Passions

Hiking & Camping
Biking
Skiing
Climbing

James's Bio

I love the outdoors. I am currently living in Summit County, CO skiing everyday. Plan to live here for a while. I love to hike, ski, sail, climb, and road bike. CHIP CHIP!

James Welch

James Welch wrote a review of on July 10, 2012

TW-1/TW-2
5 5

Bought both torque wrenches to add to my toolbox. A must have for peace of mind when overhauling pivots, or installing anything. Super easy to read. Both of mine came with the indicator set at 0. If it ever moves away from 0 with no torque then all you need to do is bend it back. Never needs calibration. I am keeping mine in the boxes that they came in, since I have no special case for them.

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James Welch wrote a review of on February 3, 2011

Siiiiii!
5 5

Excellent goggles. Upgraded from the Smith Phenoms due to my face being a little larger and needed a bigger goggle. I have them with the Platinum Mirror and Sensor Mirror. Platinum for Sunny/Partly Cloudy days and the Sensor for Cloudy/Snowing days. Great peripheral vision and very little fogging.

Got the Heritage Navy Evolve. They fit great with my Vantage helmet and feel great with a hat. Bop it!

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James Welch wrote a review of on February 3, 2011

5 5

I have the 09/10' model of this ski that has no rocker, normal camber. With that being said, I absolutely love this ski. I have the 182's mounted with Barons and use them for my everyday and touring ski. I have used them in as much as 8-10" of pow at Vail. They preformed great and were almost as fun as m Volkl Kuro's since they are smaller, more faceshots. The 'powder hull' gets lots of comments on the lift but honestly I am not sure if it is doing anything in terms of float performance.

Overall a great ski. Use them on the groomers, they rip so hard. Used them in my PSIA ski maneuver examinations and passed easily. Get em!

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James Welch wrote a review of on February 3, 2011

5 5

Great earbuds. Stay firmly inside my ear. I don't notice the cords around my ears anymore. I feel better when I wear these compared to regular earbuds that don't go around the ear. Sound is excellent. Use them mostly to listen from my iPod nano and Blackberry Pandora and have zero complaints about sound quality. Great bass and very little distortion.

Only downside is that the little skulls on the outside of the buds have fallen off. I suspect it is due to the fact I typically wear them under a hat and the repeated removing them from my ears under the hat has caused them to be torn off. Has no effect on the sound quality or feel of them, just don't look as steezy now. Highly recommended.

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James Welch wrote a review of on February 3, 2011

5 5

I have grown fond of this jacket. I wear it as an underlayer under my shell on most days including negative degree days with only a base layer underneath. It keeps me pretty warm. Also have used it on a 45+ degree day on its own with a t-shirt underneath. Feels so great and still breathes. I have the Deep Metal/Lime. I get lots of positive comments on the jacket, especially the color of the zippers.

Overall an excellent jacket as a underlayer or on its own. I wear it on my walk to work everyday in single and teen temps with only a baselayer underneath. Great warmth. Nice large hood that easily fits my helmet. Highly recommended.

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James Welch wrote a review of on March 9, 2010

5 5

Great shovel. Fits nice inside my Arc'teryx Silo 30 pack in the shovel pocket. Metal blade seems very durable as well as the handle. I like the idea of the handle sliding into the blade to prevent a lost handle. You can also take the handle completely off if desired. Orange and intense, darker than the picture backcountry has. 1111!!!

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James Welch wrote a review of on February 27, 2010

4 5

Used this pack a couple times so far. I got the regular and it fits me good. Just followed the sizing chart via Arc'teryx.com. Hiked with the pack and my skis for about 4 hours total. I am on the Volkl Kuros, which are 132mm underfoot. Pack has no problem fitting the size on the side for the A-frame carry. Have not tried the diagonal carry. Waist belt is pretty decent. Would prefer to be a little more beefy for extra support on the waist, but this pack is smaller to begin with resulting in the smaller waist belt. One thing I don't really like is the compression system. Wish it was just normal instead of the weird buckle wrap things. Tried to remove them but was left with too much slack in the straps leaving them too long. You will get use to them, just a little odd at first. Overall a good pack.

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James Welch wrote a question about on February 27, 2010

Is the inside pocket for a shovel or not? I have seen different answers. Personally, I have been using the pocket for my Black Diamond Deploy 7 shovel. Only the top of the handle sticks out of the pocket. I feel that by using the pocket for the shovel it gives me more space overall.

According to Arc'teryx.com it says that it has an internal shovel pocket, which makes me think it is made for a shovel blade. Brandon Carlile, guessing you are a Arc'teryx rep and based on a previous answer you gave to someone you recommended the shovel be placed towards the outside of the pack and clothes in the pocket.

Pack Pocket Configuration

* Faux lid pocket
* Internal security pocket
* Internal probe/ tool pocket
* Front security pocket
* Internal shovel pocket

Just curious if anyone knows for sure what the pocket was actually designed for. Thanks.

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James Welch wrote a review of on February 17, 2010

4 5

Pretty damn good boots. My foot is close to E width, more so a wide problem in the toe box, so it took a couple bumps to get it just right. Took about a week for them to break in completely. The foot bed shock absorber does well. I use them with my Volkl Kuro's in the deep fresh and they feel great. Plus they look baller, not to mention the fleece liner. Talk about a hole in one.

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James Welch wrote a review of on February 17, 2010

4 5

Goggles are pretty nice. Got the Platinum Mirror lens and have used it in sun and snow. Obviously works good in the sun but in the snow it can be a tiny hard to see. One thing that I am noticing is a small wind leak possibly right and left of eyes. Not sure if it is due to my face shape or the lens is not in correctly but it is not terribly bad. Overall good ventilation and fog free pwnage.

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James Welch wrote a review of on February 17, 2010

5 5

Really great pair of socks. The padding is just enough to maintain a snug performance fit on the boot. The light thickness lets it breath more and when they say they don't smell they are right. Wear them 5 days at a time during Ski School and they don't smell at all. Warmth is good for the most part when properly insulated in the core. Overall a great sock. GET IT!

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James Welch wrote a review of on January 28, 2010

5 5

Used this skiing today. Weather was in the mid 20's. I was doing some agressive skiing. Jacket breathes pretty good. Pit zips open fully, no mesh. Jacket feels very solid and durable. I am 5'11" 180lbs, athletic build. Went with the large and it fits great. Enough length on the chairlift where it wont ride up. Also, the pockets are in a great spot, had my backpack on all day with waist strap and cold fully access both pockets no problem. Recommended!!!

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