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Nicholas Dey

Nicholas Dey

, Gearhead

Portland Oregon/ Salt lake City Utah

Nicholas Dey's Passions

Biking
Skiing
Surfing
Paddling
Running
Hiking & Camping

Nicholas Dey's Bio

My roots are in the midwest and the west coast which heavily influence my style and what i gravitate towards. I moved back to the Wasatch range to dial in my skiing during the winter and enjoy the high alpine adventures in the summer time. I love gear because it helps me achieve my goals

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Nicholas Deywrote a review of on May 17, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 5"
Weight: 150 lbs
Size Purchased: Small

I've been looking for a nice multi use short for a long time. These have just the right length with the inseam hitting me right above the knee. They are not so wide that they feel baggy, but not so narrow that they wont move with me. I have a 29 inch waist, and these seem a little loose on me but with my wide skier thighs they have a good overall fit. A great shot that seems to work with many different types of actives, so if you live in a van or like to keep your life simple these are a great addition.

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Nicholas Deywrote a review of on May 10, 2019

4 5

Buying climbing shoes is like dating, finding the right one is key to having a great experience, so far i love the fit on these (sized up a half size from my street shoe), the shoes have a subtle downturn and fit my feet like a glove. I come from lace up full grain leather multi pitch shoes and wanted something comfortable but better for bouldering without the high heel feel in the last. I will update my review after some more time in them.

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Nicholas Deywrote a review of on April 30, 2019

4 5

Height: 5' 5"
Weight: 150 lbs
Size Purchased: Small

Arc'teryx is known for being a no nonsense quality brand and this jacket is a great example of the fit and finish of the brand. The fit of this jacket is wider in the the shoulders, narrow around the hips with some extra room around the waist area. I'm 5'5" and the size small has sleeves that are a little long but the body of the jacket goes down right past my waist. Its a comfortable, simple jacket with quality materials. I feel like i could use this jacket for every activity that I do because its so versatile. .

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Nicholas Deywrote a review of on April 29, 2019

5 5

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

There are a million packs to choose from these days with all kinds of fancy features but the sho sho keeps it simple and clean. This design style keeps the weight really low and it looks really nice in person.

For a simple European style pack this one is hard to beat.

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Nicholas Deywrote a review of on April 20, 2019

Like Toms But Tougher
4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: Runs small
Height: 5' 5"
Weight: 150 lbs
Size Purchased: 8

I have been looking for a replacement for toms for awhile now. I love lightweight easy to wear shoes that work for any summer activity. They feel like a mix between a light weight slipper with a few approach shoe touches like a cap toe and special ribber that grips well for rocks. These shoes do feel slippery especially on smooth polished surfaces but with this fit I feel like I could do some light rock climbing in these baby’s.

As far as sizing goes I would recommend a half size up, and let the shoe mold to your foot. I normally wear a 7.5 in Vans, Nike’s or Adidas

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Nicholas Deywrote a review of on April 12, 2019

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 5"
Weight: 150 lbs
Size Purchased: medium (but the small feels fitted)

I got this jacket as a mid layer or outer layer jacket for when its so cold out I feel I just cant even, so i can throw this on and feel like im still cozy in bed. It's very lofty but retains a light weight feel. I took one star off because the zippers are a very minimalist design, which is good because it keeps the down jacket light, makes the jacket more packable and prevents the zipper teeth from damaging the outer nylon fabric but i just really like chunky zips. The goal with this jacket seems to be maximum loft and warmth while only supplying what an outdoorsy person really needs which is a helmet compatible hood, vents to dump the heat, hand warming pockets, wrist gators, and a single pocket to pack the jacket into.

The colors on the site look just like the jacket in person. The fit is spot on for an American brand and most of all it feels comfortable. Overall this jacket does a great job of offering something new and different from other jackets on the market without being so different that it seems wacky or impractical.

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Nicholas Deywrote a review of on April 2, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I've tested many bindings and i really like the overall feel of the warden bindings. The Armada version has a very clean look that wont take away attention from the ski. I ride everything from front-side carving to backcountry hiking and these are just a dependable quality bindings with some great power transmission.

The big reason why i keep coming back to these is because of the wide variety of backcountry ski boots. I can get into my freestyle boots for a day of resort riding and than adjust the bindings to fit my backcountry boots for a day of hiking around in high consequence environments where falling is not an option. These are the most sturdy feeling multi norm certified bindings i have used and they are super easy to adjust.

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Nicholas Deywrote a review of on April 2, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Carving turns to floating over soft snow, these light weight all mountain park focused skis are very fun. Landings and popping off jumps feels like its too easy compared to other skis in this category i've used in the past. Lots of tip and tail rocker mean they don't feel likely they will hook and spin around unless you want them to. Extremely intuitive and playful with a design focus on smoothly moving through the mountain terrain, not bashing through it. I've tested several skis from Icelantic and despite other skis getting more attention I think the Nomad 95 is one of the best skis they have made. You can ski these skis in shorter lengths but if your an experienced skier with larger features in mind the 181 or 191 lengths have enough rocker to be manageable and fun without feeling to heavy or long.

