Rocky Mountains - Colorado, Utah
There are no inner thigh vents on these pants. Only side zips that start at about the mid thigh and go all the way down to the ankle. I returned mine because they are way too baggy for a touring/mountaineering pant.
I ended up grabbing some 100 widths for my Scott Punishers which measure 130\90\116. Am I going to regret the purchase or will I have plenty of traction? I am 6'3" 180 lbf. What do you think? Is it worth it to pay full price for full coverage?
I had the same problem. I'm a 316mm boot with Scott Punisher 191's so I figured if I ever try and sell them later on it will be easier to sell a bigger ski like that with large bindings. I plan on running them into the ground but just in case I do need to get rid of them I opted for the slightly heavier larger bindings. You might consider that if it is possibly an issue.
I would say it would be a good board to grow into if you don't have money for multiple boards in your quiver. If you plan on progressing as a rider and don't ride the park much, this might be an option. If you are a park rat this board probably isn't the best. Its a little heavier and isn't as snappy. I like mine for everything except deep powder but I'm not a park rider either. Only on occasion.
So I'm from Colorado and grew up riding Never Summer, Burton and Sims boards. I love the Never Summer's feel and it's been a local company for me which I like but this board disappointed me. I didn't have it too long before one of my edges split and pulled away from the board. After looking at the base near the edge it was shocking at how easily it split since there was basically no material gouged out of the base. I tried to claim a warranty but they said it wasn't faulty materials, and that it was due to hitting a hazard. Yeah, it might have been my fault but it didn't seem like it should have split as easily as it did.
That being said, it was a great board before the incident. I really like the more damp feel of the board. It doesn't feel super jittery and bouncy when pounding the chop. I just wish the customer service were a little better.
I picked this board up as my powder stick since my skier friends kept talking up their fatty sticks. I was shocked at the difference it makes. This board is incredible in the pow. All my other board have been neglected since this purchase. The float in the pow is effortless and makes the experience so much more enjoyable. Since the stance is set back 5 cm and has a tapered design from front to back, the nose rises out of the snow so easily. Probably not the best for those who demand riding switch often but you will not regret the benefits this board can offer if you are able a mountain that offers frequent powder.
Great through the trees, in the steeps, pow fields, moguls, feels a little different on the groomers but not anything you can't get used to. Can't really opine on the park since I detest waiting in lines again just to hit a kicker. Anyways why take a board that likes to play in the pow to the ice-packed park?
I bought these for a Zion National Park trip and was amazed. Before I was using a pair of board shorts but these blew my mind. They are super comfy and give excellent leg movement and range when scrambling, rappelling and climbing. They dry really quick when swimming potholes in the slot canyons. Also they are lightweight and feel thin for heat reduction but they still are really durable (Which is necessary when sliding across sandstone and things in the desert. Would definitely buy again. Maybe I'll get another pair.
So my roommate bought one of these. We were out on the trail and both of us needed to add a little air to our tires. Neither of us could get a good seal on it. It end up deflating both of our tires completely. We even tried jamming it on the valve as hard as we could thinking it just wasn't inserted all the way. We ended up having to walk it back to the care to use the car powered pump. What are we doing wrong? Its a pretty simple tool. Unless it came defective or something.
I haven't tried this in a tele setup, I'm sure it would be sick though if you can handle the weight. Because of the sandwiched Titanal core it is a little heavier. But its a solid ski. I would say if you plan on skinning extended trip in the backcountry a lighter ski might be a better option. I have some AT bindings mounted on the Scott Punishers which are lighter and have almost as wide tip and tail but they are 90mm underfoot. More of an all mountain type of ski.
My buddies all ski and convinced me to get back into skiing so I bought some Rossi S3's. Not impressed. Then I got some P4's for the pow days. This is an incredible ski. It is so damp that you don't get thrown all over when your busting through chop. Although its a relatively wide underfoot (108mm @ 191cm length), it handles great on groomers and ice, and its been decent for me in the moguls. It really shines in the pow and chop. This skis a little short due to the Pro-Tip geometry so the 191 feels more like a 185 or so.
One of my friend uses this ski as his all-mountain ski because its capable of all types of terrain. To say the least, because of these skis I have spent more days skiing this year than snowboarding.
Look into the Scott Punishers too. They got great reviews like the Volkl Bridge but they are a bit cheaper. If you can handle the ugly graphics.
180's for sure.
These don't handle so well at high speeds. I've noticed a lot of speed wobble. I'm mounted right on the recommended line too.
I think you ought to look elsewhere. I have this ski in its previous incarnation. I'm 6'3" 180lbs and I was riding the 176cm. I probably should have been on some longer sticks but I noticed some wicked speed wobble. These are meant more for park skiing than anything. I'd probably lean toward something like the Volkl Bridge or the Scott Punisher. The Punishers are pretty cheap right now. I actually replaced the S3's with the Punishers for $200 in the 191 length. If you can rock a 191 ski its a good deal. They ski short so it will feel more like a 185 due to the Pro-Tip.
BTW, this deal is in the Outlet. It's last year's model so its cheaper. Same ski different top sheet. Go to Freeskier.com and look at their buyers guide. It came in 2nd place this year.
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