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Will Howard

Will Howard

Brighton, Utah and the surrounding back country of the Wasatch range.

Will Howard's Passions

Hiking & Camping
Yoga
Skiing
Climbing

Will Howard's Bio

I love to be outside, skiing, climbing and backpacking are my main pursuits. I ski for Meier Skis, a small company out of Aspen, Colorado that produces skis from beetle killed trees; check them out!

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Will Howardwrote a review of on December 17, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

You know the feeling; lots of surface contact and friction, a nice constriction, placing it horizontally or vertically... You can't beat a bomber nut placement, and surely these are some of the best to use. If you're just starting to build a rack, this is a great place to start from for cost efficiency and versatility. You really don't want to fall on the little guys, but they'll slow you down more than nothing would. While it's tough to demarcate differences in hunks of metal, the BDs are my go to, and are surely a solid choice to build a rack from or add some pro to your existing one.

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Will Howardwrote a review of on February 4, 2014

An essential tool
5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

This saw is a crucial piece of equipment when digging pits to evaluate snow stability. It allows you to smooth the walls of a pit so fine that every snow layer will be easily identified by a quick glance. You can isolate columns for a Compression test incredibly quick, and chopping out a section of your pit for an ECT is too simple not to do. The Flick-Lock is great for attaching it to BD poles, and with two sizes on the lock it can fit a variety of other poles. This just made all of my pits exponentially prettier, and is an essential tool for responsible decision making in the backcountry.

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Will Howardwrote a review of on January 26, 2014

Passes the Test...
5 5

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

When your Bowl gets filled with powder you will be stoked you have it. It is the perfect weight to tour around in with a few layers on, and will be a great spring jacket. It is essentially just a burly shell that will stand up to everything, which is what I have been looking for. The Large size was sold out when I purchased it so I sized up to an XL (I tend to wear baggier clothing, 6', 175) and am quite pleased. Fits me great. The large would have been nice so I wouldn't have to cinch the bottom up, but that only has to be done once so it does not matter too much to me. If you are looking for a lighter coat that will provide you incredible protection from water and wind, look no farther. The 2-Layer Gore-Tex is all I need for Utah pow, and would hold up just fine to a quicker blast of rain. Stoked to have it for many more years!

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Will Howardwrote a review of on January 18, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I gave it as a gift but have feedback to share

Purchased a pair of these as a Christmas gift for my Mom and have some feedback to share; I got her the Red Sensor Lens for use in flat light in the Colorado mountains above Treeline, she said they were great and allowed her to make out the Terrain much better than usual. She also said they fit her face perfectly and are very comfortable (she has a smaller/medium face). She loved the colors of the Violet Ombre as well. Figured I'd share what I can, sorry it is not too personal. I will try to add more when I cross her path again.

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Will Howardwrote a review of on January 17, 2014

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This headlamp is nice if you are not in the market for something incredibly bright. With that being said though it does an incredible job for its price and size. It has 3 settings, a low light output, higher output and red. It is so small you'll forget it is even on your head. It is the most comfortable headlamp I've owned. I am enough of a fan that I bought another after losing mine this summer.

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Will Howardwrote a review of on January 13, 2014

5 5

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

I have used the trusty STH 16 and Trekker combo for a few years for a few reasons; it is nice to have a Din of 16 on the way down and I have been too cheap to buy another pair. I did not like how high the Dukes put you on a ski, so when these came around I was hyped to try them. Similar to STH's I find the DIN to be a bit weaker, I ride them at 14 and would suggest going a number or two up from other bindings if you really want your skis to stay on. They tour wonderfully, I don't think I quite realized how much nicer they would be than Trekkers. I love them after just a few uses, and would HIGHLY recommend them if you're in the market. It should be noted that just because you can put them back into touring mode without removing your skis does not mean that is always the best way to go. If they have snow on the heel piece's base at all they will not go on and you will have to take them off and brush it off to get them to lock. Don't try to just stomp them harder, it could lead to an expensive mishap if you have snow under the rails...

