Cort

Cort

Central Vermont

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CORT's Passions

Telemark Skiing
Nordic Skiing
Backpacking
Camping
Mountain Biking
Road Cycling
Snowshoeing

CORT's Bio

Skiing since 3 y/o,converted to tele in mid 30's and have never looked back. Ski in Vermont 90% of the time and get to ride some of the best single track in the country when the snow is gone. I'm a big guy and hard on my equipment so if it doesn't break for me then it will most likely work for anyone.

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Cort wrote an answer about on December 17, 2013

I have to disagree, I use the black diamond pads (almost same design)under my ski pants for telemark skiing, if you drop your knee often on hard snow or with any rocks hiding underneath your ski pant will wear out or tear easily. I have 2 pairs of arcteryx pants to prove it, but pants can be repaired easier then a kneecap!

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Cort wrote an answer about on July 4, 2013

I wear a size 38" or XL in Kuhl, Outdoor Research,Mountain Hardwear and Patagonia. I just bought a pair of these in XL and although they fit, they're tighter than all others I have. I'm going to exchange for an XXL or more likely O.R. Ferrosi shorts which fit perfectly at XL.

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Cort wrote a review of on March 22, 2013

5 5

Bought these a few weeks ago, 190 cm. I have 4 days on them, 3 at resort, 1 skinning and skiing some b/c in Maine. I'm a big guy, 6'3", 230, skiing 2nd. gen orange Crispi Evo ntn boots and ntn bindings with blue springs on 4.5.This is my first ski of this width, coming from BD Havocs. Conditions ranged from bulletproof in the a.m. and after temp rose into the 50's , deep corn snow by end of day, and variable b/c, 12" powder on top of crust in shady spots to sun baked crusty snow. For me the skis handled all conditions very well. Excellent edge on ice and plowed through corn, surprisingly very easy to ski in bumps. Turn radius was very smooth, in between a large GS and wider slalom turn, they finished the turns nicely. Snapping off quick slalom turns was doable but difficult maybe due to weight and turn radius of ski. Skis handle speed VERY well with no chatter, damp but not dead, this is my first ski with rocker and that concerned me but no problems. It took a little while to get use to the width but once I adjusted I was able to lay it over on edge and easily lay tele trenches in all but the iciest conditions. I agree with the previous reviewer in that this is an excellent east coast ski, very good in all conditions and it's also all I'd take with me when going out west. I'd call it a one ski quiver in all but the firmest east coast days where a narrower ski cannot be beat. One thing to watch out for is that for tele the ski requires strength to ski it well and when the legs are shot it can get away from you but on a positive when I was tired I have NEVER skied on a ski that transitioned from tele to alpine turns so effortlessly.

Bottom line, very happy with my purchase,can't wait to get out for some Vt. spring skiing and impressed with backcountry.com for hooking me up with a price match after I found them significantly cheaper elsewhere, great company!!

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Cort wrote a review of on February 27, 2013

4 5

These gloves are replacing an older pair of similar BD's, think they wee the original patrol glove. I had to send the first pair back because of leather stitching all twisted up on right thump, 2nd pair was better but thumb stitching and leather is still a little twisted.
These fit my XL hands well, plenty of finger room, very warm from 10* and up and very plush inside, cuff pull cord works well, nice thick leather. Leather does soak some water up on wet days but the gloves remained bone dry inside.Big plus, inside does not come out when pulling wet sweaty hands out of glove like old ones. Only things that I dont like is the elastic/tightness around the wrist, it's pretty loose and makes it feel like the gloves will slide off too easily but it hasn't been a problem yet and the quality control among the gloves is poor. I tried on 3-4 pairs of these gloves and they all fit differently. Next time around I will most likely buy locally only so I could get the best fit. B/C return policy and cust. service is excellent though!

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Cort wrote a question about on February 26, 2013

Anyone tele these skis? Thinking of getting 184's but not sure if I'm just talking myself into it because 191's aren't available? I'm 6'3",230 and ski crispi boots (stiff orange ones) and NTN bindings, stiff springs. I tele hard and fast on east coast groomers,trees and some b/c when it's good.
Thanks!

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Cort wrote a question about on February 26, 2013

Anyone out there tele with these skis? I'm 6'3, 230, ski hard and fast on east coast, 30% BC and am looking at these, the mantras and BD Verdicts, all in longest length. Rossi's appeal to me because of reviews for being a burly ski, want something stiff but not sure if these will be too much?

