John Hansen

John Hansen

White Mountains, NH

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John's Passions

Backpacking
Snowboarding
Hiking
Snowshoeing
Alpine Skiing
Kayaking

John's Bio

I live at the edge of New Hampshire's White Mountain Region and keep busy volunteering with a local SAR team. I use it as an excuse to go out hiking instead of going to work! The picture to the left is New Hamphsire's Mt. Layayette in December. BackCountry.com is great; so too is Wild Things in North Conway, NH. Check out their stuff -- made in USA!

John Hansen

John Hansen wrote a review of on November 11, 2012

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Was happy with Tikka 2, but wanted more light. This XP2 met my needs with a big plus -- designed to accept lithium batteries. In the winter, lithium is key and the Tika 2 was not designed to use lithium batteries. It works well in lots of water (used it during a rescue with 6+ inches of rain in 4 hours). Have used it down to 20 degrees with regular batteries. Expect to use it in colder temps this winter.

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John Hansen wrote a review of on March 4, 2011

5 5

Great for alpine race skis and anything nordic. I think that you can clamp even a giant powder ski using the binding plate as your point of contact (instead of the actual edge of the ski). The two matching clamps adjust up (and down) so that I'm able to lay my snowboard flat without removing the bindings. I can fairly easily wax and sharpen like this, though you certainly can't clamp a snowboard in the flat position.

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John Hansen wrote a review of on March 4, 2011

5 5

I love this, but I will admit it is just a bit of a pain to reset the degrees of bevel, but most people will pick one setting and never change it. I was using it on my daughter's race skis (3 degrees) and then on my board (2 degrees). Finally told her to get her own! This really is a great product!

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John Hansen wrote a review of on March 4, 2011

1 5

Just like a previous reviewer, the mechanism that tightens the file in place won't tighten anymore. It's too small for regular tuning anyway -- you can't really get a good grip on it, but easy to carry on a trip somewhere -- if it worked.

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John Hansen wrote a review of on November 18, 2009

Go simple - you don't need more than these!
5 5

I use my Leki Trekking Poles in the White Mountains of NH. Fancy shock absorber poles are a ridiculous waste of money. These poles are sturdy and reliable. I did break one after catching it in a rock on Mt. Washington and falling onto it. Leki replaced it with no questions asked (lifetime warranty!). Put winter baskets on them for snowshoeing.

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John Hansen wrote a review of on November 18, 2009

3 5

Keeps water from freezing down to about 20 degrees, but you have to really watch the tube and mouthpiece. You can blow the water back into the bag to keep the tube from freezing, but I also put a piece of 1/2 inch foam pipe insulation around the tube. Looks geeky, but it works in the White Mountains of NH down to about 10 below -- even if you forget to blow the water back into the bag. If mouthpiece freezes, you can thaw it in your mouth. Hydration is so important in the winter, that I use this in addition to a backup water bottle.

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John Hansen wrote an answer about on November 18, 2009

Absolutely it will work on water on your boat. It has marine settings, and the base map package includes many nautical features such as bouys and cans. I used mine for several years while sea kayaking off the coast of Maine. It worked great. However, the Garmin 76CSX has even better marine features, including tide tables for any location. The 76CSX is what I use now on the water.

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John Hansen wrote a review of on November 17, 2009

5 5

Since I just answered a question on this jacket, figured I'd write a review too. Use it all the time in the White Mountains of New Hampshire. I pack this (with some Prima-Loft pants and a bivy shelter) as my alternative to a sleeping bag on winter traverses and SAR missions. My serious climbing friends (i.e. Mt. Everest) make fun of me for carrying a down parka in our humid NH climate, but I make sure to keep it dry and prefer it as my upper layer. I've worn it to 20 below and still been comfortable. Never worn it above zero.

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John Hansen wrote an answer about on November 17, 2009

Tara, I bought the XL for my 6'3", 175 lbs...

Tara, I bought the XL for my 6'3", 175 lbs body, when normally I buy medium or large (depending on cut). I find the XL on me to be just right since it is usually worn over a lot of other layers. I am a medium build (shoulders aren't that impressive) and I find the XL to fit perfectly without any bulk. I know we're extrapolating here, but I hope this helps to some extent. Good luck.

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John Hansen wrote a review of on November 17, 2009

5 5

OK, it was an earlier model, but after owning one pair for a few months, I went online and bought two more pairs. I have big feet and it's hard to find shoes that fit, don't rub, have good traction, etc., etc. I use these for moderate day hikes, road walks and such. Always amazed at how waterproof they are. Tread is pretty good, though not quite as solid as a traditional Vibram sole on a wet rock.

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John Hansen wrote a review of on November 17, 2009

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5 5

There are lots of lights to chose among, but I own two of these and use them on many search and rescue night missions. It's light weight, ease of use, and comfort on the head make it the best I've used. Hint -- in really cold weather, use Lithium batteries and it will last all night at 20 below! Most of the lights in this photo are Petzl Tikka Plus Headlamps -- photo is from an overnight rescue in the White Mountains of NH.

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John Hansen wrote a review of on February 12, 2009

4 5

I bought mine in October 2006 (for $219!) and ride on them about 25 days a year. This is the first year I have had any problems with them. Back binding won't release easily anymore. Investigation shows some wear on the cable that might be causing it to snag when trying to open it. Toe strap on the back foot is pretty beat up from hitting the snow and ice. Lots of cosmetic wear, but really I've loved these bindings until the recent difficulties. I'm a size 15 boot, and the extra large binding handles it just fine.

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