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Ted Sneed

Ted Sneed

40.551264° N, -111.656744

Ted Sneed's Passions

Snowboarding
Hiking & Camping
Running
Snowshoeing

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Ted Sneedwrote a review of on April 8, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I've lost a fair amount of chalk in the past to falls, poor storage and just over chalking. Well lost may not be the right word since I always find it, just not in the bag. It's usually on my buddies face, my car seat, or piled high on the rocks. This is a simple solution that doesn't dump out a cloud of chalk when the bag takes a tipper.

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Ted Sneedwrote a review of on March 22, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

This pack is great for quick day hikes or bike rides. It has a cinch top that lets you pack a little extra for those long days or just get to your gear a little quicker. Make no mistake this is a basic pack that covers the essential needs. It’s highly packable, which means it doesn’t have a tone of padding, so it’s not ideal for heavy loads. I use this pack for quick out and back trips, bike rides, and concerts picnics. The internal zipper pocket is great for small items you can’t lose (wallet, keys, etc.), while the external pocket has a bit more room for snacks and such. I originally bought the Balkan Blue color but decided to switch it out for the Black after seeing how bright the blue is in person.

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Ted Sneedwrote a review of on March 19, 2019

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

These boots are great for all-mountain riding. They are a little softer in flex then I was expecting. I would say they are more like a 7 out of 10 then the advertised 9 out of 10. The new Boa laces they used seem to hold better than the previously exposed metal lace. This is important if you ever used the original laces because they don’t loosen up throughout the day. The protective cover on the shoe has some value in protecting the laces from the sharp edge of the board but falls short of perfection at the end of the day. The zipper tends to get clogged up with snow which freezes over. That’s the biggest flaw of these boots. At the end of the day when you just want to get out of the boots, you might have to work for it.

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Ted Sneedwrote a review of on February 17, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

These skis really surprised me! They have both float and precision through trees and down burly chutes, and also rail hardpack groomers. The sweet spot in these skis is wide and forgiving, but they respond very well to forward pressure throughout the turn. Weight changes in lines between the trees are rewarded with swift arcs and changes in direction.

For their width, they are fairly quick and smooth edge to edge. Moguls were a breeze: choose a line and these skis will deliver it. Coming from a racing background, I didn’t think these skis would hold an edge but was surprised with enough grip to drag a hand on the snow and even good energy out of the turn when weighting the tails. They were true to their 18m radius.

Conversely, these are not skis to be lazy with. Above about 35 mph, they require constant attention, wanting to hook up on the tips or tails. In crusty, choppy snow, for example in the run-out below a steep drop, their stiffness makes them overly responsive and they are a lot of work. For big mountain skiing in exposed terrain, I would choose something with a more dampened feel and longer turn radius.

Highly recommend this ski for hard charging any terrain, but would maybe switch out for something more forgiving after lunch. Amazing mix of precision and control off piste while still being able to lay it over on groomers.

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Ted Sneedwrote a review of on January 19, 2019

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size
Height: 6' 2"
Weight: 190 lbs
Size Purchased: Large

This jacket works as a stand-alone layer for conditions as low as 40F and is suitable for warmer spring conditions. You could get away with it in colder temps but only if your blood is pumping to give it a boost in performance. The jacket itself is so light you’ll forget you're even wearing it.

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Ted Sneedwrote a review of on January 19, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

There’s nothing wrong with keeping things simple. I have a lot of trust in this ATC because it doesn’t have any moving parts. This is basically the classic ATC with some nice upgrades. The teeth add enough tension to the rope to give you control without exerting yourself.

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Ted Sneedwrote a review of on December 30, 2018

5 5

Familiarity: I gave it as a gift but have feedback to share
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 10"
Weight: 160 lbs
Size Purchased: Medium

I bought this for my wife who is 5’10” and it fits her perfectly. She has worn it several times during our holiday visits and has gotten tons of compliments on it. It’s great for when we go on walks in brisk weather or at social events. I liked it so much I bought the men's version for myself.

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Ted Sneedwrote a review of on December 10, 2018

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: Runs large
Height: 6' 2"
Weight: 190 lbs
Size Purchased: Medium

It runs longer in size than expected. I used this for more urban environments but would move up to a size large for use in the wilderness to cover my wrist just a bit better. The jacket is a great basic warm layer that will get you from A to B and is lightweight and packable without sacrificing warmth. My only critique is that does not have any internal chest pockets. While this is minor it makes the jacket less functional for daily use if you like to keep your wallet or other belongings out of your pant pockets.
This jacket was warm in temps as low as 26 F.
I would recommend this jacket to a friend.

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Ted Sneedwrote a review of on October 15, 2018

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This little stove packs down smaller then most camp stoves (about 1 1/2 in wide by 3 1/2 inches tall). The stove comes with a hard shell case that is a triangle tube shape and has enough extra internal space for a small lighter or matches. The set up is pretty simple, just screw it on to the fuel and fold it open. The one downside is that it doesn't have a wind block, so sometimes I have to be a little crafty when lighting it initially. I keep it in my car for road trip coffee and it's my go to for a light backpacking stove.

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