Andy Bruch

Andy Bruch

Front Range, sometimes Aspen

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Andy Bruch

Andy Bruch wrote an answer about on January 2, 2011

Hey Kevin, I've spent a few days on the S3, and it's a really nice ski. Super-playful, all kinds of turns initiated and completed without a lot of effort, and with great results. It's more than fine in tight spots, trees, moguls and the like. It's a tad narrower than the Line and I wouldn't put it in the same "big mountain" bucket, but if you're looking for a do-nearly-everything ski with rocker it's a pretty solid choice. Have fun!

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Andy Bruch

Andy Bruch wrote a review of on December 4, 2010

5 5

Similar models considered before purchase: Scarpa T-1, BD PushAfter spending hours and hours between reading reviews and literature and consulting with tele-boot-geeks at various shops around Boulder/Golden, I finally settled on these and I've never looked back. It's an excellent boot - the three-buckle design combined with the stiff, alpine-style plastics make for a boot that light enough going up and firm enough coming down to drive bigger boards (with the right binding). The toe box is super-roomy, and it's great for really getting a feel for what's going on with your toes and letting you use them to max effect.Make sure the fit's for you - if I had a slightly narrower foot, I might be singing the T-1's praises instead!

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Andy Bruch

Andy Bruch wrote a review of on December 4, 2010

4 5

Such a simple-looking jacket; the temptation might be to not take it as seriously as some of Arc'teryx's other pieces. But the kimono-esque, minimal looks belie the functionality: super-breathable outer shell that's totally capable of shedding snow and rain, the hood articulates with head movement really nicely, the fleece lining is beautifully designed to keep the wearer warm. Add to that all of the usual Arc'teryx touches (seams, arm and elbow articulation etc.) and it's a jacket that's capable of much more than it might first appear. I reach for this one as I’m headed out the door into weather every time.

I’ll add my two cents to the Hyllus v. Firee discussion , I've worn both extensively. Similar looks, same fleece lining, but past that they’re two very different jackets. The Hyllus cut is trim, the Firee generous (by Arc’teryx standards). The Hyllus outer fabric does NOT cut the wind nearly as well as the Firee's shell, based on my field tests (25+mph wind speeds in 30 degree weather) and as indicated by Polartec’s website. The Hyllus cuff design is clearly meant to help with layering, and an internal pocket is conspicuously absent. Ultimately, the Firee is the last thing you’ll put on, whereas the Hyllus is meant for layering. Both great jackets, but make sure you soak in all the good reviewer commentary and tech information as you make your choice!

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Andy Bruch

Andy Bruch wrote a review of on December 28, 2005

5 5

As other reviewers have noted, this is one stiff boot, but if you're a bigger guy (I'm 6'0 200lb) and go at it pretty hard, the responsiveness and support are unbeatable. If you buy 'em, try riding without the plastic inserts, they’re much more comfortable, more all-mountain and still loads of support!! I highly recommend these kicks.

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