Brian Dobias

Brian Dobias

Little Cottonwood Canyon, UT

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Brian's Passions

Hiking & Camping
Running
Biking
Snowshoeing
Skiing

Brian's Bio

In the Winter I like to backcountry telemark ski and skate ski. In the Summer I like to race off road triathlons and backpack.

Brian Dobias

Brian Dobias wrote a review of on February 5, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

4frnt built an amazing ski that has the shape and width to float bottomless pow but also made it stiff enough to handle the variable snow conditions that you are going to run into. I wasn't sure of the ski at first because i thought it would be too stiff of a powder ski but 4 "powder" days at snowbird have made me realize how great of a ski it is. 1 of the days had a rime crust and these skis powered through it with the full rocker making it easy to turn. One day was wind affected and the stiffness of the skis really helped with the variable snow. The 2 deep days were a blast with these skis easily floating through the snow.

The skis come with a flat base that has a nice structure edge to edge tuned by twin peaks repair shop in Utah. This is a big deal if you are currently on another pair of independently made skis where the bases are usually not flat. Thank you 4frnt for putting in the time and effort to make a flat ski.

This ski now comes with a plastic piece on the tail which you can file to make skin attachment secure.

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Brian Dobias wrote an answer about on September 18, 2013

The Freedom has a better touring mode which gives the rider a much greater range of motion when hiking. The Freeride is a heavier binding used more for resort skiing and because of the binding plate can be switched between different skis.

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Brian Dobias wrote a review of on January 28, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I have the Salomon RS Carbon the first skate ski boots that i found to fit snug before i was on the Atomic Sport pro which let my foot swim too much in the boot Having a skate ski boot that is light and gives me control of the ski has vastly improved my skate ski times.

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Brian Dobias wrote a review of on January 28, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This watch is truly amazing. Easy to use for how much data it can provide. The tri strap does have it sit slightly higher than the standard strap but it doesn't seem that high off of my wrist. The one concern is that it could potentially be knocked off the tri strap in a race.

It works great and accurately in the pool, the handle bar attachment has not fallen off my mountain bike or come loose at all. I love this watch. It is giving me the data i need to take my training to the next level.

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Brian Dobias wrote a review of on June 8, 2012

3 5

The first Honey Stinger Ginsting I had I almost threw up. But I had bought a box so I wasn't going to let them go to waste. On my second race with these I had become used to them and was able to put three down successfully. They do their job at preventing bonking and i like the taste a little better than Gu.

They are honey so they consistency is a little lighter than the Gu. Like most gels try and make sure you finish every last drop before you throw it in your pack or in your bike shorts or you will have honey all over your stuff.

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Brian Dobias wrote a review of on June 8, 2012

5 5

I was having hip bursitis issues and pain in my heel from running and was worried I would have to take 2-3 months off of running to let these issues heal. I did some physical therapy for 2 weeks and bought a pair of Hokas, I am now able to run pain free. The Hokas are amazing. For the size of the sole they are incredibly light and for how high they are off of the ground they are really stable. My favorite part of these shoes is the recovery i have after running in them, my legs recover much faster then in my barefoot shoes.

They look a little funny but if you are tough enough to do a 50 miler then you can endure peoples comments about how you look like a Bratz Doll.

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Brian Dobias wrote a review of on June 8, 2012

5 5

I have been trying several trail running shoes this summer for Xterra racing. Ive tried the Hoka, Merrell trail glove and the MT110. The MT110 shoes are my favorite for racing, they provide enough protection for running fast downhill while being incredibly light and fast. I like the Hokas for running long distance and steep trails but they dont feel fast enough to race a 10k in, I like the minimal feel of the trail glove but when the trail is rocky or really steep I prefer a little more protection. The MT110 is the perfect combination of a low rise minimal shoe with the right amount of underfoot protection that is lightweight.

I did get some blisters the first time i ran 10k in these so there is a break in period.

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