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khem

khem

khem's Passions

Hiking & Camping
Biking
Running
Skiing

khem's Bio

Colorado Born, Utah Transplant. Live for the mountain life and taking advantage of my surroundings.

khem

khemwrote a review of on April 10, 2018

A Quiver of One
5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

The Bella is THE ski for that perfect powder day. And THE ski for that not-so-perfect, chopped powder, skied-out, half frozen powder day afternoon. I have skied the Bella nearly every day for the past 6 seasons, no matter the conditions, and I never find myself disappointed in my ski choice for the day.

They are lightweight enough that you don't need Lindsey Vonn's thighs to power them through crud or deep snow but stable at high speeds for those times when a big empty powder field is calling your name, and you imagine the Red Bull helicopter is above filming you charging. (Plus they are hella fun on wide open groomers where you can let loose and allow the ski to do all the work - think sunny spring groomer laps with the bar in sight)

So if el Nino forgets to show up this year, or if it dumps like 08/09, either way, I'll be skiing the Bella. Because let's be honest, picking the right jacket/goggle combo is way more of an important decision that which skis to ski that day.

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khemwrote a review of on April 7, 2018

Holds 2 Magnums of Champagne No Problem
5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer


I LOVE my Maya pack. It is the most comfortable hiking pack that I have owned and has a ton room and easy access to every pocket. I have used this pack from everything from 20+ mile day hikes to 3 mile hikes to haul champagne to natural hot springs. The hip strap is very comfortable and doesn't create a battle with the waistband of my shorts while hiking. I love the pockets on the hip strap, a great place to keep snacks, phone or camera.

The side compression straps help synch the pack down when you aren't carrying as much to keep it secure.

**I have the Maya 32 not the Maya 22 **

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khemwrote a review of on April 7, 2018

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I purchased the Alpaca 45 because I wanted a small pack to keep all of my biking gear together and easy to throw in the car for a weekend trip or just a ride after work. The Alpaca 45 is a perfect size for shoes, helmet, hydration pack, and biking clothes. The backpack straps were a HUGE selling feature for me because trying to wheel or ride your bike while wearing a duffle is near impossible.

Pack is very durable and weather resistant. When full of stinky bike gear, the fabric doens't absorb the smell...thank goodness.

This bag would be great for traveling for a weekend, a gym bag, you name it.

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khemwrote a review of on April 7, 2018

Great Pack!
4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

The Amasa pack is a very well engineered mountain biking pack with great fit and functionality. I have had several mountain bike packs that I've put through the ringer, and this pack from Gregory is holding up very well.

The ventilated back and straps don't add unnecessary weight and heat while riding in warm summer temps. The 3L hydration bladder is MORE than enough for long rides, and is easy to fill and clean. One small issue I have had is with the bite valve coming apart, but I attribute that more to me bitting to heard while struggling on the uphill climbs than faulty design.

I like the multiple pockets with easy access for glasses, phones, tools, ect. The included tool bag also helps keep your stuff organized and easy to find. Here is where my biggest gripe with the Amasa 6 comes in. Unlike the larger versions of this model, the 6L does not come with hip-strap pockets. I have had previous small hydrations packs from Gregory and they had hip-strap pockets, so when I got the Amasa I was mildly disappointed that this was not a feature. Pocket disappointment aside, I would still highly recommend the Amasa 6. It is a fantastic size for cross-country mountain biking with a great, secure fit, plenty of room for layers and liquids, and a clean looking design.

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khemwrote a review of on May 28, 2014

Rubber Temples
5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

The Nike Mavrk is a great fitting sunglasses that is great for "sporting" without looking like your normal wrap/terminator sport frame. The rubber temples help keep the frames in place while working up a sweat,and the slightly oversized fit makes these perfect for heading straight to après or as an everyday sunglass.

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