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TJ David

TJ David

Aspen, Colorado

TJ David's Passions

Paddling
Climbing
Skiing
Hiking & Camping
Running

TJ David's Bio

Professional Skier, Adventure Photographer.
Aspen, CO.
Casa lejos de casa: Mar del Plata, Argentina.

@TJ_Skis

www.tjdavidski.com

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TJ Davidwrote a review of on September 23, 2019

Minimalist, holds everything you need!
5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This is my new favorite waist belt for everything from an easy 6-mile training runs to 50 k and 50-mile mountain races. It holds up to a 20oz bottle, keeping your hands free in technical terrain, as well as plenty of gels and your phone so you don't miss out on any adventure photos when running your Saturday long run. I particularly like how easy it is to store stuff while on the move and equally how easy it is to grab gels and snacks out when moving too. This can be done without even looking at the belt. Everything is also stored really snug, so no annoying bouncing on fast descents or in technical terrain. This thing seems well built, so it'll last the thousands of miles I run each season and all the friction and jostling of race day.

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TJ Davidwrote a review of on August 1, 2019

So comfortable!!
4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 7"
Weight: 143 lbs

Nike nailed it with these! So comfortable, light and fast. I love these on my Sunday long-runs when my feet are a bit sore and taxed from Saturday's long run. The perfect recovery shoe. The soft sole seems to have a great marriage between absorption and energy transfer while also maintaining a minimal design which is great for trail feel. My only issue with this shoe is the wide toe box. I definitely prefer something a bit more narrow for technical trails. For those of you liking a wider toe box, this is the perfect shoe for you!

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TJ Davidwrote a review of on April 22, 2019

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: Runs large
Height: 5' 7"
Weight: 143 lbs
Size Purchased: 30x32

These are so sweet! I love them for travel, camping, and long weekends skiing out of the van when I don't want to be in tech gear and prefer something a bit more relaxing. The materials are soft, but durable, so you don't have to be worried about them ripping. The cut is narrow and stylish. Less break-in time compared to a Carhartt pant, which is great! Only reason they didn't get a 5 star review was they are a bit long. I'd love to see some 30x30, 32x30 etc options.

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TJ Davidwrote a review of on April 22, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

At first, I was a little nervous this was too big and a bit too heavy for my upcoming trip to Europe. But, then I noticed all the little extra pockets on the interior, the protective sleeve for my laptop and padded upper pocket for my camera and sunglasses and I decided to give it a shot. Let me say, this will be with me on all my future trips. It's so easy to organize your stuff for breezing through security lines at the airport and storing valuables deep within. It's weight no longer an issue when you are wearing it, it's remarkably comfortable. I definitely recommend this for its versatility, whether you are headed into town to do some work and then need extra space for groceries or want to pack it full of climbing gear, it certainly has space and durability to handle all the jobs you'd ask of it. I love this pack!

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TJ Davidwrote a review of on April 22, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This is your perfect travel companion. Whether you are bunking up at hostels on your trip or crashing in refugios, this lightweight sleeping bag is my go-to on every trip. It also doubles as a liner for my zero degree sleeping bag on cold nights out in my van or winter camping when I need a little extra warmth. I'd absolutely recommend this product.

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TJ Davidwrote a review of on April 22, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: Runs large
Height: 5' 7"
Weight: 143 lbs
Size Purchased: Medium

This is an awesome button up for travel and just general everyday wear. The material is comfortable and keeps you cool while traveling around hot airports or walking around town on a warm spring afternoon. I particularly like how light it is and how easy it is to pack. Clothing made of materials that aren't heavy and bulky make it on my trips where gear takes up most of the weight and room in my bags. Any shirts that pack down and weigh this little get the go ahead. Big plus that it's stylish too. Another great Backcountry product.

