Crested Butte, CO
It sounds like you will want to do mainly off-piste skiing, and for that I think the S7s will suit you well. I have S7s, they are my only pair of skis, and I adore them. I ski Telluride, Powderhorn, Alta, and Crested Butte and I wouldn't trade them for anything. In the 168cm length the S7's dimensions are as follows: 136/105/114. In the 178s they are 140/110/118. Even mounted forwards, you will find the 178s to be quite a lot of ski. Probably too much. My guess is that you would be fine on the 168s. You may need to "grow into them" a little, but based on how quickly you're learning, I think you'd find them a fun, stable ride, especially if you already like the Rossignol "flavor", so to speak.
As far as bindings go, get whatever you want. Your height and weight would not have you reaching the upper DIN settings that would require super burly bindings. With boots, it depends on how aggressively you want to ski, but most importantly get something that is VERY snug, but not painful. You will need to sit down and try on half a dozen pairs at least. This is where an experienced boot retailer comes in handy. A good retailer will also be able to adjust the cuff alignment for you, and that's really important. Boots are the place where spending too much and getting something that fits, is comfortable, and works for you is better than trying to save and getting something that doesn't fit and hurts. You'll end up spending even more money later.
I don't keep a large quiver of skis. My S7s are my only pair. They're good in the bumps, carve like they're on rails, and could not be more fun in the powder. They are stable, confidence boosting skis, best suited for an advanced skier. In one day they changed the way I ski. I was skiing harder and faster and having more fun than ever before. Love love love them. I am a female, 5'7", 150 lbs, and I am happily skiing the 178s. SO glad I didn't go for a size smaller, especially because the 168s are also narrower under foot.
Love. This. Bag. It is definitely an all around go-to bag, because, lets face it, a roller bag is sometimes a real pain. I've taken this bag on numerous car camping and international travel trips. I carried it all over Peru, then to Florida, and then another separate trip to London. It has been in the hands of airline personnel more times than I'd ever be comfortable with and does not show a bit of wear. The backpack straps are incredibly useful, and it has good sturdy handles on both ends and the top. The straps pack up into their own pocket, and the whole bag packs up into one of its pockets as well. The lid is nice an large, so there's no having to dig around in it, the zipper is burly, and the compression straps both compress and give extra security in addition to the zipper. Don't go crazy packing it to the limit if you want to take it as a carry-on. It's a little too big for the over head bin when it's at max capacity.
I bought the KEEN Targhee II a couple years ago and love them. Super comfortable, wide toe box, no break in time, rugged, and genuinely waterproof. I sill have them and use them. My only complaint about them is that perhaps they are a little hot, but this is expected with a waterproof shoe. As the other reviewers mentioned, I usually wear a size 8 to an 8.5, and in the Targhees I was a size 9. When I saw the Targhees were on sale a few weeks ago, I decided to pick up another pair and figured another size 9 would be fine. These 9s are significantly bigger than my old 9s. They are at least a half size, perhaps even a full size larger than my old ones. Perhaps KEEN has changed the sizing on these shoes. I would now say they ran true to size.
his is very close to a terrycloth towel, but is not just like one. However, after a couple uses and one washing I have really begun to prefer it over a terrycloth towel. Unlike a cotton towel, this towel actuals leaves me DRY, not damp dry, and it continues to be able to dry me when it itself is still wet, which never happens because it air dries in an hour.
I can see how some might find this towel "grabby", and it was when it was brand new, but after one washing it lost a lot of that feeling. It doesn't drag across your skin the way a terrycloth towel does, but it's still very soft (much softer than those chamois towels that REI and MSR sell) and I found it very easy to get used to.
I bought the XL for use as a full-coverage bath towel. When packed, it is a fraction of the size of an equivalent sized cotton towel. I don't bother with the mesh stuff sack, as I find it difficult to get the towel back into it- too small.
