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Chris Shields

Chris Shields

Chris Shields's Passions

Snowshoeing
Skiing
Hiking & Camping
Biking
Running

Chris Shields's Bio

I grew up in Boston, went to school in Vermont, and have a rabid passion for Mad River Glen that confounds my coworkers here at Backcountry. I am very proud to #SkiTheEast, and have hiked, climbed and skied throughout the US and the Swiss Alps.

Fun fact (?) - I spent my honeymoon scrambling up Kilimanjaro. All was great until we summited in the dark and had to wait 90 minutes on the summit to wait for sunrise so my wife could get a better picture. Tip - don't hang out at 19'000 feet, use Photoshop.

I run customer acquisition marketing for Backcountry, so thanks for being here.

Chris Shields

Chris Shieldswrote a review of on December 10, 2017

2 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I recently used the Black Diamond Snow Saw Pro during an avi class, and I wanted to love it. The fact that it folds and stows so well is great.

The bad - the blade is flimsy and hard to cut straight lines with. Additionally, the long handle made it hard to initiate the first cut when doing tests. We had to fiddle with the handle angle to be able to manipulate the blade into position.

Bottom line - wouldn't recommend.

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Chris Shieldswrote a review of on November 27, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

I've been trying out the Nordica Enforcer 93 over the last few days of early season (ie. man made) snow and they have been a blast to ski on.

They are super easy to turn, cut well through the crud, and feel incredibly stable at speed.

So far, I don't have any complaints.

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Chris Shieldswrote a review of on November 3, 2017

5 5

The Osprey Raptor 10 is a great option for folks looking for a flexible hydration pack for hiking or mountain biking. The magnet on the nipple provides great access while mountain biking, and the bag stays stable while riding. I really like the pockets, which are easy to access and store everything you need. The helmet clip is a nice addition to keep everything together.

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Chris Shieldswrote a review of on November 3, 2017

5 5

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

The Sperry Top-Sider Gold A/O 2-Eye Shoes are a huge upgrade from the already wonderful Top-Siders. The softer leather and cushy footbeds make for a much more comfortable shoe, especially after a lot of wear. While the normal Top-Siders can get a a bit crunch after repeatedly being exposed to water, the A/Os tend to hold together and stay soft longer.

I've also found that the footbed in the A/Os tends to last longer in the heel than the normal Top-Sider. Unfortunately, those beds aren't replacable.

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Chris Shieldswrote a review of on October 31, 2017

5 5

Fit: Runs large

The Barbour Beaufort Wax Jacket is a classic heritage piece, and for those looking for a versatile 'casual' jacket, this should be on your list. The construction on Barbour jackets is bombproof, and while you will likely be initially scared by the waxiness of the jacket when you open the box rest assured that it goes away. Quickly. After a couple of months the jacket will start to show some wear and have that heritage look that Barbour is known for. Taking it out in the rain can accelerate that transformation. The jackets fit big to enable layering underneath. I ordered my normal suit size and have plenty of space to layer up.

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Chris Shieldswrote a review of on October 31, 2017

5 5

The Yeti Rambler 10/20 MagSlider Lid makes a great upgrade from the open hole cover that Rambler's come with. The open hold cover on Yeti's has generally made me transition to Hydroflasks ($30 for a coffee mug which spits out coffee whenever you hit a bump, seriously?) but for folks who are attached to the Yeti brand, or who want to get the most out of their existing Ramblers these are a great option.

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Chris Shieldswrote a review of on October 31, 2017

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

The Ruffwear Roamer Leash is great for folks who want to get outside with their dogs, but need to maintain control. The stretch is great as it allows for a more gentle experience for high energy dogs who aren't in control. However, if you're in a downtown area, this flex can be a huge pain as the dog is more likely to get wrapped around things as you effectively give up a couple feet of control.

I'm a big fan of the buckle on the handle. The prior version fo this leash didn't have this (it has a slip which was ok) and it's nice if you need to attach your dog while running into a store.

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Chris Shieldswrote a review of on October 31, 2017

3 5

I bought the Sorel Snow Commander Print Boots for my 16 month old and they're pretty good. So far they've kept him nice and warm while she's out playing with the dog, but they're a bit heavy and not the easiest to get on. We bought them a bit large so that might be the issue, but it's a bit hard to get her foot all the way into the bed. Once in, the extra weight takes some adjustment for her. We love the Uggs boots as a lighter alternative to these.

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Chris Shieldswrote a review of on October 31, 2017

5 5

Backcountry.com egift cards are a great last minute gift. They're delivered within minutes of ordering. i tend to buy them when I get promotional debit cards (think cable to signups) as I'm worried about losing the card itself, or forgetting to use it before it expires.

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Chris Shieldswrote a review of on September 21, 2017

5 5

The Pox Resistance Enduro Glove fits perfectly, and provides the right balance of comfort and control that I look for in mountain bike gloves. The quality of the build is extremely high, and they work great on the mountain bike trails here in park city.

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