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Edward

Crested Butte, CO

Edward's Passions

Snowboarding
Hiking & Camping
Biking
Running
Surfing
Snowshoeing

Edward's Bio

From a small town on the Eastern Shore of Virginia/Maryland. 4 years Army service. Lifelong passion for the outdoors. Been living in Colorado for the past 5+ years. Hiking/Backpacking in the summers, Snowboarding in the winters, and world-traveling in the off-seasons (or whenever I can manage it).


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Edward

Edwardwrote a review of on March 23, 2020

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Owned this for about two years now, and am supremely impressed by it. I'm 6'1" and bought the 72" reg length/width so my feet can hang off the bottom when I sleep on my stomach. Overall this pad is lightweight, packs to about size of a jar of peanut butter (at least my reg length/width does), inflates/deflates well, and is absurdly comfortable to sleep on.
Have to say I don't understand the reviews saying that it wasn't warm enough, I've never had a problem assuming I used an appropriate sleeping bag/quilt (I've used this down to 20deg F by itself and 10deg F with a Thermarest Z-lite foam pad underneath it). I love the bleeder inflation valve because you can let little bits of air out if you initially inflated the pad too stiff for your liking. It also doesn't make a lot of noise when you shift around on it which may seem minor but I really appreciate it. I may one day opt to get another in a "wide" size because when I sleep on my stomach my elbows are off the pad and get cold - not really a negative, but might be useful for someone considering this. There are certainly other very nice sleeping pads out there (Nemo, Thermarest) but this one has won me over.

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Edwardwrote a review of on March 11, 2020

Grab before it's gone!
5 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Fit: True to size
Height: 6' 1"
Weight: 185 lbs
Size Purchased: Reg

So from what I can find, the Fulcrum 30 is practically the same as Marmot's "Never Winter" bag (30 deg) but has the more narrow, curved baffles that are found on their more premium models as well as a slightly higher fill-power. With that being said, when these sell out I think that's it because i haven't seen them anywhere else online.

Personally I would absolutely recommend this to someone looking for a quality, lightweight, and compact bag with a versatile temperature range. At 30 degrees its well-suited for fall/winter/spring in moderate climates and spring/summer/fall in the higher alpine. It weighs less than 2lbs and packs up very small (the basic stuff sack it came with gets it to about the size of my puffy jacket when it's packed). Zippers are very good (no snagging) and I love the secondary zipper that Marmot includes because you can let your arms out to read/text/cook and still have the bag covering you. The regular size fits me well (6'1") and I'm certain could accommodate anyone up to 6'2". It's an awfully comfortable bag and I like that it's made using recycled materials.

I honestly wish I would've gotten this sleeping bag sooner because up until now I've been using an ultralight 45 deg bag for summer and a 15 degree for everything else, which was overkill more often than not.

*I've included pictures of the specific temp rating(s) and weight since the page doesn't currently have all the specs listed. Sorry the picture came out upside down*

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Edwardwrote a review of on December 19, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Found this (lightly used) in a 161 to replace a super directional split I had previously. I had demo'd the solid version in the past and was very impressed (would definitely recommend also, Weston makes great boards) so it was a no -brainer. I also personally think a more twin-ish shape lends itself better to varied terrain in the backcountry, to include traversing to avoid exposure. This board definitely has enough backbone to handle serious terrain/landings but also enough flex to weave through trees and capitalize on everything that resembles a booter. It's just "lively" and really encourages you to have fun on it. It also flexes laterally very well for a split which gives a lot of confidence when I occasionally take it on the resort early mornings (groomers on my old split were terrifying). Unless you're committed to a super surfy pow shape for the backcountry (which I totally understand), I really think this is a fantastic option for getting the most enjoyment out of whatever conditions/terrain you find yourself in. A true do-it-all option.
...I would love to try the 10th Mtn split too.

For reference: 6ft1, 190lbs, 10.5 boots, run Union Expedition bindings.

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Edwardwrote a review of on March 13, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

This is IMO the best lightweight tent available that is also freestanding. You can obviously go lighter with tarp set-ups or those that use trekking poles, but if you are not planning on thru-hiking this is a very straightforward option for the solo lightweight backpacker. I use this primarily for camping above tree-line (which is why it was important for it to be freestanding), and also for trips to the desert (I have a lightweight hammock set-up I like to use, but campsites can be somewhat limited). This tent has enough room for one person and maybe a med/small-sized dog (you won't be sprawling in this thing but you also won't be rubbing against the walls every time you move. The vestibule is large enough to fit my 65 liter pack that I take on longer trips and while it does not come with a footprint I just use a cheap 7x5 hardware store tarp that does the trick. Highly recommend!

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Edwardwrote a review of on March 13, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

An absolutely amazing bag. Wanted to finally upgrade to a premium (800-fill) bag and could not be more pleased. This bag is plenty roomy (I purchased the Long being 6ft+) and absurdly cozy. I think my favorite feature is the second zipper that lets you use the bag like a comforter when you don't need to be fully mummy'd in, which gives this bag a great range beyond just cold-weather backpacking. I do recommend a compression sack with this, as the stuff sack provided is pretty basic.
Overall I think this bag is an exceptional middle ground between $500+ ultra-premium bags and the heavier, 650-fill budget options. Also, Marmot puts out the best sleeping bags IMO. So happy to have upgraded!!!

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Edwardwrote a review of on March 13, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

These gloves are finishing up their second winter season for me living/working at a resort and are still going strong. Was sick and tired of my gloves tearing (I admit it, I like to drag my back hand sometimes) and so decided to go full-leather from here on out. I wear these 80% of the time I'm on the mtn (I also have a thin, non-waterproof leather set for early/late season warm-weather riding). I did treat them with a wax coating when I first received them (highly recommend for any and all leather gloves) and so far the only damage to them has been from my hand getting caught between the edges of a pair of dropped skis, and even that is barely noticeable. The wrist cuff doesn't quite provide full-coverage, so try to make sure you have a thumbhole gaiter of you base-layer or riding jacket.
Overall - Super durable, super waterproof. 10/10 would buy again if they every give out.

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Edwardwrote a review of on January 3, 2018

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

So I owned this boot from 2 seasons back. I typically ride stiff freeride boots (currently Salomon Malamutes), but I loved comfort of it, the toe-side responsiveness the slime tongue provides, and most especially the heel hold from the boa on this. It has a nice athletic fit that makes you feel primed and ready, a great sole that can easily manage boot-packs, and traditional laces that allow you to customize for charging or tweaking. By far my favorite boot, while it lasted....

Now for the bad: about a month n a half into my first season with this boot (I work at a resort so this would be approx 20-30 days on mtn) the boa tore out of the side of the tongue (rendering it useless) and 2 of the lace hooks on the side broke off due to catching on the opposing boot while walking around. I was lucky enough to have the website I purchased them from let me return them, but it was very disappointing that it happened. I'm still deliberating buying them again in the hopes that Ride has fixed or will fix these problems (plastic lace hooks, boa not across the tongue) because if they do there will be no better boot out there IMO. Hope this helps.

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