Andrew Duke Grewe

Andrew Duke Grewe

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Andrew's Bio

I used to ski. Then I got job in the ski industry :) Currently I am working for Timberline lodge at Mount Hood, Oregon.

Andrew Duke Grewe

Andrew Duke Grewe wrote an answer about on March 27, 2012

I'd go with a 170 Kendo, It's easy to ski, very quick edge to edge and extremely versatile. The mantra is good, but it requires your A-game all the time and takes more effort to turn.

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Andrew Duke Grewe wrote an answer about on February 6, 2012

The mantra holds an edge way better,It is a stiffer and more torsionaly rigid ski. The BBR however has a much more drastic sidecut that makes it turn incredibly easy. So bottom line, if edge hold is the most important thing, go with the mantra, If ease of turning is the most important go with the BBR.

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Andrew Duke Grewe wrote an answer about on September 2, 2011

Tyson from canada-
The Fujas is a good all mountain choice, It is great in pow for it's size, Its got a medium flex that makes it pretty easy to navigate through trees. Its not a good bump ski (nothing over 100mm under foot is). But it would probably be a great fit for you. For heavy crud I prefer something with metal in it like the prophet 90 or 98. But I don't think you'll dislike this ski.

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Andrew Duke Grewe wrote an answer about on May 17, 2011

The XXL was stiffer than this ski. It performed better in really choppy stuff. The 115 is still good, but a little more forgiving. As for groomer performance, there is a trade off after about the 100mm. You can still arc awesome turns they just wont be short slalom turns. For me, that is no big deal.

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Andrew Duke Grewe wrote a review of on May 17, 2011

4 5

Smith has done a great job making a real skiers helmet. It is the perfect weight. The front/back vent zones are way better than the old left/right vents. It is stylin. My one criticism is that the ear flaps are a little too thin when you don't have the audio system in, but that was easily remedied with a little homemade insulation.

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Andrew Duke Grewe

Andrew Duke Grewe wrote an answer about on May 17, 2011

It's possible that it is packed out a little, but my best guess is that you haven't got the fit system right where you need it. Take it into your shop and have them show you how to use the fit system.

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Andrew Duke Grewe wrote an answer about on April 18, 2011

keep the vents open and air flowing through them you shouldn't have a problem. If you are one of those unlucky souls who seems to have a foggy goggles all the time, throw down the cash for a turbo fan google.

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Andrew Duke Grewe

Andrew Duke Grewe wrote an answer about on April 18, 2011

Is it better? no. Is it worse? probably not. These two helmets are both safe and provide good venting and warmth. There is not a major difference in weight either. Your decision should come down to which one fits you noggin the best. For me, that is the smith. Other factors should be your personal style choice and which one you can get a good deal on. Good luck!

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Andrew Duke Grewe wrote an answer about on February 15, 2011

I ended up with the 186 because I found in certain situations I liked the extra stability, there were times that the 179 wasn't enough in the crud. It did fine in the trees, this ski is very predictable and doesn't throw any surprises your way.

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Andrew Duke Grewe wrote an answer about on February 15, 2011

This is not a spherical lens, for that you will have to take a look at the phenom, I/O or the prophecy. As far as fit goes it has to to more with face shape than size. I'd head down to a Smith dealer and try them on to make sure.

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Andrew Duke Grewe wrote an answer about on February 13, 2011

I go with the 179, This ski mesures more like a 194 than a 189. I found that I didn't give up much stability on the 179. I could definitely could ski the 189 but found in tighter situations (trees and chutes) it felt like I was fighting the length. I am about an in taller and 10 pounds heavier than you FYI.

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Andrew Duke Grewe

Andrew Duke Grewe wrote an answer about on February 12, 2011

With rocker this ski will ski short, and it is light and not particularly difficult to ski. If you are skiing aggressively, I'd go with the 173.

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Andrew Duke Grewe wrote an answer about on February 12, 2011

This is a good park ski, if you are looking for a ski for all mountain use I'd look at the prophet series or the blend. If you a cheap ski to beat up on rails and jumps this is the ticket.

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