Kelham Stephenson

Kelham Stephenson

Morrison, Evergreen, Summit County, Golden, Boulder, Vail Valley

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Kelham's Passions

Alpine Touring
Backpacking
Mountain Biking
Hiking
Paddling
Road Cycling
Alpine Skiing
Bouldering

Kelham's Bio

I'm 23, lived in Denver for 3 years. Quite a bit of experience skiing, climbing, cycling, rafting (guide), kayaking and backpacking. Love great gear and testing new stuff. Looking to move to the Evergreen next year for some total wilderness immersion. Currently trying new sports that are leg broken/knee shredded friendly for a bit

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Kelham Stephenson wrote a review of on November 11, 2010

Warmth, Mobility and the Little Details
5 5

I thought this puffy would be overkill but its holds strong in -20 windy days when you can tuck inside the massive hood and keep everything out. The waterproof zippers are clutch on fluffy days. You can also wear the jacket around town and on warmer days with the pit zips open. I know its a small detail (Flylow's products have alot of these) but theres a little cover that goes over the main zipper allowing you to tuck your face in your jacket without that frozen zipper rubbing on your face. I really do use this jacket 90% of my season, great lightweight option but doesn't pack down like a down puffy would.

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Kelham Stephenson wrote a review of on September 20, 2010

5 5

I've used this sack for my sleeping bag and clothes in torrential downpours, and they've even taken a swim in the colorado river, everything was still bone dry when I finally retrieved it too. Im the kind of person that wants to make sure my important gear stays 100% perfect, I trust this bag and will continue to buy them for my gear. When you look in my pack you normally see about 3-4 of these, tend to keep my food and cookware in one also, keeps the pack clean and you can just rinse the sack out if it gets dirty.

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Kelham Stephenson wrote an answer about on September 20, 2010

I wouldn't use these by themselves in a heavier duty boot. For trail running in ankle cut shoes, usually more venting and breathable these are great and I swear by them, I cant even wear cotton socks anymore and you really don't need the rubbing of another poly pro liner for everyday stuff, and the "support zone's" really hold the sock in place and comfy. If your planning on wearing a boot or something a little more heavy duty I would always throw on a thin poly pro like Phil mentions, just more comfortable and moisture wicking. just my 2cents

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Kelham Stephenson wrote a review of on September 19, 2010

Speedy, Wet & Fun
5 5

Spent the summer of 09 guiding these out on Clear Creek, CO.... the boat is a blast, small, fun & maneuverable. Although the boat is self bailing the bladder in the floor fills up and really adds some speed.
This boat is by far faster than the NRS Otters or the Highsides. The trib almost guarantee's customer satisfaction because of the splash factor/ low side walls.
From a guide standpoint I wish there was a little bit more space in the rear compartment, especially with a full load of custy's. Not much room for extra paddles and feet, and the lacing that holds the floor together tends to tear chaco'd feet up. Better with booties on if you jam your feet under the thwarts n front of you.

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Kelham Stephenson wrote a review of on September 19, 2010

5 5

The Corax is excellent, pretty comfortable even after falls and no pinching. Bought the size 2 just incase I wear it over thicker pants and jackets in the winter months. Fits great and can crank down tight (5"10 - 175lb) even with minimal gear in the summer months. The gear loops are small and tight to the harness but they are durable and can hold quite a bit of gear. Bottom Line: Comfortable, Durable and Safe. Adjustment straps are great too,

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Kelham Stephenson wrote an answer about on September 19, 2010

They both fit great, and I have to say I...

They both fit great, and I have to say I love the pack, the suspension system, pockets, storage, zippers and the hydration setup, my one little gripe actually regard the water bottles, you do need to take the pack off to get to them and it's also kind of difficult to get to the mini pocket on the right side strap (camera, snacks etc).

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Kelham Stephenson wrote a review of on September 19, 2010

5 5

Great bag with plenty of space for some lunch and extra clothes when out in the backcountry. I can usually fit my skins and all of my avy protection gear as well. The straps secure really well and fit well around a jacket. The goggle pocket is nice too, keep a case in there with some extra lens's too. The waist straps also help balance out added weight better than most touring backpacks on the market.

