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Ben Zonon

Ben Zonon

Alta, UT. Best snow in the world, no boarders, expert terrain. It's perfect (if only it had a terrain park).

Ben's Passions

Camping
Alpine Skiing
Surfing

Ben's Bio

All I need is some fresh powder in the morning and it doesn't matter if its 15 below 0, I'll be out there. Live for fresh snow, big air, and charging hard whether in the park or all over the mountain.

Ben Zonon

Ben Zonon wrote a review of on March 9, 2011

5 5

I've always been a fan of layering underneath a technical shell, so this jacket was absolutely perfect. The Gortex soft shell exterior is 100% waterproof, but also breathable. The best park is that the lining is fleeced unlike Gortex Pro shells so its much comfier. Hand gaiters with thumb holes, huge chest pockets, and a google cleaner are all super great to have. But the best thing about this jacket is the fit. I'm 5'11 and like my outerwear baggy so I got an XL. Even though it's pretty long (about mid-thigh) its slim so you don't like a huge tool in the backcountry with baggy stuff. Orage and JP have a real winner here...I got it in green with black orage pants...super clean combo

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Ben Zonon wrote a review of on March 9, 2011

5 5

Well, ultimately this boot didn't work out for me (ended up packing out and being too big...my fault for buying the wrong size), but while it did fit is was insane. Everyone knows about the pros of full tilt, super easy to get into and very lightweight. But what I didn't expect was the incredible control this boot gives you. Its super snug (but not tight) and the #10 flex is super super stiff. I used this boot from park to big mountain in the Alps and it performed great everywhere. Bottom line, if it fits your foot its a fantastic option for anyway looking for an alternative to 4 buckle boots.

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Ben Zonon wrote a review of on January 17, 2011

5 5

Took this ski out for the first time at a 10 day trip at Alta. Had hard pack groomer days, 4-5 inches of powder, and straight wet ice and this ski destroyed everything. Took me about 2 runs to really get it dialed in, but you can make any turn you can think of. You can smear the turn, rail on edge, and even straight-line. Durability is not the best, but thats ok. They're also super light for such a fat ski. And the graphics, beautiful. I get complimented almost every other chair lift ride. Overall, these could be a perfect one ski quiver for people who live out west/a powder ski because of the nice rocker (no chatter with these). Btw, I'm 6'0 and got the 182. Definitely the right size for anyone above like 5'8.

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Ben Zonon wrote a review of on January 17, 2011

5 5

For me these pants are perfect. I don't like a pant too insulated and not waterproof enough cause I get hot and wet. But really waterproof shell pants normally aren't warm enough in winter. Well, the 20k on these pants kept me dry in a legit rainstorm at Alta, and warm enough in below zero degree weather. The fantastic thing is that even though these pants are insulated lightly, there are four huge vents to keep you cool. If you want both waterproof and warm pants, look no further. Also, they fit fairly loose compared to more technical companies like North face, etc.

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Ben Zonon wrote a review of on December 10, 2010

3 5

I like my outerwear a bit baggy (not huge) and I'm only 5'10 so I got an XXL. It literally seemed like a medium in other companies sizes. Seemed like a fantastic jacket though and the material was super cool, very waterproof while remaining ultra stretchy. Overall though it wasn't long enough for me...

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Ben Zonon wrote a review of on December 10, 2010

5 5

What separates this pack from all the other's is first of all the absolutely killer design. Eric Pollard created another winner here and the yellow and blue straps really pop. Second of all, there are tons of straps to create a nice tight fit around your waist and chest so it doesn't flop around as you're skiing. Add in tons of nice pockets, water sleeve, and a super easy ski carrying system and you've got a fantastic backpack.

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Ben Zonon wrote a review of on November 3, 2010

2 5

These pants were pretty good hiking pants...lightweight, fairly waterproof, breathable. Unfortunately they had a really weird cut. I always were a medium and that was the right size waist with these pants, but they were soooooo long. Dragging in the mud is not fun. They also got really baggy towards the bottom, like 70's pants. Also could've used a zipper to make it easier to zip off over boots.

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Ben Zonon wrote a review of on November 3, 2010

2 5

Personally I did not like this bag at all. I have to admit that the hip belt and cables running through the pack did do a good job of displacing weight, but there are two major design flaws.
1) If the backpack is not filled all the way with whatever, the top cover keeps falling off. For example, I put my camera and glasses and things i need quickly in the top pocket, and instead of resting on the clothes that should fill the pack, it just falls off to the side or on my head. Very annoying.
2) The grey areas of the pack are like an elastic material allowing you to put rain jackets or something you might need quick in it, but after a few weeks the elasticity wears off and things keep falling off.

Alsoooo, the shoulder straps are just a bit too narrow for my liking, and do not allow enough pressure to be distributed along your shoulder blades.

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Ben Zonon wrote a review of on November 3, 2010

4 5

Just used this jacket on a 15 day trek though the Himalayas and unlike most down jacket it kept me super dry. I was also the steeziest hiker in all of India. The jacket will not keep you warm in extreme conditions if your standing still. But if its a cold, snowy day and your moving around this thing will keep you toasty!

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Ben Zonon wrote a review of on November 3, 2010

3 5

Took this bag for a 15 day trek through West Sikkim, India, and it definitely kept me mighty warm through some colder than 10 degree nights. Unfortunately the outside shell is not very good. Now I know that it is a down bag not synthetic, but my other buddies down bag stayed much dryer. Never really affected the warmth of the bag, but wasn't too fun when it froze in my bag.

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