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Lance L

Lance L

Aspen, Colorado

Lance L's Passions

Skiing
Hiking & Camping
Biking

Lance L's Bio

I recently purchased a diamondback mission pro '17. I've had a blast getting back into mountain biking. I'm still a committed back country skier. But, I can't get believe how much mountain biking has progressed in the last decade.

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Lance Lwrote a review of on November 30, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 6' 0"
Weight: 175 lbs
Size Purchased: Large

Pros- stylish cut, good in light rain, blocks wind, big hood, staple layer -meaning this jacket won't live in my closet
It's either in my pack or I'm wearing it.
Cons- Not really anything to complain about. I can agree with other reviewers about breathability. It's not great to wear while skinning. This is the layer you put on after skinning. I am looking at the OR Ferosi for skinning.

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Lance Lwrote a review of on June 5, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Simple, elegant, and smartly designed. This pack is the perfect size for long day trips, ski mountaineering, overnight hut trips, and whatever else you can throw at it. I've taken it up several 14ers for skiing. It performed well carrying skis in A frame mode. Really well. It is simple and fast to set up. It holds ice axes well. The hydration pouch works well. I like the volume. It's big enough for a big down coat, 3 liters of water, enough food for a big day, and all the miscellaneous items you need. It’s a top loader with a dedicated external shovel blade pouch. The only thing it lacks is an airbag. (Always something else on the wish list)

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Lance Lwrote a review of on June 4, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Kudos to my fellow reviewers. I am 6’ tall. I went with the 65cm after reading other reviews. I am very pleased with that size. Its great for steep back country skiing. I've used it to climb some steep chutes. I sometimes think the ice axe is the greatest mountain climbing tool of all time. If you are looking for a general mountaineering axe it's a great choice. Don't leave home without it. Black diamond does it right.

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Lance Lwrote a review of on March 18, 2016

5 5

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

I picked this up recently on steep and cheap. I like the snug, sturdy, close, and ergonomic fit of this pack. You put it on and it feels like osprey does their homework. The pack skis well.
I also like the zippers, the hydration pouch, and the chest strap and waistbelt. The only thing I don't like is the lack of a dedicated and obvious exterior shovel pouch. Maybe I am too resistant to change or stuck in old school mode. It's not a basic top loader pack. Organizing my shovel and probe poles didn't seem obvious. I still think it's well made and I will use it a lot.

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Lance Lwrote a review of on July 13, 2015

Ski Mountaineering
4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I picked a pair of these strictly on the advice of the best backcountry skier I know. I'll pass on his positive recommendation. These are very light. They work well with my Dynafit Mercury's. They are great for climbing snow w/o adding much weight.
I bought them for steep snow. Watch out for rocks. You sacrifice durability for their lack of weight.
I took them on 3 moderately steep tours last spring. They performed fine.
User reviews set backcountry.com apart from other sites. Read all the reviews on this page. Smart stuff and sage advice.

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Lance Lwrote a review of on June 10, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 6' 0"
Weight: 180 lbs
Size Purchased: large

It's lightweight, warm, and not clammy. The ribs keep you even dryer. I have a closet full of cap 2,3, marmot, and mountain hardware. This is my favorite. I pair it with my R1 and a rab neo shell. That system works great for alpine skiing and hard backcountry skiing. Another reviewer marked it down for odor. Mine gets a little ripe too. I just throw it in the washer. Fit is athletic and a little snug in the torso and shoulders.

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Lance Lwrote a review of on May 19, 2015

Solid Choice
5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I have used these several times in windy, snowy conditions. I like the contrast and definition these goggles provide in flat light. They are a huge improvement over my previous less expensive pair. My favorite feature of these lenses is the lack of fogging while hiking uphill. I recently had them on a 14er and, they performed well.

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Lance Lwrote a review of on May 11, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 6' 0"
Weight: 180 lbs
Size Purchased: lg-32

Reviewers have it right. Awesome pants. I haven't bought a second pair but I will. They dry fast and are well made. I use them for summer hiking. I don't like hitting brush with shorts. They work great for that use. And, they are not too hot.

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Lance Lwrote a review of on May 11, 2015

Climbing Machines!
5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I have spent too much time touring with Fritchis. After skiing some steep spring snow this review will focus on the uphill portion of the product performance. First of all, if you are concerned about bump skiing or lift service skiing stop reading and head to the saloman or marker page. If you are into lightweight and a serious improvement in skinning uphill performance this is your binding. Wow! is my first reaction. I flat out crushed some long tours in central colorado on both spring and cold snow surfaces. I was amazed at how steep I could skin and Z-turn up slopes. Purely pleasant and fun. Much better than my Fritchis. Drawbacks: The fritchis were easier to get in and out of. They are easier to switch back and forth from ski and walk mode. So what. I am selling the fritchis.

