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Mark Travers

Mark Travers

Employee

Park City

Mark Travers's Passions

Hiking & Camping
Biking
Paddling
Skiing
Climbing

Mark Travers's Bio

Grew up outside of Boston, hiking and skiing in the White Mtns and sailing and kayaking on the Cape and the coast of Maine. Did a stint in central Virginia (where I picked up whitewater paddling) before moving to Utah in the spring of 2012. Moved for the skiing, but love getting out on my bike or backpacking in the mountains when it isn't so white and fluffy

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Mark Traverswrote a review of on February 1, 2016

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size

I have one of these for my daughter in the 3 month size and it's a little weird in terms of fit. She's 6 weeks old and on the longer/heavier end of the spectrum. the chest is a good size, but the arms are really long and the hood is enormous on her. To be fair, she isn't really doing that well with any hoods at this point, but the hood on this jacket could wrap completely over her face if you let it. From what I've seen from friends, the fit of this jacket gets much better as the little ones get a bit older, but if you're looking for an infant you may consider a different style without the hood

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Mark Traverswrote a review of on February 1, 2016

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size

I have one of these for my daughter in the 3 month size and it's a little weird in terms of fit. She's 6 weeks old and on the longer/heavier end of the spectrum. the chest is a good size, but the arms are really long and the hood is enormous on her. To be fair, she isn't really doing that well with any hoods at this point, but the hood on this jacket could wrap completely over her face if you let it. From what I've seen from friends, the fit of this jacket gets much better as the little ones get a bit older, but if you're looking for an infant you may consider a different style without the hood

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Mark Traverswrote a review of on February 1, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size

I've accumulated several of these over the years and they're great for skiing. I generally use them as a neck gaiter / face mask for skiing in the resorts, but it's also great as a hat / ear cover for hiking in the backcountry. I generally run pretty hot so I don't like the thicker fleece options. Really I just need something to keep the wind off my skin. These buffs are the perfect amount of protection if you fold them in half.

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review flagged as color is only one of many features and hardly warrants a 2 star reduction. Click here to view.

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Mark Traverswrote a review of on January 25, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 6' 1"
Weight: 230 lbs
Size Purchased: Large

I've had a pair of these for about 7 years now and they are the best wearing pair of ski pants that I've ever owned. I don't use these as my every day ski pants anymore (I switched to a lighter weight pair of bibs), but I gave these 4 solid years of use before switching them to the spare shelf in the closet. I taught skiing for those 4 seasons, so these saw a good bit of use and abuse during that time. The pants still look great and don't have any issues with the seams or waterproofing going out. I've had to refresh the DWR coating a couple times over the years but that's to be expected. There are certainly lighter options out there, but if you are looking for a reliable pair of pants that will last forever it's hard to beat these

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Mark Traverswrote a review of on January 25, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I've had a pair of these for almost 5 years now and I've been very happy with them. I've been surprised at how durable these are - I'm not particularly hard on them, but I rarely have them in a case and I'm not very careful with them. After 5 years they are still in really great shape. The frame and hinges still work and look great and I don't have any major scratches to the lenses. I've been really happy with the performance and durability with these and wouldn't hesitate to buy them again.

My only complaint is that having wider side arms on the frames limits my peripheral vision a bit, so these aren't the greatest options for certain sports like road biking where you look over your shoulder quite a bit. I use these as every day sunglasses and they're perfect for the task.

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Mark Traverswrote a review of on January 25, 2016

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: Runs large

I picked this up for my daughter to help her make it through her first winter in Park City and it's been a great option for her on cold days. The two zippers on the chest make it really easy to get her in and out, and it's really nice having covers for her hands and feet. The insulation has been plenty for her so far - she tends to run on the warmer side of things, so we put her in this with just a fleece onesie (or two) underneath and she does well. We tend to have her in an Ergo Baby carrier when she's wearing this, so she also gets some insulation from the carrier and warmth from whoever is carrying her.

My only complaint about this is the sizing. We have a 0 month size and our daughter is just over a month old now. She is starting to fill in the chest/body a little bit, but the arms and legs are really long on her. She's a relatively long baby as it is and I'm pretty sure that she will grow out of the chest and still have at least an inch or two on the arms and legs.

