Taylor

Taylor

Logan, Ut; Salt Lake City, Ut; Park City, Ut

Taylor's Passions

Snowboarding
Biking
Skiing

Taylor's Bio

I'm from Logan, Ut but I now go to school at the University of Utah and live in Salt Lake City. I have a passion for action and adventure sports, as well as the products used in them. I know a lot about skis, snowboards, and bikes. I am also a bike mechanic and do minor repairs and maintenance on skis and snowboards.

(The current profile picture is taken by the Oakley HQ in Foothill Ranch, Ca)

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Taylor wrote a review of on January 9, 2012

4 5

This screwdriver is a perfect tool to have while traveling or just in your car. It has everything you need to make adjustments to skis and snowboards. Including stance width with the measuring tape. A bit big to fit in your pocket, but that's not what I bought it for. I took off a star because when you're loosening or tightening something sometimes the ratchet moves. But that's no big deal.

I highly recommend this tool.

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Taylor wrote a review of on January 3, 2012

5 5

These might weigh a bit more than some of the other options out there, but they still tour amazing. I have these with look pivots and they are super smooth, and the extra bit of risers help out on the steeps a lot. The moving chop block in the back does help the ski flex more naturally too.

I highly recommend this plate for touring.

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Taylor wrote a review of on January 3, 2012

5 5

This binding is awesome! I put these on my Mr. Pollard Opus and they work wonderfully. They hold you in when you need it the most. I haven't had to eject, but the release when you just come out of your skis is really smooth. That gives me confidence that they'll release just when you need them to and save your body. I also have these on the MFD Alltime plate and they tour really well too.

I highly recommend this binding.

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Taylor wrote a review of on December 28, 2011

5 5

This plate is a great invention. Being able to use Look Pivots for touring is wonderful. The plate has the highest setting (14 degrees) out of any other touring setup. And it really helps. The hinges are frictionless and being able to switch climbing bar with your pole baskets is a great convenience. Don't be weary of flex because there is none. The MFD is torsionaly strong and I had no problems with it.

I highly recommend the MFD Alltime for touring.

P.S. Marker fans they will make a plate for Marker bindings next year. I've seen a working prototype.

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Taylor wrote a review of on December 28, 2011

5 5

This pack held all of my avy gear (bca tour shovel with probe, foldable saw) and my skins in the wet/avy pocket. In the dry pocket it held my bulky sweatshirt and food. holding skis or snowboard aren't a problem. It's very easy to put things on. Fat pow skis are a bit tricky to get through the loops for the A-Frame option, but they will fit, my Mr. Pollard Opus fit after some coaxing.

Great pack for small tours!
I highly recommend it!

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Taylor wrote a review of on December 28, 2011

5 5

Trimming my new Alpinist skins was unbelievably easy with the trimmer. It left enough space for the big edges of my pow skis, and cut through like warm butter.

I highly recommend this trimmer.

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Taylor wrote a review of on December 28, 2011

5 5

I took these out on my Line Opus and they worked great. They never slipped on the way up, and they glide beautifully on the flats, up hill, and even when hitting a small down hill section. They also glide better than the K2 skins. Trimming with the included trimmer is a cinch.

Great grip, amazing glide!
I highly recommend these skins.

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Taylor wrote a review of on December 18, 2011

5 5

I got these just to keep my boots from getting chewed up by the asphalt. Little did I know, they have rocker in them. SkiTrax allow for the most natural walking in ski boots possible. When walking with these I feel like the walk across the parking lots isn't so bad after all. They are a bit cumbersum, but they'll fit easily in a backpack or stuff them in your pockets.

Bottome line, great protection, and great walking.

I highly recommend these.

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Taylor wrote a review of on December 12, 2011

5 5

I put these bindings on my Volkl Bridges and the setup rocks! These bindings are great. I haven't had any mechanical issues with them and I've had them since they first came out. I haven't had to have them release so I can't say how they are in that area. However, the to slider is supposed to help with all of that. They give great control, and it might only be 6cm of total travel, but it does a lot. Great in the park, awesome on the groomers and crud. Just keep them greased so they will move easier when you go to slide them. They also stay put when you want them to. No problems with them moving involuntary.

I highly recommend these for an all mountain ski. Great bindings.

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Taylor wrote a review of on December 12, 2011

4 5

I bought these gloves because I'm sick of normal pipe gloves being only water resistant. The Gore-Tex in these gloves keep your hands nice and dry with no problems. The carbon fiber knuckles look cool, but aren't exactly necessary in my opinion. These aren't insulated so don't plan on using them in cold weather because your fingers will get cold. But they aren't insulated so they aren't meant to keep your hands toasty on a freezing day. The reason I gave these 4 stars was because of the sizing. I have a pair of Black Diamond Troller gloves, Burton Gore Mitts, and Burton Pipe gloves all in XL and they were all too big. So I decided to size down. I got these in a large because I wanted a snug fit. It's so snug that I almost pull the liner inside-out when I take off the glove.

I highly recommend this as a PIPE glove that will keep water out.
Just remember SIZE UP!

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Taylor wrote a review of on December 12, 2011

5 5

I used to snowboard, and coming from such comfortable boots I had to find something that was at least close. I bought the Hot Dogger not because of its stunning good looks, but because it seemed like it would be the most comfortable. The intuition moldable liner is like a dense pillow surrounding your foot. I still get response from the boot, but in a different way than normal boots. Because of the flex you should size down a 1/2 to full size.

I usually wear a 9.5 shoe, I got this boot in an 8.5. Because when you lean forward your foot slides back into position. When they say no shin bang, they mean it. I would wear my Hot Doggers over my snowboard boots. That's saying something. Also, because of the design, your feet stay warmer than most other boots too. The only boots I've worn that come in comparison to these are the Dalbello Crypton Pro.

I highly recommend these boots, just remember to size down a bit.

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Taylor wrote a review of on December 8, 2011

5 5

I absolutely love my Bridges. I mounted them with some Marker Griffon Schizos and they rip! They ride the park, the groomers, the crud, the side stashes with ease. Not recommended for deep pow, but then again what all mountain ski is? (besides maybe the Line Blend). The ski carves nice and smooth, but also seems to be playful and snappy. My favorite ski I've ridden thus far.

Highly recommended as an all mountain park ski.

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Taylor wrote a review of on December 8, 2011

5 5

I mounted these on my Volkl Bridges and the combo is unbeatable. I can move them up and glide through the park(there is extra weight, but I'm not a heavy hitter so it doesn't really matter). I get to a groomer or some tracked pow and move them all the way back in a matter of a couple minutes. It is a bit of a pain to move them, but hey what other bindings do that?

Highly recommend these for an all mountain ski if you want to hit the park a little too.

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Taylor wrote a review of on December 8, 2011

3 5

I got these because I keep ruining my expensive gloves and mittens in the park. They are great for grabs and holding up to things like that. However when they say "water-resistant" It means that you can touch solid ice and not have a problem. But because these gloves have no insulation the weather you use them in is warm. So the snow is soft and slushy. My hands always get cold within a couple of hours of use. If you ski they'd be great, but for snowboarding, not my favorite.

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Taylor wrote a review of on December 8, 2011

5 5

I love the fit of this helmet. It doesn't come down too far in the front, and it isn't big and bulky like the Giros that I've owned in the past. The ventilation is amazing, my head seems to be at perfect temperature in the spring heat and January bitter cold. The audio in the helmet is also a great plus. The goggle defog vents in the front aren't a gimik. They legitimately work.

Bottom line, my favorite helmet I've used so far.
I highly recommend it.

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