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John Duke

John Duke

Summit County, CO; Marquette, MI

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Telemark Skiing
Bouldering

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Skier, 14er Peak Bagger

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John Duke

John Duke wrote a question about on March 11, 2014

Tried these on in a shop here in CO. Tried on a 45 (on sale, and no 44.5). They fit slightly roomy, and am nervous they will pack out and become a sloppy fit. I wear the Boulder X in a 44.5 for summer and fall 14er hikes, and they fit very well with a medium weight Smartwool hiking sock. Im looking to pick these up for snow routes. Should I be concerned with the extra room, or be looking for that as far as layering? This will be my first mountaineering boot, so any help will be awesome.

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John Duke wrote an answer about on December 2, 2013

As far as PERFORMANCE goes, both the Vice and NTN system are very active bindings, with the intent of transmitting as much energy from the boot to the ski, which is very necessary when driving big skis in deep snow and simply charging around the mountain. However, the NTN system is said to have a different feel to it than traditional cable style tele setups. As with any piece of equipment, demo first!

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John Duke

John Duke wrote a review of on October 4, 2013

3 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

For gate-accessed skiing, where weight is not as much of a concern, this probe fits the bill. This is my first probe, and has mainly been used to observe snow layers while skinning. I have yet to use it for poking for bodies. Seems fairly stout, and I enjoy the deploy handle as well as the grippy area at the top of the probe.

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John Duke wrote a review of on September 30, 2013

5 5

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

This has been my go to glass for some time. Smith is pretty much the only eye wear company I purchase from. Mostly cuz its US made, bomber, and looks darn good. The GIbsons are no exception. Sturdy, stylish, and protect my eyes very well

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John Duke wrote a review of on September 30, 2013

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

This shovel stays with my pack so I can easily grab it on a big snow day accessed from the resorts. However, that pack does stay in the back of my truck when not in use, and this shovel has dug out myself, friends, and plenty of mountain tourists out of the ditch as well as early morning truck evacuations from the previous nights snow fall.Not the lightest, but Ill gladly trade that for a larger blade to move more snow.

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John Duke

John Duke wrote a review of on September 30, 2013

4 5

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

I wear the La Sportiva Scorpion in a 44 for bouldering, and decided to go up to a 45 in the Boulder X for more comfort hiking. I primarily use this shoe for hiking/climbing/scrambling Colorado's 14ers, as well as for work. This is a very sturdy shoe, yet still remains functional for both scrambling up scree and hanging off ladders re-glazing windows. I have yet to see any extraordinary wear that some of the previous reviews have stated.

Even though I did size up for these, I absolutely had to remove the insole it came with. This was simply to give my foot more room within the shoe. I had incredible blisters on both heels after Grays and Torreys. Removing the insole gave me just enough room to keep wearing them. Now that they are broken in I have reinstalled the stock insole and these shoes are now awesome. This is strange considering I dont have a high instep or a large volume foot.

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John Duke wrote a review of on September 29, 2013

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: Runs large

Cotton sucks to ride in, but flannels are warm and versatile. This is why polyester flannels are the way to go. This thing fits well for riding in, but is actually functional when you get snow up your cuffs or back. Im 6' 190lbs and could easily wear a medium around town, but went for the large for riding

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