Alexander Romashko

Alexander Romashko

Snowbasin, Jackson Hole, and Wasatch Backcountry

Alexander Romashko's Passions

Biking
Skiing
Climbing

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Alexander Romashko

Alexander Romashko posted a video about on March 27, 2014

I have been staring at this line for years wondering if it has ever been skied and never seeing any tracks do it., apparently I was the first through in over 16 years. Fun double fall line chute over exposure and my Smith Vantage came in really handy down on the apron. The BOA fit system helped keep my bucket on when I tumbled and kept me safe. This is my favorite helmet out there. None better in overall comparison.

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Alexander Romashko wrote a review of on November 21, 2011

5 5

I almost exclusively wear bibs and am so glad Flylow finally came out with this bad boys. I absolutely love these bibs. They're durable, waterproof, breath like champs, and have extremely useful and efficient ventilation. And don't forget the awesome freeride fit.

The straps have quick release buckle which are nice for getting in and out with ease. Also the side zips go all the way from the top of the hip to about boot top so you can swing the bibs to the side when you need to "do some paper in the office." The top pouch zipper pocket is nice and roomy, but the hidden pocket inside of that isn't as good as the rest of the pockets. The back panel is nice and stretchy which aids in not giving you a hard core melvin when you bend over or squat down.

I definitely sized up to ensure that I got the inseam length I desire. I am 6' 180 lbs, 32/33" waist and 33" inseam with an athletic build and I decided to go with the XL. The waist bagginess doesn't matter because they're bibs and are held up with straps obviously. I expected there to be a little more room in the torso even for an XL, but that's probably because I've been rocking the first generation Trewth Bibs for the past season and they're nice and roomy.

You will not be disappointed with these bibs. The orange is exactly as pictured above; brighter and lighter than you may expect.

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Alexander Romashko wrote a review of on October 26, 2011

5 5

Definitely the lightest helmet I have. I used to rock the Variant Brim until the Vantage hit the streets. And then it was all Vantage which I absolutely love due to the weight (or lack thereof), incredible venting, and awesome fit.

I wanted to try this one out plus I really like the Cyan Stereo Maze over the Vantage Cyan Team design and I’m glad I bought this. The rear vents are utilized by merely folding a padding flap back down over itself. Simple enough, and since I stay pretty warm all the time, this thing will stay folded the whole time. There is plenty of plush padding in the dome and the fit is pretty descent. I do wish it had the extra helmet adjuster like the Vantage and Variant, but I’ll do fine without it.

So now I’ll be using this one on days that I’m mainly not doing a bunch of inbounds/sidecountry hiking, and reserve the Vantage for more aggressive hiking and the warmer days.

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Alexander Romashko wrote a review of on October 26, 2011

4 5

First off this pack is very well designed, and looks even better in person. I definitely like the looks of the 36 over the 30, plus the added room over the 30 liter is great. I really like the added waistbelt pockets to make up for space taken up by the air bag system.

In addition to the great design, the material on this pack is bomber and very durable. The pack has plenty of padding on the back plus a back panel zipper access (mainly for getting to the airbag system, but some gear can be stored there as well), but the padding isn't ventilated, but that's not a deal killer.

Do note that even though is a 36 liter pack, after the airbag system takes its space, you're left with around 20 liters usable room at most. I wish there was a separator for the avy gear pocket from the rest of the storage, but everything is piled into one pocket. And I wish they made the airbag pocket a tad bit bigger and it’s pretty tight with the airbag in there and getting a deployed airbag back into the pack isn’t as easy as other packs. Just a small bit of added space would make this pack a 5 star rating in my books.

The added mesh helmet holder and compression straps are good enough to store your gear for the uphill. This pack will definitely be getting a lot of time from sidecountry runs to full days in the backcountry. Worth the cost of admission.

