Alex Flynn-Padick

Alex Flynn-Padick

Swiss Alps, Rocky Mountains in Colorado

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alex's Passions

Alpine Touring
Backpacking
Camping
Mountain Biking
Hiking
Trail Running
Alpine Skiing

alex's Bio

I spend the school year in the Swiss Alps and winter/summer break in Colorado.

Alex Flynn-Padick

Alex Flynn-Padick wrote a review of on April 6, 2014

Highly recommended
4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I bought these for my first touring set up based off the recommendation of my friends and the local pro shop and I couldn't be happier. I'm 6'2 215lb and haven't had any issues or concerns with these bindings on the accent or downhill. After 2 seasons of use they still look and feel new. As some of the other reviewers have stated I do find changing the heel position a pain, depending on what the conditions are like, I will usually pop out and bend down to change heel position with my hands rather than trying to do it with my pole, although I can do with my pole if in the deep pow. I would highly recommend, but if doing advanced touring with multiple hill angles I would think about going with the newer model with the flip over heel raisers rather than the turn based system on this model.

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Alex Flynn-Padick wrote a review of on April 5, 2014

good boot
4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I've used these boots for 2 plus seasons. I am not an agressive tourer, only having gone about 20 times over the 2 years. The walk feature is nice, and as others have mentioned the boa system works great for walking to and from the mountain and while touring. I haven't had any problems with the boa system, buckles, or shell yet. They might not be as stiff as other boots but they aren't expected to be. My biggest problem is forgetting to take them out of walk mode when going downhill. I would recommend these boots as a good introductory boot for touring, but not someone who will be doing long tours or lots of tours a season as they are a little on the heavy side, but that is expected for something at this price point.

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Alex Flynn-Padick wrote a review of on April 5, 2014

good first touring ski
3 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Not the lightest or fastest ski, but a good overall first touring ski. I matched it with pomoca skins, Dynafit Vertical bindings, and BD Method boots. They have held up well over two seasons of light use (probably 20 times total, half for tours and half for downhill use). They definitely chatter a lot on the downhill, but that is to be expected. Otherwise they have been a good ski to learn on. If I was a really into touring I would spend some more money on a lighter ski, but since I'm not its a good ski for me.

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Alex Flynn-Padick wrote a review of on April 5, 2014

good, durable skin
4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I don't do a lot of touring, but these skins have held up well over 2 seasons (10-12 tours). They still look good and the glue is still holding strong. I put them on a pair of BD Kilowatt skis. They're my first skins so I'm not sure how they compare to other brands but I am happy with them and will buy again when new skins are finally needed.

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Alex Flynn-Padick wrote a review of on April 5, 2014

no problems yet
3 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I got these to go on a pair of Rossi Sickle skis and a pair of full tilt boots. They are a sturdy binding and I haven't popped out once yet. After a full season (30+ days) they still look to be in good shape. The only problem I have with them is stepping out of them, with the high release lever (not sure what the technical name is) on the back it makes it really hard to step on one while the ski is still on the other...so I usually have to use a pole to pop the first boot out, and it takes two hands worth of pressure to do that...overall a solid binding that I would consider buying again.

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Alex Flynn-Padick wrote a review of on April 5, 2014

big ski
4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Its a nice big ski. I started this season with a complete new set up (skis, bindings, boots) so it took me a while to figure out what each was doing. It took me 6-8 days to get comfortable on such a fat ski, but once I got used to it it was fantastic. It handles powder like a champ, stomps landings in the bc and in the park. I have some trouble on rollers and moguls with them but thats just because of how big they are (181). Overall a great ski that I will consider buying again in 4-5 years.

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Alex Flynn-Padick wrote a review of on March 17, 2014

good not great boot
4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I finally pulled the trigger on these after waiting a season too long to replace my old Salomon x-wave boots. I really like the wider last and the fact that they are super easy to get on and off, however I had to size up a full size from the Salomon. I'm not a huge fan of the green color, but since its mostly covered by pants/binding/snow its not a big deal. I really like the intuition meat moldable liners. The one problem I have with these boots is that you have to leave them at least partially buckled when walking, otherwise the tongue will flip forward you you are a crash waiting to happen. With no 'walk mode' available and having to leave the boots buckled, walking is much more of a pain than in other modern boots...depending on your normal routine and how you get to the mountain this may or may not be something to consider...5 star as a ski boot/1 star as a walking boot.

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Alex Flynn-Padick wrote a review of on March 17, 2014

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

When the I/O series first came out I couldn't stand the look of them, but over time the look has grown on me. When I lost my pair of yellow tinted googles I decided to take the plunge and buy a set with interchangeable lenses. It came down to the I/O X and airbrake, and after borrowing some from friends I decided on the I/O X because they were a slightly bigger fit, and came with lens tint options that I thought would be better for my normal conditions. So far I am happy with the googles, however I feel like the field of vision is slightly less than on my previous Oakley Crowbars...that being said its not really an issue, just something I notice a bit when I'm sitting on the chairlift, but not when I'm heading down the mountain. I would buy this again, especially if I can find it on sale at end of season.

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Alex Flynn-Padick wrote an answer about on December 15, 2013

The battery is built in, however if you have any sort of portable battery pack (for recharging your phone or camera) it can recharge this light since it uses a standard usb/micro usb plug.

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Alex Flynn-Padick wrote an answer about on December 15, 2013

They are not noise cancelling headphones, so they won't 'cancel' the noise out by producing opposite sound waves, like some of the Beats and Bose headphones do. They will slightly reduce exterior noise by covering your ear but you will still hear everything from the person next to you or the noise of traffic as you walk down the street.

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