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Drew's Bio

I've been with backcountry for 2 years, and what can i say, i LOVE it here. Born and raised in SLC utah, grew up 15 minutes from snowbird. Catch me at the bird in the winter, on the cirque, in the gad chutes, livin the dream in Mineral Basin, studyin up in the bookends, or way out to last choice, maybe even on Baldy if im not feeling lazy. I love skiing as you can tell, its what i live for, and why i can tolerate summer.

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DRas wrote a review of on October 3, 2012

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Sweet piece of gear, I cant believe it took me this long to get one!

Such a great idea and I'll always toss this in the back of the car for any car camping trip.

Super easy set up, would take a grill brush with you to clean it afterwards and put it back in the box for easy storage and transport.

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DRas wrote a review of on October 3, 2012

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

This is a sweet bike at a great price. Keeps it simple in the front with the 1 chain ring, and the Apex shifter on the right side. Very smooth shifting without having to take your hands off the hoods.

Snappy ride, seems to transfer power well. Love the look and feel of the aero blade carbon fork that helps to keep weight within reason on the bike overall. Colors on the french flag option really pop in person, really nice looking.

Cross tires are going to make this a great all season commuter. Really fun and versatile ride. I'm 5'10 and the 55cm fits perfect.

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DRas wrote a review of on August 9, 2012

5 5

I picked one of these up after using a friends last summer on a couple trips and being super impressed with the tent.

In varying conditions it's performed great, a pretty decent rain overnight I woke up totally dry in the morning. A few windy nights were no trouble either, that is after I guyed it out, it was totally solid. As others have mentioned the improved door design this year is a nice upgrade.

Super quick and painless set up, the hub pole design is really awesome and easy to use. Everything you need is included, 10 stakes, guy lines and tensioners, pole sleeve/repair tube, footprint and a gear loft, making this tent an even better value for the price.

Lots of great little pockets in the tent for quick and easy storage and access to little stuff. Im 5'10" and have plenty of room to stretch out lengthwise to stretch out in the tent as well as sit in the middle of it.

Overall I really like this thing and looking forward to all kinds of great adventures with it.

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DRas wrote a review of on July 30, 2012

5 5

Have only had this a couple weeks now, haven't had the chance to really test it as I would like as the weather has been so nice here, but the initial impression from when I have used it so far its this is an awesome, light, warm, super versatile piece.

For fit reference I'm 5'10", 160lbs, 40 inch chest with broad shoulders and long arms and the Medium fits great. Nice trim athletic fit, would layer under a shell great.

Great hand feel to the material, much more pliable and quieter than a hardshell, with a little stretch to it, but still feels plenty tough.

Used it out waterskiing early a few mornings, was super impressed with the windproofing cruising around on the chilly lake when everyone else in the boat in a regular hoody was shivering I was totally comfortable.

This was also the only time I got to test the water repellency, everything that splashed on the jacket would bead right up with no real trace of moisture left on the jacket. This was a super limited test though.

After getting out of the water and being really cold I dried off, and tossed this back on over a t shirt and warmed right up. This provides lots of warmth for how light it is, definitely more insulating ability than I expected. Used it a couple nights camping and noticed the same thing.

Overall I really like this thing and think I have found my new go to jacket to toss in the back of the car or bottom of the pack 'just in case' Looking forward to being able to test it fully it once it cools down moving into fall.

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DRas wrote a review of on July 6, 2012

5 5

Having long hair im always looking for a way to keep it back/down/under control, this is an awesome option. Coolmax fabric wicks sweat and dries quick. The Material is super light and really comfortable, i forget im wearing it after a few minutes. They are only printed on one side though, the inside is a weird coolmax/tech print. So if it gets twisted or pulled up it wont match all the way around, minor detail and it stays in places really well. Measures just a hair over 4 inches tall.

