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Shaun Raskin

Shaun Raskin

Park City, Utah but really... anywhere I can find mountains, snow, rock, and good times

Shaun's Passions

Telemark Skiing
Camping
Backpacking
Mountain Biking
Sport Climbing
Surfing

Shaun's Bio

I am the luckiest girl on the planet! As a big mountain skier, I spend my days playing in the mountains. I get to travel to obscure places, make webisodes with my husband (www.thelifeunbound.com), teach avalanche courses, and guide for Park City Powder Cats.
In the off season I can be found running my own wellness guiding company, Inspired Summit Adventures and charging on my Down Hill and Cross Country Bikes, Climbing out in the Uintas, or kicking it with my hubby, dog and good friends on the front porch.
To learn more go to:
www.shaunraskin.com
www.inspiredsummitadventures.com

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Shaun Raskin wrote a review of on December 29, 2013

5 5

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

I have bought 5 pair now (over the course of a year and a half). I, like some of the other reviewers, am a strict lacy thong type of gal, but when engaged in sports they just don't cut it. So I decided to give these a try and am loving them!!!
The merino wool ensures that my most important parts are dry and warm. The fit is also perfect for being active as they have more of boys brief feel with thick waist band and wider hip material. For me these are the only things I put on before going on a ski tour as I know I wont be spending my day trying to pick a wedge through my ski pants, getting chafed by my thong, or cold and damp where it counts most.
While they aren't my husbands top pic in the sexiness department, when I a dry and comfortable and kicking his ass up the skin track I win my sexy back :)

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Shaun Raskin wrote a review of on December 27, 2013

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Fit: True to size

Just got this and the flourish crew. I noticed that this is substantially shorter in the torso than the Flourish crew. I love the feel of both tops, but will go with only the Icebreaker flourish 200 in the future because of the longer fit.

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Shaun Raskin wrote a review of on December 27, 2013

4 5

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

This saw is bad ass, no doubt. Maybe a bit over kill for what I was looking for when I put it on my X-mass list. I was looking for a long saw that would be a solid helper in cutting ECTs and CTs this is certainly that, however, the teeth are made for ripping through ice and dense snow, versus cutting. The result is not the cleanest columns as the aggressive teeth design leaves striation marks. In hindsight I might have gone with the Brooks Range Scientist 70 which has the same folding design but a bit less aggressive teeth which are designed for more refined cuts and is a bit lighter weight. At any rate the quality is amazing and I will see if I change to the Scientist model in the future.

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Shaun Raskin wrote a review of on December 6, 2013

5 5

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

So I bought a pair of these at the beginning of last season (along with another pair of 3/4 length long johns from 686)
I ended up wearing these every day! On the brutally cold days I would double up with another 200 weight pair on top of these but those were only on those sub zero days.
The reason I love these is one, because of their fit. They don't sag down or squinch up they just become an invisible layer. The second reason these are my every day pants is because of their amazing ability to stay dry and keep me warm. Normally when I wear polypro or any synthetic material my lower back is damp, all-be-it warm, but damp none the less and damp is kinda yucky. I spend most days touring so sweat management is a big one for me and these get an A++!
Like I said I probably wore this one pair around 100 days last season and they have held up great except for one place on my thigh where something snagged and now their is a little whole. So I am buying a few more pairs this year because they are that good!

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Shaun Raskin wrote a review of on November 22, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I got this bag last winter and I am loving it! I took it on a hut trip to the Tushar Mountains in Utah last February and it kept me super warm and allowed me to regulate my temp really well as the wood stove burned hot and then died off I was able to stay comfortable.
The bag was great in the desert this spring for the same reasons, it keeps me warm when the temp droped steep at night and then was able to breath enough that I wasn't sweating when the sun came up.
The bag also has a nice cut that gives you enough room for shoulders, chest and arms.
I am 5'8" and went with a regular and the bag has tons of room bellow my feet I bet it could easily fit a 6' guy.
All and all totally stoked on this bag. Finally I have a bag that can handle all the winter and spring adventures I love.

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Shaun Raskin wrote a review of on November 22, 2013

5 5

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

These are my all time favorite socks! What I like best about them is that they really do fit above my calf and that not only keeps my leg warmer but also keeps the sock from scrunching down. These socks also rock because you don't have that annoying and uncomfortable seam along the toes.
These socks are super thin, so if you like the cushy feel, they are not the sock for you. But if you are looking for a sock that is comfortable, low profile, but still warm enough these are for you.

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Shaun Raskin wrote a review of on November 22, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I've been using this kit for a couple of seasons now and weather I am having a casual day of touring and digging quick pits or getting after a full profile I love having my study kit. I always know where all my tools are, and the design is obviously well thought out by snow professionals.
Some of my favorite features to the case:
- the zip compartment which I use for my pencil, a mini write in the rain, and I actually put my slope meter in there too.
-The ability to hang the kit off my ski tip.
-The elastic band that runs across the back of the book which I use to put my field book in that way all my observation tools are in one place.
All and all a great kit to keep you organized in your pit.

