Will Cardamone

Will Cardamone

The Elk Mountains of Colorado, Aspen

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Will's Passions

Biking
Skiing

Will's Bio

I was born and raised in Aspen CO and as a gromit I spent most of my time outdoors. My parents didn't believe in television so passing the time was up to my imagination. Things really haven't changed too much since I was little due to the fact that I am still outside most of the time. Whether it is fly fishing or kayaking in the summer, bow hunting or mountain biking in the fall or skiing in the winter, it isn't just the activities that are my passion, but the amazing mountains and environment as well.
I have been skiing since I was just about two but my skiing background is in alpine racing. This was very important because it really taught me how to ski. Although I loved chasing gates for a while, I didn't truly find my passion for skiing until I stepped into the world of freeriding, and unlocked the heel. The freedom that it offered and the possibility to make the mountain into your own canvas was what really caught my attention and is the main aspect that continues to drive me. A high speed tele turn in buttery pow is a feeling that everyone should experience.
So as a 28 year old big mountain freedom rider, addicted to the mountains and all they have to offer, I can't wait to see where this crazy adventure takes me next. Let the snow fly.

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Will Cardamone wrote a review of on February 28, 2013

5 5

When in an avalanche rescue situation the smallest things to save precious seconds can mean the difference between a rescue or a recovery. This shovel deploys incredibly fast and has a big blade to dig your friend out as fast as possible. The handle slides down and stores with the blade. It's nice to have one piece instead of having the blade in one place and the handle in another. It just makes for easy failproof deployment when it really matters.

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Will Cardamone wrote a review of on February 28, 2013

5 5

It seems that a lot of people are counting ounces these days with backcountry gear. Sometimes cutting weight also cuts function. These skins although a little heavier will go up just about anything. This will actually make your ascents much more enjoyable and energy efficient when you are not slipping backwards half the time. Great tip loop and tail clip system at well.

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Will Cardamone wrote a review of on February 28, 2013

4 5

The reason I bought this airbag pack is because of the shape of the airbag. Basically it is like a giant life jacket that wraps from each side of your chest all around the back of your head. Definitely the best design as far as trauma protection. It is a small pack that can fit minimal gear so best used for sidecountry, heli, or short day tours. Because some of the airbag is stored in the straps it takes a little while for the straps to break in but overall it is quite comfortable.

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Will Cardamone wrote an answer about on February 28, 2013

If you are planning on getting out more often and getting more involved in backcountry riding I would definitely recommend the Pulse. It had basic steeings as well as advanced so once you get confident with searching in the basic settings you can move up to the advanced settings. Definitely a great beacon.

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Will Cardamone wrote an answer about on February 28, 2013

This is definitely a great beacon and it is easy to use. There are two settings. Basic and advanced. I have been using it on the basic settings and it is very user friendly. Can move to the advanced settings when totally confident with the basic. The reason people say that this doesn't work with other beacons is due to a function that reads a victim's pulse. This is controversial because it will not show a pulse for someone with another beacon although it will pick up the signal. This can introduce other variables into a rescue which may or may not be good.

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Will Cardamone wrote an answer about on February 28, 2013

The scarpa sizes are uniform throughout the models. I have pretty wide feet as well and the Scarpas fit well. They come with an intuition heat moldable liner so if you mold them to your feet they should work fine. Might want to go to a retail store to try them on first just to be safe.

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Will Cardamone wrote an answer about on February 28, 2013

I have not skied any of the other similar models from other companies, but the Verdict is a great all around ski. It is my ski of choice for ripping the resort and it holds its own in pow as well. It is a little heavier than a backcountry touring ski. For an all around one quiver ski this is a great call because a lot of the lighter backcountry skis don't handle the resort that well.

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Will Cardamone wrote an answer about on February 8, 2012

By far easier than the blue model. That ski was incredibly hard to control. The new verdict puts the old one to shame. It also has two layers of titanol in the ski that make for an incredibly plush vibration free ride!

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Will Cardamone wrote a review of on December 7, 2011

5 5

So I have had the last two versions of this jacket and just got the new one in the mail. I was so impressed with the first edition of this jacket that I got the second one but the material was lighter, less wind and water resistant. I am really happy to see that they have gone back to the true bombshell material. This is my go to shell for both resort and backcountry. So if you are looking for a bomber shell that is very well priced this is a great buy!

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Will Cardamone wrote a review of on December 7, 2011

5 5

If you are looking for a super light and very warm insulation layer or puffy this is it. Incredibly light and packs down to the size of a softball. The shell is made of very light material so it will rip easily if used for a skiing outerlayer but just for a warm jacket or underlayer it's pretty awesome. Hoody style with the half button up and pouch pocket. Booyah!

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Will Cardamone wrote a review of on December 7, 2011

5 5

So happy to finally see a Stoic 1 piece Merino underlayer. Let me start by saying that merino is by far the best material for an underlayer and with the 1Z option comfort and freedom are now only a few clicks away. I got mine about a week ago and have spent about 75 percent of my time in it so far. Also makes a great lounge-around-the house suit. The one downside is the absence of the # 2 bathroom zipper. Just remember to relieve yourself before your shred sesh!!!

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