Matthew Safranek

Matthew Safranek

Park City, Martha's Vineyard, Seattle

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Mountain Biking

Matthew's Bio

Just trying to enjoy my short time on Earth. Livin at The Canyons this winter, looking for 130+ days.

Matthew Safranek

Matthew Safranek wrote a review of on January 23, 2010

3 5

as hard as the canyons are to get around the terrain is great. wouldnt call too much of it "stomach churning," except for a wrong turn in "the abyss." the side country access is cool. but at the time of this writing it is dangerous as $#!T. if you go, take avy gear. you are playing with your life and those with you.

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Matthew Safranek wrote a review of on January 16, 2010

Maybe find some 3 piece poles
3 5

I used these on my Level 1 Avy course. they worked fine. they supported my weight(240). but when stowed on my backpack for the trip down, they stuck way up. Like past the top of my head.

here is picture of the BD Expedition 3 piece poles(they seem to be a little stronger than the Traverse poles). If you are a boarder do yourself a favor and find some 3 piecers.

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Matthew Safranek wrote a review of on December 31, 2009

Works
3 5

The bad...
After using this backpack for a year the main compartment zipper pulls have fallen off. I used on my avy class and with a small amount of food, a nalgene bottle, a very small first aid kit, and back up gloves, my soft shell was a little too large for the main compartment. Jury rigged zipper pulls became a big pain.
Bite valve froze over every 15 minutes in 20 degree weather. It was a struggle to break it up again. finally gave up on it.
when loaded with avy gear, the aforemention brik a brak, and a snowboard the fact that the hip belt did not really sit on my hips became a strain on my shoulders.
MP3 pocket is asinine. if you are in the b.c., why would you listen to a mp3 player? great place for a snack though.

The good...That said, If i didnt have such a beastly stature everything probably would have fit fine.
avy gear stowed away neatly on the outide, and was easy to access during burial scenarios(it kinda got in the way when my board was strapped to it, which i chalk up to my bad, as i really should upgrade to a split).
when the water was flowing again it was still room temp, just like when i left home.
worked well on fall hikes.

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Matthew Safranek wrote a review of on December 30, 2009

5 5

i used it during training for the Seattle to Portland, and for the Cape Cod Marathon. worked great during all my cycling endeavors, and my long runs. I read a complaint on the CC Marathon site complaining that Accelerade was terrible, turns out that the marathon staff was mixing it at about 1/20th strength.

uhhh, so yeah. works well. and im a heavy sweater.

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Matthew Safranek wrote an answer about on December 29, 2009

Not a answer but a request ...Please tell me how the split 190 works out for you. Ive been riding my Skunk ape 169 in the front/side country, and would love a 190 split for total out of bounds. im a big dude(6'5, 230ish) and want the float for skinning.

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Matthew Safranek wrote a review of on December 24, 2009

5 5

I wear these when wearing my merrill snowmotion 6's. Can not express how good they feel on my feet. ive worn them in temps down to about 5 and my feet stayed warm. love them, love them, love them. Im looking forward to buying Bridgedale socks for working in a professional kitchen to keep my feet happy there as well.

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