Tyler Brawley

Tyler Brawley

Wasatch Mountains

Tyler Brawley's Passions

Hiking & Camping
Snowboarding
Biking

Tyler Brawley's Bio

I snowboard 100 days a year, almost exclusively on a split-board. I am a powder snob to say the least, groomers bore me and I'd rather hike for 3 untracked runs a day than hit a groomer... Been snowboarding since 1986, also used to be a buyer for a LARGE snowboard shop for many years and was a regionally sponsored rider for Salomon/Bonfire for several years...

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Tyler Brawley

Tyler Brawley wrote a review of on April 28, 2010

5 5

These bottoms are great! Super light, super comfy, and NO STINK!!!! Nice to get ride of my old Polypro bottoms than stunk to high heaven!!!! Get the matching top and be stink free!!!! ( I'm 6ft, 160 lbs and got the Mediums which fit great, they go over my Donjoy knee brace with no problem... I live in SLC and tried on the S, M & L @ the Backcountry retail store)

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Tyler Brawley wrote a review of on April 28, 2010

5 5

I love this top!!! Super comfortable, nice and light and NO STINK!!! Get the matching bottoms and you'll be stink free!!! Some people have complained about the selves and thumb holes, but they are perfect for me, wish all tops were made like this!!! I'm 6ft, 160lbs and the medium fits great!!!! ( I live in SLC and tried on the S, M & L @ the Backcountry retail store)

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Tyler Brawley wrote a review of on March 11, 2010

5 5

This is without doubt the best pack that I have owned! I have the M/L and have none of the mentioned problems with the Avy Tools pocket... All of my tools fit easily in the compartment... My last pack was a Dakine Blade which I loved... Or I thought so!!! I never had any complaints, but now I can't believe just how much better this pack is!!! It fits so much better and with it's design just hugs my body much better and the hip belt actually sits on my hips like it should!! The loop for routing your hydration tube is one of those oh so simple, but not included in other pack features that make you wonder why it's in every pack made! Getting this pack along with a few other new light weight items allowed me to shed about 6lbs of my pack weight.... Although I am a snowboarder this pack works for me... I pretty much only tour on a splitboard, so in a boot pack situation I would just put my split on in ski mode VIA the a-frame carry method... The horizontal ski carry loops work awesome for carrying my poles on the way down!!! I love this pack!!!!!!!!

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Tyler Brawley wrote a review of on January 28, 2010

The obvious choice, okay out of the box, with some mods and secrets PERFECT!
3 5

So these are the only real choice for your splitboard kit. The problem is is that they are missing some key features that our ski touring buddies enjoy! Here's a little guide to make your days touring on you split much more enjoyable and hassle free....

1. When out in the BC don't store your skins with glue on glue... These suckers are tough to pull apart when cold and sometimes almost impossible, the cheat sheets work okay, but it's one more thing to have to mess with... Instead ROLL you skins up! Nap on the glue... They will unroll like magic at the top of your next run and there will be no glue on your skins! When your at home in normal temps DO make sure to store your skins glue on glue, but at home in room temps pulling them apart to skin up before heading out for the day is relatively easy...

2. Tail clips! If you do multiple transitions in a day there is nothing worse than getting snow on the tails of your skins and having them not stick so well anymore, especially if you're doing some steep accents... Ski tail clips don't really work with the offset and curved tail of a split board... The SIMPLE, FOOL PROOF method is this! Go buy 2ft of 1 or 2mm shock cord... Punch a hole through your skins... This is a little harder than you may think, a big nail heated up with a lighter or torch does the job the best, run the cord through the hole and tie it off, then loop them over your tail clip hardware! I've never had these pop off during a day of touring (although my skier buddies have their clips pop off all the time)... I have never had the hole rip/tear or even get bigger there is nothing to worry about... You already have holes on your skins that hold up just fine with your nose clips!

These two tricks will make your days in the BC on your split much more hassle free...See my picture for a visual of these tricks!

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Tyler Brawley wrote a review of on January 27, 2010

3 5

If your looking for the lighter weight BC kit this probe will help... Not a lot but a little... Probe snaps right together with a pull of the cord... Advantages slightly smaller and lighter than other probes. Disadvantages kinda of on the short side... Should be adequate for intermountain and continental snow packs, maybe want to consider a longer probe if you tour in costal snowpacks.

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Tyler Brawley wrote a review of on January 21, 2010

A Backcountry riders necessity!
5 5

Awesome & bomb proof! These bibs rock! The fit is nice and relaxed, not tight and not baggy. The suspenders do their job, have plenty of adjustment and stay on your shoulders unlike so many other bibs i've had. The high top/bib keeps snow from going down your drawers, the pockets are roomy and well placed so you can get to them with your jacket on with ease. The side zip and thigh vents dump heat perfectly! When and if these wear out I will be getting another pair with no hesitation!

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Tyler Brawley wrote a review of on January 21, 2010

5 5

I spend most days touring on my splitboard in the Wasatch.... These boots are great! They are a narrower fit so they probably won't be that great if you have tree stumps for feet. For us with normal to narrow feet these fit awesome! For touring on a split I can keep the boots lose while hiking and then when it's time to make a run, crank down the boots WITH my gloves ON! Then at the end of my run (or going into the lodge on resort days) just pull the knob and bam! Nice and loose just like that, for walking around in! DC's fit and shell size has gotten consistently better the last few years and these are the first boots I've owned in 10 years that weren't Salomon as their fit and shell size was industry leading for years. I wear sz 10.5 street shoes and ride sz 10 in these boots comfortably.

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Tyler Brawley wrote a review of on January 21, 2010

5 5

For digital transceivers this is the best, it has the farthest range and re-calibrates it self to distance and direction quickly. Bought my ex-wife the BCA Tracker transceiver and when practicing I couldn't believe how short it's range was and it's sluggishness in re-calibrating during a search , we returned it ( i wanted her to be able to find me) got the Pieps and it's range was more than double! If you are an experienced analog transceiver user nothing will beat the range (and price) of an Ortovox F1, but if you want a digital this is the one to get!

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Tyler Brawley wrote a review of on January 21, 2010

5 5

Salomon makes THE BEST snowboard bindings! They are comfy, light and most importantly don't break ever! The fast fit toe strap is always out of the way when you're buckling in, you will never accidently step on your to strap ladder and break it with these bindings, the ratchets never break either.... I have a pair with over 200 days on them and they are like new! There is a reason Burton dealers have that huge binding parts kit behind the counter, their binding components break! Salomon doesn't have a parts kit for dealers because their dealers rarely, if ever, need to repair the Salomon bindings they sell. I sold both brands for years so this is from factual experience, not an opinion!

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