Noah Howell

Noah Howell

Wherever the snow is deep, the mountains are steep and the beer is cheap.

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noah's Passions

Alpine Touring
Nordic Skiing
Camping
Trail Running
Hiking
Ice Climbing
Alpine Skiing
Mountaineering
Sport Climbing

noah's Bio

I play hard in the mountains and beat the shit out of my gear. Blog here- www.noahhowell.com. Currently skiing/filming/producing with Powderwhore Productions. www.powderwhore.com

BC.com is the best place I've found to get reviews and the real story from folks that love to use and abuse gear. Backcountry.com has asked me to swing by now and then to review products and answer questions.

Noah Howell

Noah Howell wrote a review of on September 3, 2013

Like a BRICK HOUSE!
5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I've now spent well over 50 days of my life living in out and or around the Stronghold Tent. This thing is the best home away from home if you're looking for a base camp that will handle ANYTHING that gets thrown at it!

It's kinda complex to set up so make sure you have the instructions and a good crew to follow them. Once it's up you can climb on the thing it's so tight and sturdy.

The internal skirt/flap acts as all the anchor you need. Just line the inside edge with all your gear. Then shovel a bit of snow around the outside to seal it from wind and snow.

I've slept 4 with all our gear and a dug out cook area and it was perfect. It once snowed 8ft of really heavy snow in as many days in Haines. We hardly had to dig the thing out while our 2 and 3 person tents were collapsing and required hourly digging.

It's a beast to travel with and pay for extra baggage fees, but well worth the cost once it's up and running. I've never tried it, but I think you could get away without some of the poles if you wanted to save weight, and still have a great shelter.

Can't say enough good things about this product.

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Noah Howell wrote a review of on September 3, 2013

Great inVESTment
5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

These vest style packs are really nice! Even if you're not a serious trail runner. They hug your body really nice and don't shift around. Tons of handy pockets for your water, gu and phone right there. The only drawback is that they are pretty hot! Because of so much body contact they seem to create more heat and sweat, but that's not a huge deal.

You can actually pack a lot into this model. Plenty of room for a light jacket, camelback, extra snacks, headlamp, etc.

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Noah Howell wrote a review of on September 3, 2013

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

My first day out and the plate that's supposed to securely snap into place popped off without my noticing and was lost. This could have been my error, but I don't think so. Seems like a poor design. With the help of a little electrical tape it's now fully functional and I'm happy with it. It sits nice above the bicep and doesn't cut off circulation. Quick and easy in and out for changing tunes and snapping pics of the beauty all around.

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Noah Howell wrote a review of on August 6, 2013

Best movie ever made!
5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Ok, I'm very biased since I helped make this film. However, I think it's a nice mix of backcountry adventures from all over the place and you should buy it so that Backcountry.com will order more from me and I will be able to continue traveling and skiing to create another film. It's the circle of life, be part of it!



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Noah Howell wrote a review of on August 6, 2013

4 5

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

The Epic has been the go to shoe for longer traverses/hikes and scrambles, but the Epic GTX takes it one STEP (pun intentional) further in the rugged and stable department. The standard Epic is much more like a running shoe and doesn't favor my feet as well on really long days and rough terrain. The GTX really keeps my feet protected and in place even while scrambling rugged terrain and running off the mountain. They are substantially heavier, but a great addition to the quiver of trail slaying.

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Noah Howell wrote a review of on August 6, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I love my fairshare mug! Some minor modifications have made it an even better winter camping companion. First, cut up some closed cell foam and using duck tape make an insulated coozy. Don't tape it to the mug, make sure to make it removable so you can clean it. I also removed the handle since it sticks out all awkwardly and makes it hard to pack into a cook kit.

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Noah Howell wrote a review of on June 11, 2013

LIGHT IS RIGHT
5 5

These skis are incredible for what they are. What are they? They are skinny and very very lightweight sticks for racing and uber long and light missions. I just skied Mount Rainier with a pair and they were great. The uphill is a whole new world, you barely feel like you have skis on. And for the downhill they were fine. Not best in mixed or breakable conditions, but when the corn was good they excelled. It's very different getting accustomed to such a skinny and light ski, but once you do it's incredible where you can take them and how quickly you can do it. The current speed record on the Disappointment Cleaver route was set by Andy and Jason Dorais on these skis. 3:57 minutes from Paradise to summit and back. Pick up a pair and go beat the record.

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Noah Howell wrote a review of on June 11, 2013

What's SUP
4 5

I've rented these several times for lake and river usage. It's nice how portable they are and how very very durable they are. I've taken 'em through rapids and over damns and they are bomber. The downside is they are slow and floppy for a guy 190lbs. Even pumping like hell to really inflate them, they just taco a little and don't paddle very fast in slow water.

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Noah Howell wrote a review of on May 19, 2013

Power to the people
5 5

Just spent 10 days filming and skiing in -15 temps in the Ruth Amphitheater in Alaska. The Sherpa 50 w solar kit was a great way to keep camera batteries charged and computers alive to back it all up. During the day you can just attache the panel to the tent, suck up the sun and deposit in the Sherpa unit and then charge up at night. Very light and tidy set-up that's great for all sorts of expeditions.

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