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Will Howardwrote a review of on December 28, 2013

Super nice
5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

These are great draws, they are quite light, have a nice smooth action, and I like the different colored biners on them (silver to silver on the bolt, orange for the rope). You also cannot snag the hooks on bolts or ropes due to the design on the hoodwire. If you're in the market for a bunch of draws this is a great place to look and you'll save a few bucks buying them as a pack.

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Will Howardwrote a review of on December 28, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

These things are pretty incredible; they are so light you'd never even know they were there (not that any quickdraw is 'heavy', but they are surprising), You could have 15 of them hanging on your harness and it would feel like 5-7 other draws. It's pretty wild. They have a really smooth action on the gate, and are incredibly snappy. I'd highly recommend them if you're in the market for new draws, I wish I had a full rack of 20 of them...

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Will Howardwrote a review of on December 23, 2013

Lived on 'em all summer.
5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I took a box and a few extra of these to Alaska this summer for the fishing season. We were set-netting and living on an old wooden boat that was rescued from a dump and turned into a place to hang out and sleep between openings. These meals are all great. Super tasty, and packed with all of the nutrients you need. My friend and I ate them almost every day, we augmented most of the meals with a salmon filet, but we were often too lazy to filet one and would just go for it stock. They taste great just the way they come (I've also eaten them when out of money...), the Beef Stroganoff is the bomb, and the breakfast ones are super good too. My box came with the granola ones for the morning, and they were great. I'd highly recommend these if your going on a longer pack trip with a partner or anything of the type.

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Will Howardwrote a review of on December 23, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I have used this helmet for about 4 seasons now, and finally had to purchase a new one. Besides a few whacks which could have compromised the padding, the outer shell separated from the layer underneath it (all of the padding). It still works, but I had a Traumatic Brain Injury last September do not have any leeway with hitting my head again. This helmet is approved by both the EU standard and the ASTM standard for impacts, which is nice to know. I wear it with a beanie underneath and no earflaps and it fits perfectly. I removed some of the velcro padding they include, but that is all. Overall it is quite bomber, and is one of the few helmets I feel very safe in.

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Will Howardwrote a review of on December 23, 2013

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

This is an incredibly comfortable piece, the wool is nice and thin and keeps your face dry. It is pretty resistant to smells thus far in its life, which is nice. It is not incredibly warm, I typically wear it folded in half so it has double the thickness on colder days. If it is a pow day or very cold at all I wear an Outdoor Research Balaclava, but for chilly park days or sunny ones when you don't want to get burned this cannot be beat.

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Will Howardwrote a review of on December 23, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

These racks are incredibly easy to use. They install easily to the Thule Loadbar and operate nicely in about any condition. They have big buttons to release that can be easily depressed even if caked in snow and a bit of ice. They also close incredibly easy in the same conditions. I have had the 6 pair and the 4 pair, the 6's are super nice if you are going to be skiing with groups of friends or family, especially if some of them snowboard. The 6 pair fits about 5 pairs of pow skis, 6 pairs of park skis, or two snowboards (stacked on top of each other) and 3 pairs of park skis.

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Will Howardwrote a review of on December 21, 2013

4 5

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

I have only used them a few times, and have not used them in really intense conditions as of now (just a fairly mild Utah storm) but they are incredibly nice and I know they are going to be more than capable. Initially I purchased the Large but I felt as though they were a bit snug (I prefer a baggy fit) and exchanged them for an XL which fit perfectly. I am 6 foot 175 lbs for reference. The beacon pocket is a nice addition as well, my last pair of bibs did not have a dedicated pocket for one. I use a BCA Tracker and it fits fine. I am stoked to get them out and really put them to good use, I can tell I am going to love them.