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Kelham Stephenson wrote an answer about on September 19, 2010

I've been using the black diamond deploy 3 shovel (excellent and durable metal btw), and the Super Tour 265 Probe. Like Tyler said there is no dedicated tool compartment, but this gear does fit well on the bag and if you use the attached mini bungie's you can get the shovel to sit on the outside of the pack really nicely. There's also a mesh compartment in the bag with a spot for a bladder.

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Kelham Stephenson wrote a review of on September 19, 2010

Superman on the Forehead
5 5

This headlamp is so bright it really isn't to bad setting up camp in the dark anymore. You have to leave it on low setting in the tent because it glares back at you. I use this as my only headlamp, swear by it and its never failed me. Ok it's a little heavier than other models on the market but its distributed well around your head and after a while you forget its there. BD = $

In the picture - The icon is on the far right and on low setting.

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Kelham Stephenson wrote a review of on September 19, 2010

Perfection does Exist
5 5

I never thought I'd say I enjoy wearing a helmet until I put the variant on. The helmet breathes great, has excellent padding but is low profile and doesn't even feel like your wearing anything. My helmets already taken a couple good dingers, ice and some hard ground. I'm glad I bought I helmet and definitely allows you to push yourself a little bit harder. High Recommendations +++

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Kelham Stephenson wrote a review of on September 19, 2010

One of the Best Setups out there....
5 5

Great range of vision and no fogging issues. The IOS is a phenomenal setup and the Sensor Mirror Extra lens is great in most lighting situations, struggle a little in low light, and garbage at night. The frame is pretty durable but softer material and the changing the lens is simple, two snaps out two snaps in. The porex filter on the lens actually works too and helps keep them from fogging. Just make sure never to touch the inside of the lens with anything. The goggle also fits very well with Smith's Variant Brim Helmet and theres no cold or exposed spots around goggle. Excellent Product.

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Kelham Stephenson wrote a review of on September 19, 2010

Ultra Lite and Gets it Done
4 5

Lightweight, Packable, Comfy and Durable. I've spent about 25 days on the Z-lite this year and its served me well. Acts great as a camp seat or mini kitchen chair. The pad flattens out nice and is pretty comfortable on grass, dirt or leaves. I tend not to use it during the winter because it doesn't insulate as well as an inflatable. This also fits pretty good on the side of packs with the tensioning straps. When I'm going light I take the Z-lite. I can't give it 5 stars because of how thin it is, but it gets the job done and is light enough to warrant not sleeping on the hard ground for the night.

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Kelham Stephenson wrote a review of on September 18, 2010

5 5

Spent about 25 nights in this so far this year. By far the best tent I have ever owned. Extremely sturdy DAC poles and goes up quick. The huge open doorway makes it easy to move around items stored in the vestibule. There are plenty of pockets for storage and plenty of space inside, comfortably fits 2 5"10 people or 1 and a 45lb dog. Ceiling height is good, can sit up easily and move around without hitting my head.

Which brings me to the vestibule storage. SOO much space, I took this with me for Ride the Rockies 2010 for 7 nights and fit two huge duffels and two road bikes (front wheel off) in the vestibule with a little fan dangling.Because of the mesh the tent breathes great and has held up great against wind, rain and snow.

Although it is a little on the hefty side, split between two people makes it just over 3lbs each. Probably a little overkill as a solo tent but my lab follows me on most trips so it works out ok.The fly is very thin sil nylon but stretches well and really keeps out the elements.Like the other posts below I have also had the same issues with condensation but nothing extreme that detracts from the product. My only other little gripe is it's a little to easy to drag dirt and stones into your sleeping area because there's no floor to the vestibule.Overall - excellent tent which I use for all 4 seasons, easy set up and breakdown and plenty of space. Very comparable to MTN Hardwears 2 person tents but with the added vestibule.

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