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Cort wrote a review of on February 2, 2010

5 5

There are three jackets I own that I go to 99% of the time for certain seasons and weather conditions, Mountain Hardwear Alchemy for the warmer winter/spring days, Cloudveil Down Patrol for those 10* and below snot freezing days and my Mountain Hardwear Compressor Hoody for everything in between. I bought this jacket this year to replace a similar style Spyder coat that had seen it's fair share of bon-fires, pine trees and my Husqvarna 575xp. This jacket has become my immediate favorite. except for the coldest and warmest days of winter this is what I wear just about everyday. It's comfort range seems to be between 10-40*F, 10* and cloudy/night time is pushing it a bit & 40* with heavy exertion will make you moist fast. It sheds water well and with my gore tex packlite rain jacket it's all you need to cover most weather conditions. Pockets are nice, zipper in a PIA sometimes and doesn't want to start. The overall construction is excellent. The hood is enormous and will pretty much cover your eyes helmetless so unless your planning to use this jacket to rob a bank the hood is useless for most casual wear situations. Jacket in incredibly light but it won't be seeing the chainsaw or bonfires any time soon, seems durable but I could see it tearing easily on a branch.
Fit wise it was the best I've tried. I'm 6'3”, 230# with a 38 waist ( and I rip) and wear a 48L dresscoat and this jacket fits me perfectly, even the sleeves are long enough which is rare. All that's really needed is a medium weight baselayer but I could easily fit a vest or something thicker underneath

Bottom line, a great jacket that you'll probably end up wearing the majority of the time whether on the mountain or in the bars. Also a great looking Jacket, my wife thinks it's one of the best that I have and she's HOT!
Peace and Love from Vt.

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Cort wrote a review of on December 15, 2008

5 5

These gloves are always in my pack from fall to spring. They are a great hunting gloves on those 20-40* milder days in Vt. Trigger feel is superb on bow or gun, they also kept my hands pretty warm and somewhat dry while field dressing. Toss them in the wash and they are ready to go for any high output adventure. Finish the day wearing these gloves at any outside ski bar, you'll look sharp, have warm hands and you might even have a little bit of that musky scent left over from the buck to attract the ladies!

Pittards leather and overall quality/breathability of the glove are superb! Get some!

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Cort wrote a review of on January 5, 2007

5 5

I'm writing this for my wife because she is way too type A to sit down to do it. The Downtown jacket is now her favorite piece of winter clothing. The first time she wore it was walking our Husky at 6am, temp 7 degrees F. She got back wondering how she went this long without a down jacket. Works as well for hikes and going out at night. From my perspective, it is a sexy lookin' down jacket, nice cut. She likes how it's tapered in the waist but not too high on the hips to make it drafty like the Marmot she tried on. Compared to my Cloudveil Down Patrol, the material on the Mountain Hardwear feels more durable, and it feels like it's packed with more down.
Sweet jacket, MHW quality, function and fashion. Women already in shape only look better in this coat IMO.

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Cort wrote a review of on December 29, 2006

5 5

Works just as described. I bought these to use as a driving glove and to control my ipod in my car until things warm up in the morning. Grip on the steering wheel is great,fit is excellent and they work flawlessly on my ipod. They are also pretty warm. I haven't used them inside another glove since I don't tele with my ipod (need to hear those knuckledraggers behing me, :) but I imagine they would make any glove much warmer.

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Cort wrote a review of on December 29, 2006

5 5

I own about 12 peices of IBEX clothing and have about 12 or more of Patagonia and other misc. synthetic shirts and bottoms sitting in a drawer. Wool is simply the best material - warm when wet, better thermo regulation, and it does not hold odor. The Ibex shak is great - I have 2,one from 2006 and one from 2005. The quality and thickness of the wool seems better on the 2005 but overall it's a great shirt. It's a little itchy compared to the zip T's but overall, it's great. I can wear it out to a bar or to the summit of Mt. Washington.

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Cort wrote a review of on December 21, 2006

4 5

Perfect jacket for what it's intended for, Skiing,riding, walking around in the winter but not anything more extreme than that IMO. The look and fit is the best and it has all the features one would want. There are lots of jackets that might have a removable hood, pit zips or a powder skirt but only the Down Patrol has them all!! Only issue I have is with the collar when the hood is down/off. There is no way to cinch it tighter so it's very drafty,your neck is totally exposed if your not wearing a collared shirt.

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Cort wrote a review of on December 12, 2005

4 5

The good: Awesome pole, locking mechanism is the best. Grip is comfortable when cold. Straps are supple. The adjustable range smokes B.D.

The bad: There was a little slop between the two shafts. The poles are pretty looking when new but that finish gets trashed in no time, mostly due to the sandpaper material that they put on the shaft for grip, when the poles are stored in my ski box or dangling from lift they looked like someone took sandpaper to them. I wrapped that area in friction tape, problem solved

Overall: The best pole I've used compared to BD and Leki. Finish and paint is poor quality.

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