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Mark Traverswrote a review of on January 25, 2016

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: Runs large

I picked this up for my daughter to help her make it through her first winter in Park City and it's been a great option for her on cold days. The two zippers on the chest make it really easy to get her in and out, and it's really nice having covers for her hands and feet. The insulation has been plenty for her so far - she tends to run on the warmer side of things, so we put her in this with just a fleece onesie (or two) underneath and she does well. We tend to have her in an Ergo Baby carrier when she's wearing this, so she also gets some insulation from the carrier and warmth from whoever is carrying her.

My only complaint about this is the sizing. We have a 0 month size and our daughter is just over a month old now. She is starting to fill in the chest/body a little bit, but the arms and legs are really long on her. She's a relatively long baby as it is and I'm pretty sure that she will grow out of the chest and still have at least an inch or two on the arms and legs.

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Mark Traverswrote a review of on January 25, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I got this helmet for my wife to replace an older Giro helmet that got towards the end of it's life last season. She really likes the BOA adjustment system - the last time we shopped for helmets she had a hard time finding a Smith helmet that fit, but the newer BOA system really solved that problem. The BOA adjustment does a much better job at wrapping around the whole head than just about any other adjustment system out there.

In addition to the great fit, the vents are very easy to use and provide a great array of options for ventilation. Unlike most helmets, the vent covers are split into two sections, so you can have the front and back of the helmet open or closed independently of each other.

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Mark Traverswrote a review of on January 7, 2016

3 5

Familiarity: I returned this product before using it
Fit: True to size

I tried to like this jacket but had to return it due to fit issues. The bottom hem has an elastic band that isn't adjustable, so you'll need to make sure it's the right fit for you (it was a bit tight on me). There's also an elastic band across the small of the back that pulls the front snug.

The construction seems great with quality fabric and stitching. The weight is also great for a lightweight shell that will see lighter use on backpacking/running/biking/etc trips.

All in all I liked this jacket but the fit just wasn't right for me. It's true to size, just a bit funky with how the bottom hem and back elastic are set up

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Mark Traverswrote a review of on January 7, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I picked these up as replacements for the stock liners in my Scarpa Maestrales since the stock liners are getting toward the end of their life. These fit great and are easy enough to heat mold at home (or better yet at a quality boot fitter). These run a bit taller in the calf than the stock liners in my Maestrales but nothing that gets in the way. I like the additional support and stiffness that you get from a wrap-style liner, but it definitely doesn't flex as well as tongue-style liners for touring.

Overall, you can't beat the convenience and performance of Intuition replacement liners unless you're looking to shell out for fully custom foam/cork liners.

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Mark Traverswrote a review of on January 7, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size

I got one of these for my daughter and it's a great choice for her. She's about 2 weeks old and on the larger side of "newborn" (9lbs) - the 0/3 month size is a pretty good fit for her. It's got space for her to grow but she isn't completely swimming in it. The fabric is soft and comfortable. It's on the warmer side of things, which is perfect for hanging around the house in the winter.

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Mark Traverswrote a review of on January 7, 2016

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: Runs large

I got one of these as a Christmas present for my wife and she really likes it. The fit is a bit generous, especially in the length. She didn't need to go down a size, but it's definitely on the larger size of things. The fabric is really soft and comfortable and surprisingly warm for it's weight

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Mark Traverswrote a review of on January 7, 2016

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: Runs large

I got this as a Christmas present for my wife and she really likes it. The fabric is soft and comfy and plenty warm. She likes having the option of wearing it as a wrap or open as more of a cardigan style. The fit is generous and she actually had to go down a size from what she normally wears.

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Mark Traverswrote a review of on January 7, 2016

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I've got a couple different lenses for my googles and it's really nice to have the variety. These are super easy to swap out without getting too many fingerprints on them. I do wish they were a little more scratch-resistant, but these are just as good as any other google lenses I've used.

I use the fire iridium lenses for most days - they cover a wide range of light conditions except for totally flat light. I'm comfortable with these on full sun days except for late spring when the sun is really cranking. I use the dark grey lenses for those bright spring days.

For cloudy days, I use the hi intensity yellow, which really help boost contrast when the light gets really flat

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Mark Traverswrote a review of on January 5, 2016

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I got this pack a couple of weeks ago and I've had it out on a couple of tours so far. I like most things about this pack, but there are a few tweaks that I would love to make if I was designing it. Overall, if you prefer a top-loading designed pack vs. a zippered pack, this is probably the best option on the market, and certainly in the 30-35L ballpark.

Pros:
I really like how lightweight this pack is. Prior to this I had an older version of the Mammut Pro Protection pack which was a overweight festival of zippers. This pack is easily two pounds lighter than my original pack.

