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BG20 wrote an answer about on December 9, 2013

I think the real question is: What bindings and boots do you plan on using?

For instance:
Plum Bindings + La Sportiva Spitfire Boots + Verdicts = Huh?
The Verdict's raw power will literally scare the boots and bindings off the ski.

But...

Salomon Guardian Bindings + BD Factors + Verdicts = Bliss and sore hip flexors (worth it!)

I have Verdicts with black diamond factor boots and marker barrons for short tours and in-bounds skiing. I absolutely love the setup. I'm not a super athlete, but I'm no couch potato either and I think they're worth the extra weight. This setup just never limits my skiing. I've toured all day with this setup and it was fine.

Sure the verdicts are heavy but so are my bindings and boots. If you're carrying burly boots and bindings you'll want a ski that can handle them otherwise there's little point to the extra weight.

I have another setup for touring (BD Aspects, Dynafit Verticals, and Scarpa Maestrales). For really long tours they're good. I always have to dial it back though otherwise I can ski through the equipment.

Is that helpful?
I'm 150 lbs, 6' tall, and ski the 180's.

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BG20

BG20 wrote a review of on September 7, 2012

5 5

Let me preface this with the fact that I live in the southwest where bullet proof soil and dry conditions mean deep tread does nothing to enhance grip ... if I lived in a muddy place I might worry about grip.

Anyways these shoes are very comfortable and insanely light.

I ordered a half size up and that was perfect. Slightly warmer than expected due to the fact that the top doesn't have any mesh.

The shoes collapse down to just the soles so they're very compact. These shoes are great for squeezing into carry-ons ... but they're happiest pretending their not on your feet ... every once and a while I have to check to make sure they're still there. Plenty of support for this category.

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BG20 wrote a review of on September 7, 2012

5 5

These shoes are simply the best. I've had three pairs. In between I've had two other shoe types. One of which was the La Sportiva Solutions which are ultra aggressive. Yes, the Solutions climb harder for super technical things. For me, the Solutions are viciously uncomfortable and on easier climbs never let you relax. The Mythos climb almost just as hard and are very durable. I mean, like, wear them to the office comfortable.

I wear a size 12 - 12.5 in la sportiva running shoes and boots. My feet are giant, but skinny, so I buy the size 10 in WOMEN's of this shoe. The mens version of this shoe in this size are too wide for me.

I climb up to 5.12 sport and boulder V6 (if I'm lucky). Not including this because I think that's amazing ... just so you know my perspective.

The only reason I would consider another shoe is to get velcro.

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BG20 wrote a review of on January 29, 2012

5 5

FANTASTIC: I'm 150 lbs, 6'0" and wear 30x32's. They're a touch tighter than I'm used to but they loosen up a bit as you wear them. Thank you for two pockets! A lot of outdoor pants only have one back pocket on the right side which really annoys me as a lefty. I do wish, however, that they didn't have the seam located mid-thigh. Not because it chafes, mostly because it screams "Oh hi there! ... yeah, no, I'm not a casual pant; I'm an outdoor pant. I look convertible, but I'm not. Either way, I'm a little dorky." Without that seam you wouldn't know these were outdoor pants until you touched them ...

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BG20 wrote a review of on January 29, 2012

3 5

I'm 6'0" 150 lbs.

I have the Prana Stretch Zion and Axiom Jean in 30x32 and they are PERFECT. Was hoping these would also be perfect. Not so :( The 30x32 version of these are good in the legs if not a little too snug (but my legs are skinny) but sadly they SUPER tight in the waist and and eh'hem other areas. The 32x32's are like a pair of oversized sweat pants in comparison. I got the 32x32's and washed the in hot hot water and dried on super-duper and they're OK ... but still disappointing compared to the Zion and the Axiom. :( :( double frown for prana for this weird sizing. Otherwise, they would be great. They are made from a very thin and soft fabric.

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BG20 wrote a review of on July 9, 2011

5 5

6' 150lbs - Size Medium

Pretty much perfect.
Uber light. Tough (extremely tough for its weight).
LOVE the removable foam inserts for keeping this tucked under your harness.
Highly breathable.
High cost but it's worth it.

I also use this as a rain jacket because it's so light and breathable. My go to jacket for almost every trip. "Compresses" to nothing.

I sort of wish it had a collar like the Theta, but i understand that adds weight without adding much more functionality.

