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Noah Brautigam

Noah Brautigam

Vermont, Northern California, Utah

Noah Brautigam's Passions

Hiking & Camping
Running
Biking
Skiing
Climbing

Noah Brautigam's Bio

Hi! I'm Noah. Born and raised in Vermont, I moved to Utah in 2013 to run, ski, bike, and work in the mountains. I grew up at a cross country ski area in the backwoods of Vermont, and have been ski racing, backcountry skiing, running, and biking since I could walk. A day in the open, breathing fresh air, working hard, and getting after it is a day well spent. I coach cross country skiing with racers age 9-17, and kids inspire me everyday to love what I'm doing, approach every challenge with a fresh outlook, and do silly things as much as possible. I also run marathons and ultra marathons, climb rocks on occasion, and telemark ski.

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Noah Brautigamwrote a review of on January 20, 2014

Not messing around
5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size

These pants are awesome. I got them as all-around ski pants, with a focus on backcountry skiing and long tours in all sorts of weather. They have performed every time I have taken them out.

They are super warm, but breathable. The fabric is tough and durable. One issue is that there is no side zips for the legs, but if you're not a super profuse sweater I think you'll be ok!

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Noah Brautigamwrote a review of on January 20, 2014

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This is a huge improvement over digging through the backpack for the nalgene on winter adventures. For the price, this guy is totally worth having a camelback out in winter!

It definitely will NOT protect against serious freezing temps way down in the negatives, so bring the nalgene on those trips as well...

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Noah Brautigamwrote a review of on January 20, 2014

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Like others have said, this does the trick, but does also come with BD skins. I prefer the G3 tool, as it is easier to us, and sets the skin back from edge. This works, fine, however.

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Noah Brautigamwrote a review of on January 20, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I hope I never have to get poled by it, but....

I really like single-pull design - it makes a lot of sense when time is essential, fingers are cold, and everything is jammed up with snow. This is a great probe, and the goat makes it even cooler. Don't go into the backcountry without it!

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Noah Brautigamwrote a review of on January 20, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

These poles are light, adjustable, grips and straps work great. I agree with Rabbit that people are just putting the baskets on wrong - I have stepped on mine, toured for long days in breakable crust, powder, hardpack, whatever, and they are fine. People just need to take a few more seconds to do it right! As Peska says: you have to jam on over the threads.

They work great, and I really like being able to adjust long on the way up and short on the way down.

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Noah Brautigamwrote a review of on January 20, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I gave it as a gift but have feedback to share
Fit: True to size

I got these pants for my girlfriend with touring in mind, but also hoping that they would be good in the resort and other conditions. So far (10 days touring, 3 in resort) they have performed perfectly in all conditions from cold and windy lift rides to long, spring-condition tours. The leg vents help when it's warm.

The fit is fantastic, and the articulated knee and aquaguard make a big difference. I highly recommend this pant to anyone splitting time between the BC and resort, who wants a "one pant quiver"

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Noah Brautigamwrote a review of on January 20, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I gave it as a gift but have feedback to share
Fit: True to size

I got this for my 15 month old nephew, and it is awesome! He looks super good, and comfy in the jacket. I heard from my brother that they really like it because he fits in his carseat with this jacket on, unlike the last one he had. I'm sure he'll outgrow it soon...but for now it works great!

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Noah Brautigamwrote a review of on January 20, 2014

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I really like this bottle - the profile is great, it fits well in backpacks, it's easy to drink from. Stainless steel is the best as far as water bottles! Unfortunately the bottom edges don't put up with the beating I dole out, but I guess that just adds character.

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Noah Brautigamwrote a review of on January 20, 2014

Great Lightweight women's touring boot
5 5

Familiarity: I gave it as a gift but have feedback to share

I got these boots for my girlfriend, and she has used them both in the backcountry and in the resort with the Dynafit Radical ST bindings. It is a great setup, and she is able to ski fearlessly on it! The one adjustment was that she had to ski much more aggressively and forward than on her old skis.

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Noah Brautigamwrote a review of on November 5, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Fischer finally learned that"innovation for innovation's sake" is bad policy: really? a cuffless skate boot? turns out that was a bad idea. Fischer's been playing catch-up to Salomon, Rossignol, Alpina, and other companies for years. With the Carbonlite race boot they've finally delivered.

This boot is as close to perfect as I could ask for. I've raced it in sprints and 50ks, I've trained in it for years, and it always responds well and delivers. Just as importantly, it is more durable than other top racing boots, with the possible exception of Salomon. It does, however, improve on the Salomon buckle design by making it less bulky and lighter-weight, while retaining the control of the Salomon. It doesn't kill your feet, but it still locks your foot in tight.

The main improvements of this boot over past Fischer models that ACTUALLY make a difference:
1) reduced volume makes for a snug fit and better control, focusing your power into the snow.
2) buckle: further controls torsional movement, which is very important in skate skiing.
3) thermo-formable heel cup: I know this sounds like jargon, but the ability to get a really tight fit in the heel is a top feature.
4) they added more black to the design. Finally.

Fischer has arrived on the scene with world class nordic boots.

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Noah Brautigamwrote a review of on November 4, 2013

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

These top-end Leki poles are awesome for experienced skiers, especially those looking to compete seriously at any level.

The 100% carbon fiber shaft makes for a ridiculously lightweight and stiff pole, increasing power transfer (the pole barely bends) and turnover speed. This is standard with full-carbon poles, but a few features make the Leki stand out from the crowd:
1) pole straps: the velcro straps click in and out with a button on the top of the pole, disconnecting the strap from the shaft. Awesome for biathlon, coaching, jacket on/off, etc.
2) tips: the "SharkFin" basket works on pavement! This is huge for the rollerskiers out there - no changing hairdryer and glue to change out your rollerski ferrules
3) graphics: find a better color scheme. I dare you.

There are some drawbacks to the Leki pole, and they are straightforward:
1) price: these poles are PRICEY, but if you want the top-end performance with the perks, it's worth it.
2) brittle: don't put much pressure on the side of the pole, they will break!

Overall, this pole is great for racers and those looking for high-end performance. If you're an inexperience xc skier, or a little unstable on the skinny boards, I'd start with something that won't cost as much to replace when you break it!

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