Andrew Trousdale

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Andrew Trousdale wrote a review of on December 11, 2011

5 5

Why doesn't everyone start ragging on the Spyder Pinnacle Jacket? Seems like Arc is the brand everyone loves to hate because they make the sickest gear out there. Its not like Arc is making you buy this jacket, and its definitely not for everyone considering that it is $1,000. Even still, this is the Jacket that a resort-goer is going to have for 35 years, and for that reason I bet its cost-per-wearing is gonna be a lot less than a lot of other Jackets out there. With the relatively high price of Arc'teryx these days, why don't you all consider that you buy nice or you buy twice. I own an Arc'teryx shell that costed $500 and I expect it to last 3 times as long as a $250 counterpart. I am also certain that if for some reason my Jacket doesn't perform the way it should, Arc'teryx will send me a new shell. Most Jackets these days are purchases, an Arc'teryx Jacket is an investment.

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Andrew Trousdale wrote a review of on December 6, 2011

4 5

A pretty great Glove. To be honest, I wasn't amazed by it because the leather stretches to the point that Larges which were slightly too big became way to big. Good thing about leather that stretches is it is super soft. Probably as soft a leather palm as there will be out there. Definitely make sure if your between sizes to size down. If your fingers are tightly up against the finger tips you will certainly have a glove with some great dexterity. This glove also happens to be super insulated. The thing is full of down, and it certainly does the job for keeping your digits toasty. If I had bought it now when it is $100 I probably would have given em a five.

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Andrew Trousdale wrote an answer about on November 17, 2011

Yea, it is crazy to say this, but the fingers are almost sized for sausage fingers. You will not find the fingers to be too snug here. They are certainly larger than I expected in generally. I would say err on the small side with these.

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Andrew Trousdale wrote an answer about on November 17, 2011

This is really a question of priority. The Vertical SV will have by far the most dexterity, and it will be the least warm as well. Everyone has their own idea of what makes a glove the "best." Of the three gloves you presented, the Legend is certainly the warmest while also having the least dexterity. The Seth would be somewhere in between in respect to warmth and dexterity. If your number 1 priority is warmth, consider the Sigma AR glove. That is about as warm as it will get in a glove, while still maintaining reasonable dexterity. From there, any warmer and your looking at mittens. The Black Diamond Mercury Mitten would make for a great option, and you can grab one on DoG for 50 bucks. I actually bought the Vertical SV and the Mercury so I can have the best of warmth and dexterity at my disposal. The Mercury Mitt is honestly hard to take off, its like your hand is wrapped in a cloud ;). Concerning the three options you presented, like I said on a scale of warmth SVSeth>Legend. You can expect slightly higher quality out of Arcteryx and Hestra but that is not to say that your not getting top of the line build with the Legend too. You can't go wrong, especially with the return policy here.

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Andrew Trousdale wrote a review of on October 2, 2011

5 5

These goggles are perfect. I have two polished white ones, one with Fire Iridium and one with Blue Iridium, and those two lenses do a good job tackling any light conditions I may run into. They are obviously not the easiest goggles to remove the lenses from, but considering the frame they have, they are pretty darn good. Goggles like the IO have easy interchangeability, however, the lens is completely exposed, while these have the frame to brace impacts on the edges. On top of the quality optics you get from these, they just look cool so get some for yourself.

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Andrew Trousdale wrote an answer about on October 2, 2011

For what your doing, the difference between Goretex 3L (Primo) and Goretex 2L (Powder Bowl) should not make a difference. I personally tried on both pants today, and they both felt super bomber. As Ty mentioned, the Powder Bowl is lined with a mesh that will certainly add warmth. Neither pant is baggy, but they do run slightly large. Depending on how much you will be wearing, consider sizing down if you grab the Powder Bowl. You should consider sizing down more if your going to get the Primo, because it is only the shell. You might also be better suited with the Powder Bowl because the feel of the material is a little softer than the Pro Shell on the Primo's. You won't go wrong with either.

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Andrew Trousdale wrote a review of on October 2, 2011

5 5

Status Quo, this Arc'teryx jacket is super good. All of the tape seams and zippers are impenetrable to the elements. If you like a minimalistic jacket that will do exactly what you expect in any circumstance, go with this. It has one pocket on the inside that is good for essentials. The two breast pockets are perfectly placed for taking care of all of your business on the lift. I always throw my Sigma ARs (No doubt a large glove) in there, and keep some North Face E-touch liners in there so I always have some glove on my fingers to use my phone. The great thing about this jacket is you don't have to over thing sizing too much because it is so adjustable. The hood can be set to exact measurements, and the waist can be cinched in to fit your waist and block out any snow. The articulation of the arms makes it so the arms only feel in the "right" place when your skiing which I like. Overall, bomber Jacket, poppy colors if you like that, black if you don't. Grab yours right now at a steal for 25% off!

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Andrew Trousdale wrote an answer about on January 19, 2011

nahh, this years model is too big for you. Last years hellbent would have been good, for you, go with the obsethed. I know what your saying with the rocker making them ski shorter than they actually are, but you would just be better with the obsethed, there wont be a difference at all in how you float. How tall and heavy are you. Its also not the kind of ski you want to grow out of, too fun. mabye wait until you can ski a 179 then get it and you can ski it forever.

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Andrew Trousdale wrote an answer about on October 3, 2010

i was worried about the same thing, but i got the boot anyway and it feels promising. its stiffness, is variable, meaning it has certain areas that are 110 flex all the way up to areas with 130. This means that all the times you don't want a 130 flex boot killing your feet, its going to ski like a 110 flex, but when you are putting it to the test, and really demanding that extra flex, its going to ski like a 130. In terms of your concern, I'm not sure how you ski/preference, and all of that, but if it fits your preferences, this is actual the IDEAL boot for charging the entire mountain because of its varying flex. I think Nordica definitely miss advertised this boot as a park only boot, because it will definitely kill it all over. If your wavering, i say go for it, the three buckle system and placement really hold your foot in there.

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