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peter holcomb

peter holcomb

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

peter holcomb's Passions

Hiking & Camping
Running
Skiing

peter holcomb'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 holcombwrote a review of on April 14, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Just returned from a long European ski trip and this bag worked great as a carryon. Held my boots, helmet, goggles and extra lenses, ski socks, 2 pairs of gloves and sunglasses. I'm sure I could have fit a pair of shell pants in there as well. Because of this bag I was assured that, with some judicious purchases I would be skiing even if the airline lost my gear bags for a day or 2.

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peter holcombwrote a review of on April 14, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This is my second Vantage helmet, I upgraded when the Koroyd model was released. Much lighter than the previous version and, the revised BOA system improves overall fit. Vents are easy to operate, even when wearing gloves or mitts. Low profile look too. I paired the Smith IOX goggle with the helmet, they work exceptionally well as a unit; no gaps and great airflow. As the top of the line Smith helmet, it's not inexpensive but, it's worth every penny.

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peter holcombwrote a review of on April 13, 2015

3 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

the good: easy to switch lenses, comfortable, fit well over my helmet and glasses.
the bad: whats with the batteries and the battery pack connections? the most success i've had is to not overly stretch the goggle strap when putting them on and to use energizer ultimate lithium batteries which work well in cold temps.

when the fan works, the googles are awesome.

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peter holcombwrote a review of on April 13, 2015

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

i skied the original raichle version back in the day, and now with the relatively new "soul" version of the shell, i'm back! this is the first boot i've ever owned that with a molded intuition liner, fit like a firm handshake right out of the box. the flex is amazing; firm yet forgiving at the same time. the adjustability of the boot is fantastic; the buckles are micro adjustable and the forward lean and cuffs can be played with as well. easy on/off, even with a freezing cold shell. this is probably the best boot for 3d terrain i've ever skied in. because of their weight, they're easy on the boot pack and, with a pair of marker tour f12's or similar, are excellent for a short skin.
that all said, the boots do have a couple of shortcomings; as mentioned by other reviewers here, the supplied power strap is useless for anyone with man calves. if full tilt added approx. 3 or 4 inches to the strap, i might be able to get them to work.i replaced them with "booster" straps. and the supplied intuition liner, especially the "j bar" heel holder, while great, has built-in instep supports which negate the use of orthotics. as far as the toe buckle being hard to fasten, when putting the boot on try pressing down on the top of the tongue while buckling the middle buckle, then do the top buckle and power strap, stand and flex the heel into the pocket and then lastly, buckle the toe. undo in reverse order; toe, middle, then top buckle. the boots appear black but are actually a dark camo. the rubber sole is very tough and shows little wear after a season of skiing, scrambling and hiking.
i had a great season in these boots and expect to have many more. if they fit your feet, you will not be disappointed.

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peter holcombwrote 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 holcombwrote 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 holcombwrote 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 holcombwrote 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 holcombwrote 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 holcombwrote 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 holcombwrote 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 holcombwrote 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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