I originally purchased the 20" wide (standard size regular). I'm a side-sleeper, and I rolled off it or felt like I was about to roll off it all night long. Had a pretty miserable night, really. Sent it back and ordered the size large (25" wide). Those 5 inches made all the difference in the world. Slept like the dead. Didn't need any time to get used to it. It's 5 oz heavier and that's 5 oz I will happily accept since it's still a full pound lighter than my old SynMat.
The trick to it, since it's a real air mat, is to blow it up first thing when you make camp, allowing the air in it time to cool and condense. Then when you go to bed put a couple more puffs into it and it'll stay well inflated all night long.
I'm small chested (A-cup) and, lets be honest, I never need the sort of support that is required for larger chested women. Ever. This bra is comfortable and unbinding. I never find myself trying to stretch it out or itch underneath it. The fabric is very thin, so it breathes well and dries fast, and because it doesn't have cups built into the it, it doesn't pucker. I wear a 34A and am a comfortable size medium is this bra.
This is my 3rd summer with this tent. I think I've probably spent the equivalent of three months in this tent. It's been through every possible sort of weather from baking hot, to heavy winds, driving rain, hail, and some snow. Especially for an inexpensive tent it has held up so impressively. It is small, a kinda heavy, but I've become awfully fond of it.
I love these skis. They blow through all conditions without any problem, no getting deflected, no nose-dives. They are light and lively. Easy for me (a tall skinny girl) to pick up and flip around in narrow steep spots. I don't get bucked landing airs. Awesome in the moguls. Their only shortfall is that they're kinda scary on icy groomed hard pack, but that's not what they're made for. Also, I ski on one of the rockiest mountains ever- Crested Butte, CO- and the bottom sheet and edges are holding up great.
I was a little concerned about the length (possibly too short) so I mounted them +1. I'm very happy. Discuss it with the shop you have do the mounting.
I don't take these out on big wet powder days (got uber-gloves for those days), but I do wear them if it is at all warm and sunny (generally at or above freezing) and really like them. Breathable. Mostly waterproof (like I said, not bomber enough for storms). Keeps my hands cool and dry. I often will bring along a pair of glove liners just in case it's colder up there than I anticipated- they layer well with the liners. I lost my last pair near the end of the season. I like them enough that I'll get another pair.
You really should get your foot sized at a boot shop and try a few sizes on. I wear a size 8 1/2 shoe, but my ski boots are 24s (the equivalent of a 7). My guess is that you'll actually be closer to a 26.5.
Love these pants. Comfortable with a big wide waist band and stretchy fabric. I work outside at a ski resort and it gets incredibly cold and these help drastically with keeping my legs warm. The snug fit and boot cut is great because they fit under my ski pants and over my ski boots so I can stay warm without having them bunching in the boot.
The stitching on the pair I received this year is black.
Super stretchy, soft, and supple. Wicks moisture away well. I'm definitely getting another one. I'm 5'6" and 125lbs and a small fits well- not too tight, and tailored so it's not baggy around the waist.
I pretty much live in mine. So comfortable, and flexible. The high collar is really nice on cold days and the long zipper makes for easy on and off and more ventilation. The sleeves are very long to begin with, but mine have shrunk a little in the wash. The sleeves are also a little looser than other brands that make similar products and that's nice for getting layers on under it. Over all I think it runs just a little big. I go between small and medium from brand to brand and I'm a small in this one.
Great jacket. I used to hem and haw about whether or not to bring my rain coat on day hikes because it was heavy and bulky. Not anymore. This rain coat is so thin and light that there's no reason not to bring it and it is absolutely positively waterproof. The only thing is that it can sometimes be a little stuffy, as it appears to me to be akin to wearing a really durable plastic bag.
I think it's about true to size to maybe a touch on the big side. I'm 5'6" and 130lbs and I have a size small. It's just a little snug when I have two thin layers (a t-shirt or tank top and thin fleece) on under it. I probably would have more room in a medium without it being huge, but this was, for me, strictly a summer garment so I stuck with the small. Hope that helps.
Does the job it's designed to do and does it well. Keeps your drinks HOT and is spill-proof. Just toss it in and don't worry about it. Mine already has a couple dents in it, so the outer construction could be a little more rugged, but it still works perfect.
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