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Will Howardwrote a review of on December 14, 2013

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I have had a pair of these for about 4 years now (too broke for touring bindings) and they have always worked fine. They have the most issues side-hilling, as they do not have the best torsional rigidity. Sometimes they can be a bit funky on kick turns as well. I lost one screw from mine, and once I realized this decided to epoxy them all in place. I can never adjust them from a 28.5, but the chances of them falling apart on me have been drastically reduced. It is nice to take these off and step into a 16 DIN alpine binding for the way down. These are a great option if you do not have the money to invest in a pair of touring bindings or are just starting to get into AT. With a little care they will take you a long way...

It should be noted that they do not work super well with FKS bindings, the turntable heel does not allow them to go fully down, so it is kind of like walking with the riser up all the time. They seem to work the best with Salomon STH type bindings, or the Atomic version, or anything with a similar heel piece.

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Will Howardwrote a review of on December 13, 2013

4 5

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

I had been using the Pink Iridium variant for a long time with pleasant results in a wide range of conditions, but I decided I could do better in flat light and purchased the H.I. Yellow. These things truly are 'High Intensity' in their amplification of light. They work incredibly well. I did not realize the faults of the Pink Iridium in the lowest of lights until I used these. It is great to have a wide range of lights covered now and would highly recommend these to anyone who is searching for a good low-light lens. Especially for skiing anywhere above tree-line (Colorado comes to mind) these make negotiating low light much more pleasant.

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Will Howardwrote a review of on December 13, 2013

5 5

These goggles rock, I am not sure why it took me so long to get a pair instead of carrying around 2 different pairs of gogs in my pack when skiing in the backcountry. Both lenses that are provided are great; the Green Sol is great for the sunny days, and the Red Sensor mirror is one of the best flat-light lenses I have used. I have used these about 10 times so far and the only issues I have had were a result of my own errors. I did not properly attach a lens once and got some fog and internal ice on the lens. I will not make that mistake again though, it was just caused by careless installation of the lens. Overall these are some of my favorite goggles I have used, and I love the versatility they offer. They are the perfect size for my face. Couldn't be more pleased with the purchase.

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Will Howardwrote a review of on December 2, 2013

4 5

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

They are not an aggressive shoe, and their lace up closure allows a very nice wrap for your feet. These two things combine make them an incredibly pleasant shoe to wear on long multi-pitch climbs. I originally purchased them so I could comfortably climb sport routes with a giant heel blister caused by too much time in 5.10 Anasazi VCS's (I have super bony heels) and have not given them up since. They have a sole that is the nicest in this price range (the next cheapest Vibram XS Grip shoe is $90, and most are in the $120 range), so they grip better than you'd expect $79 shoes to. They boulder fairly well for being such a non-aggressive shoe, but shine on multi-pitch climbs or mellower single pitches where an aggressive shoe is not fully necessary. They are fairly durable as well, the toes are what ended up going out first on my original pair...
I wear a size 11.5 street shoe and ended up in 10.5's for these (44's; Note that I also do not wear street shoes true to size, I like em a little loose, I'd say they run maybe a half size small from street shoes.) For sizing I'd say they run 'small', by that I mean a half size small down. For the first 10 or so days in them expect your feet to obtain the hue of Wingate sandstone...

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Will Howardwrote a review of on December 2, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I've had this rope for 2 years now, it has seen countless climbs and has held up incredibly. Only a few very minor burrs on its sheath and it has always been incredibly smooth. Bi-pattern is a nice comfort when you're setting up a descent a few pitches up, and the 9.8 is a nice diameter to rappel on. At 37% dynamic elongation (stretch) it absorbs falls like a pillow absorbs heads. I use the 70 meter length and would highly recommend it to anyone in the market.

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Will Howardwrote a review of on December 2, 2013

5 5

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

After abusing a pair of ascension skins for 3 years it was time to renew the glue. I chose to try the transfer sheets instead of the gold label glue, and am glad that I did. It is an easy process to apply the transfer sheet (watch this... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OBKi2VPH2GI) and brought at least 3 more years of life into my skins. Great product, very nice to spend $50 on these versus $130 on new skins (and you're being environmentally friendly :)...)

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