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Samuel Nichols

Samuel Nichols

Gearhead

The Cottonwoods, UT

Samuel Nichols's Passions

Skiing
Climbing
Yoga
Hiking & Camping
Surfing

Samuel Nichols's Bio

I love being outdoors, I enjoy skiing, climbing , hiking, and taking it easy in a hammock.

Skiing and rock climbing are my main passions in life, I love the snow more than anything else, and skiing is the best way to explore the amazing wonderland of Utah winters.

Samuel Nichols

Samuel Nicholswrote a review of on June 5, 2018

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Fit: True to size

I just picked these sweet swim trunks up! I love the liner, it is just like having Saxx underwear on, but it's built in! I had the chance to wear these in Moab, UT recently and this is a great short for going from the trail to the water, it dries quickly, especially the liner, and fits well. I'm a 29in waist and the smalls fit pretty well thanks to the scruchy waist band and drawstring. I didn't give them 5 stars due the the feeling of the outer short material, it feels a little cheap and is not very soft on the skin. But other than that these things rock!

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Samuel Nicholswrote a review of on May 29, 2018

Loss of Consciousness
5 5

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

Just picked this bad boy up, and am super stoked to lose consciousness on it! The primary use of this will be to backpack and camp with it. I don't typcially do any winter camping so I did not go for the insulated version that offers an R value of 4.2, this pad is great for spring, summer, and fall camping with an R value of 1. It's super light and packs down really small so it's perfect for backapacking trips.
I really enjoyed the storage/pump sack design, you no longer need to waste your breath on inflating your pad. With 2-3 bags full of air this pad will be super firm. The flat valve design will is crucial to the longevity of the pad as well, previous pads I've owned wore out on the exterior seam due to the valve being sealed into it, and after repeated uses and storage a hole would develop leaving you half inflated in the middle of the night. The dual stage valve allows for micro adjustment to get your pad just right for you.
The dual layer cell design makes this pad super comfortable weather you sleep on you back, side, or stomach. You never feel the ground, and are always supported! I'd definitley recommend this to anyone looking for a top notch summer pad!

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Samuel Nicholswrote a review of on May 1, 2018

5 5

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

I just got this for my baby niece, and her parents couldn't be more stoked on it! This stroller is very well designed and from initial impressions you can tell it will last a long time. The design of the stroller is top notch, you have an easy access brake, with add ons that are compatible with numerous carseats. In addition there's a "grow in" insert for infants, so it will grow with your child preventing multiple pricey stroller purchases. It packs down to a decent size that will fit easily in any regular sized trunk, I'd definitley recommend this to new parents since it has a 10 year warranty, and you won't have to worry about issues with all of the children you decide to have.

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Samuel Nicholswrote a review of on May 1, 2018

4 5

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

4 Stars on this carabiner just due to the size. They are super lightweight and have a great snap on the gate. But I found them to be a little small for me, getting my finger and a rope through the gate proved more difficult than anticiapated. Solid carabiner, and super light, it does not match your rack of BD C4's, since metolius makes their own cams so you may have to get creative with the color coding.

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Samuel Nicholswrote a review of on April 17, 2018

4 5

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

Just picked this bad boy up! Initial impressions are high for this pad over previous Big Agnes pads. The flat valve design should prevent the leak issues that I've had in the past with thier pads, as they become weaker around the valves. From a comfort level I couldn't be more satisfied. Super kush design and the raised edges deter you from tossing and turning all night long, and having a more restful night out under the stars. Solid pad, but a little too insulated for me to use during the warmer months. I'd recommend this to any camper, and people who like to be nice and toasty while sleeping.

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Samuel Nicholswrote a review of on April 17, 2018

5 5

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

A pillow in a few breaths! Who could ask for more?
This pillow packs down super small to a 2.5"x2.5"x1.5" pouch, and blows up quickly to a 10.5"x15.5"x3" pillow providing enough support and comfort for those great nights under the stars. I'd definitley recommend this pillow for any camper!

