peter holcomb

peter holcomb

New York City, Pennsylvania, Utah, Austria, Chile, Costa Rica

peter's Passions

Hiking & Camping
Running
Skiing

peter's Bio

First purchase from BC.com, November 10th, 2003; Arcteryx Maverick AR Fleece. Still have it. Although pretty passionate about running, biking, surfing and sailing, skiing is my real love. I grew up in the Laurentian mountains, (Le Sommet Bleu), outside of Montreal where i was born. My dad, who at the age of 85 still skis, got me out on the slopes when I was 2, with red wooden skis, bear-trap bindings and a clothesline tied around my waist so I wouldn't ski away from him. Now I live in what is possibly one of the hardest places to pursue an outdoor life, NYC. But, we maintain a cabin in the mountains outside of the city with miles of jeep trails that afford great hiking, mountain biking and trail running opportunities. Like all of you, my family, dog and work remain the biggest loves in my life, and they provide me with the support necessary to continue getting out there and enjoying each other and the outdoors.

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peter holcomb wrote a review of on November 12, 2013

5 5

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

I wear this 3 season jacket virtually every day in New York; riding my bike, at the office, or heading out to dinner. I've even extended its usefulness into late fall by layering with a insulated vest. It's travelled halfway around the world with me; showing up for a meeting looking totally professional in 90 degree heat and humidity. I can't say enough good things about this jacket. I only wish NAU made an insulated version for winter riding. Fits true to size; the sleeves are long, but fit right when your arms are extended riding a bike. Buy one and you won't be sorry.

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peter holcomb wrote a review of on March 28, 2013

2 5

I liked this pack; it has good sturdy waist belts with pockets, load lifters on the shoulder straps, hydration capability and it's small enough to fit on the lift. However, the sternum strap tore right off the first time I tightened it. And this was at home with nothing in the pack. I'll try it again next year when hopefully BCA has improved their quality.

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peter holcomb wrote a review of on April 18, 2012

5 5

Wore a pair of these all season, skiing, skinning, boot-packing, through bitter cold dawn patrols and balmy spring afternoons, and my feet stayed comfortable and blister free. They're a more heavier weight sock than my old Bridgedale Ultra Fits, http://www.backcountry.com/bridgedale-ultra-fit-ski-sock, but I enjoyed the extra padding on the shin, heel and ankle areas that the CEP's provided. Once you read the supplied instructions, they're a snap to get on. After a week long Euro hut tour in them, however, no "odor-reducing" silver ions were going to help the funk coming off of them, frequent washing is recommended! I would recommend this sock to any serious skier/rider, the compression really works. Cheers.

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peter holcomb wrote a review of on January 17, 2012

5 5

What with the on-going lack of snow situation here on the east coast, any skiing I've been doing has been on my knife sharp, front-side technical skis. However, this last weekend, as I again walked by my brand new Bushwackers in the garage on my way to the car, I changed my mind and threw them in the Thule. What a revelation! Everything the press has been saying about flipcore is true. Varying turn shapes, carve, (as well as my Kastles), stable, ice, etc., etc. Do you know that feeling when you find a piece of equipment that just seems so right? That was me this weekend. So, knowing how light they are, as soon as I returned home from the hill, I bought the last pair BC.com had in stock, with the plans of mounting them with touring bindings. I'll just have to file a little notch in the tail of the skis for my skins. Perfect! Do yourself a favor and demo, or just go ahead and buy any of the flipcore models, you won't be disappointed. Thanks Arne. Cheers.

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peter holcomb wrote a review of on January 7, 2011

4 5

Based on Mr. McLean's glowing review on his site, (http://straightchuter.com/2010/12/outdry-testimonial/), I bought these gloves just before the holidays for a Canadian ski trip. True to form, they kept my hands perfectly dry, better than my leather work gloves that are slathered in Snoseal. However, jalapeno-like warmth? I don't think so. Really no better than any other ski glove I've ever worn. For the temperatures we were experiencing though, I should have had mitts on. Too excited about having new gloves I guess. The gauntlet does an excellent job of keeping cold and snow out. Did I mention that the Jalapeno's also look good? All in all, very highly recommended.

