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BrianSmuda

BrianSmuda

Mount Snow VT, Burlington VT, Connecticut River, Atlantic Ocean

BrianSmuda's Passions

Hiking & Camping
Biking
Paddling

BrianSmuda's Bio

A child stuck in an adult's body who loves to take every free second to ski, kayak, hike, camp, and just about anything else I can get my hands on outdoors. Living at Mount Snow in VT and managing two retail shops there.

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BrianSmuda

BrianSmudawrote a review of on August 19, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I've struggled over the years to find a boot that doesn't cut off circulation and make my foot cramp up and freeze. But these boots with the smart foam intuition liner is amazing. Warm, dry, high all mountain performance. Easy on and easy off for these boots. The cable system takes all of 2 minutes to get used to.

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BrianSmudawrote a review of on August 19, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I've struggled over the years to find a boot that doesn't cut off circulation and make my foot cramp up and freeze. But these boots with the smart foam intuition liner is amazing. Warm, dry, high all mountain performance. Easy on and easy off for these boots. The cable system takes all of 2 minutes to get used to. I like the all black look, it doesn't screen park rat like a lot of the other FT boots.

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BrianSmudawrote a review of on August 17, 2013

5 5

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

I've had these gloves for one whole seaosn how and can't tell much for signs of wear and tear. The gloves are great on my East Coast cold days and just too warm during spring conditions. I don't sweat in them like some of the higher end dakine gloves I've used in the past. The padding is nice to help knock branches out of the way when bombing through the woods.

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BrianSmudawrote a review of on August 17, 2013

Very Very Versatile Ski
5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

All jokes aside, this ski is a great all over the mountain. They charge and bust through the crud while holding an edge on the hardpack. Turning radius is as expected with a 97mm underfoot but still feels lively with the rocker. If you ski the East and need a ski that will handle Stratton then allow you to ski Jay on the Pow day, this is the one to go with.

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BrianSmudawrote a review of on August 17, 2013

Some of my Favorites
5 5

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

I've have three pairs of Trons over the years having known the SPY rep. They are fun sunglasses. By no means something to be taken serious. You're going to get comments. You're going to get double takes and funny looks. But that's why you buy these, right? I wear these when I ski in my gaper suit or on bluebird days. They go a long way. Good vision through the shield lens, although my eyebrows sometimes hit against the top of the frame/lens. I'd tell anybody looking for a fun sunglass to buy these.

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BrianSmudawrote a review of on August 16, 2013

5 5

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

This watch is big but still subtle enough on your wrist that it doesn't scream LOOK AT ME like some of Nixon's other surfer/skater-bro watches out there. Wear this kayaking or to the bar, wherever you go you will get a comment on it. It's nice that it has two clocks on it so if you travel or work with people in another timezone you can see what time it is there all the time for you and them. There is also a second had on the bottom right (this stopped working for me after a year). The crystal glass does scratch but not for a while. I've had this watch for 6 or 7 years and still love it. I've also bought the Nixon Automatic to class it up a bit.

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BrianSmudawrote a review of on August 16, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Same skis as last season and most all shops sold out of this ski last year. Why? Because these skis do everything. At 88mm underfoot you get enough float with the rocker in the tip and tail and then they still initiate turns effortlessly. Take them on the groomers and rip with your friends who have the Volkl AC30/RTM84 or go side by side with your friends with the Nordica EDT 84 EVO. Although the EDT 84 has a higher topend for speed and control at speed. You can take these Rossignols anywhere on the hill and love them. Get them if you wanted a one ski quiver.

This listing is for NO BINDINGS. Get the Rossignol FKS 140 or 180 or the Rossignol Axial 2 120 or 140. The Axial 2 you can get a Ti version for upgraded heel performance rather than the plastic version.

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BrianSmudawrote a review of on August 16, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I live on the East Coast and skied these skis a few times last season. The slight rocker in the tip is just enough to keep them lively and in control in chop. A full carbon frame/sheet on the top that makes an X towards the tip helps keep the edges set in the snow to avoid any chatter. Quick, snappy turns or long radius open trails, these skis can handle top speed performance. Enough flex from tip to tail to allow you to roll through the crud time to time or get if you get caught off your game you won't look silly. Bu still very torsionaly stiff to hold an edge like it's on rails. It's a quality K2 ski worth the money.

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BrianSmudawrote a review of on August 16, 2013

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

With the way ski companies are going by making fatter and fatter skis Thule needs to make a wider model again. My 6-pair rack can fit 4-5 pairs across the top of my roof due to the width of skis. Just keep that in mind if you're looking to carry six pairs on a pow day.

Also, the locks on there are great addition to their newest update. No need to spend more and install them yourself. If you need extra keys, call Thule and give them your 3-4 digit number off the lock cylinder.

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BrianSmudawrote a review of on August 16, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I've got a 2013 Subaru Outback (coming from the square bars on my 2005 Legacy Wagon) and notice that if you keep the Hull A Port on the car or when you travel with a kayak on, they can slide side to side while in motion. I can't seem to tighten these down enough to make them keep from moving. Just need to pull over once in a while to make sure the kayak is still sitting straight. I also have the older model of the H.A.P. and love it too, still a little slide on the new oval Outback bars.

New for this model is that the two main straps are a little shorter than the old model. You don't need to tie the loose ends up any longer. Happy with that. Also there is just one clamp that holds the H.A.P. to the roof rack, not two like the old model. Allows you to take them on and off a lot quicker.

All in all its a great product. It's just Subaru that doesn't have the perfect sized bar.

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