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Jeffery R.

Colorado: Grand County, Summit County, Utah: Cottonwood Canyons Wyoming: Tetons

Jeffery R.'s Bio

I am an avid skier born and raised in the mountains of Colorado. I have been competing in the realm of skiing since the age of 6. I spent eleven years as a competitive alpine racer, and I'm in my second year as a big mountain skier on the Freeride World Qualifier. Since I stopped alpine racing, I have been drawn to the untracked lines in the backcountry. Recently I was drawn to the beautiful peaks of the Wasatch in Utah, skiing by day, and spreading knowledge as a gearhead by night!

Hit the "Follow" button to check out my reviews, and stay up to date on all the new gear I'm trying out, as well as my adventures and articles! If you want to contact me directly you can chat in to me evenings from 1:30-9:30 Th-Mo or email me personally at Jrowe@backcountry.com

Jeffery R.'s Passions

  • Hiking & Camping,
  • Skiing,
  • Climbing.
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Jeffery R.wrote a review of on May 16, 2014

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This skin will get the job done on just about anything, and at one of the best prices on the market. They won't have the ultimate traction uphill, and they won't have a ton of glide, however, for 90% of all backcountry skiers, they're exactly what you need. Unless your doing extremely technical ascents or long flat approaches, they will get the job done, and well. The included skin tool is a must have, and the tip/tail hardware they use is as good as any to fit anywhere from a Moment (square) tip/tail to a traditional.

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Jeffery R.wrote a review of on May 16, 2014

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I originally purchased the 82 foot line over the summer to train my balance for skiing, but once I got it and started practicing, I got hooked, and now I'm thoroughly convinced I would do it purely because its fun! The line itself is great, really easy and quick to set up if your just getting into the slacklining game. The ratchet system does have its drawbacks, at 82 feet your close to the limit of tension for the system (still totally doable) and I wouldn't use the system for a high line. But, for hanging in the park having a good time and practicing, its perfect!

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Jeffery R.wrote a review of on February 27, 2014

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

As a FIS level racer for a number of years I have owned a couple pair of these mittens and really like them. The only issue I have had with these mittens is a fairly thin palm, so you can work through them after a season or two fairly easily. However the dexterous leather on the palm gives a really good feel while using the gloves. I still use these freeskiing on all the cold days!

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Jeffery R.wrote a review of on February 15, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This is definitely my favorite helmet, its got great venting, a comfortable fit, no issues with a balaclava under it. It doesn't have slots for your ears on the ear flaps (which most soft ear helmets don't) so for the first couple days you'll need to get used to that. Everything else on this helmet is perfect.

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Jeffery R.wrote a review of on December 2, 2013

A downhill binding that can tour
4 5

I used these on my backcountry setup for the last 2 years, apart from the slightly elevated ride height/weight over non touring binding, I really have been impressed with the downhill performance of the binding. If you take care of it and are gentle to it in touring mode, it will last and kill it on the downhill. I have used it everywhere from comps to 7-8 mile tours (consistent long tours go for a tech).

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Jeffery R.wrote a review of on December 2, 2013

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I've skied a ton of days on these, they have taken a lot of beating, and still are a lot of fun for days with little or no new snow. The traditional camber and side-cut make them great for every day shredding, I've since purchased some wider skis for powder days, but they get the job done in new snow as well.

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Jeffery R.wrote a review of on December 2, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I got a pair of these a few weeks ago, they looks sweet, I have the black with the blue mirror and they are snazzy. Additionally, or the price the optics are great. I've used them for one ski tour, driving, and hanging out, no complaints so far!

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Jeffery R.wrote a review of on December 2, 2013

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I use these for everything from driving to ski touring all over the west, The rubber on the inside of the frame keeps the glasses to your face better than most large frames like this. A solid choice for active people! I've also had some personal experience with Zeal and I really like where they're headed with the green tech!

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Jeffery R.wrote a review of on December 2, 2013

Hard Charger
5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

If you want to be able to charge anything on the mountain, this is the ski for you. I ride the 193, and anywhere from man-made ice, steep trees, to 3 feet of pow I have not strapped a pair of skis on my feet I'd rather ride. I would say this ski in the longer lengths is a lot of ski compared to some other brands though with a much longer effective edge than many on the market.

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