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Shaun Raskin

Shaun Raskin

Park City, Utah but really... anywhere I can find mountains, snow, rock, and good times

Shaun Raskin's Passions

Hiking & Camping
Biking
Skiing
Climbing
Surfing

Shaun Raskin's Bio

I am the luckiest girl on the planet! As a big mountain skier, I spend my days playing in the mountains. I get to travel to obscure places, make webisodes with my husband (www.thelifeunbound.com), teach avalanche courses, and guide for Park City Powder Cats.
In the off season I can be found running my own wellness guiding company, Inspired Summit Adventures and charging on my Down Hill and Cross Country Bikes, Climbing out in the Uintas, or kicking it with my hubby, dog and good friends on the front porch.
To learn more go to:
www.shaunraskin.com
www.inspiredsummit.com

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Shaun Raskinwrote a review of on November 27, 2017

Light and great fit
5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 8"
Weight: 155 lbs
Size Purchased: large

These pants are all that you hope when you buy Patagucci. They fit perfect and make you feel as if you are happily naked in the wild. The light weight but tough fabric keeps you moving through your moves without worry about tearing your clothes. Whether climbing or hiking or frolicking in the desert these pants are a must!

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Shaun Raskinwrote a review of on November 27, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 8"
Weight: 155 lbs
Size Purchased: large

These pants are really amazing! They are like the best of all worlds. Keep you warm when the temps drop. Block the wind. And super breathable for when your working hard. Articulated knees are just the icing on the cake.
The only thing I wish is that the fastener at the hip was designed differently. When I cinch the tabs it creates a fold in the material right where my backpack hip belt rubs. There are no belt loops so I can't help but use the velcro tabs. I wonder if I got a Medium Vs. the large if the fit would have been better. I am typically between the two sizes in pants (probably should be a medium but like loose fitting outerwear.
At any rate the technical aspects of these pants are spot on and the lower knee pocket is a definite plus for those quick grab items such as map/ cellphone

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Shaun Raskinwrote a review of on November 27, 2017

New Favorite
5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 8"
Weight: 155 lbs
Size Purchased: large

This jacket is the new heading out the house go to whether for adventure or kicking around town.
When I first got it I was worried that it was a bit too small. I'm 5'8" 155 with a D chest. I got a large. But when I put it on I did all my usual stretches and the jacket moved perfectly with me. It literally fits like a glove. No extra bulky material, just perfect. The gussets under the armpits that have stretch fleece are pretty awesome.
The description of this product says for casual wear, but I have adventured in this jacket and love it! The synthetic fill is surprisingly warm and keep it a viable jacket in wet conditions, while the fleece armpits keep it breathing.

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Shaun Raskinwrote a review of on October 30, 2017

5 5

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

When you want a headlamp you can throw in the pack and know it will work when the sun is setting and your hanging around the campsite, look no further.
This may not be the fanciest, and we have only used it for around the campsite, but its easy and doesn't accidentally turn on in the pack (which is better than some I've used).
Great price for a simply good headlamp.

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Shaun Raskinwrote a review of on October 30, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: Runs large
Height: 28"
Weight: 17 lbs
Size Purchased: 3-6

When your life is all about adventuring in the cold, you want your little one to love it as much as you do. The high loft down is the way to let your kid fall in love with winter adventures.
Warm and cozy, your little one will be free to enjoy the adventure!
What we love:
foot and hand covers- we use socks/ boots and gloves but these covers let us make sure our little one isn't gonna kick a boot or a mitt while she is in the pack.
Hood: Oversized hood fits over her hat and the fleece "fur" keeps her feeling snuggled.
Bunting: Easy to get in and out of the suit for trailhead gearing up.

What you should be aware of:
Sizing: Runs BIG- we have found most Patagonia infant clothes to run large (granted our daughter is on the small side). Last winter our daughter wore the NB until she was 6 months ( 14lbs) This season she is rocking the 3-6 month and she is 17lbs and 10 months.
We have put this through the ringer as her backcountry suit and her fall camping suit.
We love it and plan on buying one each season until she's 18 :) !