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peter holcomb wrote a review of on September 8, 2010

5 5

I'm a huge fan of eVent fabric, seems to breath even better than G-Tex Pro. The construction of this jacket is amazing, "Made in Canada" quality. I read somewhere the designers are ex Arcteryx people and, if so, it shows. Very well thought out. Bought the matching pants as well.

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peter holcomb wrote a review of on May 10, 2010

4 5

Just got this before the wind started blowing in New York last Saturday night and, I pretty well haven't taken it off since. Great layering piece for cooler weather and even my 16 year old thinks it looks good on her old man. Athletic fit, 90/10 wool/nylon blend for durability. I plan on using it this fall/winter as a ski layer. Cheers.

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peter holcomb wrote a review of on May 10, 2010

4 5

Finally got around to washing my family's ski stuff at the end of the season last month and went through 3 bottles of Tech Wash. This stuff is the greatest; removes all signs of chairlift grease, mud, funk, dirt, food, etc. Finish off your wash with Nikwax's wash-in in waterproofing, http://www.backcountry.com/outdoorgear/Nikwax-Softshell-Proof-Wash-In/NIK0024M.html, and you're good to go. After spending $$$$ on tech clothing, don't use supermarket laundry detergent to wash it. Pleasing after wash scent too. cheers.

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peter holcomb wrote a review of on April 29, 2010

4 5

Sorry it took so long to write this however, as the season finally ended, I realized how much I loved these gloves. From super cold days at Kmart to thigh deep at Alta, these gloves rocked! Velcro wrist keeps out the cold and snow and the Gore Tex keeps everything dry. And the wrist straps keep idiots like me from losing their gloves on the lift. Cheers.

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peter holcomb wrote a review of on April 29, 2010

4 5

Use this mounted to the waist belt of my ski pack. The Velcro attachments are super solid, (the camera bag stayed on even during a hard crash I had this year), the lining is really plush, and my digital point and shoot fits like the bag is from the camera manufacturer. All in all, a great purchase. Cheers.

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peter holcomb wrote a review of on April 29, 2010

4 5

My daughter wanted a pair of dedicated alpine boots for the park, (although they worked, she was tired of hitting the trick ditch in her Scarpa Divas) and these looked to be the ticket. Nice, close fitting 98mm last, and all the shock absorbing bits do what they were designed to do. But most important for her, they are the best looking boots on the mountain. To me, used to nice Italian made boots, the buckles seem a little cheesy, but no matter. The liner is beautiful and warm with the Primaloft footbed. Cheers.

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peter holcomb wrote a review of on January 8, 2010

5 5

I run all year in some sort of compression gear, so it only made sense to ski in it as well. The insulated version of these tights are super warm; just returned from a trip visiting family at Tremblant in Quebec where we skied in -27F windchill, (it's a Canadian thing). Never got cold. If I lived out west, I'd probably opt for the non-insulated version as I think these would be too much. However, your experiences may vary. The compression panels up around the waist really help stabilize the back, and my knees felt great all day. Buy 'em and you won't be sorry. Cheers.

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peter holcomb wrote a review of on January 8, 2010

4 5

Gave this to my daughter for the holidays and we promptly went on a week's ski trip with it. There was plenty of room for her DSLR and an extra lens. Plenty of room for accessories as well. The upper compartment has space enough for an extra layer, water bottle, snack, etc. The cool feature about this bag is that you can swing it around in front of you, and the camera "pocket" folds out like a tray allowing quick access to the camera without laying the bag on the snow. It's stealth factor is good too, looks like a regular ol' bookbag, not a pack holding $$$ worth of camera gear. Cheers.

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