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Victor Chilson

Victor Chilson

, Gearhead

Salt Lake City, UT

Victor Chilson's Passions

Running
Biking
Hiking & Camping
Skiing

Victor Chilson's Bio

Hi! I'm Victor.
I am Colorado born and bred. One year ago I moved to Salt Lake City to continue pursuing my passions in the Wasatch.
Skiing is what initially made me fall in love with the mountains, but running and peak-bagging in the summer is equally as appealing to me.
These days I spend most of my time trail running as I prepare for a couple of ultra-marathons. I also like to get out and rock climb on the weekends.
In the winter, I split my days skiing pretty equally between the resort and backcountry. I love going uphill almost as much as I love going down, and I like to compete in the occasional ski-mountaineering race.

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Victor Chilsonwrote a review of on August 14, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

When you're at the crag all day long you are going to want to have a cooler. This is perfect for some extra water, beverages, and food. Throw it on like any other backpack and walk right up to the wall. Climb hard all day knowing that you've got cold drinks and tasty snacks waiting for you no matter how hot it gets.

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Victor Chilsonwrote a review of on July 1, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

If you have a 5 year old phone like myself and it only holds a charge for half a day, this device is great. It fits easily into any pack, is quick and easy to charge up overnight, can keep your phone charged for a whole weekend away from home, and is easily used for any electronic device you want to charge.

Overall, it's sleek, simple, and reliable.

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Victor Chilsonwrote a review of on July 1, 2019

Real Nice
4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 9"
Weight: 135 lbs
Size Purchased: Medium

I really like this hoodie as an in between when you don't really know how to manage your temperature. I wear it inside a lot if a building is a little chilly but doesn't warrant a jacket. It is great for summer mornings and evenings when there is just a slight chill in the air. In direct sunlight, it is great for keeping the sun off your body. If the amibient air temperature is much over 75 or 80 you will definitely be sweating in this, but I'd rather be a little warm and not have the sun hitting me than be in a t-shirt burning all day.

I recently took this to the City of Rocks for some climbing in Idaho. Despite the summer solstice, daytime temps didn't breach 80. This was my favorite piece on that trip.

I am 5'9" and a medium fits really well. The sleeves are a good length and the elastic cuffs hold well. The hood fits nicely under my C.A.M.P. climbing helmet, and the torso comes down far enough to stay under my harness without rising up. It also cinches around the torso which is nice if it's windy. The addition of thumb loops to this hoodie would make it epic.

Also, the Paprika Red color looks a little aggressive in the product photos but is much more gentle in person. I like the color a lot and have received several compliments on it.

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Victor Chilsonwrote a review of on June 10, 2019

Good on Ice
4 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Height: 5' 9"
Weight: 135 lbs
Size Purchased: 42

I used these ice climbing for just one day this spring. They were fine walking a mile or two approach, and they felt great on 4 pitches of ice. I went with my street size and wore ski socks. They felt like a fine fit. It was a warm day to begin with, but my feet never got cold.

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Victor Chilsonwrote a review of on June 10, 2019

3 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This is a solid shoe. It is very aggressive. I was blown away with the sort of holds I was able to throw my toes onto and feel fully confident in the hold. I was able to boulder and sport climb at levels I often struggle with because they really do give an added level of aggression with the toe.

However, I tried these in my street size and a full size up and was not able to break them in. I have pretty wide toe splay but a narrow foot through my arch and heel. The street size was perfect for my foot, but even when I sized up the toe pain was a level beyond what's typical for breaking in shoes - even after a number of days climbing in them and trying to get them to start breaking in.

Overall, I liked the performance of this shoe. It is not ideal for my foot type, but that doesn't mean it isn't for you!

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Victor Chilsonwrote a review of on June 10, 2019

3 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

At it's core, this bag is very nice. The 650 down is great. It is super comfy and cozy, the way the zip comes up over your head is super nice, I really like the phone/headlamp slot inside the bag, and the pillow barn is awesome. Having the sleeping pad harness is great. I move a lot in my sleep and never once rolled off the pad.