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Alexander Romashko wrote a review of on October 10, 2011

4 5

I really like this glove for all-around use and especially on the colder days. I typically climb with too pair of gloves; one for the actually climbing and then sitting at a belay point. This glove works really well for climbing despite its "bulk" compared to a lot of gloves; I didn't get as much movement as I thought I'd get.

The glove is pretty dexterious and the padding is sufficient for the average waterfall. I love that it's gore-tex for those running or wet waterfalls. And the removable liners is a great newer feature for this glove.

I've also spent a good amount of time skiing in this glove.

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Alexander Romashko wrote a review of on October 10, 2011

2 5

I had a chance to use these on a climb with my buddy as we needed a few more stubbies than my rack had.

Based on the price and weight alone of these I couldn't recommend them as a good buy. There's nothing that sets these screws above BD Express or Petzl Laser Sonic screws.

The pull out knob can also ice up on multipitches if the waterfall has a little bit of a run on or around the screws.

Definitely not worth the cost.

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Alexander Romashko wrote a review of on September 26, 2011

5 5

I've said it before and I'll say it again: Hands down the best NTN boot there is. Considering all factors (bellows flex, lateral/torsional rigidity, bellows stiffness, quality product) this boot is the best offering for NTN.

And this is coming after I owned and had considerable use on Crispi Shivers, Garmont "False" Prophets, and finally Tx-Comps. I actually wish the bellows were a tad stiffer since there is no black springs option for NTN anymore.

The ski/walk mode is an added bonus as the older versions sucked when you would have one of the mini downhills while skinning and the boot stayed in the forward position. You can't go wrong with the tongue style liner as well. Absolutely loved it since the beginning; it really allows for you to get a more intimate fit than the wrap style. The new style instep buckle setup is pretty nice too. The only thing I would really want to see in this boot is tech fittings. Once that happens I'll be one happy NTN skier.

The only bad thing I can say of this set up is Scarpa dropping the booster strap that came standard with it as it really complemented the rest of the boot well. Picking one up would be worth the extra $30.

Seriously get this boot over any other boot available, it is the best overall option for those that want to charge and get everything out of their boot.

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Alexander Romashko wrote a review of on September 12, 2011

4 5

I absolutely love these gloves. They take such abuse and keep on going strong. They are probably the warmest gloves I use for skiing. I really love the knit wirst as it slides on and off so easily (no zipper) and has enough length to fit under my jacket cuff. The Sno-Seal treatment is well done and not just slapped on prior to shipping. I went a full season before needing to redo the DWR treatment.

A really good product.

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Alexander Romashko wrote a review of on September 12, 2011

4 5

These are really a great product. The punched or scribed tension indicators are an added plus from the original painted on indicators, which would wash off after a few weeks.

The ends are easily adjusted with a screwdriver or with your hands.

The springs are pretty durable and will last about a full season for me (50+ days). I prefer the Red cartridges but wish they still had the black ones from the original binding. If you like skiing O1 Rid Stiff or 22 Design bindings with the stiffer springs and setting, you'll want to have the Reds and will wish for blacks. If they had the blacks it'd be a 5 star review for me.

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Alexander Romashko wrote a review of on September 12, 2011

5 5

I Absolutely love this design. If you are looking for something like the Chemist, Ray Bans, or something along those lines, and they don't fit your face or there isn't enough side coverage from the sun, try these. I abolsutely love them. They're a bit retro but have a modern twist.

The blue color is pretty nice as well.
They weigh next to nothing and the polarized lens is icing on the cake.

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Alexander Romashko wrote a review of on September 11, 2011

4 5

I definitely am glad I picked this pack up. More than enough room for a day out on the bike. The top fleece lined pocket is great for a phone and/or sunglasses. The pockets are well positioned. The shoulder straps have plenty of breathing holes throughout which does help on the heat and lightness factor. I'm glad it came with a built in rain cover; it has handy the other day when a storm hit a little earlier than expected. I like how the bladder compartment is located and accessed on the back panel side. The fold and slide closure system on the bladder works just fine and doesn't leak at all. Honestly this is worth the buy.

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