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Nicholas Deywrote a review of on March 22, 2019

High Tech Glam
5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

A very pretty ski that glows off the surface of the snow didn't let me down when i pushed it to preform. The carbon tip with a metal laminate and popular core felt very lively and fun. A very smooth turning ski that didn't beat me up and kept me on the hill run after run. I rode the 172 length and felt like i could have ridden a much longer version of this ski because it skis a lot shorter than it sounds due to the rocker. Overall a very fun, playful, touring ski for women who want to have a fun easy experience on touring skis without sacrificing performance.

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Nicholas Deywrote a review of on March 19, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

These shoes fit pretty small. I typically wear a 7.5 street shoe and i actually needed to go a half size up for that, "like a glove" fit, but its a good shape for my mid volume foot. I could probably go up a full size to an 8.5 and still a comfortable shoe that preforms. A little more aggressive and stiffer than what i'm used to but not painful after a short break in period due to the style of construction. I really like the ability to dial in the fit with the laces and stretching out the leather to fit my foot shape. As a newer climber its good to have a shoe that inspires confidence and its going to last a while for different style of climbing.

I also tired these on side by side with the BD momentum's, which are the less aggressive beginner shoe from black diamond but there is a big performance difference between the two. The Momentum's feel flatter and less padded which is nice for less aggressive approaches but i'd rather trust the Aspect's.

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Nicholas Deywrote a review of on March 15, 2019

Best Freeride Big Mountain Skis
5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I've ridden a lot of big skis and these are by far the best big chargers for deeper conditions. I couldn't get them to sink in Utah powder, yet they still railed down big faces with icy or variable runs. A wide, stiff tail, minimal sidecut, and a very flat rocker camber rocker design with a metal backbone make these hard to flex out or pop off jumps but probably the most playfully stable stiffer ski i've ever ridden. I was able to smash through moguls and bumpy snow with ease, float through powder fields, and make big powerful turns all in the same day. Mounting them about +5 from the recommended mounting point so i could drive them more comfortably (i'm a smaller guy) was a great idea. I was hesitant about these skis but they where very easy to ski on for such a large pair. These are a very intuitive, surprisingly friendly big mountain skis in a field of hyper aggressive no compromise competitors that seem to fall short compared the dictator.

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Nicholas Deywrote a review of on March 4, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

A very proficient reactive ski for a large touring focused powder ski. Its not as stiff as a metal ski but not as soft as other lightweight touring options. This set of Backlands prefers big wide turns and straight-lining down the face. This is the pro model of Sage Cattabriga-Alosa so you can watch video's of him riding the skis to get a better idea of how it rides. I would recommend a mounting them +2 from the factory position to gain more overall control over the ski because they do ski as big as they look, but its very easy for how much underfoot camber they have. This is a true 5 star would recommend product.

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Nicholas Deywrote a review of on March 2, 2019

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Height: 5' 5"
Weight: 155 lbs
Size Purchased: Small

These are a great value for the price, they are a thinner merino base layer but they run extremely tight. I have a skiers butt (it's big) and thicker thigh's. These are great for the length but they are just too small. I could probably fit in a large comfortably and i normally wear smalls, but the right size for me is most likely the medium.

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Nicholas Deywrote a review of on March 2, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I normally buy men's socks cause im a guy but they are often too big even when stated for my size. I have tiny feet and wide calf muscles. These fit better than the men's socks but the thickness seems to be a little thinner in the women's version (it could just be that smartwool medium thick is thinner than other brands). Overall these are a ten out of ten would recommend to my friends.

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Nicholas Deywrote a review of on March 2, 2019

4 5

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

These pads are pretty simple. A spandex based wrap with a thin pad around the knee. They are fairly tight and protective from my experience. I wear knee pads mostly for warmth and structure and these do the job for the most part and are a lot of value for the price. Before these i was using downhill biking knee pads which seem to be more developed and have more options. Typically i like just a sleeve. If you want something a bit more protective or something a bit more minimal for warmth you may want to check out Troy Lee pads or some of the other brands we have in our pads or knee protection section.

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Nicholas Deywrote a review of on February 26, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

The rocker camber rocker shape is very playful with a progressive pop feel in the core. Three point sidecut means it skis the full length in deeper snow but with this much rocker the tip and tails the ski will feel shorter during a groomer day. Choosing the right length really means picking the ski that fits the terrain you ride in most of the time. Full edge wrap and full sandwich construction with exposed sidewalls means the ski will be very durable and will last a long time. The textured top sheets sluff snow off easily and have the look of a carbon fiber or fiberglass weave.

The Normal version is fairly heavy for a ski in this category but there is a lightweight version of this ski for touring and lighter weight skiers.

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