Laurel Nelson

Laurel Nelson

Wasatch, Southern Utah, Uintas, Sawtooths, Canadian Rockies, Alaska

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Laurel's Passions

Alpine Touring
Camping
Backpacking
Snowboarding
Hiking
Mountain Biking
Paddling
Yoga
Road Cycling
Mountaineering
Kayaking

Laurel's Bio

I grew up all over the place, but moving to the Canadian Rockies for high school changed everything. I moved out to Utah seven years ago for school at the University of Utah and after graduating summer of 2011 I started working at Backcountry.com. Snowboarding and whitewater are definitely my passions but I also enjoy biking, hiking, backpacking, and basically anything else active in the mountains.

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Laurel Nelson wrote a review of on June 17, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This is my first full-suspension bike and I love it. I wanted a bike that would be efficient enough for XC but I still wanted enough travel to be able to handle some DH. This will be my third season on it and I still have never really come across any terrain where I felt the SB was lacking. I am 5'9" with like a 31" inseam and the M fits me perfect.

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Laurel Nelson wrote a review of on March 31, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I had been interested in picking up a solar panel for quite some time and I finally settled on the Nomad 7. It does surprisingly well in slightly overcast conditions and this was the main selling point. It is fairly lightweight, easily organizes cords and devices in the zippered mesh compartment, has sufficient loops for hanging pretty much anywhere, and the USB port allows you to charge pretty much anything.

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Laurel Nelson wrote a review of on March 31, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I absolutely love this board. I took it on a 4-day Yurt trip in the Pioneer Mountains in Idaho. I am 5'9" 155lbs and I typically ride a 154 every day and a 158 for pow and steeper lines. I have the 156 and I could not be happier. It handles pow like nobody's business but is surprisingly stable on windscoured terrain. I had no issues with traction on the skin track and the shorter length makes hop turns in tighter terrain a piece of cake.

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Laurel Nelson wrote an answer about on March 10, 2014

You can definitely jib on this board. I tend to prefer it as an all-mountain freestyle board since I like positive camber for my jib board. My go-to jib board would be the cambered Artifact or the cambered Reverb but if you are looking for one board for jumps/jibs/all-around fun this is it.

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Laurel Nelson wrote a review of on March 5, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

These are by far my favorite bindings ever. I have Union Contact Pros, Rome 390 Bosses, a pair of stiffer Ride bindings, and these take the cake. The Cartels are so comfortable, responsive, and fit like a glove. I wear a men's 8.5 boot (without footprint reduction tech) and the size M fits pretty great.

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Laurel Nelson wrote a review of on January 25, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I have a pair of the APXs and I also have these. The peripheral vision is definitely improved on the APX and the goggles aren't that much bigger. Both the APX and the APXs fog way less than my Smith I/O goggles did. These are definitely my go-to pair of goggles now.

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Laurel Nelson wrote an answer about on January 25, 2014

You should not experience too much heel or toe drag with newer size 11 boots on this board. Any of the wide boards on the market should accommodate a standard size 11 boot. If you would like to call or chat we can look into your specific boots and give you a definite answer as to whether or not you would experience toe or heel drag, but in my opinion you will be fine with this board.

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Laurel Nelson wrote a review of on January 25, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I love the Mammut Element. My first beacon was a BCA Tracker and after using a few different models in an avalanche class a couple years ago I loved the Mammut Pulse. When it came time for me to get a new beacon I checked out a few similar options and settled on the Element. The search feature is extremely reliable, easy to use, and I have never had any issues with multiple burial situations. This is my second full season using the Element and I absolutely love it. Hands down, this is my favorite beacon on the market.

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