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TJ Davidwrote a review of on December 10, 2018

HUGE Fan of this GoalZero Product!
5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

It's simple, it's small, holds a charge forever and powers everything I need in my van. Perfect with boulder solar panels for long adventures out. Love it with my lanterns and Goalzero lights. I suppose no one would complain about a couple more USB ports but two tend to do the trick. Might not be the lightest product on the market, but I feel like it's built to last, and that's important to me when I'm spending a few hundred dollars on an item. I dig it and would totally recommend it.

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TJ Davidwrote a review of on December 10, 2018

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 7"
Weight: 143 lbs

I really like these sweatpants. This is coming from a guy who NEVER wears sweatpants, EVER. Great for around the house or over shorts on the way to the gym or around your van on a cold evening. They're a bit baggy on the legs, and tight down on the ankle, but seems to work well for me. Went a size up to Medium (I have a 28'' waist) because they're sweatpants and not running tights. I'm not giving them a 5-star review because the buckle/belt is annoying at times. Sort of an unnecessary feature if you get the proper size for you. All in all, these seem worth the money and I think they're last for quite some time. Another solid Topo product.
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TJ Davidwrote a review of on October 4, 2018

Fast. So darn fast!
5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: Runs small
Height: 5' 7"
Weight: 140 lbs
Size Purchased: 9.5

The next generation of light and fast shoes from Dynafit. I love these. They make climbing easier and technical descents more precise. The perfect sky-running shoe.

I've had these shoes since mid-summer and I've done several mid-distance races and trained in them for nearly 250 miles. The lightness allows for great turn over, especially on steep climbs and also provides for a great freedom of movement on steep descents. The 4mm drop keeps me running naturally on my forefoot, and when combined with very minimal foam cushioning, helps me feel the rocks I'm running over. The narrow last also keeps my foot snug inside the shoe. Less movement equals less opportunity for blisters!

These shoes could easily be used for 50K or greater distances, however, I've felt right at home in the marathon distance with these guys. Zero foot fatigue. No soreness, even though they are minimal, and plenty of durability. I haven't had any issues with the mesh upper coming apart, or the sole of the shoe losing life yet. Pretty impressive. I'd say I could easily get 350 miles out of a pair. Not bad considering how rocky and technical the trails are where I'm training.

If you like a minimal design. If you like a very light shoe. If you like going fast uphill. This is your shoe.

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TJ Davidwrote a review of on April 19, 2018

Love these Crampons! So Versatile !
5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Having had a solid month of intense days in these crampons, I feel confident that I can recommend to you guys that these things rule! From steep ascents in the Argentiere of Chamonix, to more mellow snow climbs in the northern Fjords of the Lyngen Alps, this crampon is your perfect travel companion.

Not sure exactly what kind of terrain you'll be skiing and climbing in? Bringing a couple different types of boots? Weight-conscious? Want to be flexible? Need something that works on both ice and in rocky terrain? Here it is. They do it all.

My impressions are that these crampons far exceed others on the market, in terms of weight, they're on the lighter side for crampons that also claim the rigidity and durability that they offer. The aggressive nature of the T-Shaped front points allow them to work especially well on ice and in hard snow. A huge selling point! While the anti-balling plats successfully keep snow off the bottom of your feet, you'll be more effortlessly climbing your favorite steep couloir or comfortable you'll have secure steps the next time you're walking on that steep ridge line. Well worth the added weight. I particularly love how easy I can take these crampons on and off. There is nothing worse than a steep transition from skins to crampons where you're struggling to get your foot into the pon, or get them off so you can click into your skis on a steep pitch. They are truly exceptional. The snug fit works particularly well with my Dynafit boots, and I find them easy to adjust. Very confidence inspiring!

I have noticed they tend to rust, so make sure to dry your pair out after each use.

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TJ Davidwrote a review of on April 19, 2018

Your Tool for Ski Alpinism
5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

After being a big fan of the Sum'Tecs, but seeing their limitations time after time on icer routes and through mixed terrain, I turned to the Quark. My initial impressions are that this tool clearly outperforms the Sum'Tec in steep terrain, hard snow and ice. The aggressive nature of the pick allows for greater security while climbing steep, and provides a super secure point for ascending. Whether you need it for rocky pitches, dry tooling in a narrow crack to get to that next snow pitch, or for pointing your way up steeper, icer sections, I've enjoyed having this guy with me. It seems to be the perfect companion for those steeper climbs in the Argentiere of Chamonix.

