All I can say is, if you are looking for a deep pow ski get them while they last!!! I would warn the buyer straight away you want a 8+inch day to break these babies out, luckily this season in the PNW has provided a ton of them. In addition the ARG is designed for one thing and one thing only, powder skiing (if you looking for a 1 ski quiver there are a ton of great skis, many listed below).
It is truly amazing and different how this ski rides in powder. I state this from a perspective from someone who owns way to many skis and demoed many many more. Currently in my quiver includes the Atomic Benchetlers, Nordica Patrons, and even next years Armada Bubba (Fatter JJ). Though all of these skies listed and even the JJ (and many others) are more then enough for a deep powder day, making skiing pow effortless and fun the ARG provides such a noticeable different experience. The biggest difference is in the float, though all the skis listed have great float the ARG feeling of surfing is so much greater. The other big difference is in the pivot of the ski, again all the skis listed turn quite well, but the ARG is on a swivel. The ARG makes tight tree turns at speed effortless and dumping speed in those needed situations is so easy to do (I'm 5'6 155lb on a 185 ski). The reverse sidecut design seems to have faded a good deal since McConkey's introduction but after spending time on the ARGs I can tell anyone looking for that deep pow day ski it provides an experience that you will want over and over again.
P.S. I know there are several reviews in the past discussing how they ARGs ride when getting back to the lift, honestly if your good enough to ride these skis making turns on the groomer to get back to the lift or the track to get out to the run is not an issue.
I meant does it have pit zips...thanks.
Does this jacket have put zips? Is the soft shell truly that much softer than the Gortex Pro Shell three layer?
Honestly if you are looking for a lock, look no further. Not to take anything away from the other locks out there but there is no comparison. The 2 key facts that make this lock king are;
1 - 50in wire is more then enough to keep you covered
2 - This is a serious wire, if someone is looking to steal the wire is a huge pain to work though in comparison to the unprotected and flimsy wires of the other locks out there
3 - Keys is better then Codes
Overall a great system and carrying it in your jacket is cake and does not get in the way
Thanks for the info Paul. I already have a very solid inbounds/side country set up. These would be for 100% backcountry and it sounds like a great choice.
Tried these on the other day and really was impressed. Though in the shop the flex did not concern me all that much, I am wondering from those who have toured with them, is this boot stiff enough to drive a 115 waisted ski? I am not a hard charger and prefer shorter turns and being more playful in the pow.
The Ledge is a very solid ski for the intermediate park skier and a great frontside ripper. They will turn on a dime and due to their Volkl construction, can rail down the slopes at high speeds. So far have pushed them up to 60mph (I know this because of my sweet Zeal Transcend goggles) and they ripped, holding a great edge and not one bit of chatter. I also put them through the paces of tight turns and bumps. They had a ton of pop, jumping from edge to edge easily. As for the park they are super forgiving and very easy to spin. Riding switch is a breeze on the Ledge (I've spent most of my time doing this). If your looking for a ski to improve your park game and will play well on the rest of the frontside the Ledge is a solid choice.P.S. I dont know why you wouldn't but I mounted mine dead center
I own both and have solId experience riding them in all sorts of conditions. 1st off it depends where you ride. In the Pacific NW, the Chets are the king in powder. I love my JJs but with the heavy wet snow the Chets just ride it so much better. As for all mountain non pow days I prefer my JJs. Both are very playful and can turn in the tighter of situations. Its a total toss up but I will say the JJs are awesome but the Chets are amazing.
Keep in mind it's not a true length due to the reverse camber in the tip and tail. Unless your in the deep stuff they will not have their true running length engaged. Outside of powder your looking at them riding almost 10 cm shorter. I'm 5'6 and my 175s still feels short (even in powder). This is an amazing all mountain ski, is extremely playful, and will turn on a dime in the tight trees of the east, but with your stats in would go with the 185.
Simply amazing is all I can say. Over the years I have grown to swear by zeal optics and their top of the line goggles. Once I heard and began the read about this goggle I put my order in and starting saving up the cash. I got them in last week and the next day hit the slopes. The HUD is very cool and in no way effects your vision though I would follow the suggestion and run it on level 1 brightness (I still had a ton of battery left after a full day of skiing with the HUD on the whole time). I was constantly reviewing my stats as I rode the chair though out the day. The information captured is astounding and it is so user friendly, one button and it's collecting data. The best part by far was when I got home and connected to my computer! Following a quick data transfer to the transcend program my jaw dropped. Not only was their a listing for Crystal Mountain, Wa for nov 29th but once selected, a detailed list of every run. When I selected the run not only was I able to see it on a google type map with all the stats (max and average speed, vertical decent, time, ect) but I was able to press play. The play function not only allowed me to watch my decent but through up stat highlight bubbles and I made my way down the mountain. If you have the cash this is a must have for any gear junky, truly mind blowing.
