Jeff Kerkove

Jeff Kerkove

Vail, Colorado

Jeff Kerkove's Passions

Hiking & Camping
Biking
Skiing

Jeff Kerkove's Bio

I handle marketing and customer service for Ergon Bike Ergonomics in North America. I am also an athlete and the USA team manager for Team Topeak-Ergon USA. My day to day can be seen on www.jeffkerkove.net

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Jeff Kerkove

Jeff Kerkove wrote a review of on December 3, 2013

3 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

For the price, it worked as advertised. I do mostly BC nordic touring....everything from snowmobile trails to breaking my own trails. I got about 1 season in on these poles before the cork/plastic handle broke in half. Thankfully, the handle broke at the end of a 4 hour tour on Vail Pass. It was a huge bummer, but Fischer has a 4 year warranty and BC.com has a great return policy.....so just returned them.

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Jeff Kerkove wrote an answer about on January 22, 2013

Yes, but it is needed for securing the grip in place. The barend is the clamp. The barend is needed to use this grip safely. Disclaimer: I work for Ergon USA.

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Jeff Kerkove wrote an answer about on January 22, 2013

Yes, this is the SM3 Pro. The SM3 Pro has TiNox rails and a carbon shell. For 2012, there are only Small and Large. In 2013 Ergon introduces a new larger size. The 2012 Large will become the 2013 Medium. Disclaimer: I work for Ergon USA.

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Jeff Kerkove

Jeff Kerkove wrote a review of on January 22, 2013

Good BC traveler
4 5

As someone who spends 5-6 hours at a time in the backcountry near Vail, CO traveling jeep roads, singletrack, snowmobile trails, and breaking trail.....this ski works well for covering ground fast. The ski has good grip and the metal edges help to stabilize the ski on the down. It's wide enough for the deep snow and breaking trail....by deep I am talking around 1 foot, based on my experience. Kicking and gliding are also smooth. The ski likes to glide asked to. The ski is long (200 cm for my 175 lb body/pack) compared to other brands within this usage and style. The longer ski definitely suffers a bit with the quick turns. Overall, a good do-all ski for BC playing in the mountains of Colorado!

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Jeff Kerkove

Jeff Kerkove wrote a review of on January 22, 2013

Works great, but some small issues
3 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Pretty good BC binding for off-track adventures. I tend to put in 3-6 hour days in the backcountry near Vail, CO. The binding excels 95% of the time. Issue I run into is when I push through deep snow for a long period of time. The binding tends to pack with snow. The result? I can't get my boot out. The snow freezes inside the release not allow the release to be fully pushed down to release the boot. It's only happened a few times....in snow a varying temps. Overall, it works as advertised.

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Jeff Kerkove

Jeff Kerkove wrote a review of on January 22, 2013

Works well for me!
4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Bought this boot based on my love of Salomon trail running shoes and hiking boots. The fit for me is spot on! I would say I have a pretty normal sized 11 foot. Other reviewers said boot ran big, so I ordered a 10.5. That was a good decision as the 10.5 XADV 8 fits like my other Salomon sized 11 products. The booth is very stable and very warm. Combined with a thin wool sock, the boot keeps me warm and dry down to -10F. I use this for 100% off trail backcountry kicking around in the mountains southwest of Vail, CO. Overall, a great boot for me and my off-track adventures. Have not had one issue with it.

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