Thomas Candee

Thomas Candee

Salt Lake City UT

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Thomas's Passions

Alpine Touring
Snowboarding
Hiking
Trail Running
Road Cycling
Snowshoeing
Alpine Skiing

Thomas's Bio

i learned to ski in connecticut as a kid & did most of my time in vermont. went to uvm & spent most of my time at stowe in the trees. after college i started snowboarding. been out in slc for about 2 years & overwhelmed by the beauty, the snow, the scale of options, etc. lovin it!

Thomas Candee

Thomas Candee wrote a review of on March 11, 2014

3 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: Runs small

so i have been a long time fan of the nano puff pullover. the older generation was pretty much my favorite jacket ever & it became a second skin whether bumming around the house, skiing & riding as midlayer or at work (where i tend to run cold).

you could say i "put it through the wringer". it was time to buy a new nano puff. i was excited about the new colors but didn't do my research, assuming the jacket was as dialed as could be. the fit was perfect, the weight very low & the warmth off the charts. why WOULD they redesign? (oh i'm sure they could give a million reasons ...)

the new jacket has a fatal flaw: it no longer fits. they stretched the nano longer while simultaneously narrowing the fit through the shoulders, chest & torso. while the jacket might perform as midlayer, it is no longer a single quiver monster capable of jack of all trades mastery. which is a huge bummer to someone who had it but can no longer get it.

it's still a quality product, but they ruined the fit. when someone like me (6'3" & 190, pretty damn lean) thinks the Large runs too small there is something wrong.

patagonia bricked it with this generation of the nano puff. they should go back to the older design for sure. beware!

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Thomas Candee wrote a review of on November 30, 2010

5 5

at this price point, hard to beat. i have had the gonzo out more than 5 times now in a very stormy, snowy & cold wasatch november. it has exceeded my expectations, performing very well in all conditions. i haven't yet needed to ventilate the shell (like i said, it's been cold) but it's been beaten up pretty good by howling winds, sub-zero temps & heavy snow/wet.

the zippers are great - easy to work & the offset up high makes a ton of sense. the goggle pocket comes in handy as a sandwich pocket or anything else a bit oversized. its been warmer than i expected, really keeps the wind out & drawstrings at the hem work great. the pow skirt with belt loop snaps is a revelation for me & works awesome. can't believe i ever lived without.
it's a no frills, performance shell & it's a pretty design as well. i would highly recommend. the fit is normal as far as i can tell. i usually wear a large & this one fits great.

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Thomas Candee wrote a review of on November 9, 2009

4 5

I own a pair of Methods & bought the alpine sole here at BC ... but had to return it as I realized upon opening it was size small & I need the large (which apparently isn't currently available).

Per BD's website, the sizing is:
23.0-25.5 (Small)
26.0-31.5 (Large)

I wish BC had the sizing info on this page ... cost me $6 in shipping the sole blocks back.

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Thomas Candee wrote a review of on September 26, 2009

5 5

Not only is the cap 3 long sleeve a perfect base layer for mid-winter sports ... it's also great as a casual, comfortable & cozy top when hanging around the house or going out for dinner.

I also find myself wearing this a lot when I travel - it's perfect for flights & car rides.

Bottom line: you can't go wrong ... get it.

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Thomas Candee wrote a review of on September 23, 2009

3 5

I've been using the G9 for a couple of years - the design hasn't changed. It's a completely adequate helmet solution.

Some pros: fairly lightweight - you won't really notice it up there. Also keeps you nice & toasty on colder days. Vents work too, so you don't overheat.

Cons: it's a bit bulky, so it gives you that bobblehead look. It's also omnipresent on the slopes, so if you are looking to stand out from the herd, this is not the way.

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Thomas Candee wrote an answer about on September 10, 2009

I wear size 27.0 ski boots & had to get the large Baron, you'll also likely need the large Duke. To make sure, check your boot sole length - it should be printed in mm somewhere near the bottom of the boot shell.

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Thomas Candee wrote a review of on May 22, 2009

5 5

At 175lbs, I ride the 175cm & it works like a champ in nearly all conditions with the exception of knee-deep (or deeper) pow. It is incredible in crud - that might be where it shines the most although it also likes to carve the groomed.

The monster likes to go fast & performs best when driven aggressively. This is not a backseater's ski.

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Thomas Candee wrote a review of on January 19, 2009

5 5

I bought the Skybox 12 in fall 2008 & mounted it on my Subaru Forester. I love this thing so much. There is plenty of space in the 12 for 2 snowboards, 1 pair of skis, 3 sets of ski poles & other random stuff like shovels.

One of the things that hooked me on the Yakima was the fact that you could mount it on either side. I have mine mounted as close to the driver side as possible. Works great.

The locks & latch system are simple to use. The box lid stays in the up position when loading/unloading. Doesn't seem to hurt gas mileage too too much. Quiet on the road too.

All in all a fantastic product. Money well spent. Go for it

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Thomas Candee wrote a review of on December 10, 2008

5 5

If you're looking for a solid binding that won't put your bank account in a headlock, look no further.

I have these mounted on my Head Monster 88s, which is a big mountain ski designed to rip pow, crud & trees. The Look provides a good middleware between you & your fat boards.

The wide brake fit my 88 millimeter waist with no modification required.

Recommended.

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