I have both skis and have to say that my go to for the deep days is the chetler. They seem to float better and are so playful. The difference is slight but enough that I'll always grab the chets. As for the jj they are my everything except deep pow and park nights ski. Can't go wrong either way but if your looking for powder specific go with the chets.
Anyone know how quickly they will pack out?
I'm currently riding the Dabello KP IDs and after a ton of work my toes still numb out after a couple hours of hard riding. I tried the AOS the other day and the feel so comfortable without feeling sloppy, but my 1st thought was how long is this cushy feel going to last? I do understand every liner packs out i'm just wondering if anyone as had experience with the AOS since it came out towards the end of last season?
I'm 5'6 160lb and I own last years model. These own and your more then fine in a 183cm. I have no issue what so ever turning these on a dime in tight spots.
175, but remember the total length is not engaged unless you are in deeper snow. So on anything but the pow and crud your riding 5-10 shorter, so don't expect it to ride like a 175 if your railing a groomer. I'm 5'6 160lb and I ride the 183 Chetler for pow days, 175 JJ for everything other then dump days.
Both are great skis to be honest. So much so I have both (even though some would say it's the same ski). I break out the Chets when it's a deep especially here in the pnw where the snow can be heavy. I find that extra bit of girth allows for noticeable difference with not just the float but also the playfulness. As for the JJ they are my go to ski for every other day. I am not much of a hard charging skier and prefer slashing, trees, and tight lines. Both skies are so playful but the Chets just don't play as well in varied conditions like the JJ. You really can't go wrong with both but if you are looking for a pow primary ski go with the Chets, if your looking for a all mountain monster go with the JJ.
P.S. I believe both skies are produced in the same plant
Oakley has really set the bar with this jacket!!! I am the owner of way too many jackets from The North Face to Arcteryx and I have to say this jacket trumps them all. The technical features really make this jacket put it at the top of my list when I reach in the closet to grab my ski jacket for the day.
I have never been one for layering so I like to go with a solid base layer then jacket and pants. The addition of the Polartech at key locations keeps me warm on cold days and the 4 vents cool me off on the warmer ones. I have always been a fan of how well Oakley pants hold up and I have several pairs. The ability to not only adjust the hight of the powder skirt is great but even better is the powder skirt buttons that connect directly to pretty much every Oakley ski/snowboard pants and guaranties that you will never get snow up your back or down your pants. In addition Oakley has placed in monkey paws that seal off the cuff so those of you like me who wear undercuff gloves don't have to worry about any snow getting in. The Air Raid was also designed with magnetic storm flap that you really need to see to understand how nice they are. The only thing I would warn someone who wants to buy this jacket and likes to ride to their own soundtrack is to place your mp3 player into the pocket from the inside not from the outside access point. Though I don't think it could really happen unless you were really rubbing it against the magnet I would not take the chance of the hard drive getting wiped. There is a reason why this jacket was an editors choice in Freeskier Mag. Way to go Oakley you really set a new standard.
I would also mention that in the past one of my Oakley pants from last season lost a zipper and they were nothing but awesome about fixing it for me (as I mentioned with one of the other reviews).
After riding these boots for a good 15 days so far this year from nasty Washington nights where the snow was cold cement to epic face shot powder days in Utah I have to say these boots excel everywhere. The lateral rigidity provides an amazing level of control from edge to edge. I will warn anyone looking at these boots as well as any 3 piece boot, the forward flex will take a little bit to get use to but once you do you'll realize how well it puts you in a true skiers stance and helps with the shock of landings, to bumps, to the nasty yippies left on those run outs.
The boot definitely runs on the small size so most likely you will be going down from what you may have been before. If you have a bit of a wider foot you may have to get some work done to get this boot to fit right. As for the comfort, after that 1st good day or 2 that you would expect with any new boot they are great and warm. The other part of the boot that i really like is the customization you can make through out the boot, from the flex to how stiff the bootboards are.
In addition to these boots I would definitely suggest a proper foot bed as the ones they provide are laughable.
After adding the S7 to my quiver last year and being blown away by how amazing it was in the powder I decided to give the S3s a shot this season. I know many would ask, "why it is very much the same ski just smaller?" Both share a good deal in common but the S3 is a much more playful ski outside of the deep stuff, while the S7 OWNS it!
Though the S3 handles great in the pow, crud, and concrete we get here in the NW it also holds well on nasty icy nights, is a lot of fun in the park (it is a true twin tip unlike the S7), and very solid as an all around ski. I did go extra long with the 186cm while my S7s are 176cm (I am 5'6 160lb), but if you look at the true contact surface the S3 is a good 10-15cm less in running length. The ski also is pretty light and I have not had much issue with the swing weight (despite its length) when riding the park.
If you are looking for an all around ski that you can truly jib and freeride the S3 is a great option.