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Dave Marcus

Dave Marcus

Attorney/Gearhead

Dave Marcus's Bio

Trial attorney, skier, biker, recovering gear addict and reviewer.

Dave Marcus's Passions

  • Hiking & Camping,
  • Biking,
  • Skiing,
  • Fly Fishing.
Dave Marcus

Dave MarcusMESSAGE_KEY: label.community.profile.wrotevideo NOT FOUND IN REPOSITORY on April 13, 2016

Black Diamond introduces their new backcountry carbon ski lineup, the Helio. Available in 88, 95, 105, and 116, the Helio features a full carbon wrap over a balsa/flax core. Mostly available for the 16/17 season, but you can buy the 105 in a 175 or 185mm length right now here at Backcountry.com

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Dave Marcuswrote a review of on January 8, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 2' 0"
Weight: 14 lbs
Size Purchased: 0-3month

In preparation for the recent Engearment mission to Iceland, we picked up a few extra bits to make sure our littlest gearhead, Danjo, stayed warm and dry no matter what sort of shenanigans we got up to. The foundation of a great layering scheme is a great base layer. And, wouldn't you know it...one of the all-time greats is available in mini sizes. So, we had a set of the Patagonia Baby Capilene Midweight base layers delivered just in time.

The set comes with two pieces - a long-sleeve onesie and a pair of pants - and are available in six sizes for everybaby from birth to 24 months. There's no difference between boys' and girls' sets other than the colors. The 0-3 month size is still working for the little dude since early December at about 14 pounds, though it's starting to get small. Patagonia rates it up to 10 lbs, but with baby sizes, everything is a total crapshoot.

We found baby Capilene to be a great foundation for a baby layering system and used the same set almost every day. After washing, it dried quickly enough - despite a janky Icelandic dryer - that we could wash it at night and put it back on Danjo in the morning. It also really liked to absorb liquids, so spit-up and drool made for frequent washings. No damage from washing, so far.

There are a few features we've really appreciated. Patagonia uses snaps that feel exceptionally solid. When you snap the onesie together, it's not coming apart until you unsnap it. Also, hand covers! The sleeves have magical hand covers that fold over and keep the little ones from scratching themselves or getting cold hands. Though we haven't tried it ourselves, Capilene must be pretty tasty because the little dude loved shoving his hands in his mouth the second we covered them. Keep an eye out for our upcoming base-layer taste test.

Does your kid need Patagonia Capilene? No. But, if you plan on having the little one outside in some chilly conditions, it's a great (and adorable) way to keep them warm and dry. Add in a set of Patagonia Baby Synchilla Booties and your nugget will be cozy and well on his or her way to being a little gearhead.

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Dave MarcusMESSAGE_KEY: label.community.profile.wrotevideo NOT FOUND IN REPOSITORY on January 4, 2016

If you are getting into splitboarding, the Arbor Abacus Splitboard a great board for you. If you have been riding for years and just want to have fun, this board is for you too. Arbor did their homework on this one. Click through to our review after watching the video to find out why the Abacus Splitboard is the best splitboard we've ridden yet.
engearment.com/gear/arbor-abacus-splitboard-review/

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Dave MarcusMESSAGE_KEY: label.community.profile.wrotevideo NOT FOUND IN REPOSITORY on January 4, 2016

We've been checking out the Helly Hansen Ridge shell for a couple of months now. Our initial impressions were good enough that we included it in our 2015 Gift Guide. Now that we have more days in the jacket, we can give you a full review. Bottom line, Helly has come very close to a great technical shell, but there are a few things that would keep us from giving it a top rating.

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Dave MarcusMESSAGE_KEY: label.community.profile.wrotevideo NOT FOUND IN REPOSITORY on November 18, 2015

We got our hands on next seasons (2015/2016) G3 Alpinist Splitboard Skins and tested it over the course of 2 weeks. G3 redid everything, new glue, new solvents, new tail connector, new tip connector, new carry bag (wallet actually) and overall - a better skin. We tested them head to head with the current G3 Alpinist, G3 High Traction, G3 Alpinist LT (covered in another review) and Black Diamond Ascension (for control group). Check out the full review @ Engearment.com!

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Dave Marcuswrote a review of on April 9, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I've wanted one of these for years, if for nothing else than to terrify gapers in the resort. But, sadly, Vail has added some terms and conditions to my Epic Pass specifically preventing me from doing that. So, I guess I'll have to take it into the backcountry instead.

Why is the carbon Whippet so much better than the regular one?

Well, in some ways, it's not. It weighs more! But, the fact that BD was able to get the weight of a three-piece pole within 2 oz of a two-piece pole is pretty impressive.

But, in some ways, it totally is! The collapsed length is 70mm which puts it right in line with some of the longer mountaineering axes out there. That means you can actually handle it like an axe. It won't get you up any ice, but it's a heck of a lot less ungainly.

The pick design makes for some decent self-arresting. The funky bend in the pick that looks like it would get in the way actually fits your hand quite nicely in the arrest position. BD designed the top of the pick to be equally comfortable in both the American and Euro piolet grips, so you're covered there.

A carbon Whippet, a Raven, and a Traverse pole. Set for anything.

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Dave Marcuswrote a review of on March 21, 2014

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I got this bag to compliment my UL Super Spiral #1 in the warmer months of the year. While there's a small part of me that wishes I'd chosen a second down bag (I still may!), this Burrow bag is a better choice with a wider range of uses.

I chose synthetic for two reasons: A) the traditional warmth when wet tripe, and b) when the dogs jump on it and shred the fabric, the insulation won't blow out all over the inside of my tent again. Yes, that happened. It looked like a chicken was murdered in the tent.

While the Burrow Bags don't have as much mechanical stretch as the Super Spiral series, there is still enough to allow movement inside the bag without creating cold spots. It's not as important in the summer anyway.

Great bag for summer backpacking and car camping. Look elsewhere for ultralightness.

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