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Shaun Raskin wrote a review of on November 19, 2013

5 5

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

Lightweight, durable, packable, anatomical, smart pockets, and so styley are just a few of the adjectives I would use to describe this jacket.
I have worn it just a bit as the season has just started here but I have toured in it, worn it in sunshine and snow and can tell you that the functionality of this coat is all time.
The articulated elbows really makes a difference as well as the articulated hem.
I am a broader built woman 5'8" 150 lbs and size D boobs and a torso that goes on for days. Usually women's clothing does not work for me. Either the jacket is too short, it gets too tight and restrictive when I outstretch my arms, but the Stella allows me to move completely free (I am rocking a Large). I have yet to be able to contort myself in any way that makes this jacket feel tight.
All and all I can't wait to see what mother nature throws my way cause I am confident I can handle it in my Stella.

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Shaun Raskin wrote a review of on November 19, 2013

5 5

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

The boys at true tapped into some serious female knowledge and design to create these bibs.
These function forward, but ever so stylish bibs are the first pant that I have been able to wear and feel completely unobstructed when moving through the mountains. Articulated knees, gusseted crotch, and light weight material make these bibs feel like they were made just for you.
The adjustable shoulder straps allow you to really dial in your look and comfort. I have not noticed the bib buckles hitting my nips (unlike the reviewer bellow) or even any conflict with my boobs, and I am seriously well endowed. I do love the releasable straps for peeing when you have layers over your bib top.
Also the side vents are crucial and oh so nice!
I could not speak higher of an article of clothing as these are literally the first pair of pants that I have put on in 31 years that fit me right and I am loving it!

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Shaun Raskin wrote a review of on November 18, 2013

Photochromic is Phenomenal!!!
5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

No matter which style goggle you choose make sure you choose the Photochromic lenses! These lenses are unbelievably versatile, from white out conditions to bright blue bird days and everything in between these lenses allow you to have crisp clear visibility.
The lenses actually change, so when you pull them out of the box and on grey bird days they will look more like the red sensor lens, but when you hit some light they turn more into a solar x type lens (and have the mirrored looked to go with).
All and all I have never been so excited about something so seemingly small, but this is something to get excited about!

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Shaun Raskin wrote a review of on November 18, 2013

gotta get up to get down
5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This is the only telemark binding I will use and here is why:
98% of my time on skis I am in the backcountry
100% of the time I want to have a binding that I am confident will not fail in the field
100% I go up for the fun on the way down
There are a lot of bindings on the market right now that offer a tour mode, but none of them offer such a responsive and active feel as the Axl.
When I tour I am busting my Ass to get to the top so I can have fun on the down. So for me a binding has to perform on the down, not just be a walking machine. Conversely, if I get crushed slogging some stiff overweight setup up the mountain I won't have the legs to ski the line how I want. The answer, well I think it's clearly the Axl.
The toe piece is made out of one solid piece of stainless steel and runs longer than any other telemark binding on the market. What does that mean? well it means that the ball of your foot, where most of your control comes from, is actually being harnessed more, so you have more control over your skis. Also it gives you more lateral rigidity so you can carve better. The spring that run underfoot and the cables that run along side give you the initiation and power that you are looking for to really drive your skis. Also the 3 pivot point options allow the rider to really dial in where the binding flexes to fit their unique style.
I have used these bindings everywhere from brutally cold days in AK to wet heavy BC to the champagne powder of the Wasatch and have never had them fail. Occasionally snow or ice can build up under the toe plate, but taking my pole tip to it for a couple taps does the trick and then I am ready to be locked and loaded. There are no cheesy and unnecessary plastic cover plates that keep you from accessing any mechanical part of the binding so you can always give a few taps and be on with it. The Axl is hands down the rock star of all touring bindings

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Shaun Raskin wrote a review of on November 15, 2013

Eyeball Ecstasy
5 5

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

Obviously these shades are stylish. What you can't tell from just looking at them is how well they fit weather your looking for some over sized rock star shades or a sunglass that you can wear ski touring, biking, hiking or fishing these puppies do it all with no fog. Not to mention they are tough enough to handle it all.
Now lets talk lens. This is really where the ecstasy part happens. These Polar lenses make the world look so vibrant and crisp you will swear your buddy slipped something into your coffee.
Bottom line these things are a must!

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Shaun Raskin wrote a review of on November 15, 2013

Tough and roomy
5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

My husband and I got this bag to use on a month long trip through Indonesia. We wanted a bag that was tough and could hold up to some wet conditions as we traveled by boat and encountered some rain. The Black Hole did not disappoint.
We were able to use it as a carry on on our flights and it held everything we needed during the day. The back pack carry was also super convenient and we ended up using it as a backpack 80% of the time (either on front while we had our backpacking packs on or as our day pack).
We trusted the weather proofing enough that this became the place we stored our computer and all electronics when we traveled by boat. Not that its totally a dry bag by any means, but it was resistant enough.
After a full month of travel and heavy use the bag still looks brand new.
The only thing the bag is missing is a couple more large internal compartments for organization, but that might decrease the versatility.

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