What I don't like with this bag is there is no insulation on the bottom. It integrates very well with Big Agnes sleeping pads. I used the Insulated AXL Insulated Air sleeping pad with this. I camped for five nights and none of the nights dropped below 25 or 30 degrees F. Even though the nights weren't that cold and I had the insulated sleeping pad, I froze because the bottom of the sleeping bag where it contacts the sleeping pad isn't insulated. Even a thin layer of synthetic insulation would make a world of difference without adding too much weight.

The Big Agnes Q-Core SLX Insulated pad may be a better option because of its quilted top. Combine that with the Third Degree closed-cell pad and I'm certain you could stay real toasty in cold conditions.

If this were a 30 or 40 degree bag designed for summer nights I would understand not having that insulation (this is an available option). But, this is a 0 degree bag designed for colder nights yet it won't retain your body heat because of the lack of insulation on the bottom. If you are car camping and can bring a closed cell pad and an air pad, this is a great option. If you are backpacking or bikepacking in cold weather choose your pad carefully - look more towards the Q-Core than the AXL.

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Victor Chilsonwrote a review of on June 10, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This should be the only backpacking stove you have. It is ultra-light, packs down small, is very fuel efficient, and boils water nearly instantly. Seriously, this stove rocks. Winter, summer, wind, rain, this stove cooks with maximum efficiency. I really don't feel like I need to say much else. It rocks.

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Victor Chilsonwrote a review of on June 10, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

This thing is massive! If you are checking luggage on a flight or have an extended road trip this should be your go-to. It is durable, waterproof, rolls, has a bomber zipper, and a couple of small pockets for toiletries, electronics, or a book.
Additionally, if you have very small friends who do not want to pay for a plane ticket they can curl up comfortably in the main compartment and you can wheel them straight to luggage check.

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Victor Chilsonwrote a review of on June 10, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

If you're pulling your car right up to a campsite and don't need to worry about weight, this is an awesome product to have. I camped out for 5 nights last week. I was able to charge my phone every day, charge my camera once, and my Petzl Bindi headlamp twice and there was still some juice left in the bank. Plugged into a wall outlet this only takes a few hours to fully charge.

This is a must-have for adventure photographers, athletes on the go, road trips, or any other time you anticipate electronic needs in the backcountry.

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Victor Chilsonwrote a review of on May 1, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I have yet to actually crash in these ***knocks on wood*** but really like them. I typically ride with them around my ankles for the uphill then pull them up for the down, but I have ridden up with them on my knees a couple times. While any pad on your knee is going to restrict movement, I was impressed with how these moved with my legs. If I was going to spend any longer than 45 minutes or an hour going up I would probably just toss these in my pack and take them out again for the down.
Going down, they are comfy, don't pinch anywhere, and I haven't had any problems with them slipping down. The paddings feels solid and with the Kevlar I am confident that these will hold up well and protect my knees and legs well during a tumble.

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Victor Chilsonwrote a review of on April 25, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 9"
Weight: 135 lbs
Size Purchased: Medium

Whether it's the dead-of-winter, it just snowed three feet and you just need a break or you are headed to an outdoor concert mid-July this shirt has you covered. The Polyester is really soft, keeps you cool and wicks well. This shirt is loose fitting but not baggy. It stays relatively wrinkle free even if it gets tossed around.
Overall, Hawaiian shirts don't get much better than this. Made for performance and lounging this shirt allows you to find your beach...I mean, backcountry!

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Victor Chilsonwrote a review of on April 12, 2019

4 5

I brought these skis to Solitude in Utah for 2 days of awesome spring conditions. I was able to rip down hard groomers all morning long laying over turns no problem and holding a solid edge while moving fast. Come afternoon, I took these skis back out and thrashed my legs run after run through prime slushy bumps. Being 99 underfoot and having a slight rocker profile, these skis absorbed bumps really well and it wasn't hard to find a good rhythm.
These skis are reasonably lightweight and can still be skied with a lot of power. They're real good for any run on the mountain in variable snow conditions. They are a lot of fun to ski and look super cool as well.

