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Cody Townsend

Cody Townsend

California, somewhere in the mountains, rivers and ocean

Cody's Passions

Alpine Touring
Fly Fishing
Backpacking
Camping
Mountain Biking
Alpine Skiing
Surfing

Cody's Bio

Skiing pow, shredding with friends, seeing new places, finding challenges and being outdoors is what gets me out of bed in the morning.

Cody Townsend

Cody Townsend wrote a review of on March 22, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Usually light brings up feelings of weakness. But this hardened aluminum shovel is nails tough and sharp as a knife. When it's in your hand it feels great and feels like it could move a bunch of snow in a hurry. Which is what you want when those precious seconds matter right?

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Cody Townsend wrote a review of on March 22, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Tested by the SAFE AS clinic girls, this was the fastest assembling probe of the lot. Super easy and snaps to place in an instant. The carbon means it's not adding weight to your pack and stiff enough to penetrate the most hardened of debris fields. Great measuring marks along the side as a bonus and rugged handle as well. Digging it a ton.

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Cody Townsend wrote a review of on March 22, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I'm just beginning to use the S1 and can't say enough good things about it. It's faster digitally than a slow as mollasses Barryavox, more intuitive that and BCA and modifiable for an expert or simple to use for a complete beginner. Tested it's signal strength with electronics versus the BCA and had more problems with the BCA than the S1, something that I thought would have had the reverse outcome initially. Very impressed with this beacon.

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Cody Townsend wrote a review of on March 22, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Lightweight yet super strong. Heavy duty sharp blade, extendable and easy to use handle and the bonus saw which although isn't great for digging pits, is immaculate for cutting the occasional tree that needs to be lit for a fire or pushed out the way of our snowmobile pinned against it. Love it.

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Cody Townsend wrote a review of on March 4, 2014

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I've used this skins over and over for years and while they totally make the grade, there is some downsides. Cutting, sizing and applying them to your skis in the field is quicker and easier than any skin I've ever used. They're durable as hell and can grind over rocks, stomps and all sorts of flotsam with no worry about tears or destruction. The downside to these skins is that the glue isn't the best, they're relatively heavy and they don't climb the steeps as well as others. Since I mainly use mine with my Rocker 2 and Guardian set up, the weight doesn't bother me, nor does the loss of grip on super steep skins bother me because I'm not seeking either of those options with my set-up. The only thing that is hard to deal with is the relative weakness of the glue in wet conditions. I find mine start peeling off sooner than others which causes lots of scraping and in the jacket heating. But otherwise, for a durable, quick, simple and easy set up, they are great skins.

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Cody Townsend wrote a review of on November 22, 2013

5 5

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

Mittens definitely weren't my thing. Until I started skiing in these guys. Warm but breathable, comfortable but still easy to move and hold your poles, soft touch but burly construction. Pretty much an all time mitt that will leave everyone satisfied.

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Cody Townsend wrote a review of on November 22, 2013

1 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: Runs small

Ripped on day one! Really like the fit, feel and look of them but they snagged on twig cornering on my first ride and it tore a big hole in the leg. It feels like the material of the shorts is kind of grabby and is definitely weak, so when a little twig sticks out on the trail, the short tends to hook it easily and tear quickly. Pretty flimsy construction if you ask me.

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Cody Townsend wrote a review of on November 22, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

After using a few hard plated back protectors sparingly over the years, I found this one to be far more comfortable. The Flexcell is that stuff that is soft and movable but gets immediately hard on impact, so it's far more comfortable than a typical hard shelled protector. Only thing I would say is that it's a bit warm at times.

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Cody Townsend wrote an answer about on November 22, 2013

Let's just say it's like going from a 1985 Honda Accord to a 2013 BMW M5. They're similar in that they're of the same vein, but the new one is light years better. Just imagine a czar that is easier to turn, floatier in pow, better on groomers and more versatile in mixed conditions.

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Cody Townsend wrote a review of on November 15, 2013

5 5

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

I guess it's hard to really talk much about pants because there is pretty much only three things you want out of them for skiing.
1. To stay dry.
2. To last you a long time
3. To fit well.

The Shadow pants knock it out of the park on these qualifications.
From sitting on chairlifts in the rain on the lower half of Whistler to get to the snow on the upper half, they've stayed drier than a Mitch Hedburg joke in the desert. The heavily reinforced bottoms keep the pants unshredded even with the sharpest of ski edges and they fit like normal pants, not tight mountaineering crap like most 3L pants.

Used them almost everyday last winter and loved them. Best pants Salomon has made in my 10 years with them.

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Cody Townsend wrote a review of on November 14, 2013

5 5

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

Tired of high waisted, chest sucking, dorky fitting technical 3L jackets? Yeah, me too. So instead of looking like an adventure racer going to get a Kombucha at Whole Foods in Boulder, I prefer to wear and ski in something like the Shadow Jacket.

It's technical features are unparalleled and the cut and design make it the most versatile jacket I own. It's longer waist length (just a mere couple inches longer than normal) helps keep my waist dry and snow out of my underroos on the occasional tomohawk, the square cut (not tapered like most) make it fit much more masculine and workwear-like and the sizing fits well enough to layer a micro puff on super cold days on not end up feeling like the boy from The Christmas Story.

It was the preferred jacket of the Salomon team last year.

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Cody Townsend wrote a review of on November 14, 2013

5 5

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

So this new guy gets brought in from Germany to the Salomon clothing department. He starts showing us this awfully colored, German race style clothing he designed. Immediately I thought to myself, "Oh shit, looks like our clothes are going to suck for the next 5 years". And then he started babbling about something about "Motion Fit" or something, I don't know, wasn't really paying attention, I was still gawking at how ugly the outfit was. But soon enough, German designer guy makes me try on the German Race Team looking jacket with so called "Motion Fit".

I reluctantly put on the jacket and then said to myself once again, "Oh shit". But this time it was in a good way.

I'd never tried on a jacket with that much range of motion yet fit properly. The shoulders looked normal but felt like I had twice as much room and movement. The chest area felt as if the jacket was specifically fitted for me, even though it obviously wasn't. The whole package felt like the single best fitting jacket I've ever put on. It was an absolute world of difference from every other jacket I've ever worn skiing. Suddenly it dawned on me that something as simple as this Motion Fit changed the entire way I felt in my ski clothes. It truly was incredible.

Ultimately I found out this German guy that Salomon hired is an incredible outerwear designer with a focus on ingenious design and luckily enough for me, those colors were just the consequence of being test products.

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Cody Townsend wrote a review of on November 14, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Is it? Yes it is. So nimble, so quick, so light, so versatile. I used to often grab a ski like a shogun to go to the hill on any given day. It was solid, skied hard and held an edge. The 108 completely changed my viewpoint on a everyday ski and my habits.

Instead of trying to get a ski up to speed to carve, the 108 carves at any speed on any steepness groomer. It turns so easy it's almost automatic. Instead of laying gnarly 11's through crud fields, the 108 pops, flies and bounces down the hill making you feel like a happy rabbit bounding through a field of carrots. Instead of a ski being too long for the trees and then too short for pow, the 108's rocker profile makes it so nimble in tight situations yet floaty and fast through the pow.

I absolutely love this ski. It's one of my, "If I had two pair of skis on a desert (snow covered) island" skis.

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Cody Townsend wrote a review of on October 16, 2013

5 5

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

Leather for work, stretch for everything else. The most comfortable yet still dressy belt I own. I like to wear it on my everyday jeans and my snow pants. The leather is weather resistant and the stretch is as comfortable as any other Arcade belt. The most versatile belt (if there is such a thing) I use.

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