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Hunter Foraker

Hunter Foraker

Salt Lake City, UT

Hunter Foraker's Passions

Skiing
Hiking & Camping
Biking

Hunter Foraker's Bio

When the snow begins to fly, you'll find me in the Wasatch whether on the Tram at the Bird, or charging chutes in the backcountry. Any other time, its a pretty safe bet I'll be on the Provo River dancing my fly to intrigue an elusive brown or hiking with my insane cattle dog.. Dartmouth '14 and damn proud of it. Always willing to take on new challenges and adventures at a moments notice. Born and raised in Denver, spent some time in New Hampshire and Vermont along the Appalachian Trail, and now living and loving Utah. I'm a ski bum at heart with a can-do attitude to boot.

6' 200 lbs
Top- medium (fitted), large (relaxed fit)

Bottoms- medium, 34 waist, 32 length

Helmet- large

Shoe- 11.5

Feel free to contact me with any questions you may have or for the best advice on what gear, what size, or even what style will suit you best to get after it!

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Hunter Forakerwrote a review of on December 23, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

In need of a great ski touring pole, but don’t want to pay an arm and a leg? Black Diamond has one just for you. The Expedition 3 has been a great addition to my ski closet. The 3 piece construction makes it adjustable for just about anyone, and allows you to tour anywhere…. All in a super lightweight package. An added plus is anyone that comes to visit for skiing can use these! I like that they come with both powder baskets and baskets for hiking, which I plan to use in the summer months on backpacking trips. I wouldn’t suggest these to splitboarders, as they don’t collapse quite enough to be carried on a pack- if you are a splitboarder, check out the Black Diamond Compactor Backcountry ski pole.

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Hunter Forakerwrote a review of on December 23, 2016

3 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Picked these up as a backup glove to keep in my car as I am constantly forgetting my gloves, or I forget to dry out my primary gloves and need a dry pair! These are super lightweight, but not very waterproof. I wouldn’t recommend these as your primary ski glove, but is a great backup. They fit true to size!

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Hunter Forakerwrote a review of on December 17, 2016

Perfect Pack
5 5

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

It was time to upgrade my touring pack and I stumbled across the Nirvana pro 25 and knew i had to have it. I've had really good luck with Mammut products in the past, so I knew this would be no different. The organization of this pack is key, where is has special allocations, for your shovel and probe for easy access. The back panel unzips fully for easy access to all your gear and the Ski carry straps are top notch. The back panel sheds snow exceptionally well and the hip belts fit very nicely so it feels like you aren't even wearing a pack during those full day tours. The one thing i wish this pack had was the ability to convert to an avy bag with mammuts airbag system. I love this pack and can't wait to get more use out of it!

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Hunter Forakerwrote a review of on December 17, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 6' 0"
Weight: 205 lbs
Size Purchased: Large

I'm a sucker for super comfortable pullovers because they tend to look nice and keep me feeling like i'm wearing pajamas all day. Love this one and always have it sitting at my desk at work during the winter months. It is also a great piece to throw on after a long day of skiing for the drive home to warm up. By no means a technical piece, it is awesome in its own right.

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Hunter Forakerwrote a review of on December 17, 2016

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: Runs large
Height: 6' 0"
Weight: 205 lbs
Size Purchased: Large

Not much needs to be said about this one- classic patagonia logo, super comfortable, and easily recognizable. pick up your favorite color and you won't regret it. With regard to sizing, I am always in between a M and L with Patagonia, which is why i think it runs slightly large.

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Hunter Forakerwrote a review of on December 17, 2016

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 6' 0"
Weight: 205 lbs
Size Purchased: Large

After reading several of the reviews, I was kind of hesitant, but I had to rep one of my favorite brands and I have been pleasantly surprised. I think the shirt fits pretty true to size, though it might be slightly long. The shoulders are a little odd, but I find the neck to be the right size (but i have a fairly girthy neck).

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Hunter Forakerwrote a review of on December 17, 2016

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size
Height: 6' 0"
Weight: 205 lbs

just picked up several Meridian Line shirts and really like what I am seeing. Love the color scheme and graphic on this one, and it definitely is an attention grabber. The fabric seems a little thin, but the fit of the shirt is on point- a very nice athletic fit.

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Hunter Forakerwrote a review of on December 17, 2016

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size
Height: 6' 0"
Weight: 205 lbs
Size Purchased: Large

just picked up several Meridian Line shirts and really like what I am seeing. Love the color scheme and graphic on this one, and it definitely is an attention grabber. The fabric seems a little thin, but the fit of the shirt is on point- a very nice athletic fit.

