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tyler boucher

tyler boucher

tyler boucher's Passions

Hiking & Camping
Running
Biking
Skiing
Climbing

tyler boucher's Bio

I used to write stuff for the Backcountry Blog:

http://backcountryblog.blogspot.com/

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tyler boucher wrote a review of on February 4, 2009

5 5

I got into UA stuff playing lacrosse in high school. Since then it's steadily worked its way into my outdoor pursuits. These are excellent for high intensity activities and work better than anything else i've ever worn to prevent chafing. Just make sure to mark yours so no one steals them by accident

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tyler boucher wrote a review of on February 4, 2009

5 5

All around good mitts for winter pursuits. I used an older version for for 3 or 4 seasons before they started to thin out and get chilly. The features are excellent and the nose-wipe works great. I especially liked the length of them, having bigger mitts is great for keepin the white stuff outside of your layers..

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tyler boucher wrote a review of on January 26, 2009

3 5

I had a pair of these I used for about a year. I generally liked them and the waterproofing was excellent. However, I ran into problems with the soles- the grippy nobs started coming off, exposing the midsole underneath. They are also quite wide, so they work best for high volume feet. Generally they were good shoes, but i've since switched to Salomon shoes which thus far have been more durable and fit my (narrow-ish) feet a bit better.

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tyler boucher wrote a review of on January 26, 2009

5 5

Really happy with these bindings. I got a pair (07 I think) recently when I got a new board. They are a huge improvement both in looks and function over older models (which I liked as well. I got the black color, but kinda wish I'd gone for yellow - so ace. I use them on just about every type of terrain possible and have been very pleased with their performance all around.

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tyler boucher wrote a review of on January 26, 2009

5 5

I got one of these bad boys to replace an older model of the Bell Influx (a helmet I liked a lot) after I crashed on it. I've been extremely happy with it thus far. It ventilates like crazy and looks pretty sick too. I went for the bright green color scheme, which doesn't seem to be available this season. Bummer.

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tyler boucher wrote a review of on December 11, 2008

5 5

It seems to work great, though sometimes I get confused - the belt holds up the pants, and the belt loops hold up the belt...Who's the real hero?

Answer: The guy with the bottle opener.

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tyler boucher wrote a review of on December 9, 2008

5 5

The Retro-X is a superb casual fall/winter jacket. It has very thick piling and the Windstopper barrier is excellent. Mine is a size larger than I would normally wear (Med. instead of Sm.) so that I can use it as a jacket over a sweatshirt or other bulky garment. It wouldn't be my first choice for any sort of hike or other strenuous activity, as it isn't very breathable, but it is perfect for around town/hanging out. And...Patagonia comes out with new color options every year so check out older seasons if you don't see one you like from the newest season.

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tyler boucher wrote a review of on December 9, 2008

5 5

Well, they look super fast, which can become a problem when you just want to wear them around town. They don't fog easily, the optics are good, and the Zebra lenses adjust quickly and to an appropriate darkness. The strap also works very well. It's great for nordic skiing or technical trail runs... If you have a smaller face they tend to look pretty aggressive, but hey, it works...

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tyler boucher wrote a review of on December 9, 2008

5 5

Perfect for ski mountaineering or as a backup tool. I chose it over the couple of iterations of the Raven series simply because it has a replaceable blade. It is well balanced and a perfect all-around winter climbing/hiking tool. The included leash is a nice touch but I prefer to have the freedom to switch hands when necessary...

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tyler boucher wrote a review of on December 9, 2008

5 5

This is another stellar product from BD. It isn't huge, but that's the point- it's the perfect size for moving quickly. I have used mine for multi-pitch climbs and am very pleased with the fit. It sits high above a harness and your shoulders have plenty of space to move. I also like this pack for overnights, it fits a sleeping bag, pad, stove+ food, a couple layers and then rides comfortably for however long you hike.

Bottom line: BD called it the Speed for a reason.

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