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Sam Hansen

Sam Hansen

Tetons/Wasatch

Sam Hansen's Passions

Hiking & Camping
Running
Skiing
Climbing

Sam Hansen's Bio

same as what every other person on here said, i love to ski and play outside bla bla bla

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Sam Hansen

Sam Hansen wrote a review of on February 1, 2012

5 5

just what the title says. ALuminum bends easy, and then youre stuck using a bent pole, which can suck, even if you try to bend it back it will kink or bend easier next time at maybe a bad time when you might need them. You could probably save money by purchasing several cheap aluminum poles and get the same life out of all three combined compared to this, but the whole point is having poles when you need them, and when a pair breaks at the wrong time, the extra cost for a better pair is justified...

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Sam Hansen

Sam Hansen wrote a review of on February 1, 2012

5 5

I havent had a lot of dynafit experience, in the past I've enjoyed touring via full apline; telemark (axles and 01's), and before that using a split-board as an ignorant youth. Having used practically every other mode of BC touring transport, I can honestly say that touring on these was a billion times more enjoyable. Everything and more that it was hyped to be. I thought my telemark bindings were true free pivot, but compared to these they aren't even close. Soooo much easier, smoother, lighter, sleeker, etc. I even boosted some small airs and they didn't break, more testing to come soon! My only complaint is the highest setting on the riser should be taller, it seems a bit low.

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Sam Hansen

Sam Hansen wrote a review of on February 1, 2012

4 5

The boots are everything ever advertised, stiff, light, awesome tour mode etc. The liners on the other hand don't fit the boot that well, and the boa is just a PIA, (Take a hint BD) nobody I know including myself actually likes the boa on any of the at, freeride, or tele boots. It breaks, takes longer, and the liner material is crap already, so in no way does it enhance fit. I threw some old intuitions in these as advised by others and thoroughly enjoyed the hell out of them. Its like walking in a tennis shoe, and skiing in an (almost) alpine boot. These are awesome, just plan on upgrading liners if you want them to fit.

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Sam Hansen

Sam Hansen wrote a review of on October 18, 2011

5 5

Had these for 5 years and running, very durable frames, I've sat on them, stepped on them etc. They stay on very well even in active outings like running, biking, and kayaking, (stayed on when I rolled!) The lenses can get scratched jsut as easily as any other, but luckily replacements can be had for quite cheap, so its almost like getting a new pair.

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Sam Hansen

Sam Hansen wrote a review of on October 18, 2011

5 5

This is hands down the best skin cutting tool around. Although not rocket science, cutting usually requires moving the skins around on the ski and guessing how much to cut off for optimal edge exposure, other skin cutters can leave you feeling robbed after realizing your entire skin is crookedly cut. This handy tool allows you to center the uncut skins on the ski and make a straight forward cut.

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Sam Hansen

Sam Hansen wrote a review of on October 18, 2011

2 5

This binding is almost as expensive as a pair of hammerheads, for a fraction of the performance and durability. Even if you like a flimsy binding there is no reason to use this one because other binders have adjustability to accommodate preferences. Sure its light and "classic" you probably saw more folks tele on these pieces of crap than anything, but if you're going to pay this much you might as well get one of the newer offerings. Just look at the other conflicting reviews and you'll easily see they're a mixed bag.

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Sam Hansen

Sam Hansen wrote a review of on December 12, 2010

5 5

what jack said, go with the tall ones, the short ones are pointless. I've never seen a hammer heel go bad, they have the best spring back, never fall down when they aren't supposed to, and they are equally handy at holding the heel thrown down on Hammerheads and Axles during transportation, carrying etc.

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Sam Hansen

Sam Hansen wrote a review of on December 12, 2010

5 5

after a season of heavy use your skins aren't quit as sticky as you would like, this stuff is great because you can do touch up jobs on patches where you skin blew into the side of your car, or a cat,or dog, dirt, etc. I've use it on all brands of skins, and it seriously brings the stick back to life. Apply the glue, let it dry (~1 hr)before putting the skins back together or you'll have a problem, and you're back in business. Once it dries it isn't perfectly smooth like the new skins are but its just as stick if not more. Companies sell entirely new glue renew sheets but that really seems like a pain and usually there are just a few patches that need more stick, it used to come in a big jar, but the tube is the same stuff, just smaller. Try it, it will make your skins as sticky as they ever were.

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Sam Hansen

Sam Hansen wrote a review of on December 12, 2010

4 5

cuts through snow pretty well (not that its difficult) and the attachment to BD ski poles is genius for a myriad of snow tests. My only complaint is that the handle is a bit thicker, and when used with the pole it doesn't leave a nice clean cut, there probably isn't a way around that though.

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Sam Hansen

Sam Hansen wrote a review of on December 12, 2010

4 5

Doesn't look like much but this "kit" or bundle of spare parts can help in a pinch. BD 01's are susceptible to having the plastic heel lever snap off when you put them on and of. I've snapped 2, and my spring pre-load was < than 1 cm. The spare heel assembly saved me. I never had to use anything else from the kit. It is possible to just buy the heel assembly direct from BD, but the spare heel wires and stuff are nice to have around in case you lose one. BD 01's are good bindings, but you'd be wise to have some spare parts on hand...

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Sam Hansen

Sam Hansen wrote a review of on December 12, 2010

4 5

I used mid stiff in 01's for a while and soon upgraded to rid stiffs, big difference, especially if you play around with the pre-load ie. tighten the binding to your boot more. Rid stiff cartridges ski similar to hammerheads in pos 4, and axles in pos 2, its a different feel, but certainly still capable of great things. Sometimes the cartridges loosen up on their own, try using plumbers tape, and even just running duct tape around both the tubes to keep them from getting loose. I've had the duct tape fix last over a year before. Another hint, adjust them BEFORE heading up to the hill, sometimes the threads get wet and freeze or for whatever random reason they won't adjust when cold and you're SOL till they get warm again.

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Sam Hansen

Sam Hansen wrote a review of on December 12, 2010

my favorite
5 5

I've had these for almost a year now, they endured an entire season guiding in Moab, then I took them to a concert and they got stepped on when I set them down. very stupid of me, yes I know. Aviators usually aren't very good at staying on your face but these are excellent. I especially like the additional coverage from the oversized lenses, no matter where you look you eyes are protected form the sun. I wish Smith would make them out of indestructible titanium, hint hint, because they are somewhat succeptible bending.

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Sam Hansen

Sam Hansen wrote a review of on December 12, 2010

5 5

These are light, fit my face perfect, simple, and they don't fog. The sensor mirror lense is simply the best for fog/flat light, also not too bad for sunny days. What more can be said in addition to everyone else's reviews though?

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Sam Hansen

Sam Hansen wrote a review of on December 12, 2010

4 5

This is a pretty burly shovel, don't worry about breaking it. Simple, and quick to "deploy," the spring buttons doesn't ice when you need to open or close it, and can be (opened/closed) easily with big gloves on which is important for those cold days. On one hand it's nice that the handle stores inside the blade, on the other hand, its large size and the handles curve make it a pain to store in a pack with a smaller avi pocket. It's also not the lightest thing around, but given its durability I think it's worth the weight. Someone else posted they use it in their car too, it's trusty enough that I do the same, if you aren't on a slope you really have to bend over because the handle is short and it doesn't extend...

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