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David Stephenson

Sofia, Bulgaria

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David Stephenson wrote a question about on May 3, 2013

Hi, I can't find Scarpa where I live and can only buy them online. I hope that someone familiar with the fit of Scarpa vs. other boots (ideally Black Diamond) can offer some advice.

I wear a 30.5 in the BD Method boots, and they fit really well, but I certainly wouldn't go any bigger. I wonder if I should go with the same in the Maestrale RS? I ask because in reading about Scarpa here, I see that the break in the shell comes at the half-size in Scarpa. So I'm assuming the shell would be bigger in Scarpa than in Black Diamond at 30.5, right? Would that mean the 30.5 with liners would probably fit bigger in Scarpa, as well?

Sorry if this might be an ignorant question -- it may be! -- but I certainly appreciate any advice nonetheless. Thanks!

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David Stephenson wrote a review of on March 10, 2013

4 5

I thought it worthwhile to add to the other reviews a note about sleeve length/articulation. When I put this on I loved the fit (size L jacket on 6'3" 175 lbs.). The sleeves on me were great when slack at my side, falling below my wrists. But holding my arms in front brought the sleeves well up my arm, a good quarter to a third b/w the wrist and elbow. While I found this a well-engineered jacket (loved the way it hugged my body and Montane hoods are brilliant) in most respects, the engineering on the arms didn't work for me in a piece that fit great otherwise.

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David Stephenson

David Stephenson wrote a review of on April 13, 2012

5 5

I'm 6'4, 183 pounds with a 33 inch waist and the Gamma MX medium-tall pants fit perfectly. I use these for ski touring and, after a year of use I'm still very happy with my purchase. They move beautifully and are very well constructed.

I do, though, pine for ankle zips in order to better slide the cuffs of the pants over my boots after I've skinned up, tightened the boots, and am ready for the descent. It can be a bit of an unpleasant chore pulling them in place with cold fingers. Certainly won't be a problem, though, if using these with hiking boots or skiing in milder temps. (Or even if you are more warm-blooded or stronger than I!)

In sum, this is one of those pieces of gear that I can't imagine doing without.

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David Stephenson wrote a question about on April 12, 2012

Hello BC community,

I like to ski tour in softshell and bring a waterproof layer with me. I'm between the Mountain Hardwear Cohesion jacket and the Marmot Aegis. Does anyone hold an opinion on which might be better for such a purpose? Thanks!

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David Stephenson wrote a question about on December 9, 2011

I see that Montane is a British company, so sizing may be different, and I've read some size comments. But I'm still trying to triangulate the best size for me. I wonder if anyone out there reading may be about my size, has worn the NS and can give a definitive suggestion? I'm 6'4", 185-190, on the slender-athletic side of things. Every athletic jacket I own is from a US company and large is always spot on, but perhaps this rule may not hold here. I prefer athletic clothing to be more fitted than billowy, but still want to be able to move well. Thanks for any suggestions.

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David Stephenson

David Stephenson wrote a question about on May 18, 2011

I am an advanced resort skier who tried touring this spring, loved it, and is now seeking some advice from the well-informed BC community. I'm looking for a ski that I can use to ski off-piste on the weekends, but one that would also be good for skinning up the resort hills for exercise after I get off work in the late afternoons. And, ideally, it would ski fairly well on these workouts when going down. Am I asking for too much in one AT ski? Or is there one out there that might fit the bill? (At least while I cut my teeth on this new side of skiing.) I'm not only wondering about model, but dimensions, as well. I'm 6'4, 190, advanced on resort runs, but new to touring. Thanks a lot!

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