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Campo wrote a review of on December 17, 2012

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

A great all around quiver of one! Great for pretty much everything except the super deep sub-8% powder!

Charges, slashes, stomps, and does pretty much anything you want it to! In denser power, it floats just fine. In light power, it does sink in (as do 90% of the supposed "powder" skis on the market.

Go get you some!

If you ski switch and/or like the slarvy carvy, mount at +1 or +2.

The only reason I did not give it five stars is the lack of float in light powder. Still, I would not keep that fact from driving me to buy a pair of these sick ass sticks!

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Campo wrote a review of on December 13, 2010

5 5

Line should have called this ski the snow seeking missile instead of the Prophet 115, but, who am I to argue.

Me:
193#
5'8"
Aggressive skier
186cm mounted on the line with Marker Dukes

Conditions:

Everything on the map except for blower powder.

Review: This ski destroys everything in it's path. It LOVES to go straight but has no issue turning as well. It is more of a GS turn than a touring turn. It is stable in the crud, chop, three week old mank, and at the highest speed you can get it to on the groomers. It has NO speed limit. I straight lined lines I never had before and actually was wishing I could make the ski go faster...it is incredibly stable. In manky three week old chopped powder with ice underneath it was stable as anything, but, did require some effort and power to make them turn fast. I did not get to ski them in powder, so, I will supplement this review when I have a chance to ski them in the powder.

Final notes: This is a powerful ski that likes to charge. That said, it has no issue shutting down when it needs to. You have to put effort into the turns you are going to make. Definitely not a ski for a beginner, but, if you are confident and like to go fast and hard, this is the ski for you. The metal matrix makes this ski so stable torsionally it is sick. It is so easy to straight-line is these that you will be amazed. It destoys any inconsistency in front of you. The only area this ski did not excel was, fo figure, moguls.

End Note: If you are looking for a quiver of one and you tend more towards the charging than the turning, this ski is for you!

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Campo wrote a review of on March 1, 2010

5 5

Rode this three days in the last week and love it! Took some getting used to at first, especially coming from BD Zealots. But, once you are used to them, they are a ton of fun! Did some pillow busting, followed by some fast groomers and crud (yup, railed through the crud with no problem), and ended with some leftover powder stashes and drops. These skis are great and I am really glad I got them. I am 5'8", 190#, and the ski handled me just fine, even at high speed. I even got into a tuck and pointed it from top of the mountain to the bottom and they were still really responsive and playful. Definetly not that fast edge to edge on the groomers, but, at 115 underfoot they were insanely versatile and a ton of fun. I can see where some hard chargers would fine some aspects to be desired, but, if you prefer a fun, playful ski that can do it all, look no further! I mounted mine on the recommended line and they have been GREAT! They don't sink in the pow, and as a matter of fast, if you watch the tips as you go through powder fast, you can see the tips "rocker" underneeath your feet, lifting you to the surface.
All in all, a great ski!

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Campo wrote a review of on January 24, 2010

4 5

As a resort skier who trends to the side-country and easily accessed backcountry, this binding is all that I need. I do admit there is a weakness in the AFD, though I have not personally broken one (knock on wood) and I know a few people who have. If adjusted properly, they are bomber and the best binding for side-country and easily accessed backcountry. For long and/or steep tours, they are not the greatest. They could really use a longer climbing bar, as the height on the current one is not sufficient past 30 degrees. They are super easy to mount with the included template!
Still, and awesome-kick ass binding that is solid all around!

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Campo wrote a review of on January 24, 2010

5 5

I liked the Zealot because it had some stiffness with some rocker! Great in all conditions but definetly designed for powder and chopped up powder. Not what I would call a turny ski, though it was not that hard to crank out some touring turns. It was great in the powder, with the rocker lifting it up in the snow but not too much. Your body position will determine the depth. Good on groomers, but you have to have them at top speed to really get a good arcing turn out of them. Not what I would call turny on groomers, but, with enough speed they felt stable and a lot like a GS ski. Blaseted through the crud and landed drops well. Really appreciated the shoter length (182) at my height and weight (5'7"/180#). Tried them one icy bumps, and they held their own.
Awesome ski overall! A definete single quiver option if you seek powder most of the time.