I did find it more limited in terms of plungability, mostly because the added trigger at the bottom gets in the way. Fortunately, Petzl thought about this, and its easily removed. I also find the grip quite nice. The adjustable pinky rest is also well suited for mixed routes where you are using the tool for various different things. Steep snow, great, need some extra security to get that pick to grip in ice? Awesome. Just move it around. It works well! It's durable. It's smart.

Stoked on these and can't wait to get out more with them.

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TJ Davidwrote a review of on April 19, 2018

Well Made, Reliable
5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Well Made, Reliable.

Bought a copy knife blades and an angle for an upcoming trip to Chamonix. Hoping to get on some new routes this year, having a small rack of pins always adds a bit of extra mental security, especially with onsight ski descents, as you're never quite sure whats in store. Perhaps a few rappels? Well...having bought these guys just for that added security, I ended up using all of them before even half-way through the trip and ended up buying a couple more. Not sure what that says about my route choices, but I have to say, I'm glad I did have these guys in the bag. Forget the extra weight on the uphill, because when a stopper or cam won't do the trick, when there isn't a horn to sling...or good ice for making an abalakov, you'll be happy you have these solid steal babies to hammer home.

I highly recommend this for anyone getting into more puzzle like ski descents, you won't find me leaving home without a couple in the kit. With close inspection, you'll notice they are well crafted, with nice round edges and beautiful steel. No need to worry about stress fractures with these puppies.

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TJ Davidwrote a review of on March 28, 2018

Light, Strong, Does it All
5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

My new favorite axe. It's incredibly light, making it really easy to carry in your small skimo pack, or bring with you for some added security on a longer day in the mountains. I also love that on days when I'm carrying a big pack, lugging a 60m rope, crampons, tatt, glacier gear, stoppers, food, water, everything but the kitchen sink...that when you through the axe on, you're not adding anything to your overall weight. When you need something fast, light, and you want to be weight conscious, bam! This is your new axe. Also fits great inside my Dynafit 28L skimo pack without poking holes through the top like my old axe did. In terms of use, I've found the axe to be equal to my sum'tecs for versatility and durability. I'm really happy with how secure it feels on important plunges, and how well the pick holds you on ice. Surprising considering how light the axe is. This axe is simply the singular tool for ski mountaineers who are weight conscious but also demand the best out of the products they use. Really enjoying it so far!

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TJ Davidwrote a review of on March 28, 2018

Strong, Durable, Reliable
5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I've been caring a small rack of these with me over the last couple weeks in France. They're reasonably light, so having 5 or 6 on a biner in your pack or on your harness is no effort. With a few various sizes, you're all set to rig up your improvised belay or protect yourself when needed. These, plus some tatt and a few pitons in your pack are a must for ski mountaineers traveling around in mixed terrain. I find these guys can take a serious beating and I have even rapped off a #3 + #1 equalized. The wires are a bit thin, but strong and durable.

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TJ Davidwrote a review of on March 9, 2018

Super Breathable -- Good Overall Design
4 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 7"
Weight: 140 lbs
Size Purchased: Medium

I finally dove into the world of spandex and lycra when I picked up this suit and used it at the Audi Power of Four ski mo race last weekend. I was definitely hesitant to jump into skin-tight ski mo nerd mode as a ski mountaineer but hell if you're going to do a race, just go for it all the way. Even though this suit is made mostly of Nylon, which I've found in previous pieces of gear to be a very useful and fast drying fabric, I was surprised by how well it breathed. Conditions for the race ranged from very warm, sunny temps, to 30-60 mph winds. Lots of variation in weather and I must say the suit performed well and I didn't put a wind layer on all day. The full zip down the front, that zips up both ways, bottom to top and top to bottom, was useful when I needed some extra breathability on the warm afternoon climbs. I also really enjoyed the deep, large skin pockets on the inside. I guess I like to be a bit more organized then this suit allows, so I'm not giving it a 5 star review. I'd love to see a smaller, more dedicated beacon pocket and also two small gel/nutrition pockets. The pockets in this suit are great for your skins, but for any athlete who wants to eat and move at the same time, not wasting a moment to stop, I found it difficult to fish my gels out of the large pockets and this became a bit frustrating as the race progressed. Perpahs inexperience with the suit, but coming from an ultra-running background, where my shorts and vests have smaller pockets, I find that a slightly more organized system works better for me.

