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Anonymous wrote an answer about on December 30, 2008

Hey Alec, I honestly don't know why they are called "Fall Line" as they are perfect all-weather, all-condition gloves. Prior to buying them, I assumed they'd only be good for the spring but they turned out to be my favorite gloves that I used for everything -- from winter camping in the backcountry to snowmobiling. I love to try new gear so I rarely replace jackets, gloves, etc. with the same product. Unfortunately, I lost one of my Hestra FL gloves this winter -- there was no question about replacing them; I had to get a new pair exactly like them. They may be a little too warm if the temps get above freezing but, otherwise; don't hesitate to buy these or, for that matter, any Hestra product. They are worth every dime! Hope my untimely answer helps.

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Anonymous wrote a review of on February 25, 2008

5 5

Pair these bad boys with a set of Marker Duke bindings and Garmont Axon boots and you've got the ultimate, shred-anything, setup. Yep, spend Saturday in the terrain park brushing up on the tricks and Sunday testing them out in the deep POW of the backcountry. The noses of these skis taper up gradually over several cms; lifting you straight to the surface of the snow. The tails turn more dramatically. A well-designed sidecut ensures a fun ride on the groomers without taking away from the ski's float; 98cm underfoot suddenly feels easy to maneuver on the hard pack. Nordica offers you a choice of mounting "air" or "ride." I went for more of a center (air) mount and I'm glad I did. Oh, the Enforcer's attention-grabbing graphics are an added bonus.

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Anonymous wrote a review of on February 25, 2008

5 5

I fully expect to still be wearing these gloves in 30 + years -- making the cost, on an annualized basis, just $1.67/year. Much less than a pack of Lucky Strikes. With a stylish two-tone leather construction, I also expect them to take on a nice patina over time; a functional reminder of all the chutes, hucks, and travels I've experienced over time. Seriously, these gloves rock! They breath well and retain natural body heat. What more can you ask from a glove? The Fall Line's short under-the-sleeve elastic cuff and minimalist design will sell you on the idea that good handwear doesn't need to be bulky and should never involve battery packs. I'm convinced that Hestra has fully mastered the art of glove making during the company's 70 year history. In my granddaddy's words, those are some "handsome" work gloves. WTF?

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Anonymous wrote a review of on January 9, 2008

5 5

The length of these skis are enough to intimidate anyone. But I suggest you show these girls who's in charge if you do make the commitment to click them on to your feet -- if you don't take them for a ride, they'll certainly take you for one. The Pimp is designed for a classic mount but, at 193, the ski's long tail takes some getting used to.

Atomic's kinetic core -- I'm assuming "kinetic" is a fancy word for foam -- makes for a light ski that rocks in the fresh stuff and glides through chop. However, the Pimps lack personality on the groomers; where the ability to store and release energy is everything.

A great novelty ski for those of us lucky enough to have a nearly full quiver.

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Anonymous wrote a review of on January 2, 2008

5 5

These skis are like a good woman -- no matter how tempted you are to ride something else, something just keeps you coming back. I find every excuse I can to slide these sleek boys out of my quiver.

With almost a 30m turn radius, the Gotamas aren't meant for tight spaces; they are in their element in wide open terrain, preferably floating several feet atop the untracked white stuff.

But don't think these skis are afraid of the groomers. Sure, they aren't lighting fast; but they're a blast arcing powerful GS turns on the cords. It is amazing how much power can be stored and then released in Volkl's solid wood core. And with so much meat underneath, you feel confident in all your landings.

My only complaint with the Gotama is that, similar to a boy on bris, this ski doesn't like to hold a skin.

Don't bother looking any further; these are the ultimate boards for surfing the white horse!

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Anonymous wrote a review of on December 28, 2007

2 5

I only wear a helmet to keep me warm and as a way to blast my tune; given the way I ski, no helmet is going to protect my noggen. This helmet is very warm and breaths nicely when you're pumping tricks and need to open the vents. The helmet is stylish and makes me look like a jet-fighter when my Oakley's are down.

My only complaint -- which is a big one -- is that the integrated speakers on this helmet suck; big time! I've come to prefer listening to posers on the chair lift over the intolerable sounds generated by these speakers. And as far as I can tell there is no way to replace them.

Bottom line: poor quality speakers not justifying the cost of this lid.

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Anonymous wrote a review of on December 28, 2007

5 5

Nobody does down fill like MontBell! The materials used in this jack stretch to fit one's shape exactly. When you first put it on you feel all puffy like that little fat kid from South Park, CO but, within minutes, you are truly one with your winter layer.

As others have stated, at first I thought this jacket was short in the back. But this no longer bothers me; I actually like the shorter fit. I'm assuming MontBell made the shorter back so the jacket could be used under a weatherproof shell (no need to have your insulating layer hang out).

I checked out this lesser-known brand after owning a MontBell hugger sleeping bag. This jacket contains the same quality and warmth as MontBell's bags. The only downside is I never want to take it off; even indoors. Nothing quite compares to the natural warmth captured by real goose feathers! And it is nice not wearing the same brand name (Arc'teryx, Marmot, Patagonia, Mountain Hardware, The North Face) garment as everyone else at the cafe and lift line.

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Anonymous wrote a review of on December 7, 2007

5 5

These Crescent Moon shoes blew me away! The binding system is absolutely brilliant -- they fit snug on my boots, are super easy to get on and off, and are perfectly integrated with the rest of the shoe.

The Gold 10's crampon system is amazing too. But you won't notice the stainless steel teeth underfoot until the going gets tough. Sheer rock and tree roots are no match for these rugged claws.

CM's Gold 10 is probably overkill for the casual hiker looking to log a few miles. However, they are the ultimate backcountry tool -- where lightweight and foolproof equipment is absolutely critical.

These snowshoes truly earn all five stars in my book!

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Anonymous wrote a review of on November 26, 2007

4 5

This high-quality soft shell is packed with features but wears like an Ernest Shackleton reindeer parka -- very heavy and bulky. The jack has more pockets than a pool table; very annoying if you're trying to find your PB&J on a short lift ride. Don't consider this product if you're content with your minimalist shell; no reason to lug around extras you don't use or need.

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Anonymous wrote a review of on January 11, 2005

4 5

I'm a hockey coach and I purchased this jacket to wear while I'm out on the ice. I wanted something that was light, windproof, and breathable. The Gamma SV jacket is everything I needed plus it is sytlish and more flexible than other jackets I own.

I wouldn't want to rely on the Gamma SV when the temperature really dips; in extreme weather I'll take my Patagonia any day. I'm probably not comparing apples to apples here and I'm not exactly sure what this jacket was designed for (ice climbing?). I guess I was just expecting more jacket for the price I paid.

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