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Erika German

Erika German

Rockies of Colorado

Erika German's Passions

Hiking & Camping
Snowboarding
Paddling
Skiing
Climbing
Biking
Fly Fishing
Yoga

Erika German's Bio

Adrenaline junkie. I'm a Whitewater, Caving, and Hiking Guide in the summer. I spend my winters helping people find the best gear to have fun enjoying the Rockies. I am part of the Vail Mountain Rescue team. I am a safety guru for several whitewater events and help teach swiftwater rescue classes. I also enjoy snowmobiling and dirt biking in my spare time.

Erika German

Erika Germanwrote a review of on April 9, 2018

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Raft guide and rescue team in Colorado. The water and weather is freezing cold in the spring and the sun is scorching during the summer. This canteen keeps my tea or coffee hot all day in the freezing spring conditions while I teach river classes. Later in the summer when it's hot out, it holds ice for hours and stays icey cold for hours even after the ice is gone. Only downside is that it's a little heavy if hiking or touring with it, but worth the weight when it comes down to the goods inside. I won this canteen in a rafting contest, and I lost it for awhile and was devastated. I had to purchase new one because it is just so bombproof for all conditions. My name and phone are on it because I would hate to loose one again!

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Erika Germanwrote a review of on April 9, 2018

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

First of all, these are the right boots for my feet. Make sure to try on several pairs of boots and find the ones that fit the best before purchase. I have extremely narrow feet with pretty much no arch. These were like slippers when I first got them. Over time of breaking these boots in, the first liners I had we found to be defective, it started bruising my heel really bad because of a small fold of some plastic in them. Upon calling Lange to tell them this, they apologized for the inconvenience and sent me a new pair of liners. I have not experienced any issues since. Ski boots always need a bit of tweaking here and there as your feet change from stresses on them, but these have been great boots and I haven't needed a ton of adjustment done to them.

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Erika Germanwrote a review of on April 9, 2018

1 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I owned this product for less than a month before it stopped working. I had it out in the rain one day while camping and it just started skipping and then died. I let it dry out and tried to get it working again and now it is always turned on if it's charged. So it only works if it's plugged into the wall. What's most disappointing to me is I've worked for a ski shop handling all of their customer complaints and warranties for years. When I first ordered this product from Outdoor Tech they over charged my card. It took forever for them to reply to my email and say they would give me a refund, which I never received. Now, I go to warranty this product and they tell me to try 'resetting' it by letting it completely die and recharging it. This is after I've told them that it dies completely unless it's plugged in. And because it's just barely over a year since my purchase they aren't going to warranty it. After working with companies for years and doing hundreds of warranties, I'm pretty disappointed with the customer service I've received and the responses that Outdoor Tech has sent me.

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Erika Germanwrote a review of on January 9, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

This was my favorite ski of my shop's demo line up this year. It's a perfect ski for making long fast turns down groomers without any chatter. The more you push this ski the more it gives back. I love that it's wide enough under foot to float on powder days as well. I wouldn't recommend it for any beginners though, as it is your typical volkl which is for more aggressive skiers.

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Erika Germanwrote a review of on September 11, 2013

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

This is a great ski to get the ladies feeling more comfortable on the mountain. The high rocker profile allows it to turn easily and combined with the width this ski will plow over crud and through the powder with ease. However, this ski does not hold a good edge on any sort of ice. This ski is most fun on powder days and in the trees as it is very soft and forgiving. Make sure you get this ski a little longer than you are used to because it has so much rocker the longer length will make it more stable.

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Erika Germanwrote a review of on September 11, 2013

3 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

This is a great ski for all abilities. Whether you are a beginner trying to figure how to get down the hill gracefully or you are a more advanced skier that wants a ski for a little of everything the superstitious is a good ski for it all. With softer wood at the tip and tail, than under foot, and a bit of rocker, it allows the ski to lead you into turns easier. The stiffer wood underfoot still allows you to keep a good edge and feel more confident when conditions get a bit icy. This ski is a bit wider under foot allowing it to float a bit more in powder and cruddy conditions but still feels like a traditional shaped ski when you want.

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Erika Germanwrote a review of on September 11, 2013

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Love this ski for hauling down some groomers and ice. Its a bit of a stiffer ski and holds a great edge at high speeds. This ski is for a more advanced and aggressive woman skier. Great for icy conditions. This ski is not good for powder, slushy conditions, trees, or moguls.

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Erika Germanwrote a review of on September 11, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This is a great ski for the entire mountain and every condition that can be thrown at you, except for the ice and really high speeds. They don't hold the best edge on ice but they are amazing on powder days and in the trees. I find they will also do pretty well in moguls. My ski shop has named this ski 'the Trampoline' which makes them great in the trees and moguls because the camber under foot is easy to load and unleash. I find myself jumping to where I want to be and never have a problem getting anywhere with these. They were my purchase after skiing all of our skis last season.

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Erika Germanwrote a review of on April 25, 2011

5 5

Great for a small medical kit or keeping your camera, phone, etc. dry on the river or while hiking or camping in wet conditions. Fits easily in a back pack or carabiner it to your raft or in your kayak.

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Erika Germanwrote a review of on March 11, 2011

5 5

This boot is awesome! Very light weight and comfortable once packed out. DC is one of the few companies to start making true half sized boots. This means the liner and shell are the same size however it does take about a week of riding for them to fit comfortable and pack out (when you buy a boot it should fit Really snug). This boot has the boa system which has a lifetime warranty. Also, they have gotten rid of the brackets that hold the boa wires and introduced a light weight kevlar under the fabric to prevent the boot from tearing up and pressure points from forming on your feet and ankles. These boots offer great support for a great day on the mountain.

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