Christophe V.

Christophe V.

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Backcountry.com is always to blame for my low bank balance.

Christophe V.

Christophe V. wrote a review of on September 18, 2013

Fast action, responsive and powerful rod
4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Purchased the 9' 8wt and it is a great rod for the current sale price. I don't feel it is worth the full retail price ($379), but it is certainly an upgrade from my older Redington RS4, as it has a slightly faster action with more zing given the same energy input. Finish is very nice and the reinforced ferrules and section above the cork are confidence-inspiring when fighting big coho salmon. This is my new go-to rod for salmon.

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Christophe V.

Christophe V. wrote a review of on October 26, 2008

3 5

I have a pair mounted for AT skiing because they are some of the lightest 98mm waisted skis I could find in 178cm length at 3720g/pair per my postage scale. They are a great ski for Colorado where snow is typically on the softer side and do well for an occasional lap through the terrain park or tight carves on fresh corduroy. I agree with Willie that the mounting point (even on "traditional") is very centered. I mounted mine 2cm back from "traditional" for better float and stability at speed. They ski very short because of their light weight and I recommend going for a larger size if you are in doubt. I would not recommend these for crud-busting and high-speed straightlining as they are not a beefy ski.

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Christophe V.

Christophe V. wrote a review of on October 17, 2008

4 5

I wear these to school, work, and the gym all summer long and they help keep my feet cool and comfortable. Toss in a decent, supportive insole and they are good for most athletic activities if you don't require ankle support. I'm on my 3rd pair and each has lasted at least 200+ days of wearing with lots of gym time.

The only drawback is that the heel adjustment never holds in place and the stock insoles have no arch support or cushioning.

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Christophe V.

Christophe V. wrote a review of on October 10, 2008

4 5

08/09 Legend Pros are softer in the tip and tail than previous versions but still have much beefyness under the boot. The turn radius is also smaller than that of their predecessors and the swing weight is reduced because the core is milled at the tip and tail. This is makes the Legends more accessible to the average advanced or expert skier but takes away from both their beefyness and stability at mach 10. Having skied 176's and flexed them and 184's in a shop, I can say that the 184's are marginally stiffer, but still nothing like the previous versions. In my opinion, the new Legend pros are a great all-mountain ski that turns and floats better than it's predecessor at the expense of high-speed stability and hardcore awesomeness.

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Christophe V.

Christophe V. wrote a review of on September 18, 2008

4 5

Spent two days on these skis in conditions ranging from freshly groomed corduroy to deep spring slush in tight trees. I would definitely recommend these skis to a strong intermediate or advanced skier, potentially with a race background, who likes to carve all over the mountain. Because of their significant sidecut, these things love to rail big, fast turns. They hold an edge even the most incredible lean angles and speeds. I found them to be extremely damp which made for a smooth ride on re-frozen spring snow, but took away from their liveliness when skiing bumps and tight trees. I attribute this to the generous use of metal and wood in their construction.

I would not recommend these skis to those who ski a lot of bumps, trees, or like straight-lining. Their deep sidecut makes the tails hooky when quick turns are needed and reduces stability when bombing straight down runs. Their relatively heavy weight and dampness make jump turns a chore. Because of this, I would recommend them for 80% on, 20% off piste.

Overall, 4 stars for a hard-carving all-mountain ski that is very enjoyable in most conditions and would serve well for most strong intermediate to advanced skiers.

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