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AK PNB

Alaska, Alyeska Resort, Chugach Mountains

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Patrick's Passions

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Patrick's Bio

I grew up in Anchorage. Left for a bit, now back in AK working so I can support my habit.

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AK PNB wrote a review of on February 5, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Best powder ski I have been on to date. I am riding the 189's and loving them. As a former racer, I ski fast and aggressive. I have been on these numerous times this year and have no complaints. With how well the skis did in deep snow on open terrain, I was really surprised at the amount of "pop" they had in the trees. These things really come alive bouncing around trees. Once out of the powder, the ski had no problem getting back to the lift line through tracked out snow. They can be a little squirmy on groomers though.

For resort riding at Alyeska in deep snow or cat skiing in south central AK, I couldn't imagine a better ski.


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AK PNB wrote an answer about on February 5, 2013

I don't know if you made your purchase already and sorry for the late response. I am 6'0'' and 210. I am on the 189's and love them. I've been on them about 8 times this year and in nothing less than 6'' + of fresh snow. I haven't been on the 179's but can tell you I am more than satisfied with the 189's. Just the added surface area on the 189's will help you float better at 200 lbs. Plus, with the skis rocker and early rise tip, the 189's will be more stable at higher speeds because they will have more ski on snow.

If you are going to ski this ski fast and aggressive, I would go with 189's.

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AK PNB wrote a review of on February 5, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I have about 20-25 days on snow with these bibs in orange this year. So far, they are the best bibs I have ever owned. They're lightweight, easy to get on and off, have a great range of motion and look great. I found the XL's to be a little big for me so I went down a size. I am 6'0'' and 210. The large leg zips are great for dumping heat on the way up the hill. Kevlar insteps are bulletproof.

Arc'teryx really got it right with these bibs.

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AK PNB wrote a review of on February 5, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

So far, so good. I have worn this jacket 20-25 times this winter in various conditions at Alyeska. From rain to 15 below with no complaints. I have jacket in Tungsten and the sabre bibs in orange. The combo looks great.

I ordered the coat in L and XL. Ended up keeping the L and sending the XL back even though I usually wear XL in Arcteryx.

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