Ben Rad

Ben Rad

Telluride, Silverton, Angel Fire, Wolf Creek

Ben Rad

Ben Rad wrote a question about on May 16, 2014

I am considering buying the 7mm for ski rappels, I usually maintain pretty good rope protection when I can. I want something really light because this rope is in my pack all day. I just don't want to buy this rope and I give it a core shot right away because of the sheath. Not concerned with strength or size. Cheers!

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Ben Rad wrote a review of on March 10, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size

So I have worn about a dozen different brand and style of socks. I have written probably five sock reviews. These socks are my favorite, I also have the same with the ultralite but not my favorite. First off I use these socks knowing the durability is not that great, they feel like all wool that is sewn very sparingly which will allow to wear quickly. But the way I see it if I get 70 days out of them then that is cool. So I finished a trip to Jackson area three weeks ago and came back and thought I lost these so I immediately ordered another pair after going thru all my clothes, sure enough found the sock but shows how important they are. I have always rocked ultralite socks, when I tried the lite smartwool last year it was a disaster so kept to ultra, then I decided to give these a shot this season. Absolutely loved them, they maybe fit and wouldn't have last year due to packing out not sure. They are just the most comfortable (left/right seemless stitching), softest (thick but highly compressible wool), warmest, padding in the right areas, super warm toe box. Also love the grasshopper color scheme. My go to socks especially with my touring boots.

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Ben Rad wrote a review of on February 3, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: Runs small

I am 5'9" and 135#, skinny athletic build. Always stuck between small and med, usually always get a small in base layer. First got small, I felt it fit my skinny body very well but the crotch was tight in my junk, who knows maybe it would have stretched out a bit. Returned and got the medium, looser fit throughout the body but fit my height well. From my experience rab has weird sizing. Wanted to give it four stars because of sizing but love the piece to much!

I love this baselayer because I travel a lot and tour. Therefore unlike other one pieces that are stinky after one day (maybe a couple days with wool) this one is good for tens of days, because it is farmer john build which doesn't go to underarms and when you wear underwear your stink is separated. It is also the most efficient weight to warmth with a farmer john. Therefore just throw a med base layer top and you are set. My most used piece of clothing in the winter. Also the material is very comfortable, warm, breaths, takes moisture very well.

So what's up with all these high end baselayers having the stupid chest pocket (this one does)?? For a while I go out of my way to buy without one (when I was comparing zip t from icebreaker to smartwool I leaned towards smartwool one of the reasons because didn't have one). Well I finally found a great use for that pocket. When stuck overnight in the backcountry I was able to use it to warm things up like my frozen orange, frozen phone so I could get 911 calls. Total life saver, so it can be used as a little oven other than that don't know any other purposeful uses.

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Ben Rad wrote a review of on January 28, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I bought these skis for a one quiver setup, traveling. Put dynafit radical. I am comparing them to seven other skis I ride including amperage and convert. Thought it was gonna tour a 5 out of 10 but seemed more like a 8 out of 10. This ski can do it all I love it. Shorter tours, fast carving, charger, backwards, crud, sidecountry, bumps. Was also surprised because not too impressed with the amps (except in powder) and converts. Haven't really got a good test in powder but I feel it will handle as expected and I don't ski park.

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Ben Rad wrote a review of on November 3, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

First off my boots are tight, all of them. I had three pairs of these over the last two seasons. Every time I would try to add a different sock to the cycle I didn't like them. These are super thin, which can be hard to find. They are ready for the abuse!They are warm for being so thin! They don't stink! So I still haven't found my ski socks of old so I decided to try some new ones out (mostly only tried smartwool in past and wasn't happy), so far this season I have tried three different brands (Patagonia, Stoic, and Darn socks), must say I think I like all three more than the bridgedale (even tho still not as thin). Today I skied in the Patagonia ultra thin ski soft and very impressed. Still can't hate on the bridgedale, each pair has 50+ days and no signs of wear and I think when I get back in my alpine boots I will search harder for those thin socks.

Also the bridgedale are the lowest on my calfs.

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Ben Rad wrote a review of on November 3, 2013

Sizing is off on height, fav baselayer
5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I bought last years model on sale this year, was told they are the same. First bought the small and while waiting the quantity of medium was only a couple. So I ordered also a med because I was worried about height on sizing. The small said up to 5'6" and I am 5'9" plus and 140#. I wanted to try one of these but didn't want them riding up my crotch. Once the small arrived and tried it on I new it was a fit. It even some room to spare at my jewels but also all around (not too much). I would think the small would fit up to 5'10"+ if you are skinny. Never even put on the medium.

