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Alpine MacDaddy

Alpine MacDaddy

Live in Berkeley, CA.. Ski Alpine Meadows, Lake Tahoe

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Alpine MacDaddy

Alpine MacDaddy wrote a review of on January 26, 2012

1 5

With a name like snowtastic, I assumed that this jacket was helmet compatible. After all, according to MH it's "Totally waterproof, breathable softshell loaded with ski features". So I purchased on via pro deal which means no returns if you've worn it. To top it off, the collar is terrible. Unless the hood is up, the collar bunches up and won't cover up your chin, leaving you no place to hide from the weather. In terms a durability, one of my lower pocket zipper pulls must have gotten caught on a tree or something, and it pulled off an ripped a two inch gash in the bottom of the jacket.
I called MH to see about a replacement and their comments were. "we won't replace it just because it's not helmet compatible", and "you can send it in to be repaired for a nominal charge". So even after getting the jacket for half price via pro deal, I still feel ripped off.

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Alpine MacDaddy wrote a review of on March 10, 2010

5 5

This F'in ski rips... Soft snow - the 96ish under foot with a huge shovel is plenty for all but the deepest pow. Crud - plenty stiff to ski the sloppy seconds a third or forth time. Groomers - Holy sidecut, throw down some hip and lay some railroad tracks.. Maybe not so great on blue ice, but they handle everything else. Bottom line, the aggressive sidecut on these makes them a lot of fun and the waist is plenty big for them to handle well in soft and variable snow conditions. Great in steep, hard, skiied out, bumped up chalk. Really a great all around west coast ski. I'm 5-11, 175lbs, and ski the 179... good fit.

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Alpine MacDaddy wrote a review of on April 27, 2009

1 5

Revisiting my earlier review, after many more days on these boots. Bottom line, heavy and uncomfortable for touring, too soft and not enough forward lean for the down. This is really a flimsy touring boot without the benefit of a good walk mode, lace up liner, and rocker lug sole, it tours bad. For the down, it not stiff enough, and will always put you in the back seat. Everyone I know that has these thinks they're too soft. Everyone I see skiing them is in the back seat. They might fit well in the shop, but they perform poorly.

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Alpine MacDaddy wrote a review of on February 4, 2009

2 5

Very quick to latch on and direct you via flux line to a single beacon. Good luck with multiple burials though, this thing bounces all over, gives numbers that are way off the charts. Go to beaconreviews.com for some really good info regarding all beacons. Also the pouch is thick and adds too much bulk, and the strap makes it difficult to get close to the snow. I'm going to return mine and go for the Barryvox, or the S1.

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Alpine MacDaddy wrote a review of on January 26, 2009

5 5

My feet smile whenever I put on smartwool socks, and these are no exception. I'm usually a big fan of ultra thin ski socks, especially before you've packed out your boots. These take up just a little more space in the boot, but are dense enough to not create a lot of slop. The extra padding is in all the right places, and their are no spots that bind or wrinkle causing pain. Also, they are not coarse, and therefore don't cause blisters if you're touring. I have 5 pairs of these, and never use any other ski socks.

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Alpine MacDaddy wrote a review of on January 19, 2009

5 5

I'm 5-11 175lb got the 183 mounted with Naxo nx21 AT bindings. Perfect size for me. These skis have an incredibly aggressive sidecut for a fatter ski, so in comparison to say a mantra, they are quicker to initiate a turn and can turn a sharper radius. On the downside of that quickness is a little bit of twitch on high speed runouts.. I love these skis, they carve the hardpack, rip through crud, and have no problems in the bumps... a great all mountain ski - If you like to turn!-.. I definitely don't feel comfortable letting them run full speed, as they tend to get the speed wobbles big time. I've also found that on the super hard pack they tend to chatter a bit if I'm really laying into a carve. This is probably partially due to the 90m waist, and may also have something to do with the play in the Naxo bindings. Overall, I think these are great skis they do what they are supposed to, and are a blast to ski!!

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Alpine MacDaddy wrote a review of on January 16, 2009

3 5

First off, know that these boots run large. I wear a 10.5-11 street show, a 27.5 in head alpine boots, and I had to get the 26.5 in this Scarpa. My first impression skiing these boots in bounds was "holy crap I can't get out of the backseat"... It was scary, even with the forward lean adjusted all the way forward.
After some research (no thanks to the manual) I found that these boots have a walk, and TWO forward lean positions. You must be flexing the boot hard forward while flipping the switch, to lock into the forward position. After finally getting them dialed in I found them acceptable in terms of lean. Even with the stiff tongue they are, not nearly as stiff as my head rs100 with intuition liners, and this demands a different less aggressive type of skiing. For touring, I found the softer touring tongue to bind and bite into my shins, so I have to leave the stiff tongue in for touring.
Note that this is my first pair of AT boots, and I come from a racing background, so take that into consideration.

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Alpine MacDaddy wrote a review of on January 16, 2009

5 5

This jacket runs big, I usually wear a large in Padagucci, but in this a medium is perfect. The perfect jacket for calm bluebird days. If it's warm (30is) I'll just wear a base layer under it, if it's colder (15-20is) I wear a down vest under it. It's not totally windproof but it's more of a casual ski jacket then a piece of techy equipment. Super comfortable with a thin layer of fleece laminated to the inside of the softshell.
Love it!

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Alpine MacDaddy wrote a review of on January 16, 2009

5 5

I bought 130mm for my Scott Missions which are 130-96-117. They were a cinch to trim, but you could save some dough, and probably get close to the same climbing grip buying a size that fits the narrowest dimension of your ski and running them straight instead of cutting them to the perfect fit. That said, the tip clips work great, the tail clip is fine (so what if it scratches your skis a little) the skin saver sheets are a cinch, and they climb like a Billy Goat,

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Alpine MacDaddy wrote a review of on December 23, 2008

5 5

Patagucci sent me these after the waterproofing on my one year old Primo pants failed. These are a totally different pant. Medium weight, great waterproofing and breathability. Particularly like having the option of dropping the back without taking the suspenders off. Good vents, just enough pockets (pocket on side of left leg has interior strap for your pass) good reinforcements in key areas. I have no complaints, and Patagonia's bomber warranty will never let you down.

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Alpine MacDaddy wrote a review of on December 23, 2008

5 5

I was looking for a pole with a leather strap like the old Scott World Cup racing poles we used to get from the rep for $15 back in the day. These are them, same pole, same pistol grip. Some gaper ran over them in the parking lot and bent the bottom 3". I bent them back and have had no problems. Indestructible, light, stiff, good balance.... Whatever.. there poles, not the most technical piece of ski gear

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Alpine MacDaddy wrote a review of on December 20, 2008

5 5

I'm 5'-11" 175lbs, bought the 188's, and they rip. Initial reaction walking to the chair was "What the F**ck am going to do with all this ski?" Answer, Ski with permagrin :) I only got to ski 8 inches of windmank and chop and the Megawatts kept me right on top of it all, amazing how they smoothed out the crud. Super stable at speed, grippy on hardpack, and able to turn on a dime. The Chainsaw graphic is perfect, they cut through anything in their path!

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