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KC Deane

KC Deane

Whistler/Blackcomb and Mount Baker

KC Deane's Passions

Hiking & Camping
Biking
Skiing
Surfing

KC Deane's Bio

Skiing, biking, the outdoors, traveling. I am a skier based out of Bellingham, Wa. I have been skiing professionally for the last few years and have been lucky enough to travel the world doing so.

KC Deane

KC Deanewrote a review of on May 11, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

The Alpine Trekker for me is a tool I use almost everyday when going in the backcountry, even if on a snowmobile. I love the trekker because it gives you a quick way to turn your skis into touring skis, without the hassle of having a touring binding where you have to worry about bindings icing up and not being able to lock them from touring mode to ski mode. Or having the AFD plate snap off rendering one ski useless. With the Trekker you always get where you want to go, and once at the top have a solid reliable binding. I've done everything from 10 min skins, to a 6 hour approach from hut to hut in Argentina on these things.

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KC Deanewrote a review of on May 11, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

The BC link is awesome for many reasons. For me one of the best things is that the battery will last for days just on one charge. So as long as you keep it charged every day or two you won't have to worry about it dying. Even this winter in -30 degree temps the battery never failed me. Also the ease to which you can use the mic, from mounting it to using and "keying" the mic with large gloves on is easy. It's now an essential piece for me going in the backcountry.

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KC Deanewrote a review of on May 11, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I've been using this beacon all season and waited to write a review until I had used it a bit. I can't say enough about the tracker 3. For me practicing with it Im able to find the beacon faster and with more accuracy which gives me more confidence in case of an emergency. Another feature on the beacon that is awesome is the AR feature which is Automatic Recourse, so if you get caught by hang fire, or another slide while in search mode it will go back to transmitting even if you don't have time to switch it back. I would highly recommend the Tracker 3.

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KC Deanewrote a review of on September 30, 2013

5 5

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

I wore this boot all last season and couldn't have been happier. Super warm and the pull out liner makes it really easy to get the boots on. Also the pull out liner has a super thin sole made to walk around in so you can wear you liner out of the mud room and not get your socks wet. Also they are really light and great to take on hut trips.

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KC Deanewrote a review of on May 28, 2013

5 5

I wear these shoes all the time riding now. The only exception if I am doing a long XC ride where I am clipped in. I wore Five Tens before and they lasted maybe a month before they started falling apart. I have had these shoes for 4 months and they still look fairly new. The soles aren't quite as tacky as the Five Ten which is nice because even though it sticks to the pedal you aren't "stuck" while you are riding. Teva killed it with this shoe!

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KC Deanewrote a review of on January 10, 2013

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I have been using this shovel all season. I think that those who want a small light shovel for going to a longer tour will really like this. If you are going to be building jumps or slackcountry I would get a bigger blade. The one downside is I seem to get the handle stuck in the blade after I have been digging.

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KC Deanewrote a review of on December 11, 2012

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I got the drystein pant soley for the bibs. I know MH makes a bomber pant but they really got the bibs dialed. Not too tall, but not just a pair of suspenders on a regular pair of pants. A nice feature on this pant is the integrated belt that allows you to tighten things up a bit if you want. Another sweet thing is you can run the skinny Arcade belt in them to make them extra comfy.

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KC Deanewrote a review of on December 11, 2012

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I have been using this jacket for the past few weeks and this is what you need to know.

1. You will be dry. I've been in 32 degrees and almost raining in Mt Baker and I was still dry.

2. This shell is not warm what so ever. So layer accordingly. It is a great piece but don't expect much or any warmth from it.

3. Material is a tad bit stiff, but not enough to affect the jacket in my opinion.

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KC Deanewrote a review of on December 11, 2012

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I have been wearing this puffy for the past few weeks. Everything from being in the desert in 15 degree temps to mid 20-30 degree temps in the Pacific Northwest and British Columbia. I am really impressed with how warm this puffy is. I have been wearing patagonia and other brands in the past, and I honestly feel like this is warmer, and lighter than others that I have worn.

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KC Deanewrote a review of on October 8, 2012

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I've been using an airbag for the past few seasons and BCA really got it right with the 18. It's a good size which I felt was lacking in the past with most airbags. The size is perfect to fit skins, shovel, probe, one pair of gloves, goggles and some water. Anything else is a bit of a tight fit so I would recommend going for a bigger float pack. But if you want one for day tours and inbounds/ side country this is it. And also it is a pretty comfortable pack, no complaints on the fit while wearing it. I would highly recoommend getting this bag.

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