I also really like the top-loading design - it's very easy to shove your gear in and gives you a little flexibility if you're maxing out the pack's volume. The side zip makes it relatively easy to access things that are buried at the bottom of the bag.

The top lid is about as spacious as you can get considering the airbag sits right across the top of the pack. There's space for a multitool, keys, snacks, headlamps, etc. If you're carrying a helmet underneath it sits better if the lid isn't packed too full, but you can make it work.

There isn't a dedicated helmet bra, but there is a daisy chain loop at the top that you can clip the chin strap through and close the lid over your helmet. Once the lid is cinched down it's very secure and I haven't had any issues with my helmet falling out

As far as the airbag is concerned, I'm a fan of the Mammut/Snowpulse protection bag. When deployed, the bag really surrounds your head, neck, and shoulders. I've never been in a slide to test the claims that it provides additional trauma protection, but I can buy it having test fired the bag.

Cons:
I wish the shovel / tools pocket was accessible from the outside. The bag is designed with a pocket that runs down the front of the pack that separates your shovel/skins/etc from the main compartment, but it's only accessible by opening the top lid of the pack. I wish it was accessible via and external zip.

The main pocket is equipped with a side zipper that runs the length of the pack, but it only opens from the top. I wish it was a two-way zipper that you could open from the top or the bottom.

The fabric is definitely lightweight, and much lighter than most other airbag packs that I've seen. It seems like Mammut has done a good job of reinforcing and using thicker fabric in high-wear areas, but if you tend to be really rough on your gear or hike through a ton of brush, durability may become a bit of an issue in the long run.

Overall I'm very happy with this pack. For my needs, it's a big improvement over my previous pack (largely due to the top loading design and weight savings). The changes that I would make to this pack are pretty minor, and this is the best top loading airbag pack that I've seen.

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Mark Traverswrote a review of on December 14, 2015

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

This bag is really burly and easy to pack. I took this out on a trip to Alaska last spring and it survived the airports just fine. I easily fit two pairs of skis (both 190cm), poles, climbing skins, and avy gear. The bag has a ton of space, so it's easy to over pack it and blow right past the 50lb weight limit, so you do need to pay attention to how much you pack in it. The wheels held up well and the bag is designed well for the trek through the airports. I haven't done a ton of flying with this yet so I can't speak to the long term durability, but this seems to be one of the most well-built ski bags that I've seen, so I suspect it stands a good chance of surviving for several seasons.

The color of this bag is a little funky, but it makes it very easy to pick your bag out of a sea of black ski bags at the airport

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Mark Traverswrote a review of on December 14, 2015

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

This bag is really burly and easy to pack. I took this out on a trip to Alaska last spring and it survived the airports just fine. I easily fit two pairs of skis (both 190cm), poles, climbing skins, and avy gear. The bag has a ton of space, so it's easy to over pack it and blow right past the 50lb weight limit, so you do need to pay attention to how much you pack in it. The wheels held up well and the bag is designed well for the trek through the airports. I haven't done a ton of flying with this yet so I can't speak to the long term durability, but this seems to be one of the most well-built ski bags that I've seen, so I suspect it stands a good chance of surviving for several seasons.

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Mark Traverswrote a review of on December 14, 2015

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I've got these mounted on my car (2006 Toyota Rav4) and have used them on my wife's car as well (2005 Subaru Outback). These are a great option for cars with factory rails on the roof. They're easy to install and seem incredibly secure. I really like the fact that the wrench you need for the installation is built into the rack (it's attached to the inside of the end cap on the footing) - it's really nice to not have to keep track of small parts. Both of our cars came with factory installed cross bars, but the Thule system is way more secure, especially when you have heavier loads on the roof or a large roof box.

I haven't had a ton of issues with wind noise from these, but I typically have a roof box on them or don't have them installed on my car at all. The few times that I had these installed without the roof box, the wind noise was more noticeable but I was able to deal with it after moving the cross bars around a bit.

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Mark Traverswrote a review of on December 14, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I've got these mounted on my car (2006 Toyota Rav4) and have used them on my wife's car as well (2005 Subaru Outback). These are a great option for cars with factory rails on the roof. They're easy to install and seem incredibly secure. I really like the fact that the wrench you need for the installation is built into the rack (it's attached to the inside of the end cap on the footing) - it's really nice to not have to keep track of small parts. Both of our cars came with factory installed cross bars, but the Thule system is way more secure, especially when you have heavier loads on the roof or a large roof box.

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