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Noah Howell

Noah Howell

Wherever the snow is deep, the mountains are steep and the beer is cheap.

Noah Howell's Passions

Hiking & Camping
Running
Skiing
Climbing

Noah Howell's Bio

I play hard in the mountains and beat the shit out of my gear. Blog here- www.noahhowell.com. Currently skiing/filming/producing with Powderwhore Productions. www.powderwhore.com

BC.com is the best place I've found to get reviews and the real story from folks that love to use and abuse gear. Backcountry.com has asked me to swing by now and then to review products and answer questions.

Noah Howell

Noah Howellwrote a review of on November 27, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Been a backcountry skier for the past 15 years and never had a goggle that wouldn't fog up under those certain conditions. The ability to pop the lenses and vent the Aerospace is amazing. It really works and I can't imagine ever using anything else. It's also great in the spring, or warm temps where you can pop out the lens and still have the protection from sun, but get a little air in. Bravo Julbo!

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Noah Howellwrote a review of on November 20, 2017

Super Binding
5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I've been using these bindings on midweight (90mm-) and lightweight (75mm) skis for the past few years and they're great. Don't let the minimal look of these bindings fool you. They're bomber! I think Dynafit has found the perfect balance between performance and light touring with this binding.

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Noah Howellwrote a review of on September 11, 2017

All you need!
5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 6' 2"
Weight: 195 lbs
Size Purchased: Large

I wore this jacket almost every day last winter, putting in over 100 days. It held up to everything I put it through. No rips or tears. Great balance of light weight and yet durable performance.

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Noah Howellwrote a review of on June 8, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 6' 2"
Weight: 195 lbs
Size Purchased: Large

Big fan of Flylow brand, but most of the pants have been a bit on the burly and heavy side for me since I ski in the backcountry almost exclusively. It's awesome to get a lightweight offering that still has the loose/freeride style. I've put in over 100 days on the IQ pant and they're exactly what I want for the backcountry. No frills, just bomber breathable fabric, venting and durable cuffs. Good for deep powder days, or ski mountaineering objectives.

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Noah Howell

Noah Howellwrote a review of on September 16, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 6' 2"
Weight: 195 lbs
Size Purchased: Large

I picked this up last spring and it quickly became my favorite mountain jacket. I've used it spring skiing, running, hiking. It breathes really well, it's lighweight, and repels rain and snow and wind. What more do you need?

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Noah Howellwrote a review of on September 16, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This bad boy is my home away from home in the wintery mountains. I've taken a Trango 2 or 3 on so many expeditions that I can't remember how many. Never a concern when weather hits that you won't be comfy and cozy sitting it out in a Trango. Plenty of pockets and storage make organizing all your shit a breeze.

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Noah Howellwrote a review of on September 16, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I've been a fan of the Phantom bag for many years now and it continues to be my go to for winter camping and expeditions. It packs down so small that it doesn't eat up room in your duffle and it's warm enough for most winter outings. Just put on a few more layers that you'll already be packing if your heading to AK, or someplace really cold. The bag really packs some serious loft even after I've forgotten to take it out of the stuff sack for some time. The outer shell sheds water nicely and it dries off quickly even when you get that morning dew and frost on it. There are a few things you just can't skimp on and a good sleeping bag is one.

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Noah Howell

Noah Howellwrote a review of on September 16, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Most race skis are stuck in the past with conventional side-cut and design. The do well on groomed runs, but that's about it. The WSP has an innovative shape and rocker to make it a much more forgiving ski in variable conditions in which many of these races, or long traverses take place. They aren't quite as light as many of the other competitive skis, but they aren't far off. I'm 6'3" and 190 lbs and it sounds absurd to be on a ski that's 160cm long and only 63cm under foot, but surprisingly they do really really well!

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Noah Howellwrote a review of on September 16, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This is my favorite choice of ski for ski mountaineering/steep skiing. It's light enough to allow long link-ups and perfect for remote expeditions. The stiff tail gives you something to rely on when you need it. (if all else fails, ride the tails) And there isn't so much side-cut that they hang up or hook into the snow, they release nicely . The rockered tip allows them to smear through chokes and cut up any variability you may encounter. When your life counts on it, count on the Vector (good tag line, just made it up, Voile should use it).

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Noah Howellwrote a review of on September 16, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I don't believe in a quiver of one. There are too many different conditions and objectives that require multiple skis for maximum enjoyment. BUT, If I could only have one ski it would be the V-6. This really is the sweet spot for one ski that can do it all really well. The rocker makes it really forgiving in a variety of variable BC conditions.

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Noah Howellwrote a review of on September 16, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This has been my go-to ski for the Wasatch Mountains for the past two seasons. Voile really nailed it with this ski! It'll turn tight in the trees, you can open them up to high speed and the weight won't tear your legs off from touring them around all day in the BC. If you're looking for a fresh snow ski this baby excels at it in any depth.

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Noah Howell

Noah Howellwrote a review of on September 16, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This boot has been out for a few seasons now with minor mods and it continues to be the perfect balance of weight and performance for pow and ski mountaineering. It's light enough that you can haul it around all day and then enjoy ripping turns on the descent even on bigger stiffer skis. Scarpa fit has always been great for my feet and I never even have to cook the liners to fit I can just wear them right out of the box. The range of motion for touring is great, but once you lock them in they're as stiff as you need for the down. The in and out is a bit strange and I do struggle with it still, but it's a small annoyance that's worth the over-all package that is Mastrale RS!

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