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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 September 23, 2017

3 5

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

This is a great choice for a summer riding glove, the back of the hand is super breathable. The palm of the hand has a little bit of cushion to it without being bulky. I'd definitley recommend this glove to someone looking for a basic glove that will keep those hands cool and comfy.

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Samuel Nicholswrote a review of on September 23, 2017

3 5

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

These are a really cool pedal, they are lightweight, and durable with their magnesium construction. I love the pins, they grip right into your shoes so you have complete control. I'd definitley recommend these to anyone looking for a great down hill or commuter pedal.

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Samuel Nicholswrote a review of on September 23, 2017

5 5

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

I just got these for my brother who is a valet during the winter months and needs a waterproof boot that is lightweight and comfy. These boots fit the bill completely. They also feature an aggressive sole so you have great traction anywhere you go. I'd definitley recommend these boots as a great lightweight, waterproof hiker.

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Samuel Nicholswrote a review of on September 12, 2017

5 5

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

I bought the hype and am so happy I did! These boots are super light (especially in a 24.5), you hardly notice it on your foot. At a 98mm last you know that you will get a lot of performance from this boot. I have yet to ski them seeing as how it's 90 degrees outside and no percipitation for a few weeks, but I will report back with how they ski once I can get out on some sticks.
The thermo-moldable liner is a game changer for comfort of this boot, it provides a solid heel pocket for you to stay locked in while skiing. I went with a custom footbed in this boot since there will be a lot of touring and skiing going on, and I don't like fatigued feet while I'm skiing. I also had a few initial problem spots worked out with my wizarding bootfitter. The grilamid lower is quite difficult to work with if you don't know what you are doing, so only have a bootfitter familiar with different plastics work on these bad boys.
I'd definitley recommend this boot to anyone with a foot that is not wide and has a yearning to get up fast, and slay the pow on the way down! This is a performance touring boot after all.

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Samuel Nicholswrote a review of on September 12, 2017

5 5

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

Buy the hype! This cooler is exactly what everyone says it is, AMAZING! Keeping ice cold for days, and keeping those bears out of your stuff is exactly what everyone needs in a cooler. I love the rope and rubber handles to carry this beast around. The 65 size option is great for a few days of camping, when full you may want two people to carry so you don't throw your back out though! This is the go to for camping excursions in a tent or trailer, everyone should have at least one Yeti Tundra!

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Samuel Nicholswrote a review of on September 12, 2017

5 5

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

This hammok is super lux! The fabric that Kammok uses is super soft and kind to your skin. Not to mention very light! Hammoks are super comfortable and lightweight for a lightweight backpacker. I'd definitley trying a hammok out if you never have!
The size of the Roo is perfect, you can fit two people in it if you would like to just hang out, or if you want to fly solo and take a nap you've got plenty of room for your sleeping pad, maybe a pillow in there.
This is a five star hammok, the cadillac of hammoks. Check out all of the other Kammok hammok products to go with your roo, you will not be disapointed!

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Samuel Nicholswrote a review of on September 12, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I love this hydroflask, not only does it keep your beverage cold for days but it has the coolest Backcountry.com logo. The vaccum insulation is tried and true, it keeps things cold, it will keep them hot. Just don't put yours in the dishwasher or you'll wind up buying another one. Hand wash only! These are a must buy.

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Samuel Nicholswrote a review of on August 30, 2017

3 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

The Marker Duke EPF is a great inbounds binding, it really charges hard with no slop from the new EPF platform. If you are looking for a really strong binding to send it big, this is your choice. The major downside to this binding is it's weight, it is very heavy for backcountry travel. I would not recommend putting this binding on any backcountry specific ski set up. If you are looking for a 25% backcountry - 75% resort binding this is your best option for a hard charger.
Being that this is a frame binding you are higher up on the ski, giving you more leverage on the ski, so these bindings pair well with a wider ski.

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Samuel Nicholswrote a review of on August 30, 2017

Rippin' Jibber Jabber
5 5

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

This is by far the most playful and fun ski I have ever had the pleasure of skiing. I tested this ski out at Snowbird after a fresh 12" had fallen. It made for one hell of a day!