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Lance Lwrote a review of on May 11, 2015

Skinning excellence
5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Love 'em, trust 'em, and have been using this brand of skin for a long time. Combine these with a tech binding and you can skin much steeper terrain than we did with skinny skis and frame bindings. They climb great and are durable. Black Diamond purchased Ascension and has improved their product. The STS is my favorite of the bunch. They do have a bit of a learning curve and the STS clip parts can wear out or break before the skin does. I recommend carrying duct tape and skin wax. Should you have an issue just be prepared. They are simply great in all snow conditions.

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Lance Lwrote a review of on April 13, 2015

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Height: 6' 0"
Weight: 180 lbs

I got talked into buying the camel lenses in the trek frame recently. I liked them so much that I bought this pair too. I have mostly used these around town in sunny bright Colorado. The fit in the bivouak is better for my face. My head is large. My hat size is 7 5/8". This frame fits around my nose much better (than the treks with less light leakage on the bottom of the frames).
The photo-chromatic lenses are fantastic. They usually adjust quickly. I do not even notice.However, I am not a mountain biker.They are brighter and more yellow than the camel lenses. I gave them 4 stars because I prefer the camel lenses. If you like brighter and non-polarized go with the zebras. If you want darker and polarized the camels are worth the extra money.

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Lance Lwrote a review of on April 13, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size
Height: 6' 0"
Weight: 180 lbs
Size Purchased: lg

Patagonia is usually on top of their game. This piece is stretchy, very comfortable, and very soft. It fits more like a shirt than a jacket. By that I mean it is snugger and more fitted than I would expect from a jacket. I am 6' 180 lbs. The large is roomy but not too big. It is best for layering under a shell. It is more expensive than the competition but when you use it all the time and want to buy another it's hard to complain. Cons: It is unusually long. This piece is definitely more mid layer than outer-wear in my opinion.

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Lance Lwrote a review of on March 28, 2015

Lenses are stunning
5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Pros: Lenses go from amber to dark amber. Super crisp and sharp. The lenses are so good they make interchangeable lenses obsolete (my opinion obviously). I have had no problem with fogging. Stylish for behind so functional. Not as hip as some choices but you can wear them to town and not look like an idiot. And, I had these out above 13,000' backcountry skiing and they were awesome.
Cons: the only thing I don't like is fit related. My hat size is 7 5/8. I do get some light leakage at the bottom of the sunglasses. If you have a big head like me be careful. I liked these so much I bought the bivouak in the zebra lens. That frame fits my large face a little better.

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Lance Lwrote a review of on December 6, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I can't say enough cool things about this boot. Stiffer than pebax plastic... legit. Extra cuff rotation makes it more comfortable for hiking .... yes. Burly stiff on the descent.... true. Top buckle doubles as the ski/walk mode switch.... brilliant. Light weight and wider last than other Dynafit boot... check. Five stars!

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Lance Lwrote a review of on December 6, 2014

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I have taken this out in both powder and hard pack conditions. This ski is what it claims to be. Very light on the uphill and a utilitarian performer on the downhill. I was pleased how the tips stayed up when I hit some deep snow. It was fun to make small to medium radius powder turns. It does not make me want to charge aggressively like my favorite ski (Blizzard Cochise). I am happy to have it in my quiver.

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Lance Lwrote a review of on September 22, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size

Sports car for your feet. I took this shoe up several 14ers in central Colorado. Mostly class 2 and 3 stuff. This shoe has a stiff and grippy sole. The uppers are light weight. This is the way to shave ounces. Minimalist design without a drop in performance. I think this shoe would perform well as an approach shoe and in class 4 terrain. The fit was a little loose but, I would not downsize. I ordered my normal size.Hiking downhill might be painful with a smaller size for me. Lastly, this shoe is not even close to being water proof or resistant.

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Lance Lwrote a review of on September 22, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size

I hiked several 14 ers in Colorado recently in mostly dry weather. As soon as it got chilly and windy I put on the jacket. It performed as advertised. You can wear this jacket hiking uphill and not soak yourself. This blurs the line between hard and soft shell. Great piece. Not gore tex pro. If you are looking for bomber protection this isn't your choice. I agree with previous reviewers.

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