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BG20 wrote an answer about on July 9, 2011

This jacket can definitely be a great rain jacket (it has essentially no insulation whatsoever). The Theta SL doesn't breath as nicely as true 3 layer gore tex (it's "PacLite") and isn't nearly as durable. If you leave an SL at the bottom of your pack folded the same way long enough it will wear through just from wiggling around.

However, I have this jacket and an Alpha LT which is considerable thinner and weighs ~120 grams less. My Alpha LT serves as my rain jacket and a lighter more packable alternative. My Theta is a tougher ski jacket. The only thing about the Alpha LT is that is doesn't have a collar like the Theta and is a bit shorter. Both options are very light though. I just live in New Mexico where I pull a rain jacket out of my packet one every 2 years.

That being said, you can't go wrong either way ... except with the SL ... GoreTex PacLite is meh IMO.

Oh, hey ... Dean Whitehead agrees ... Alpha LT all the way.

If you're a climber the Alpha LT kicks ass with its little removable foam inserts that keep it from pulling through your harness.

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BG20 wrote a review of on July 9, 2011

5 5

For those looking for a comfortable harness for sport, apline, ice, trad ... anything ... look no further.

My only complaints are that the leg loops to require re-cinching occasionally and the back "haul-loop" / chalk bag hanger could be beefier with a real belay loop.

Packs to nothing. Feels like nothing. After buying, your wallet will have nothing.

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BG20 wrote a review of on July 9, 2011

5 5

Great boots!

I'm light (150lbs) but ski hard. I have very narrow big feet and a very narrow heal. These boots ultra tight in the health cup area and I'm certain the people with normal width or wide feet would be absolutely miserable in these. The toe box is also tight ... but is designed for more normal feet.

Their stiffness is rated at 130, but I think that's a bit optimistic. It's not a racing boot, but more than adequate for almost all purposes.

Haven't broken anything on the boot yet. They seem rather stout. I wouldn't recommend switching to walk mode while leaning forward as it seems to place undue stress on the weakest part of the boot ... but no problems so far.

Love the cinch string crank BOA closure business. Not sure how I lived without it.

P.s. this boot is more for slack country. it's too heavy for long tours but can stand up to the abuse of resort skiing. This is exactly what I wanted though, so it's perfect for me.

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BG20 wrote an answer about on July 9, 2011

Haven't skied the Kilowatts but the Verdicts are going to be a very versatile ski for you. I think your weight and height will help control these skis nicely, but the Verdicts are not really a beginner ski ... not at all. You have to ski them hard and good carving skills are essential in order to have a good time on these.

I would be sure to either de-tune your Verdicts (or have someone do it for you ... which takes about 30 seconds and should be free even a pro shop). The tips and tails are very grabby at low speeds.

I would also recommend against the Diamir Freerides. These are heavy skis, you're heavy, and it sounds like you're going to beat them up. Freerides don't offer the best control and have some delicate parts in my opinion. I'd get some Marker Barons (or similar) unless you absolutely need to have the ability to unlock your heals without taking off the ski. The Barons will offer a lot more control and are simliar in weight to the Freerides.

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BG20

BG20 wrote a review of on July 9, 2011

4 5

These skis are stellar! The only reason I didn't give them 5 stars is because they're a little crude. You really have to ski them hard all the time ... otherwise ... they do nothing and are downright boring an unpleasant. But if you're willing to put in the effort they'll allow you to pull off lines you wouldn't think possible.

I'm 6' and weigh about 150 lbs ... very light ... heavier skiers might tell a different story.
I went with the 180's w/ a set of Marker Barons.

I'm a strong, experienced skier. I don't huck 50ft cliffs but can ski pretty much anything in or out of bounds, aggressively at higher speeds.

If you're looking for a ski that will take it easy on you and make life easier ... look elsewhere. If you're looking for a ski that will help you rip up anything at very high speed ... these are great.

The verdicts can handle anything you throw at them at just about any speed. They prefer high speeds and strong direction. I de-tuned the tips and tails a bit because I wanted to be able turn at speeds below 50 mph on hard pack.

From hard pack to powder performance is great; they're a little stiff for deep powder but they're versatility is quite impressive in my opinion.

Baby powder your privates and hang on for a rippin ride. When you open these up you'll be amazed.

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