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Campo wrote a review of on January 24, 2010

5 5

Another solid ski from 4Frnt!
Rode these five days so far this year and am amazed at how versatile they are in all situations. I have ridden them in sierra cement and waist deep fluff and they rock in the powder. The turning radius felt a bit longer than 28m (188), but, they could still be negotiated just fine. I took them through powdery moguls and they still rocked it. Good performance on groomers for their size. Very playful, with tips and tails that just will NOT sink! Took them out on an ice day and they held their own, but, definetly not the stick for icy conditions.
All in all, this is a awesome all-moutain ski with a serious pull towards powder!

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Campo wrote a review of on January 24, 2010

5 5

By far the best ski in 4Frnt's lineup, and perhaps one of the best (and most underrated) skis of the last three years. The dimensions have stayed the same, and for good reason, this ski is a perfect, do-it-all, mountain ripper. I have had my 2008's for two seasons now and couldn't be happier! They tour great, and very durable, are very good for the size on groomers, great in the crud, and stiff enough for most anything but with enough flex to float wonderfully in the powder. I also enjoy seeing a company making a ski in the 182-184 range. They float very well and can make long arc turns or short touring turns.

If you are looking for one ski to do it all, trust in the VCT.

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Campo wrote a review of on January 21, 2010

4 5

The Duke is a great binding, provided that you know (or a competent MARKER tech) how to set them up properly. The toe height is tricky to get perfect, especially with rockered alpine touring soles. Asides from that, these bindings are excellent! For touring, a higher heel bar would have been cool, but, this binding is not designed for multi-day tours or long, steep approaches. It is what it is marketed to be, a side-country and short-backcountry binding that performs just as well, if not better, than 90% of the alpine bindings on the market. No slop or play on the down, and they can drive any sort of ski that it will fit. I have three pairs of Dukes and a pair of Barons and so far have no complaints!

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Campo wrote a review of on November 26, 2008

4 5

Well, what can I say that has not already been said! This ski is great! As excellent on groomers and hardpack as a 100+ waisted ski can be, excellent in the chop and crud, and it tears apart any sort of powder you can throw at it. So far I have had it in a variety of situations and cannot say enough good about it. I also aired off a small wind pillow only to land in a small rock field. While the bases definetly needed a tune afterwards, there were NO core shots and the edges took the abuse like a champ! After the tune, the looked and skied like new! One thing that I don't like about them is they are a little planky feeling, though this might be due to my mount point (on the recommended line). All in all, if you are looking for ONE ski to do it all, the VCT is the ticket! They ski a little short, so, go up a size if you plan on using them in soft snow. They are pretty responsive edge to edge for a 100+ ski, but, still retain float!

It doesn't get much better than the VCT!

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Campo wrote a review of on November 13, 2008

5 5

Ok, these boots are awesome, but, they DO take some teaking to get them right where you need them in terms of fit. First, measure your foots length in terms of centimeters. Place a piece of paper against a wall, then, place your heel against the same wall and slowly put your foot down on the piece of paper. You want to BE SURE that the paper is flush with the wall, or else, your sizing could be off. Then, mark the end of your longest toe and measure the length in centimeters. This is nowhere near as accurate as shell fitting, but, if you are looking here at Backcountry, you can't shell fit, now can you. The volume can be tricky to take care of. Once I got mine, I saw a professional boot fitter and got custom footbeds made and that was that. Great boots, great touring mode...top notch all around.

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Campo wrote a review of on September 11, 2007

4 5

Excellent rope. The impact force is really low, which makes long whippers more comfortable. However, be prepared for higher than normal elongation...this rope likes to stretch during a fall.
The sheath is pretty durable, but, will still fray up if you climb in an area prone to trashing ropes.
It handles very well and goes through a grigri without a problem.
Overall, the only thing this rope leaves desirable is a little better durability in the sheath. Still...one of the best ropes I have ever owned.

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