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Matthew Park

Matthew Park

The Wasatch

Matthew Park's Passions

Hiking & Camping
Biking
Climbing

Matthew Park's Bio

I live for the mountains, the connection you feel with watching the sunrise, the isolation, and the sense of accomplishment when standing atop another majestic peak. There is nothing better.

Matthew Park

Matthew Parkwrote a review of on March 31, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Like a good friend this beacon is there for you when you need it to be. I used this all season and while teaching avalanche courses and was very impressed with the features and functions of this beacon. If you are a guide the group check and signal analyzation is super nice. If there are multiple rescuers with the S1+ you can really cut down on locating multiple victims. The search function displays and sounds are super intuitive to follow and help you pin point the victim faster. Basically if you spend a lot of time in avalanche terrain you should have this beacon.

Disclaimer: I am a member of the Ortovox North America pro team and while I try to write non bias reviews I'm sure some bias makes its way in.

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Matthew Parkwrote a review of on March 31, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This thing is a beast! Not only does it move snow quickly but its actually burly enough to dig through avy debris without breaking, which is really what you need in a shovel. The handle goes into either hoe or shovel mode without having to press in a button or line anything up which is helpful when time is of the essence. If you are looking for a real backcountry tool this is a great option.

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Matthew Parkwrote a review of on October 19, 2011

4 5

These are a great solution if you have a good ski set-up you like and want to get into to the BC. There are some things you need to do right out of the box that will save you some major troubles. Number one being, make sure they fit your binding well, not just that they get in there but that they stay in there when you have a boot in them and are touring. I thought they fit great in my look PX12's but when you tour the toe of your ski boot pushes on the toe piece of the binding just enough to tweak them out in the heel. I also learned the first time I used them that the front screws that hole the rails your boot sits on are not in very good. 30 steps and the screw fell out and was gone, leaving me with one boot locked in to the regular binding and one in a trekker. Buy some red lock tight, or do what I did and JB weld the screws in, (when would you ever need to take them back out?). I now have them on some Marker Jesters and they hold superbly in them.

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Matthew Parkwrote a review of on April 25, 2011

3 5

I got these and I was stoked to finally get into the backcountry with my friends. 300 meters later one of the main axle screws fell out leaving my ski dangling from my boot by one screw. So I clicked in to my binding regular alpine style and did a half and half maneuver. Which worked for a while till the strange torque I was putting on the one trekker caused it to twist and then it would not hold in my binding and then I was stuck shuffling up the rest of the way in my regular bindings while my trekkers hung useless off my back pack. I don't see why you would ever need to take that cage off so I bought some replacement screws from the hardware store (standard size 10-32 X 3/8) and some JB weld to make sure those screws never come out again. Now I feel like they will be great for many more adventures and would recommend everyone to at least put some lock-tight on those front screws before using them.

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Matthew Parkwrote a review of on May 1, 2008

5 5

i'll be honest these are a bitch right out of the box but once they loosen up they are so comfortable, and supportive. They have a great sole that grips super good, almost as good as a climbing shoe. i've had these in the slushy utah snow with crampons on and down in the canyons of escalante. They will keep you dry as long as water dosen't spill in from the top of course but even when it does its not a huge deal cause they wick in out so fast! If you are looking for the best light weight supportive low cut hiking shoe look no further. Its takes a good 20 hours in the shoe to get them broke in,I would recommend getting a heel cushion to lift your ankle until they break in cause they have such a stiff upper that it will hurt the bottom of your ankle bones until they soften up

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Matthew Parkwrote a review of on May 1, 2008

5 5

i'll be honest these were a bitch to break in but they are 100% worth it! they hold your ankle incredibly well and have a roomy toe box so you aren't smashing the front on your way down hill. They have excellent traction on everything and they are totally waterproof. i've had these in the wet utah snowpack with crampons on and i just returned from escalante where they griped the sandstone like a climbing shoe and kept my feet dry when i was walking through water. The uppers are really stiff and hurt the bottoms of my ankle bones when i was breaking them in so i got a gel heel cushion to lift my ankle until the show broke in. I would reccomend doing the same thing. Now the gel is out the shoe is incredibly comfortable and i couldn't be happier with my choice i know these shoes will last me a long time.

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