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john gilchrist

john gilchrist

SLC

john's Passions

Alpine Touring
Trad Climbing
Camping
Snowboarding
Hiking
Mountain Biking
Ice Climbing
Sport Climbing

john's Bio

Employed at Backcountry.com and work in the retail store slinging awesome gear to awesome Utahans and the occasional stoked traveler. I have lived in Utah since OCT 2005. Before that I could be found in Vermont.

I try and take advantage and put to use the gear I have acquired. I live in a gear closet, literally.

I like to pretend to crush it in the Wasatch range. Mountain Biking, Climbing, Snowboarding, Skiing and Snowmobiling.

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john gilchrist wrote a review of on June 16, 2010

4 5

1. Decide on material type:
Nylon: Generally climbs better and offers more traction, can be considered more durable, stiffer and hydrophobic. They do not glide as well as Mohair. These are the pitbull of skin material.
Mohair Pure: 100% Mohair is a natural fiber and offers a superior glide over Nylon. Lighter weight, packs better, probably not as durable over the long term. Not as water repellent as Nylon. Well suited for long approaches and tours.
Mohair Mix: These are a 65% Mohair and 35% Nylon for extra durability.

2. Decide on tail attachments:
STS tail attachment: Uses an over-the-center camming device combined with a stretchy elastomer strap that's easy to tension and remove—very versatile and easier to adjust in the length as needed. Easy to use. We sell far more STS style skins than any other.
Standard: Does not use any style of tail attachment system (duct tape is your friend). It’s simple, basic, and there is nothing to break or lose.

3. Choose between Glidelite or Ascension:
Ascension Skins: Tend to be boardier, perhaps a bit more durable, harder to fold up small, but are easier to put on in a stiff breeze.
Glidelite: Pretty much the opposite of the above (more pliable and packable than the stiff Ascension).

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john gilchrist wrote a review of on June 16, 2010

4 5

1. Decide on material type:
Nylon: Generally climbs better and offers more traction, can be considered more durable, stiffer and hydrophobic. They do not glide as well as Mohair. These are the pitbull of skin material.
Mohair Pure: 100% Mohair is a natural fiber and offers a superior glide over Nylon. Lighter weight, packs better, probably not as durable over the long term. Not as water repellent as Nylon. Well suited for long approaches and tours.
Mohair Mix: These are a 65% Mohair and 35% Nylon for extra durability.

2. Decide on tail attachments:
STS tail attachment: Uses an over-the-center camming device combined with a stretchy elastomer strap that's easy to tension and remove—very versatile and easier to adjust in the length as needed. Easy to use. We sell far more STS style skins than any other.
Standard: Does not use any style of tail attachment system (duct tape is your friend). It’s simple, basic, and there is nothing to break or lose.

3. Choose between Glidelite or Ascension:
Ascension Skins: Tend to be boardier, perhaps a bit more durable, harder to fold up small, but are easier to put on in a stiff breeze.
Glidelite: Pretty much the opposite of the above (more pliable and packable than the stiff Ascension).

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john gilchrist wrote a review of on June 16, 2010

5 5

stolen of the bdel.com website

1. Decide on material type:
Nylon: Generally climbs better and offers more traction, can be considered more durable, stiffer and hydrophobic. They do not glide as well as Mohair. These are the pitbull of skin material.
Mohair Pure: 100% Mohair is a natural fiber and offers a superior glide over Nylon. Lighter weight, packs better, probably not as durable over the long term. Not as water repellent as Nylon. Well suited for long approaches and tours.
Mohair Mix: These are a 65% Mohair and 35% Nylon for extra durability.

2. Decide on tail attachments:
STS tail attachment: Uses an over-the-center camming device combined with a stretchy elastomer strap that's easy to tension and remove—very versatile and easier to adjust in the length as needed. Easy to use. We sell far more STS style skins than any other.
Standard: Does not use any style of tail attachment system (duct tape is your friend). It’s simple, basic, and there is nothing to break or lose.

3. Choose between Glidelite or Ascension:
Ascension Skins: Tend to be boardier, perhaps a bit more durable, harder to fold up small, but are easier to put on in a stiff breeze.
Glidelite: Pretty much the opposite of the above (more pliable and packable than the stiff Ascension).

I am a fan of these skins. The glide is good and with good care they don't ice up too often with the use of skin wax. Cutting the skins can be a little difficult but with a little patience it's really not that hard. measure twice cut once. They are holding up great after having 50+ days on them.

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john gilchrist wrote a review of on April 6, 2009

5 5

The Pedros Tire Lever are the best levers I have ever used. I will not use anything else. After breaking 3 different types of levers, park, oakley, and some random lever. These are burly and are great for getting the tire on and off. Comes in a set of two levers. I only wish that the green would glow in the dark. They don't bend and so far haven't broken. I also don't believe they are made out of hardened steel. More like crazy tough plastic reinforced in the right spots.

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john gilchrist wrote a review of on March 30, 2009

2 5

Love the fit and the flex but when I put them into Marker Jesters there was a lot of movement between the interface of toe piece of the binding and the toe of the boot. The toe height can't be adjusted on the Jesters so I will be passing on these boots. I put some Nordicas in the same bindings and everything was snug and there was no movement.

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john gilchrist wrote a review of on March 20, 2009

5 5

Only had one day on the Icelantic Shaman Alpine Skis and found them to rail nicely on groomers as that being all there was to ski on the day I had them. Don't have much to say about the skis yet, but so far I like them and they ski really well. For mounting the markings on the skis ..BC-|.. ..CC-|.. ..|-C..|-B..|-A..

BC is for boot center, CC is for core center and the other marks (A B C)are for tele mounting depending on your boot size. I will post a pic of the markings

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john gilchrist wrote a review of on March 20, 2009

5 5

The Marker Duke Ski Binding is Bomber. I love and hate the fact that the lever to switch over from AT/SKI mode is under the boot and won't accidently flip to an undesired position. But this allso makes it so you have to get out of your skis all the way to switch modes. The flip can be kind of difficult if you have lost all feeling in your fingers or have bulky gloves on. They have toughed it out alot better than I have thought and have only seen a problem with the front screw plate, the one that connects the bindings to the skis, craking, likely to the skrews being to tight, it was still able to be ridding out though just not in AT mode and backcountry.com hooked it up with a brand new pair no questions asked. They are the heaviest things out there but if you want a reliable predictable binding with a hudge din then you want the Marker Dukes if you don't need all the Din and want the same sweet features go with the Marker Barons. You can deffinitly feel the weight diffrence between the dukes and the Black Diamond Freerides when Skining.

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john gilchrist wrote a review of on March 20, 2009

5 5

In Powder The K2 Hellbent skis is like riding a trampoline down the mountain. These skis are super fun when all you have is a few inches to get the most out of. They are very playfull, jumpy and a sinch to ski. These skis make skiing powder easier than skiing groomers. Jumping off stuff takes some getting used to as you don't have to lean so far back to make the skis rise to the surface, you need to be more centered on the ski and they will do all the work. Once the mountain gets tracked out though they become a little much for me to handle being as they are really soft and don't like to ski the crud or bumps at all. I am 5''6' 140 and the 179s were great for my moderate skiing ability. The K2 Hellbents are a great ski to have in your quiver but not as your daily driver.

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