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Sam Piper

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Sam has tested gear and provided emergency care in many of the most extreme mountain environments. He worked on Denali Rescue as a paramedic to provide care and technical rescue to ill and injured climbers on Denali (which he has summited). He has worked as a full-time ski patroller and developed avalanche control experience using explosives, acting as a route leader. He holds certifications in swift water rescue, Avalanche Level II, and Wilderness EMT-B. He is passionate about rock climbing, skiing and has traveled frequently throughout the United States, Canada, Mexico, South America, and Europe, living and climbing in National Parks and Wilderness Areas.

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Atomic Nomad LF Review

Atomic Nomad LF Review

Atomic enters the helmet world with the Nomad LF, creating an affordable, functional helmet with a number of nice...
OOFOS Original Thong Review

OOFOS Original Thong Review

The Oofos is a super comfortable sandal that has served as an orthotic for a lot of people suffering from plantar...
Sanuk Beer Cozy 2 Review

Sanuk Beer Cozy 2 Review

Comfortable right out of the box and won't break the bank. We're just not sure how long these flops will last.
smith maze mips ski helmet review

Smith Maze MIPS Review

Smith busts out another stellar helmet with this model. Moderately priced in comparison to high-end models, this...
giro zone mips ski helmet review

Giro Zone MIPS Review

For high quality, at a lower price, look no further. It's a great helmet for avid skiers looking for top-notch...
giro ledge ski helmet review

Giro Ledge Review

If you venture between skating and riding, this helmet might fit your style. It will definitely match your wallet...
Smith Variance Review

Smith Variance Review

This is an incredible helmet that comes in under $200. Many of our testers and friends have worn this helmet at some...
Lucky Bums Snow Sport Review

Lucky Bums Snow Sport Review

The Lucky Bums Snow Sport is the least expensive helmet in our review group, but that does not mean that it slacks on...
Bern Team Baker Review

Bern Team Baker Review

The Team Baker takes over where the Baker Hardhat left off. Bern has stuck with its signature style with this simple...
Anon Raider Review

Anon Raider Review

Another skate-inspired helmet with a simple design. This helmet is rated for summer and winter use, with removable ear...
POC Fornix Review

POC Fornix Review

The Fornix comes from a company with a long history in protective gear and a wide selection of ski helmets. An...

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