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Shaun Raskinwrote a review of on October 17, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

We have a 9 month old that we take everywhere with us. Prior to using this pack she was in a front carry Baby Lile (which we loved). Now that she's bigger, she wants to engage in her surroundings more and we want to go on bigger adventures. So it was time to step it up.
After talking with other adventuring parents we decided to go with the Osprey AG Premium (we wanted the most carrying capacity to take it on back packing trips. )
Since getting the pack we have hiked around 50 miles over much more rugged terrain than the front carry would safely allow. We can even do a little boulder scrambling! It's super comfortable. The firm hip belt allows for great stability. The kid cockpit is roomy and the stirrups lets our little one feel like she is part of the action.
As for the storage capacity, we love the "trunk" and the removable day pack is small but we can put several extra layers in it. We have been playing around with different ways to attach backpacking tents or sleeping pads to the external frame, but may need to keep working on a final answer. 1 did do 1 small overnight backpacking trip, but my husband ended up carry all of our group gear, so we are still working on how to make this the backpacking rig.
All and all we would chose this every time for its ease of adjustability, comfort for both parent and mini, and the stability and confidence it inspires to get out into more rugged terrain and environments (sunshade is also a major plus)!

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Shaun Raskinwrote a review of on October 13, 2016

Reliable and Undeniable!
5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I have been a connoisseur of adjustable poles. From lekhi, to BD I've tried a lot of them.
Most fall short when it comes to icing up at the adjustment point, or the screw on the locking mechanism loosens at the worst time, or the bottom section falls out of the top never to be reinserted again.
But then I tried the Septor. A pole that uses a slick and easy to use flip-lock to ensure your adjustment wont creep or slip. After a season of using it on human powered outings, sled assisted tours and in mechanized guiding (which usually leads to tons of icing issues) I can say I am super impressed with these poles. I didn't find any icing issues and was able to adjust my poles at the top of my lines, avoiding the all too awkward and common one pole tall and one pole the hight you wish they both were scenario.
The powder baskets are just the right size to keep you from plummeting through the entire snow pack while still keeping the pendulum swing weight nice and light. This is one of my biggest pieces of criteria for a pole and many just don't get it right.
The grip is sweet! Having the ski scraper on your grip is so useful. Not only did I use it regularly on the skin track to keep my top sheets free of heavy snow, but I also used it to scrape the bottom of my skis or my clients skis to free the bases of ice that builds up from being in the cat basket or snowmobile. Another nice feature of the scraper is if you aren't using the pole straps, the extra long fin of the scraper actually helps the pole to kinda hang on the top of your index knuckle so you can still have a loose grip while skinning with out dropping our pole.
The final feature that I appreciate is the textured finish on the upper shaft. At first, was skeptical as to weather the texture was enough, since most companies put foam or heavy weight tape their (which all ultimately become encased in ice/ snow). But I was pleasantly surprised at how it actually holds a grip (check out the pic for proof. )
I have both the aluminum Septor and the carbon. I do use the carbon for my human powered exploits while using the aluminum for my mechanized outings. If your looking for the pole that will never leave you frustrated at the top of a line and promises to always be part of helping your day not hurting it, well then the Septor is the pole for you.

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Shaun Raskinwrote a review of on October 13, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I swore I would never get into NTN. The bindings always felt like they were lazy to engage and then there was a point in the loading where it would just dive. The pivot point always felt like I was skiing on my tippy toes and I couldn't drive the ski.

Well, I am here to say the Outlaw has won me over. The adjustable pivot point allows you to make them feel like the hammer head of old. Their springs don't have that dead point and really do instantly engage. These bindings ski like a dream. And the step in and out (which I never really thought I cared much for) is pretty nice.
As for touring, these are hands down a game changer. The free pivot 50 degrees of movement make any skin track feel more comfortable and that's saying something in the Wasatch.

