Tahoe, Eastern Sierra, Yosemite National Park, Mt. Shasta.
Yes, the chest, arm, and waste fit will be the same between those two jackets. The Theta runs a bit longer.
I think you're going to find these too wide for a one ski quiver. I think 95-100mm is a great underfoot dimension for a one do-it-all ski. At your height and weight, 100mm is going to provide tons of float on deep days, and something with more sidecut is going to rip the groomer a bit better.
Smith helmets and Oakley goggles work very well together. You won't need to replace your goggles with this helmet.
I go with the SV on this one. It's durable and it will do anything you ask of it. As far as the powder skirt, I think you have to judge how much time you spend yard sailing on the mountain. The more you wipe out, the more a powder skirt is going to matter. I'm always skiing with a pack, so the waist strap helps keep snow out.
Yes, it is going to have a crunchy sound and resemble a plastic bag. You might try a soft-shell jacket to minimize annoying noise.
Don't be afraid of wide skis. 166 makes more sense if you are touring with a pack. You can also have a ski shop de tune the tips and tails to make the ski pivot a bit easier. BD skis turn beautifully and their fat skis usually ski a lot shorter than they actually are.
Oaklet goggles work very well with the Variant. No gaper gap at all.
Yes. That will work just fine.
You might try just getting it wet and then hang drying it outside. I've had decent luck getting wrinkles out of tech fabrics that way.
Bought this puppy for do it all duty and it has not disappointed. I use it primarily for ski mountaineering and alpine climbing. Plenty of gear loops to hold your rack and solid feeling buckles and straps to add security. I've even used it for sport climbing. I think it's pretty comfortable, but maybe I don't know what I'm missing with a nice padded harness.
I build anchors on trees with these guys all the time. They work really well.
I've used my ATC-Guide for everything from rock to ice and I love it. You can rap with single ropes or double ropes with plenty of friction to stay in complete control. Belaying is a cinch, especially when you auto-block. It can take a beating, too.
Bought to bent gate variety to round out my rack. I'm very pleased with the cost/weight ratio. Quick, snappy clipping. As its been said, this is a great bolt end 'biner. Get a half dozen and enjoy.
These gloves are plenty warm for cold north face climbs. Normally this would mean that dexterity would suffer. This is not the case, as these gloves allow you to manipulate ice screws, screwgate biners and belay devices. I used these babies for ice climbing over in Chamonix and had no issues. The fit is initially very snug, I thought I had the wrong size. If you wear the gloves a few times, they break in and start to feel true to size. Took about three wearings before they finally felt like a large.
Got this pack a few years ago for climbing, hiking, and overnight trips. It's super comfortable, holds everything I need, and the top loading style makes the most sense for a pack of this size. Top lid is a nice feature and definitely cinches everything down tight. I'm very pleased with this pack.
This will carry enough gear for a weeklong backpacking trip or quite a bit of climbing gear for peak bagging and ski mountaineering. The removable frame is a nice feature, but I'm super stoked on all of the little features, like the zippered waste bag and the daisy chain. Really comfortable pack to wear all day. I've used this for climbing, backpacking, and everything in between. Works great.
It appears that you could detach the padding from the strap and slide it out from the slot at the base of the pack, but why would you want to? Once everything is cinched down, you don't even notice the hip strap. It's very comfortable to wear and keeps the pack from swinging around.
Ryan is right about the Sabertooths, but they aren't really going to hold front points as well as Cyborgs will on vertical ice. Personally, I'd go with the Cyborgs if you're more serious about ice climbing.
I was way skeptical of an all temp wax, but I decided to give this one a try. I wish I had ordered more because this is the best backcountry wax I have ever used. I could not believe how smooth and fast this wax made my skis. Normally I'm survival skiing on grabby boards in the mank at lower elevations, but this stuff keeps me sliding, warm or cold. I'll be ordering more.
I bought the red and grey stones for my tuning kit. The best part about this stones is that they are small enough to fit in your pocket. I've definitely taken the grey one with me on BC trips to de tune tips and tails if needed. Usually my friends end up borrowing it. The red one is great for cleaning edges and doing a quick tune.