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Victor Chilsonwrote a review of on April 4, 2019

5 5

Height: 5' 9"
Weight: 135 lbs
Size Purchased: Medium

Holy smokes these are awesome! I typically tour just in my Outdoor Research Cirque softshell pants (which are phenomenal). Only on the coldest of cold days do I wear a baselayer underneath because I stay pretty warm while touring. These knickers come in super handy when I don't have a baselayer on but the temperature plummets or I'm standing around for a while and want to retain warmth. They are easy to put on over any layer because they completely zip open. I got the Medium and they fit well over my softshells.

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Victor Chilsonwrote a review of on April 4, 2019

4 5

I use this shovel for skimo races. It is as lightweight of an avalanche shovel as you can find, which is why I use it racing. It packs down super small and I hardly notice it in my pack. When I am actually touring in the backcountry I use a full metal shovel as it provides more peace of mind should I actually have to dig through avalanche debris. This shovel is sturdy for being plastic. I highly recommend this if you race and are looking for something lightweight.

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Victor Chilsonwrote a review of on April 4, 2019

5 5

This is a great shovel. I have used it for years as part of my touring kit. It is easy to collapse and extend, it is sturdy, and it's not too heavy. I have since purchased a new shovel because I wanted to keep this one in my car during the winter months. It works well whether you use it for avalanche training/rescue, digging out a bench to eat your lunch on, clearing the plow bank on your driveway after a monster storm, or have it in your car should you get stuck. BCA makes great gear and I really like this shovel.

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Victor Chilsonwrote a review of on April 4, 2019

5 5

This is a good pole. There's not much to it. It's great for the resort. I try not to spend too much on poles because I know I'll beat them up a good bit and bend or break them eventually. Everything about this pole is pretty clean cut and simple.

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Victor Chilsonwrote a review of on April 4, 2019

5 5

If you are looking for a do-it-all multi-tool take a good look at this one. This has just about every tool to get any job done. I really like that it has an included hex set which makes it super versatile. If you are going backpacking or ski touring and are worried about weight you can leave the hex set at home and just bring the multi-tool and still have the confidence that you can tackle any sort of problem.
The PowerAccess is strong, versatile, and the individual tools are well integrated into the whole multi-tool. To me, there is no question that this is how a multi-tool should feel and operate.

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Victor Chilsonwrote a review of on March 21, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This boot is great. I have had both this boot and the 130 version. I picked this one up more for touring because, in my opinion, you rarely are touring in terrain and on skis that demand a 130 flex boot in backcountry terrain. This boot has treated me well both at the resort and touring. It is surprising how light it is on the uphill, is easy to transition, and gives complete confidence on the downhill. My touring set-up consists of Blizzard Zero G 95s with Dynafit Speed Turn bindings.

I am 135lbs and would consider myself an expert skier. I wear a street size 9 and got this boot in a 26.5. I typically wear a 25.5 for alpine, but was in between sizes on this boot and opted for the larger size for more comfort while touring. While it does not provide a true performance fit I am happy I sized up and still feel fully confident skiing. The liner is really nice and my feet stay comfortable through full day tours. I am very impressed at what Fischer has done with these boots!

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Victor Chilsonwrote a review of on March 20, 2019

Great Climbing Helmet!
4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This is a quality climbing helmet. It comes in more handy for saving your dome from swinging cams when you carelessly whip your gear sling over your shoulder, but this helmet will also protect you from serious damage should you take a serious whipper or be subjected to falling rocks and ice. This helmet is adjustable, but it can get mildly uncomfortable when worn for several hours on end. Overall, lightweight, breathable, versatile, and full of peace-of-mind.

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Victor Chilsonwrote a review of on March 20, 2019

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This helmet is plenty comfortable. It's not as comfortable as an alpine helmet, but it's not an alpine helmet. It fits well and is adjustable. It fits while I'm wearing a buff no-problem. This helmet is light. I've done several long skimo races with it and appreciated the weight and fit. The headlamp clip is clean and simple. It works.

I don't look for anything too fancy in a skimo and mountaineering helmet. This one has all the features I want and need, and I know I can trust it for protection.
I would recommend for any spring backcountry skier looking for a lightweight, breathable helmet, skimo racer, or alpine climber.

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