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Taylor Heaps

Taylor Heaps

Stuck in a cubicle during the week. Weekends I hit up the nearest available outdoor playground. Little Cottonwood, Tahoe, Lake Michigan are my faves.

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Taylor's Bio

I am a weekend warrior. I work all week so that I can cut loose and get outside on the weekends. Fortunately, my job puts me close to some pretty sweet places. In the winter, I'm all about skiing. I'll go just about anywhere if there is a chance for deep pow and a couch for me to sleep on. My summers are laid back. I ride my bike, backpack, take in a few games at Wrigley, and work on my golf game.

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Taylor Heaps wrote a review of on February 7, 2010

5 5

I use the green superfeet in just about pair of outdoor footwear I own. I have some goofy feet and these relieve all sorts of arch pain. I agree with the comments below about breaking your feet/footwear in with the insoles. Your feet and shoes will need some hours with them in place, but once they are dialed they are so comfortable.

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Taylor Heaps wrote a review of on January 20, 2010

5 5

Much like actual crocodiles, these gaiters have been around since prehistoric ages. Their longevity is due mainly to the fact that gaiter technology hasn't changed all that much in the last million years. Keep snow out and prevent a crampon from going through your pants/leg. If you can do those two things, you have a winning design. OR Crocs do that AND they are made out of super tough material, so they will last forever. I have abused mine for years and I highly recommend them. They will be the last gaiter you ever buy.

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Taylor Heaps wrote a review of on January 20, 2010

5 5

I did a lot of homework before dropping some cash on a coat like this, but I think I totally got the most bang for my buck. I needed an overlayer for mountaineering trips and this jacket has never disappointed me. It packs up well and has great mesh pockets for keeping a waterbottle and mitts warm. The one comment I have for others looking at this coat is that it is really sized big to go over your shell and everything. If you want to wear this as an everyday jacket, I would maybe size down for a trimmer fit.

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Taylor Heaps wrote an answer about on December 14, 2009

Doubtful. This jacket isn't really designed as a layering piece. It's meant to be a standalone down jacket. The shell material is windstopper and does a pretty nice job of shedding the water and keeping the down dry. Barring really wet, cold weather, this jacket will keep you warm on its own.

If you are running into the nasty stuff, I would recommend going to a Patagonia micro/nano puff. It is going to layer nicely, keep you really warm, and retain that warmth in wet conditions.

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Taylor Heaps wrote a review of on November 7, 2008

5 5

This is a great boot bag. It has a lot of well thought out features. Drains in the bottom, a vent at the top, the pocket holds all my gloves and hats and there is a smaller pocket inside for keys and watches. The bag is big enough for my size 12 ski boots, a helmet, two pairs of gloves and a hat. I would recommend this bag to anyone.

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Taylor Heaps wrote a review of on November 7, 2008

2 5

I got this helmet for Christmas last year after deciding that it was the best of what Giro had to offer. The ventilation is a big highlight. It has an adjustable vent and you can put plugs in the front vents if things get bitter cold. The lowlights are that it is a giant helmet and the audio is disappointing. When I wear it, I look like I am about to be shot from a cannon. The audio isn't great. I opted out of the bluetooth functionality immediately. My cell phone rarely works on the mountain and I prefer not to be taking calls anyway. To use it in an only mp3 player mode, I had to buy a cable from Best Buy. Having 3 feet of audio cord running through my jacket wasn't the best setup. I would only recommend this jacket if you absolutely need to use your phone on the mountain. If you are just looking for tunes, take a look at RED or Bern. They make a lower profile brain buckets with easy speaker ear pieces.

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Taylor Heaps wrote an answer about on November 4, 2008

Anything is possible. Women and men tend to have different shaped heads, so different helmets are sized to fit that, but if you want it, go for it.-----------The colors are really the only thing different with these. The sizing is the same for Men's and Women's Bern helmets. If they have your size, go for it. Any doubts, check out Bern's website. www.bernunlimited.com

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Taylor Heaps wrote a review of on November 4, 2008

5 5

I picked up a pair of these last season for some spring skiing. They worked great. Surprisingly stretchy. I usually wear XL gloves and went with a large. No issues on the fit. The palms are durable and have a silicone grip on it that makes them grippy. The best part about the gloves is that you are guaranteed to get a reaction on the lift. Usually laughs.

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Taylor Heaps wrote a review of on October 31, 2008

4 5

I have had my whisperlite for almost ten years now and it's still going strong. It burns super hot and simmers fairly well. My favorite feature is how easily you can maintain it in the field. The 'Shaker Jet' will usually clear out any gunk that is messing with the stove, but in case that doesn't work the whole thing can be stripped down, cleaned, re-assembled and lit in 15 minutes. I have had good success with this stove in the winter as well. Never had issues with the fuel line clogging.

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Taylor Heaps wrote a review of on October 31, 2008

4 5

Call me old school, but I prefer closed cell foam mats. I use the z-rest primarily for summer camping, but have been on some trips when the temperature has dropped and had no issues. The best part of this pad is that if packs really small for a closed cell mat. Much smaller than my ridge rest. The egg carton shape is comfy. A nice little trick with this pad if you are used to sleeping with multiple pillows at home you can neatly fold a couple of the sections underneath your head and it props you up a bit.

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Taylor Heaps wrote a review of on October 27, 2008

5 5

Big fan of this pad. The deluxe is definitely worth the upgrade over the regular. The added thickness was much appreciated during some winter camping trips. The downside is that it doesn't pack small. It will always be a big roll strapped to the outside of your pack. This pad can't fail so I guess I don't worry too much on the trail about it getting poked with sticks and branches.

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Taylor Heaps wrote a review of on October 27, 2008

4 5

I have had these mitts for years and they will probably serve me for many more. They are so burly and will stand up to any kind of abuse. I use them with the PL 400 liners and they are extremely warm.

I echo the others reviews about the dexterity. It's a little difficult to grab smaller things, but I guess thats the price you pay for really warm mitts.

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Taylor Heaps wrote a review of on October 27, 2008

4 5

I have been a fan of OR handwear for a long time. I have used these on extended trips and they are a solid 2 piece golve. They have some features not mentioned - idiot cords to prevent dropping and the cuff has one handed cinch.

If you are doing inbounds skiing in real cold weather, I would look for something a little warmer. But for warmer days or touring, these are an excellent choice.

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Taylor Heaps wrote an answer about on October 26, 2008

There is not much actually, the hood is one, and the cut is a bit different. The sv stands for severe. AR for all around. I have the SV in the fission and honestly I wish I had the AR. Unless you need this as a shell that you will be only using for extreme weather, and mountaineering trips then consider the AR.Christian:Can you please explain what makes the AR better than the SV if you do not use it for only extreme wheather? Other than the price of course...Is the AR more comfortable or what is it?Thanks.The SV employs burlier material throughout the jacket. The AR uses a combo of lighter material on the body and heavier stuff on the shoulders/arms/seat.

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