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Shaun Raskinposted an image about on October 13, 2016

Perfect for all your adventures!

Whether out for a day of sledding or heading out to bag that big objective or both, the Float 32 can handle it.

With ample main compartment space, helmet carry system, hip belt zip pockets, and a nice over sized goggle bag there is plenty of room for your personal items.
As for your technical gear, the pack garage is loaded with organizational sleeves for your probe and shovel. I even throw my saw in there as well. The exterior has sweet and low profile ice tool compartments (for two tools) where your pick can dive safely into the pack while a simple reinforced eyelet at the top allows for the spike of your ice tool to slide through resulting in a quick to deploy but solid to store place for your ice axe.
The A frame or cross carry system makes it easy to carry your skis while heading up that steep couloir or traversing that cruxy mix climb. One thing I love is that BCA reminds us on the pack that if you use the A frame system in avalanche terrain it will interfere with the airbag so best to cross carry your skis if you can while in avalanche terrain.
What sets this bag above the rest, weather you are getting into techy terrain or just out slaying the pow is the 3 zipper access system. This allows you to get to the bottom of the bag without having a mid slope pack explosion.
All and all this pack can handle what you throw at it so cinch it down and get after it!

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Shaun Raskinwrote a review of on October 13, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

As an avalanche educator and guide I have had the opportunity to play with most of the beacons on the market and I choose to rock the Tracker 3 every day.

While BCA slimmed down it's look it beefed up its capabilities. From having a quick and easy to read real time display to multiple burial indicators and a special function that allows the rescuer to see the Big Picture or focus in on a single signal in a multiple burial situation this beacon has a lot of bells without gumming up the works with all the whistles.

By keeping the main screen simple and to the point, you are less likely to get confused in a burial situation.

There are more advanced options behind the home screen that make it great for use in a professional environment.

The simplicity also, like many bellow have expressed, allow for the battery life to last much longer than many other beacons on the market.

The ability to upgrade/ run diagnostics on the beacon from your computer is also a sweet little extra.

All and all this beacon takes the best of the Tracker predecessors and brings it's processing and design into the tech age, leaving many of the other manufacturers behind.

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Shaun Raskinwrote a review of on October 13, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

These blue little notebooks have become as integral in my backcountry kit as my beacon, shovel and probe. Why? A good day in the backcountry starts with having a solid plan. The BCA field book asks you to write down the days forecast, the snowpack and weather discussion and specifically where you will likely find the avalanche problem. They use check lists and written description to help you better absorb the information you are reading from your avalanche forecast center (or personal forecast) and then lead you through a good game plan for the day. All of the information in the book is to SWAG standard (which basically means you are getting set up to speak the same language as the rest of the snow geek world).
Beyond the trip planing page there is a wonderful chart to record your field obs data and room for general notes. Why is this important? Well, if you are like me and have limited short term memory it's critical to jot down what your seeing in the field to start noticing any trends that may be impacting stability or changing what the initial forecast for the day was.
Finally when I do take time to dig test profiles I want to be able to clearly record my data and be able to translate it to other guides, avi pros or my touring partners and the profile pages do just that. Not to mention they also have the "yellow flag" columns to help me pin point any layers or interfaces that may be of specific concern.
Weather you are taking your level one and just getting started or a seasoned backcountry vet, these little blue books are better than relying on just your brain and can really help guide you through the tempting landscape of backcountry travel. Keeping your observations relevant and your snowpack history and assessment on point.

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Shaun Raskinwrote a review of on August 17, 2016

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

So I have been using the add on for several seasons now and I love that my bikes never rub even when off road. The one downfall is that the rack is heavy to lift and the release is can be hard to reach. So I made a little leash for the lever which helps me with the long reach. As far as racks go this is top notch, but I may be looking to try a North Shore rack next time.