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Hunter Forakerwrote a review of on December 17, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size
Height: 6' 0"
Weight: 205 lbs
Size Purchased: Large

This is perhaps my favorite long sleeve shirt! I thought it was just going to be your run of the mill shirt, but this thing freakin rocks! I can't quite describe the feeling of the fabric, but it is the perfect mix of soft-to-the-touch and stretchy. This is my new go to shirt for driving up to the ski hill and throwing on after the day.

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Hunter Forakerwrote a review of on December 17, 2016

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size
Height: 6' 0"
Weight: 205 lbs
Size Purchased: Large

Sure you have some amazing memories from your ski travels abroad, but where is your favorite mountain? you know, the one that is right in your backyard? Pay homage and rep being a local by picking up this shirt. My only complaint is that it doesn't come in more colorways. Otherwise, the tri blend is very comfortable and the logo is awesome.

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Hunter Forakerwrote a review of on November 24, 2016

Are they bibs, pants, or just awesome?!?
4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size
Height: 6' 0"
Weight: 205 lbs
Size Purchased: Large

If you are anything like me (read: super sweaty while participating in high output activities), you know the struggle of having a ski pant that doesn’t breath while touring. Nobody likes swamp a**, and apparently neither does OR because these pants/bibs crush it in the breathability category. Perhaps just as impressive is the waterproofness of these… no need to worry about water or melted snow seeping through- unlike your highschool hockey goalie, they are not a sieve.
The stretch on these rock too, allowing for plenty of mobility while climbing the skin track. For those used to touring in a gore pro pant, this has none of the crinkly nor restrictive attributes that we have fought forever. The removable bib is also an awesome component- there are just some days you don’t need a bib! This is definitely a overlooked item, and I highly recommend trying them on- you will not be dissapointed.

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Hunter Forakerwrote a review of on November 24, 2016

Functional Foraker
5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: Runs small
Height: 6' 0"
Weight: 205 lbs
Size Purchased: XL

Let’s face it- it seems like everyone these days is rocking an Atom AR, and every brand has their own variant to add to the synthetic insulation jacket category. So why go out on a limb and try a jacket that you don’t see everybody wearing in the high country? I’ll tell ya; Mammut knows what they are doing when they put together their alpinist pieces, and the Foraker Advanced IS jacket is no different. Unique features like integrating a Pertex Microlight shell and strech fleece make it appropriate for everything from touring to hitting up the lodge after a long day skiing or even casually strolling downtown. With 60 grams of PrimaLoft Silver insulation, this jacket provides just enough warmth when not moving around in temps around 40-50 degrees and is perfect as an outside layer when ski touring in temps 20-35. The fleece underneath the arms allows for great ventialation- I personally haven’t overheated while wearing this jacket during high output activities. If it is a really warm day, but you know it is going to be chilly up top, this jacket conveniently packs into it’s own chest pocket, so it takes up hardly any room in your pack. Sizing on this jacket does run fairly small (Euro fit); I went with the XL and I am normally a Large. So if you are looking for a jacket that is versatile, functional, and bomber, give this jacket a shot. Besides, how could you go wrong with anything named Foraker???

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Hunter Forakerwrote a review of on September 24, 2016

4 5

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

Marker has been in the top manufacturers for bindings since I began skiing, and they continue that legacy with the Marker Squire. The new Marker Squire extends its performance range with a 3-10 DIN range making it perfect for everyone from first time skiers to intermediate rippers.

With skis getting wider and wider, a lot of power transmission can be lost between the binding and the ski, forcing the skier to drive harder and ultimately resulting in greater fatigue. The Squire features Power Width Design, Marker’s signature toe and heel designs engineered to make today’s wider skis perform at their very best. I can say that this binding does a great job of holding you in, and won’t prelease unless it is really necessary. This binding will work great for you if you are a beginner to intermediate skier. For more advanced skiers, I recommend the Marker Griffon 13 ID binding. If you have questions about what brake size will work best for your skis, or if this binding is a good fit for you, please contact me directly for expert advice!

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Hunter Forakerwrote a review of on September 24, 2016

4 5

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

Do you hate having to hold back out of fear that your bindings won't release properly and your ski season along with the $$ you spent on your pass is down the drain? Is this your first year buying instead of renting? Fear no more- the folks over at Look know what they are doing with these bindings and I have never felt more confident while skiing because I can rely on the bindings releasing properly when it counts with the pivoting heel. While I personally recommend the pivot 14 or 18 for more experienced skiers, the 12 is a great binding for those getting into skiing, but want a very well designed binding.

Additionally, the 12 din allows you to push your ski as hard as you want, and really allows for great power transmission. As an added plus, this year's model makes the binding WTR compatible so it fits standard alpine boots and rockered soles- saving you some extra cash for gas. Only complaint is that the pivoting heel as to be realigned most times before you pop back in.... just another reason to not stop skiing. If you have questions about this or any of Look's other bindings, please contact me directly for expert advice!