Comparing to my capilene 4 one piece, rab ps farmer john, and all my other baselayers are smartwool. It is not the warmest but still warm. Some cons are that it stinks easy (maybe that is just me since I always stink). Some pros are the #2 and #1 are user friendly (helpful when you work on mountain all day), no hood (even tho I love my capilene hood on cold windy days), 3/4 pant is way to go with ski boots. Not the easiest to get in and out of but who cares if you don't need to until you are done.

Airblaster please make wool ones with different thickness, w/o hood and 3/4 legs. Overall great work, my favorite baselayer.

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Ben Rad wrote a question about on October 23, 2013

I own a pair of radical st bindings and looking for an additional pair. I like the idea here of less money and less weight with equivalent performance. My biggest concern is safety being attached to the ski. Say I take a gnarly crash or in avalanche (using abs backpack) would the skis be dangerous flying around me. In an avalanche I would assume they would act like an anchor attached to my feet. What if they hit my head and knock me out? What if they cut my blow up?

Second concern is rear plate seems narrower than the st, and I am going to mount on 110 wide skis. I am 135lbs and the skis have thick wood so plenty to bite to. Could this be a problem?

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Ben Rad wrote a review of on July 12, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I own the NRS Tyrant, the czar's little brother ( I am only 135 pounds). Since then I have ridden a naish and badfish and must say the stability on this board is significantly greater. Next year I will sell my NRS and buy this board and hopefully a surf designated board. But it is slower than my NRS and slower maneuverability and worse surfer. But when I was surfing I got side surfed and was able to stabilize on side tube and got out still standing, not a chance on my tyrant but the tyrant holds in the wave better. Overall best whitewater down river board I have been on.

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Ben Rad wrote a review of on June 7, 2013

5 5

These tights rock! I have never worn them biking or running but wore a bit with warm days skiing and use as a raft guide in class 2/3 waters. They fit well, I went to the smaller size and got a small just to make sure I had a lasting waste. They dry out faster or equal to my boardshorts and add a little insulation and knee protection. The only annoyance I have is with the backpocket since I never use it and sometimes while driving the truck it annoys me a bit. Other than that these provide a little bit of warmth and comfort.

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Ben Rad wrote a review of on March 6, 2013

4 5

I do like the undies! BUT... they do never smell bad, I mean never but they always and that is always have their own distinct smell which reminds me of peanut butter. So no matter what they have that same smell whether it has been three days in a row of shredding gnar or just out of the washer. Only other item that isn't a complaint is the material is not super comfortable, when compared to tarramar, rei, nike, stoic the other brands materials are just softer and more cozy. But they hold up well, everything still fits really well they do very well with moisture. So overall if you want a pair to last a long time and work very well these are great. I would probably not buy again.

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Ben Rad wrote a review of on February 12, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Love these things in powder. They float well, fast, fun, bouncy, light. I have them on Dynafit Radical FT, they also tour very well. Don't care for them much on groomers or moguls, haven't hit other terrain. When I toured to work one day I continued to ride them as a patroller. I ended up pulling a tobaggon with a large person down moguls and was nervous but they did good. Lots of edge to stop and control but was way more difficult going edge to edge turning since they are so wide and parabolic.

I am 5'9" and 135 lbs, bought the 175 cm, I am happy with the decision yea a shorter ski is better in the tight trees but the extra length is great for fat landings and touring.

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Ben Rad wrote a review of on February 12, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Overall I love this boot, tours great and skis similar to my langes. Fit is good, I have a lot of room in my toe box, only slightly problametic area is the outside anke but my ankle bones stick out. Not bad enough to have worked on. If they don't fit well I would guess they would be a pain to work especially since grinding is out of the picture. The rear latch gets stuck at times, so I cleaned the burrs that formed and is still a PITA to unlatch in rear, it might also be I have them clamped down super tight and unlatch for chairlifts. Another complaint is that it is not easy to take liner in and out if you switch footbeds. Overall they ski just as stiff as my langes but with more vertical feel, insanely light, moderatly comfortable, warm. What more can you ask for but an improved latch, replaceable bottom soles and a cheaper price!

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