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Ariel Rabin

Ariel Rabin

California and Beyond.

Ariel Rabin's Passions

Fly Fishing
Hiking & Camping
Snowboarding
Running
Biking
Skiing
Climbing
Surfing

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I really like being outside...

Ariel Rabin

Ariel Rabinwrote a review of on December 31, 2013

Float over everything
5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

These skis are amazing. I've used these skis in Tahoe on deep and mixed powder days and on Cat ski trips near Nelson BC. About me, I'm 6'2", 200lbs and have the 195s mounted with Jesters. On a 4-day deep Cat trip, everyone else who were riding 115 centered pow skis were sore and tired after a couple days but I was fine because I had to work half as hard to turn... Even though these skis are HUGE, they turn on a dime with zero effort in pow. They actually are decent on groomers too, and surprisingly carve better than my ON3P Billygoats. I'm surprised Black Diamond is discontinuing them but I guess they look pretty intimidating to most people. My only complaint might be that they float almost too well, even in deep snow, you'll end up on top of the snow. Face shots are a challenge. They charge.

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Ariel Rabinwrote a review of on March 12, 2008

4 5

The mirage pants are tough, light and breathe ridiculously well. They also have huge leg zip vents for uber-octane activity but I haven't needed to use them yet. They are awesome for any alpine or wet weather adventures and have an ski/crampon abrasion pads on the inner ankle area. However, these DO NOT have any pockets and the sizing runs a little small compared to other brands (fairly comparable to Arc-T sizing though).

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Ariel Rabinwrote a review of on January 23, 2008

4 5

Westcomb makes a great jacket... The Arcane fits slimmer and better than any other insulated jacket I have ever tried on. It has amazing built in hand-covers that help out when your gloves are off on those frigid days and a great hood that looks good and stows easily (though may be small for a ski helmet). And even though this jacket is slim cut, the stretch makes this jacket super comfortable for serious movement. Its def burly enough for the mountains but also sharp enough for nights in the city - which means I rarely take it off. The only reason I haven't given this jacket a full 5-stars is that it sometimes can be too warm and mine DOES NOT have core venting... It could really use pit zips.

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Ariel Rabinwrote a review of on May 11, 2007

5 5

I've tried a variety of Gore-Tex running shoes and the Inov-8's are by the lightest I've found. These are a little heavier than the Roclites but have a stiffer sole and more aggressive tread... which I like. Could use a more cushioning insole but overall an awesome shoe. I haven't really put their waterproofing to the test yet but will do so in Patagonia in July.

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