In the end, big ups to Dynafit for designing such a breathable suit. Perhaps it could be used underneath a ski mountaineering kit in the spring. But, for racing, I'd never use anything else. This for me will be my go-to.

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TJ Davidwrote a review of on February 5, 2018

Best Flex, Best Range of Motion on Cuff
5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

The Hoji boot. Wow. This was highly anticipated, and super hyped this fall and early winter and I was stoked to finally receive my pair last week. In just a few short days, I have some initial thoughts on the boot that I wanted to share with any of you contemplating jumping in and purchasing a pair for the remainder of the winter.

Firstly, just putting this boot on, you'll notice it has a comfortable, roomy toe box (unlike the Vulcan) and it's generous last (103mm), provides for a good amount of room for the foot and instep. Great. Moving toward the heel, the boot narrows significantly, cupping the mid-foot to heel area nicely. When flipping the boot into ski mode, the heel is nicely cradled, and locked in well for a ripping downhill ski descent. I love this feature and finally, I don't have to butterfly my liners to get the tight fit I want for a good freeride performance.

As we move up the boot to the tongue and cuff you'll notice this boot resembles a three-piece Dabello or Raichle. When touring, the cuff moves effortlessly and has a considerable amount of range providing a nice natural glide. Much more so than my Vulcan's and feels almost as good as my PDGs. Using the switch on the back of the cuff, you easily enter ski mode as it tightens the top buckle and booster strap in one motion. Super efficient.

But, this isn't what impresses me most about this boot. For me, its what happens when you drop in. A boot of this weight, 1400grams in size 25 (281 bsl) might do better to drive a lighter ski, but over the past week I've noticed because this boot has such a beautiful, continuous and smooth flex, driving a bigger ski (Kästle BMX105HP) is no problem. I would rate the stiffness of this boot @ around 120 depending on your skiing style, height, and weight. The natural forward lean is enough to keep you over the front of your tips, engaging your edges in firm terrain, bumps and on steep pitches. You'll find for the aggressive skier, it is easy to engage the ski through these boots and energy transfers through your legs, feet and into the boots effortlessly. This reminds me of my old days skiing Dalbello Krypton Pros.

These boots clearly strive in the backcountry, touring realm. But, I'm a one ski quiver type of guy, so for me, these boots fill several needs. One, I can use them on the resort as a daily driver with any Dynafit binding, and two, they're light enough for long days in the backcountry. As I gear up for a month in Europe and have limited room for gear in my travel bags. this is clearly the boot I'm taking for powder days and ski mountaineering missions. It's well equipped to do it all.

Want an effortless climb, and a ripping fun descent? Need a boot that will provide for you in the resort and backcountry? Consider this one. For me, nothing even comes close.

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TJ Davidwrote a review of on February 5, 2018

Warm, Functional, Stylish
5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I'm a big fan of a brimmed hat, so when I came across this one on Backcountry.com, I couldn't say no. The fleece lining on the inside keeps your head warm, and the brim keeps the sun off your face. Added bonus that the brim and ear covers flip up, and stay in place, adding some extra airflow if you're getting warm.

This hat is my new go-to for winter running, training outdoors, and even skiing.

It has a relatively low profile and has an adjustable strap in the back, which makes this hat work really well under my Camp ski-mo helmet, and underneath my Smith Maze when hitting the resort on cold days.

