Brian G. Sweeney

Brian G. Sweeney

New England

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Brian's Passions

Alpine Touring
Backpacking
Alpine Skiing
Kayaking

Brian's Bio

5.5 years studying Computer Science and all I really want to do is hang around in the woods - camping hiking skiing kayaking canoeing - you name it.

Backcountry Stoke:
1water1coffee1beer.com

And, giving back to the community:
https://market.android.com/details?id=com.briangerardsweeney.odat

Brian G. Sweeney

Brian G. Sweeney wrote an answer about on September 18, 2013

Would you recommend this over the Marker...

Would you recommend this over the Marker Lord? Is the Lord supported by the CAST system yet? I know you emailed me about this, but the website does not list it as a compatible binding (I know you said the website is getting some work done - just want to be sure).

Thanks again for the tips - I basically was too terrified to continue backcountry skiing last spring after tumbling 800 vertical feet and having my girlfriend watch me cartwheel past two huge rocks.

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Brian G. Sweeney wrote a review of on April 30, 2013

5 5

I basically love this pack, but have observed two serious problems that seem easy to fix for future revisions:

1: My ski bindings tore a hole in the fabric while I was carrying the skis diagonally. Something tougher probably needs to go there.

2: The bungee cord used to secure the ice ax at the top is too flimsy. I recently took a long fall and my ice ax nearly put my eye out after it came unhooked on the way down. Maybe a velcro strap? Check out BD Predator, that thing has a great ice ax carry system.

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Brian G. Sweeney wrote a review of on December 9, 2012

Daily Driver
5 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

These are going to be my new 50/50, / daily driver, and less than epic conditions touring ski. I had a pair of Black Diamond Havocs in the 185cm which I had been using to fill this roll, but they finally succumbed to the wear and tear of being a daily driver, so I took the excuse to buy something with a modern geometry. I went with the 181cm as a compromise for tree skiing and touring weight. You should note that the radius increases to 25m at 192. Were it not for the weight savings, I think I'd have preferred the big radius.

(Full review here: http://www.briangerardsweeney.com/2012/12/winter-readiness-daily-driver.html)

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Brian G. Sweeney wrote a review of on December 9, 2012

Skip the adapter kits...
1 5

You can just belt sand some of the extra material off the bottom of the plastic nuts and it will give you enough extra room to use the included hardware. I've done this successfully with my Xterra factory crossbars and an old Mountaineer. See details here: http://www.briangerardsweeney.com/2012/12/winter-readiness-thule-mountaineer-on.html

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Brian G. Sweeney wrote an answer about on December 3, 2012

My friend and I just concluded our searches for a good 50/50 ski. I ended up with the Hardsides, he ended up with the Bonafides. Both are more than competent on hardpack. I like the 23 m radius of the hardside. Bonafide is shorter i believe. Managed to find some light pow and the K2s performed well but i've yet to really push them into anything truly deep. They manage bumps well too. Havent hit the woods yet, not enough snow out here.

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Brian G. Sweeney wrote a review of on May 19, 2012

2 5

I got these for a pair of Voile Drifters and the tip loop tore out of the skin on mile 1.5 of a 5 day hut trip. I have know idea what I managed to screw up but the 3 screws tore straight out of the material. BD has covered under warranty all of the random parts I've broke over the years so ill probably just email them and see what they say.

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Brian G. Sweeney wrote a review of on April 4, 2012

5 5

These literally do everything!

For context:
I'm 6'1", 180lbs. I got the 192s and mounted them with DynaDuke swap plates right on the line and have skied them with Dynafit FT12s and Marker Dukes. For boots I've used BD Factor 130s with a World Cup Booster Strap. I left the factory tune (whatever it is) - its decent, but i might put a 1 degree base / 2 degree side edge next year.

They totally dominate east coast hardpack. They don't really pop out of a turn as much as a race ski, but they have excellent edge hold. You can really get some good angles and hold an edge through huge fast turns. The 192 sometimes feels a bit unwieldy in east coast woods, but it's definitely manageable. I'v found I can ski pretty much all but the hardest of bumps with these skis. The large radius really lets you get after it in the steeps. This is the longest turning ski I've ridden and I'm totally sold on this shape. They're burly enough to plow through wet, heavy snow and bust through rain and sun crusts and damp enough to just blast straight over crud and chop. I have not skied any real blower powder on these yet. I did ski some high density fresh and they did really well. I'm really thinking that these will be my go-to skis for basically everything except deep powder days and early season / pre-season. Basically if you ski them with confidence, they'll do whatever you want.

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