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Shaun Raskinwrote a review of on April 2, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

When I'm practicing companion rescue I am always looking for all of my gear and communication to be "clean and clear" and the tracker 3 is exactly that. The compact packaging allows it to slip in and out of my pocket with ease, the leash design allows the beacon to be securely attached without restricting my movement on a fine grid search. The processor continues to blow many of the other brands out of the water (which is impressive because of all the new software that the T3 has now) allowing me to start moving towards my buried victims well before many of my colleagues or students when practicing drills. The mode button is also a sweet nod to the tracker of old but with much more sophisticated tools. The first is SS (Signal Suppression) This works just like flagging function on many other brands of beacons and is the first generation of BCA beacons to use this technology. This allows you to suppress the signal of the closest beacon, focussing on the next in a multiple burial situation.
Another function I have used and really appreciate is the BP (Big Picture) function also found under the mode button. This gives you distance and location of all victims, allowing for a more affective triage if you were to ever be faced with this terrible scenario of a multiple burial.
All and all I can't say enough about this beacon. I teach avalanche courses and am a guide and have gotten to use most beacons on the market and have to say I love my T3 because it has a perfect balance of sophisticated technology and applicable tools without the unnecessary and often unreliable bells and whistles of some other high end beacons.

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Shaun Raskinwrote a review of on August 28, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I got this as a wedding gift and had the pleasure of using it on our camping trips this summer. I love to cook and being in the woods never stops me from getting after my gourmet side and this cooking system allows me to get after it.
Some stand out features:
rubber coating on handles and lid don't get hot and don't melt.
No need for clamps with the fold out handle on the pan
strainer lid
I don't know if I would take this backpacking with me(it's a little over kill for me in that department), but you could because if you wanted because it is super light weight.
All and all it's an awesome addition to our base camp/ car camping set up.

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Shaun Raskinwrote a review of on December 29, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size

I have bought 5 pair now (over the course of a year and a half). I, like some of the other reviewers, am a strict lacy thong type of gal, but when engaged in sports they just don't cut it. So I decided to give these a try and am loving them!!!
The merino wool ensures that my most important parts are dry and warm. The fit is also perfect for being active as they have more of boys brief feel with thick waist band and wider hip material. For me these are the only things I put on before going on a ski tour as I know I wont be spending my day trying to pick a wedge through my ski pants, getting chafed by my thong, or cold and damp where it counts most.
While they aren't my husbands top pic in the sexiness department, when I a dry and comfortable and kicking his ass up the skin track I win my sexy back :)

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Shaun Raskinwrote a review of on December 27, 2013

4 5

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

This saw is bad ass, no doubt. Maybe a bit over kill for what I was looking for when I put it on my X-mass list. I was looking for a long saw that would be a solid helper in cutting ECTs and CTs this is certainly that, however, the teeth are made for ripping through ice and dense snow, versus cutting. The result is not the cleanest columns as the aggressive teeth design leaves striation marks. In hindsight I might have gone with the Brooks Range Scientist 70 which has the same folding design but a bit less aggressive teeth which are designed for more refined cuts and is a bit lighter weight. At any rate the quality is amazing and I will see if I change to the Scientist model in the future.

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Shaun Raskinwrote a review of on December 6, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size

So I bought a pair of these at the beginning of last season (along with another pair of 3/4 length long johns from 686)
I ended up wearing these every day! On the brutally cold days I would double up with another 200 weight pair on top of these but those were only on those sub zero days.
The reason I love these is one, because of their fit. They don't sag down or squinch up they just become an invisible layer. The second reason these are my every day pants is because of their amazing ability to stay dry and keep me warm. Normally when I wear polypro or any synthetic material my lower back is damp, all-be-it warm, but damp none the less and damp is kinda yucky. I spend most days touring so sweat management is a big one for me and these get an A++!
Like I said I probably wore this one pair around 100 days last season and they have held up great except for one place on my thigh where something snagged and now their is a little whole. So I am buying a few more pairs this year because they are that good!

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