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Hunter Forakerwrote a review of on September 23, 2016

Icey Girls Rip!
4 5

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

The Maiden 101 combines elements of the Nomad and integrates Icelantic’s signature Fly Weight Core. Many women (and men) hop on this and are really blown away, and it is no wonder why; with bombproof construction, eye popping topsheet, and a playful surfy ride, this ski has a little something to offer everyone. Its 101mm underfoot platform allows for great floatation and stability all over the mountain. The rocker-camber-rocker profile (below) also helps to make this ski versatile. While it certainly is not the best ski for die hard mogul skiers or those who are partial to GS turns, it is perfect for someone who is looking for a daily driver that will perform in all sorts of conditions. Even though it is a women’s specific ski, I can say that this thing was wicked fun, poppy, and responsive and wouldn’t mind having it as my daily driver if it were a bit longer.

I have found that this ski is best in 4-7 inches of fresh snow as it really allows you to butter and smear into your turns, however, it is pretty chattery on the hardpack. This ski will really excel in areas like Colorado, Utah, Wyoming, and the PNW. Probably my favorite attribute of this ski is that it is almost effortless to make it perform the best. Seriously, let this ski do all the work and you will have a huge grin on your face all the way down the mountain. Also of note, all of Icelantic skis are handmade in Denver, Colorado, and incorporate the unique artwork of Travis Parr. So not only are you getting a sick pair of planks, you are also getting a piece of art that will have people chatting you up on the lifts all day long. If you have questions about the Maiden 101 or any other skis in the Icelantic lineup, feel free to contact me directly for expert advice!

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Hunter Forakerwrote a review of on September 17, 2016

5 5

While it was difficult to part with my old alpine boots, I now have zero regrets. This boot is AWESOME- plenty stiff to push your skis as much as you desire, but it also retains unparalleled comfort with a nice wide last. I'm of the opinion you should never sacrifice performance for comfort- the x-pro 120 offers the best of both worlds. This is my first pair of Salomon boots, and I am now a firm believer in them. The heat moldable liner allows for an ultra customizable fit, leaving you actually wanting to wear them over your favorite pair of running shoes... but actually. I wear a 11.5 shoe and the 28.5 fits me perfect.

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Hunter Forakerwrote a review of on September 17, 2016

Why so(le) Serious?
4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Marker has been in the top manufacturers for bindings since I began skiing, but they are really stepping up the game with this one. The new Marker Jester 16 ID extends its performance range with SOLE.ID, allowing both Alpine (downhill skiing) and Alpine Touring (backcountry skiing) boot compatibility to create the most versatile freeride binding on the market today. With skis getting wider and wider, a lot of power transmission can be lost between the binding and the ski, forcing the skier to drive harder and ultimately resulting in greater fatigue. The Jester features Power Width Design, Marker’s signature toe and heel designs engineered to make today’s wider skis perform at their very best. I can say that this binding does a great job of holding you in, and won’t pre-release unless it is really necessary. This binding will work great for you if you are an advanced to expert skier. For less advanced skiers, I recommend the Marker Griffon 13 ID binding. If you have questions about what brake size will work best for your skis, or if this binding is a good fit for you, please contact me directly!

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Hunter Forakerwrote a review of on September 17, 2016

Wicked Fun Sticks
4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

The Nomad 105 is Icelantic’s flagship model as well as their bestselling ski, and it is no wonder why; with bombproof construction, eye popping topsheet, and a playful surfy ride, this ski has a little something to offer everyone. Its 105mm underfoot platform allows for great floatation and stability all over the mountain. The rocker-camber-rocker profile (below) also helps to make this ski versatile. While it certainly isn’t the best ski for die hard mogul skiers or those who are partial to GS turns, it is perfect for someone who is looking for a daily driver that will perform in all sorts of conditions.
I’ve found that this ski is best in 4-7 inches of fresh snow as it really allows you to butter and smear into your turns. It is pretty chattery on the hardpack, but that isn’t what this ski was made for. This ski will really excel in areas like Colorado, Utah, Wyoming, and the PNW. Probably my favorite attribute of this ski is that it is almost effortless to make it perform the best. Seriously, let this ski do all the work and you will have a huge grin on your face all the way down the mountain. Also of note, all of Icelantic’s skis are handmade in Denver, Colorado, and incorporate the unique artwork of Travis Parr. So not only are you getting a sick pair of planks, you are also getting a piece of art that will have people chatting you up on the lifts all day long. If you have questions about the Nomad 105 or any other skis in Icelantic’s lineup, feel free to contact me directly for expert advice!

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