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John Carpenter

John Carpenter

Salt Lake City area

John Carpenter's Passions

Hiking & Camping
Biking
Running
Skiing

John Carpenter's Bio

Born and raised on the east coast and moved to Utah eight years ago. Been skiing my whole life and consider backpacking my secondary outdoor sport with the AT being the jewel in that crown, so to speak. On my bike 100-120mi a week as my new summer sports since there is no surfing in Utah.

John Carpenter

John Carpenter wrote a review of on November 21, 2011

4 5

Okay, so i'm not the average build, but I would consider myself "athletic build". I'm 5'7" about 170lb. UA cuts their gear with a very generous amount of space through the upper chest. Not down around the lats and sternum, but rather across the collarbones and shoulders. This shirt is no different. You can actually see the extra fabric in the photos. It's tight everywhere except there. This is only ever a problem if you are wearing a backpack however. I've gotten slight bunching and rubbing under my backpack straps while skinning and skiing, but that's the only problem. Excluding backpack-related issues, it's a great shirt.

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John Carpenter

John Carpenter wrote a review of on November 5, 2011

4 5

I have very square palms. The stitching inside the thumb side of the palm digs in a bit, but not too badly. Not really a fault with the glove though, no one assumes bikers have big meaty, square hands.

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John Carpenter wrote a review of on November 5, 2011

4 5

I love this shirt! I used it all last year for my go-to shirt for skiing, hiking and camping. Two things. One, I found the thumb loops unnecessary and since the shirt is sooooo comfy, my next Icebreaker won't have thumb loops so I can wear it around more and feel less "OMZGlookhowcoreIam" while just studying at school. Really though, it's a very very minor issue and they work great for performance purposes, I just found them less useful than I expected. Finally, the printed tag on the neck WILL crack with use and washes. Then it WILL scratch and itch. Just take a quarter and scratch it off. Once mine was rubbed off, the shirt was back too perfectly comfortable. Enjoy!

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John Carpenter

John Carpenter wrote a review of on November 5, 2011

5 5

I have two of these and LOVE them. Thin enough to fit under my bike helmet, wicks well enough to wear while skinning or snowshoeing up a on a Saturday afternoon, and warm enough to keep me comfy in the stands at a Utes football game in December. They will stand up to anything you throw at them and never show a hint of wear.

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John Carpenter

John Carpenter wrote a review of on November 5, 2011

5 5

Very light, and very breathable, I used these this summer in the Utah desert and high mountains and they performed beautifully in both. (They are thin though, so don't expect snowshoing out of these.) Waterproofing wasn't an issue, and the grip was sufficient for what I needed, but maybe that's just me chalking up slipping to the sand on the rocks around here. Either way, I strongly recommend them. The only thing that didn't hold up for me was the insole. The included one is a sheet of foam. It'll pack down quickly if you're carrying weight (I'm 5'7", 170lb and usually carry a 20-40lb pack). I replaced it with my standard Superfeet inserts and they are perfect now.

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John Carpenter

John Carpenter wrote a review of on November 5, 2011

5 5

I have a past model-year, but the cut is the same. I am 5'7" and 170#. I have these with some Dynafit TLT Vert bindings on them and there is no problem rolling over such a wide ski due to its great torsional rigidity. One caution I would have with these skis is that they ski "weird" compared to anything I've ever used. Because of the massive shovel on them, they will float on their own in powder and encourage you to drive hard on the tongue of your boots. This is great, but kind of against my instincts in powder. However, once you get the hang of it, no ski is like them and I highly recommend them.

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John Carpenter

John Carpenter wrote a review of on November 5, 2011

5 5

So I had an older Monkey Man until some unfortunate campfire incident rendered it unusable. The current version does not have the problem that plagued the older design. The fuzzy fleece doesn't get nappy anymore. I'm about 5'7" 170# and wear a 17.5/32 shirt. I have the Medium in the Monkey Man and the body fits pretty well, but the sleeves are quite long. To give you an idea, the sleeves will pull down and cover just to the tips of my fingers. However, that's not necessarily a bad thing as I tend to forget gloves nearly constantly! I would definitely recommend this jacket. Super warm and very tough, but a gentle breeze will slice right through it, so be careful about that.

Plus, when I wear it, my ladyfriends like to pet the jacket. Never a bad thing.

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John Carpenter wrote a review of on February 23, 2009

5 5

Some quick background: I'm 5'7" and 175#. I would call my skiing style "power based" more than finesse. This is my second center-mount ski. I have the spiral version, but I'm putting my comments on the main page for this model.

Yes, Center-mounts ski differently. Mainly, you have more tail behind you. This means you will probably forget about it in the bumps or get a surprise on a step-up, but not much else changes. Yes, you need to center-mount these, otherwise they ski really weird.

I am skiing a 171cm and the ski skis short, but has pretty good float. The "butter zones" mean that the ski tips and tails will flex when you pumped these in the powder. I found that this makes them ski like a softer ski in the powder and let me chophop out of the powder. That being said, they still hold an edge pretty well and carve like mad. Anyone who can't ski powder with these doesn't know how to ski powder and probably needs to bulk up a bit. Believe it or not, these skis reward those with big gun legs more than stiffer skis. They won't float for you, but they have so much pop they are a ton of fun if you have the junk in the trunk to use that flex pattern.

In the park and pipe and just generally screwing around, they are very poppy and get you plenty of boost at the lip. On re-entry, the butter-zones allow the ski to be very forgiving.

My one complaint is that the ski is squirrely at high-speeds (i.e. 25-30mph and above.) if you stay on base. Basically, don't hold these flat and straightline a groomer. The symmetrical design means they start kicking around. To counter this, just stay on edge and carve big, fat arcs burning your knee and dragging your hand all the way down.

Wicked fun ski. Not a do-everything-"properly" ski, but definitely a do-everything-"fun" ski. And it's that what it's about?

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John Carpenter wrote a review of on January 31, 2006

5 5

The Giro G10 MX is a nicely weighted helmet. Light enough that you'll barely notice it's there, but heavy enough to take a whack and come back for more. I used to wear a Leedom Scream and the weight difference is incredible along with the comfort of the 3/4 shell. I've added the TuneUpsII kit and that turns it into a pretty sweet sound system as well. The only thing about it is the visor. I like it for crashing through branches and keeping the trees ugly mitts off my goggles and face, but I can see how it would be unnecessary weight for a lot of people. Vents well, but not as warm as my old Leedom, but that's when I was in 0F Maine weather. I've never been cold with the G10 here in Utah.

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