The nylon dries fast, and polyester fleece stays warm, even when you're sweating.

Really looking forward to utilizing this super functional cap on longer ski-mo missions this spring!

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TJ Davidwrote a review of on October 31, 2017

Strong, Light, Next Level
5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

The TLT Superlite 2.0 binding (12 din) sets the standard for lightness and durability. It's completely unmatched. I own three pairs now and don't plan on switching to another binding system anytime soon. From driving larger skis (BMX105) to smaller, lighter skis, (TX90), these bindings provide the perfect bridge from boot to ski and allow the athlete to maintain control and ski strong on the downhill as well as tour efficiently on the up. The lack of a level or flat touring platform (the binding tours on a two-level heel riser system) is easily dealt with when using a ski boot with 60-degree cuff rotation or by twisting the binding sideways to provide space for a level platform (not recommended by Dynafit). I've found the lightness of this binding, combined with its excellent build, provides the perfect combination for ski mountaineers and backcountry ski tourers looking to make their systems more efficient but not wanting to sacrifice durability. If you're concerned with the price tag, and want your investment to last for years, this is it. A perfect investment. Great additions to this binding: it's easy to attach ski crampons and remove brakes when you don't feel they are necessary. Personally, I never use the brakes, but its great to be able to seamlessly attach and detach them based on your needs. A highly recommended investment.

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TJ Davidwrote a review of on October 31, 2017

Innovative & Efficient
5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

The TLT7 Performance is the most innovative ski touring boot I've ever used. The range of motion on the cuff far exceeds any other boot I've tried, even from Dynafit. The 3.0 Closure Lock system will add extra efficiency for the ski tourer or backcountry user and the micro-adjusting system allows you to tweak up the boot for extra tightness. Critical for more aggressive skiers. I found the materials, although light and thin, were durable and could be manipulated (punches) for added space if needed. The 60-degree range of motion, coupled with the boots lightness, provides an ease and smoothness of climbing that I've not experienced with other boots. This has lead me to use this boot for all my backcountry and ski mountaineering days and why I give this boot a 5-star review. Using this boot has changed my interpretation of what a "long approach" is and it keeps me in the backcountry longer. The only downside is you can't use automatic crampons with these boots, and I like automatic crampons. They feel secure, they're easy to get on and off in deep snow and cold conditions...however, I'm willing to overlook this because of how much easier these boots make long days, and how well they ski downhill for a light boot as well. I'd recommend these boots to anyone who consistently does long approaches and wants to conserve energy, bump up efficiency and do human-powered missions day after day.

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TJ Davidwrote a review of on October 5, 2016

Light, Solid, Versatile
4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I picked this axe up last minute for a trip down south ski mountaineering this summer. I have a few different axes at this point but needed something a little more solid and versatile for all the late season ice down in Patagonia but that will also perform basic functions, especially in glaciated terrain. I've previously used the hammer version in 52cm, and liked it and thought the adze would be a good all around option for this trip. The length at 52cm is ideal for steeper snow, couloir climbing, working your way around cornices, bergschrunds and for added security in tricky places. Just as the description says. Length is ideal for traveling as well because it fits into a medium sized north face duffel and the lighter weight is a big help and an added benefit for the conscious traveler. In terms of performance, the pick grips nicely, penetrates ice easily and keeps you secure. I like the shape of the shaft as I get a secure plunge when climbing steep snow. This is a versatile little tool not to be left at home and a great travel option for ski mountaineers unsure of exactly what kind of conditions they will encounter on their adventures. One drawback is the movable trigger handle, which gets in the way when I store the axe on the back of my pack or throw inside a shoulder strap. Some kind of grip tape on the bottom of the shaft would be better. I generally do not use the trigger and have pushed it pretty high up the shaft toward the spike. I suppose in certain situations of harder, more technical ice it could be useful to bring it down to add extra grip. However, I haven't used this function at all and in these situations may rather bring a more aggressive tool. All and all, I recommend this as a versatile option, especially for traveling ski mountaineers.

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