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DRas wrote a review of on July 6, 2012

4 5

These are going to be taller than what you see in the main image, they have them folded up like a headband, make sure to check out the flat picture in the detail view down below the main image.

They measure about 7.5 inches tall. Super light material, lots of ways to fold it and wear it, really versatile and comfortable. If you wanted a skinnier headband style check out item #BUF0013.

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DRas wrote a review of on April 10, 2009

5 5

Got the chance to try these out today for the first time, and i was lucky enough to have 12 inches of fresh at snowbird for my first time out on them. I could not be happier, they slay the powder, making big GS turns or quick pivot turns in the trees. Carve, smear, slash, wheelie, all more than doable on the hellbents. As it got more and more skied out i had to get back on main runs to make it back to the lift, they had not been groomed so it was semi hardpack with lots of variation, and super chunky/bunpy. i have the 189 mounted at +6 im 5'10" 165 lbs. These still rallied through the crud, and manky hardpack, throw em over on edge and hold on! you'll be laying railroad tracks in no time. I'm super impressed with the versatility of this ski, especially at 122 underfoot, 189 length (they are much longer than that BTW) and the huge rocker, get these and you will not be disappointed.

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DRas wrote an answer about on February 9, 2009

If you are cranking your bindings up all the way (which you should not be doing, unless you really hate your knees), these technically have a slightly higher DIN rating (18 as opposed to 16 on the salomons) but aside from that I would say they are both equally as good at holding your ski on.This binding will not pre-release due to its super high range of elastic travel, which means where alot of bindings may pop off, these will hang on for the ride, and re center you.

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DRas wrote a question about on February 4, 2009

Anybody know about the toe piece clicking on these binders? when skiing hard on bigger terrain the toe pieces make a clicking noise, and i have some vertical slop, the bindings are adjusted correctly, forward pressure is good etc. it makes me really nervous was wondering if anyone else had similar experiences.

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DRas wrote an answer about on January 22, 2009

i would not put this on an ARG, think about how much base contact an ARG has with the snow, with its reverse sidecut, reverse camber profile, then think about how bad it would suck trying to skin uphill with only a small portion of your base touching the snow, where as most people have full tip to tail contact. The JJ would be a pretty decent idea though, not as good as a regular camber ski, but i can imagine the ride down being totally worth it, and its pretty light, that it could work pretty well, you still wont have full tip to tail contact since it is rockered, but it would be way better than the ARG.

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DRas wrote an answer about on January 21, 2009

I wouldn't worry about it, you can remount up to three times with little to no concern. Especially with the barons which have one of the widest mounting footprints on the market, so the screws are more than likely going to be further apart, especially in the toe. You can also mount them further forward if you want to get flippy spinny, since they shift back 3cm when put in tour mode, or if you are going to be using them strictly as a touring ski you can mount them further back for better climbing ability. If you do decide to get barons, i would love to take the old bindings off your hands, for real.

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DRas wrote an answer about on January 20, 2009

I just bought the 186 S6, and mounted them on the back line out of the three. I would not mount any forward than this. I looked into even moving it back another cm or two but the ski is designed for those mount points. In the BC yesterday carving some big fresh turns i noticed some drag in my outside ski, could be a number of things but I have been wondering if its bc of the center mount.......anyway....mount back in my opinion, you will still be plenty balanced if you want to do all your fakie-ness. I mounted mine on the middle of the three lines and its PERFECT, i like to ski switch, though im not very flippy spinny, but the "modern" line is perfect for me, they charge everything awesome, forwards and backwards. 5"10' 165 lbs, riding 185's

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DRas wrote a review of on January 7, 2009

5 5

though it is really sick, the black ink/white is really kind of a charcoal grey. Nice comfortable fit, little extra length without being stupid long. Really nice fleece lining on the back panel. I got the large and its a perfect, slightly baggy without being ridiculous looking, for reference im 5'10" 165 pounds with broad shoulders. One of the sweetest jackets I own.

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