The rocker-camber profile on this ski is a heavy rocker in the tip, a small amount of camber underfoot, and a subtle but generous rocker in the tail. This profile allows for an expert level skier to make long turns in deep powder at a very high rate of speed. In powder is where this ski really shines since it has a 114mm waist in the 188cm length providing plenty of float. On the hard pack, the ski can hold and edge but since there is so much rocker in the tip and tail of the ski, you won’t feel very comfortable going faster than about 40mph on the corduroy.

The "€œjibby" feel of this ski allows it to feel very maneuverable in soft snow, and very easy to play on. The carbon flip core technology makes this ski less demanding and very aggressive in softer snow. The full sidewalls create a solid, familiar Blizzard brand, edge hold. Uni-directional carbon fiber throughout the entire lay up creates a very light, damp, and springy feel from tip to tail. The Titanal chassis that Blizzard just brought to the market this year adds control and stability underfoot.

The factory recommended mounting point is the furthest forward that I would mount on this ski, mounting center would ruin the performance completely. I will be going 1-2 cm back from recommended since I drive the tips of the skis, and prefer the feeling of a longer ski and love crushing into my boots.

I'd recommend this ski to anyone looking for a great Wasatch powder ski, for those deeper days that we see very often. This will be my do it all inbounds ski this season for dropping cliffs, slaying deep pow, and showing my friends around the resort at unreal speeds.

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Samuel Nicholswrote a review of on August 23, 2017

5 5

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

I got these for my girlfriend, she loves the look of them . They hug her curves really well. The fabric is more of a knit, and is quite warm. This is a great legging for fall/winter/spring, not really summer. I love the stripes at the bottom as well, it really compliments the lower leg well. My girlfriend loves them!

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Samuel Nicholswrote a review of on August 23, 2017

4 5

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

When you are thirsty there is nothing more amazing than having 64oz of ice cold water. Quench your thirst with this awesome HydroFlask. You will keep your beverage cold for days or hot for a few hours. I'd recommend this to anyone who doesn't mind having the biggest water bottle on the block.

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Samuel Nicholswrote a review of on August 23, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

You can't go wrong with a classic Birk. I love the footbed in these sandals, it provides support and comfort. The leather straps are really comfy too, I wear this sandal around the house, to work, to the shops, almost everywhere. I never want to take them off! I truley love my Birks.

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Samuel Nicholswrote a review of on August 23, 2017

5 5

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

I got this for my little brother before he started school up again. He really likes all of the storage, that the various pockets offer. There is tons of room for plenty of school books as well. The look of this backpack is super cool too, it has a modern military feel to it. The fabric is super durable too, so you'll only have to get one haha!

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Samuel Nicholswrote a review of on August 23, 2017

5 5

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

I love the double strap design, it provides a very comfortable securing feeling. The footbed is shaped really well and is certified by the pedoatirc society. Don't by teva's if you are going to be spending time outside in your sandals, buy chacos. The sole on these is nice and grippy so you won't have to worry about slipping out on those loose trails. I'd recommend these to anyone who wants a sandal for hiking.

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Samuel Nicholswrote a review of on June 30, 2017

4 5

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

My brother loves these shoes, he is on his fourth pair now. They have lots of cushion and tons of grip. I gave this four stars because I wish the lugs lasted longer. He doesn't really use them for trail running, they are more of his knock around sneakers but an ocassional hiker for him. If you use these as a trail shoe the lugs will last longer than use on pavement.

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Samuel Nicholswrote a review of on June 28, 2017

5 5

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

I just got these for my girlfriend. She is really stoked on them. The lightweight fabric is great during the summer months, she hikes, runs, swims, just about everything in these shorts. Super comfy, just a little strech, and super versatile. I'd recommend these to anyone who likes to do a couple of different activities outside.

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Samuel Nicholswrote a review of on June 27, 2017

5 5

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

Rated at a 15 degree sleeping bag, this is a trusty choice when temps drop that low. It is a down bag so your warmth to weight ratio is much better than a synthetic sleeping bag. I love the feature of having your sleeping pad slide right into the bottom of the bag so you don't slide off your pad all night long. I'd recommend this to anyone looking for a cold weather sleeping bag with a value.

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Samuel Nicholswrote a review of on June 27, 2017

5 5

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

I love the fabric and fit of these pants. It is fairly lightweight and breathable, so not the best for really hot weather but great for spring and summer. The cut of these pants are closer to a skinny cut than the stretch zion model. I love the ankle zips too for a little more airflow. I'd recommend these to anyone looking for stylish outdoor pants, with great fit and function.

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