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Samuel Nicholswrote a review of on April 6, 2018

5 5

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

I just picked these boots up for my girlfriend off the recommendation of Expert Jean V. So glad I trusted her because these babies are sweet! Among the many features these boots have like quick lace, and vibram soles, the one that stands out the most is the "cloud 9" liner, it's super plush and hugs her foot perfectly! The liner is super warm too. She really enjoys the exterior fabric, it's abrasion resistant and you can tell it will really last a long time. Sizing was very true to size and a standard width. I'd recommend these boots to any female ripper who wants a top of the line boot to last season after season.

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Samuel Nicholswrote a review of on March 27, 2018

5 5

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

This is the perfect waist pack for day hikers. You have just enough storage for a mid day snack, if you're a strategic packer you may even get all your lunch in there too. I love the dual water bottle holsters, my girlfriend especially loves that feature so I can carry her water for her! Osprey is the premier backpack brand and this waist pack is the perfect example of their attention to every detail. I'd recommend this for anyone looking for a low profile day hiker pack that won't get in the way with bulk!

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Samuel Nicholswrote a review of on March 27, 2018

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

If you have a rack of stoppers, this is a must have! Not only is it going to get those tricky stoppers out, it won't fall into the abyss if you drop it in the process.
The leash is the best part about this tool, allowing you to really work a stopper out with two hands if necessary without worrying about losing your precious nut tool. A must have for any trad climber, I don't leave the ground without it!

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Samuel Nicholswrote a review of on March 22, 2018

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I just got this mat and really enjoy how grippy and lightweight it is. The cushion of the mat is not the most dense but it allows for easy balancing and a good feel of the surface below. There's is very limited slip if not any depending on the pose. The only drawback I have with this mat is that it tends to stretch when deep in a pose, not a ton but the stretch can make you go deeper into a pose than expected. I love the design and overall its a great mat.

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Samuel Nicholswrote a review of on March 20, 2018

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Whether you're heading to class or the gym, this bag has enough space at 30L for everything you'd need for a solid study session or a great sweat. I love these backpacks and have one in almost every size. The PU coated fabric will ensure that your precious cargo does not get wet if there's a slight drizzle out. The laptop sleeve in the main compartment will fit up to a 15" laptop. There's multiple pockets and storage compartments for all you might need to stay organized.
I'd recommend this backpack for anyone looking at a very durable daily tote that will stow all they will need for a day out and about.

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Samuel Nicholswrote a review of on March 17, 2018

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I just got this for my girlfriend and she loves it! By far the comfiest harness she's owned and has great gear storage. The neoprene design is very forgiving and lightweight. Arc'teryx has a mens version as well that I have and it is by far the best! Everyone should consider this harness when buying a climbing harness. The only thing that I would not recommend this for is big wall climbing because it is not padded in any way so you would get bruised hips and legs doing big wall climbing.

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Samuel Nicholswrote a review of on March 17, 2018

4 5

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

I just got this for my girlfriend who lives in NYC. That cold wind off the river can really cut through your coats, but this one was a great option. The fit is great and emphasizes the waist. The dual direction zipper is very nice for spliting the bottom so you can walk in your sleeping bag (haha). The only downside to it was that it leaks some down. Nothing too crazy but you will notice quite a bit of down coming out of the seams. Definitley a great city slicker option!

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Samuel Nicholswrote a review of on March 17, 2018

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Fit: True to size

This is a great approach shoe, especially if you want something a little burlier than the TX3. The leather upper will ensure that they last long and keep your feet protected on those dicey approaches. I really like the way these hike and smear, the only reason they are not 5 stars is due to the wider forefoot and they are a little too supportive for me. I'm sure once they really break in I'll appreciate it, but the break in period was a little odd. Really sweet shoe though, a must have for serious climbers.

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Samuel Nicholswrote a review of on March 17, 2018

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

This binding is just what I needed. Getting back into snowboarding meant a couple of runs were going to suck, but once I got it back I was glad to have a mid-stiff binding under my feet. This binding has great power transfer and works well for anyone. I love Union's design and quality build!

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Samuel Nicholswrote a review of on March 17, 2018

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

This board is super dope! The flat to rocker profile is really easy to ride and can work in pow, park, and on trail. On those deeper days I'd recommend moving your stance back to get more tip lift but on every other day I stay pretty close to center stance for ease in the park and to help work on switch riding. This is an awesome board made in a super green factory, but designed locally in SLC, UT. Super hyped on this board and will ride it for seasons to come!

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