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Kelham Stephenson

Kelham Stephenson

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

Kelham Stephenson's Passions

Hiking & Camping
Biking
Paddling
Skiing
Climbing

Kelham Stephenson'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

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 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 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 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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Kelham Stephenson wrote a review of on September 18, 2010

5 5

Bought this model to replace my broken echelon mount and I like this model so much more. The locking system is excellent and I have no problems trusting it to hold my road or mtn bike. The rear wheel holder is a little flimsy but does its job to hold the wheel in place. Very quick load & unload time and extremely secure with the fork holders, much better than a clip or clamp rubbing the paint or decals off your bike.

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Kelham Stephenson wrote a review of on September 18, 2010

2 5

I usually swear by Thule gear and have bought much from them in the past. The rack worked great for a while until it started dragging on a little plastic piece on the tightening knob. Keeping a road bike on the rack mean's tightening the echelon a little bit tighter than its supposed to go and overtime wore down Thules ETC system so it no longer locks in the forks. I switched to a pelaton system and like it but will probably move to the Rocky Mt's model next time around.

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Kelham Stephenson wrote a review of on September 18, 2010

4 5

Definitely not a one ski quiver but what it does it does very well. Pretty stiff underfoot but softer tips and tails make them a joy in the terrain park, and they shred groomers pretty well with no chatter, edge wears away pretty quick and the top sheet chips away over time, nothing that damages the ski to much but definitely ruins your graphics, guess this is what we get for sandwich construction though.
The thin waist doesn't do much if you get a fresh dump and tends to bog you down. Overall I really enjoyed skiing these out on the east coast, super playful, supportive in the park, great on groomers and hold their own on vertical skating rinks. Did alright out west on groomers but struggled in the crud and anything over ankle deep (obviously). I would buy these again but only if I moved back east. They just don't get it done out west.

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