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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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Smith Quantum MIPS
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Smith Quantum MIPS

Smith threw their entire bag of tricks into this helmet design. It's super warm, elegant, and comfortable. The price...
Atomic Nomad LF

Atomic Nomad LF

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

OOFOS Original Thong

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

Sanuk Beer Cozy 2

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

Smith Maze MIPS

Smith busts out another stellar helmet with this model. Moderately priced in comparison to high-end models, this...
Giro Zone MIPS

Giro Zone MIPS

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

Giro Ledge

If you venture between skating and riding, this helmet might fit your style. It will definitely match your wallet...
Crocs Crocband Flip

Crocs Crocband Flip

Crocs scored with their flip flop. Comfy and super easy to wear, this contender is durable and offers a decent level...
Teva Pajaro

Teva Pajaro

With the creation of this model, Teva has basically engineered a hiking sandal, as it offers excellent traction and...
Bern Team Baker

Bern Team Baker

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

Anon Raider

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

POC Fornix

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

Lucky Bums Snow Sport

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