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Charlie Earl

Charlie Earl

Wasatch Mountains, Northern Michigan and the Great Lakes

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Charles's Passions

Hiking & Camping
Snowboarding
Biking
Climbing

Charles's Bio

Avid skier, sailor, climber and lover of all things outdoors.

Charlie Earl

Charlie Earl wrote an answer about on August 24, 2012

You should check out the K2 Sidestash. The Sidestash has a metal laminate construction so it will have that stiffer feel you are accustom to and is 108mm at the waist. 139/108/127.

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Charlie Earl wrote an answer about on July 5, 2011

Most people should stick with "traditional boot center" aka "zero" or the factory recommended mounting point. Despite having a turned up rockered tail, the oversized spoon tip and skinny by comparison pin-tail cause the S7 to be a pretty directional ski. I have spoken to quite a few people that have opted for plus 2 cm or minus 2 cm and most of them wish they had stuck with plain old zero. People who mount forward of zero often feel like they are about to "go over the handlebars" if they get out over the ski. Mounting back of zero does not leave you with much tail on the ski. If you are a fairly traditional skier, stick with traditional boot center.

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Charlie Earl

Charlie Earl wrote a review of on July 1, 2011

5 5

If you are a solid rider, live in Utah, and are looking for one board that can do it all and do it all well, then this is the stick for you. The LowRize rocker that starts just outside the inserts allows the board to transition edge to edge quickly and helps it to be super playful and floaty in powder without being too squirrely. The nearly flat camber enables you to ride harder and longer with ease by not forcing you to fight to depress the camber all day long. The pop rods give the board liveliness without making it too stiff and the forgiving nature of the Slimewall sidewall lessens the likeliness of blowing out an edge if you hit a rock under the snow or land too hard on a rail. Great board for a fair price. I'm 150 lbs. and ride the 158cm version just because I like a little more surface area for deep snow. However, the 155cm version feels just as stable at speed.

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Charlie Earl wrote a review of on July 1, 2011

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I purchased the "Black" version of this watch a month or so ago and have been super happy with it. Classic, yet fresh/modern looking design. Unlike most Nixon watches, the Chronicle SS has Swiss movement instead of Japanese, which I feel is the benchmark of a well made watch (no offense intended Japan, you make nice watch guts too). I have a small wrist and the face is large and bold without being too large for my skinny wrist. Backcountry.com got it wrong when they listed the watch as not being water-resistant. The watch is waterproof to 100 meters, it says so on the back of the case.

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