Alta, Moab, Utah
I have been skiing in these gloves a few times and my initial impression is they are amazing. The goretex keeps you dry no matter what, and the leather they are made of is holding up well and is nice and supple. These remind me of a mix between a Black Diamond glove for function and a Hestra glove for style. They look rad, the stitching is awesome, and seeing how they have worn so far I expect many more days out of these gloves. I just have to say that Armada is coming up big time not only in their ski designs (which have revolutionized the ski industry) but also with their clothing. I have bought several clothing items from T's to hoodies, to snowpants and every piece I own has held up well and has surpassed my expectation in regards to function and quality.
The coldest I have skied this glove in was 2 degress F, and after a warm up lap my hand were already nice and toasty. Compared to my Hestra gloves they warmed up quite a bit quicker. I highly recommend these gloves for anyone who wants a warm dry glove for everyday shredding. I also recommend just about anything Armada. If it says Armada, you can guarantee that the item is top of the line.
Thanks for making the lives of skiers better ARMADA!
You can carry your helmet and your skis with this pack at the same time. The helmet will ride just above your skis. It actually works quite well.
If you plan to ski this ski mainly in resort and want a binding that is very aggressive then I would recommend the Ridiculously stiff cartridge. This paired with your Mantra and T1 would be a killer in resort charging set up. If you want it to charge hard but plan to hike a bit with them then I would recommend the Midstiff cartridges. They will still be responsive in resort and will hike slightly better.
Hey Wai Sun Chan,
I think the medium will fit you best in this jacket. Your chest will fit it well and with the relaxed fit you will have room for layers under it. My fear with the small is it would be too tight in the chest area. If you find the medium is loose in the chest and the sleeves are too long then just contact us and we can arrange an exchange or return.
This is a great ski to tour with. Not only is it light weight for the size it is, but is also uses early rise to keep your tips from diving when skiing the deep stuff. The traditional camber will help in variable conditions or when traversing on any icy skin track. The ski has a great dimensions for an all around ski and with the snow shedding top sheet the skis will keep from getting caked with snow and weighing you down when hiking up.
I found that this ski is plenty stiff for almost anything you can throw at it. The rocker in the tip will help it turn quickly in the bumps and trees while helping to keep the ski afloat when skiing pow. The camber under foot helps this ski rail turns with ease and the ski is pretty stiff going back from the rockered tip. This ski is also lighter than the Cochise and in my opinion is a better ski for a dynafit binding. The tips on these will get some chatter when skiing fast through crud or on ice but the rest of the ski will still be responsive. Both skis would do well back east on pow days and out west most days.
You can use boots from other brands with this binding but the boot does have to be DIN compatible. If the boot is a Tech specific boot then it will not work with this binding. Feel free to chat in to a gearhead or call us at 1-800-409-4502 if you want help finding a boot that will work well with this binding.
The hood will fit over most helmets on the market. Also this jacket does tend to run a little small compared to most Columbia jackets, so you might want to size up especially if you plan to wear a few layers under it.
They do not make this model in a long inseam however the XL does come in a 33 inseam. They could possible work for you in the regular length, and if you try them on and they do not work we can arrange for a return.
I would not recommend molding them at home due to the type of oven required to heat the liner without burning it. You do not have to mold the liner before you ski them and they will mold just fine after a few days skiing. If you want them molded before you ski them then I recommend getting them molded in a local shop.
They make these skins without the tail attachments to save weight for the minimalistic backcountry skier. They will work just fine without the tail attachments and will hold up lap after lap. If you want to exchange these for the STS model feel free to call us at 1-800-409-4502 or chat with a gearhead online to arrange an exchange.
I typically melt my all temp wax at 135 C, my warm waxes at about 130 C and for a colder wax I go to around 140 C. The best thing to do is heat the iron and drip some wax to see how much smoke is being created. If there is lots of smoke it is too hot, where as if there is no smoke and the wax is slow to melt the iron is not warm enough.
At this time we do not have that color on order in this jacket. Things do change quickly around here so I might suggest checking back in a few weeks to see if we have that color on order. Feel free to chat in to a gearhead to find out if they are on order.
Traveling with the cartridge will require you to empty your cartridge, and replace it with a full one when you reach your destination. You can get a replacement cartridge at any ABS dealer, and many of them will rent cartridges as well. Below I have posted the information ABS has posted on their site regarding traveling in the states with an ABS pack.
The US American Transportation Safety Administration (TSA) will not allow your pressurized cartridge on board. Discharge (activate) the gas cartridge before entering the airport. Only once your cartridge is fully discharged, unscrew the cartridge head from the cartridge and put both in re-sealable plastic bags. Carry them through the TSA security checkpoint so they are visible to TSA personnel. Afterward, the cartridge head can be screwed back on the cartridge by hand. An ABS dealer at your destionation can replace the empty cartridge for a new one.
I would say unless you live in a really cold area the Marmot Freerider will be the more versatile pant. It is not insulated so it allows you to adjust your layers to work on cold or warm days. The Freerider is also made with Goretex which from my experience is the most durable material you will find in ski pants. Not only is the Freerider more waterproof but the goretex should out live the MemBrain 10 material these are made with. If you do live where it is really cold then the Mantra is a great options since it is insulated. Overall though the Freerider will be more versatile and durable. The Mantra is almost half the price of the Freerider and offers a great pant for an even better price.
Hey Codey C,
I think the better size for you will be the 191 if you plan to mainly ski powder with them. The rocker will help them feel slightly shorter than a traditional 191 while helping the tip rise out of the deep stuff. You also get a little wider ski in general which also will help it float better. I would say the 181 would the better length if you plan to mainly ski them in tight trees. Otherwise I think the 191 will suite you better on a powder day.
Yo Ebbanezer Dude,
This boot will only work with an NTN binding. You will either have to stay with a traditional Tele boot or change your binding to NTN if you plan to ski this boot.
The 130 mm width in the medium or long lengths will work for your skis. The long length will allow you to use them on a longer ski if you ever might go up in size but stay around the same width ski. The medium would fit and with less material will save you a little weight.
The 130 mm in the medium length would work well for your skis. You will be able to trim them to fit just right and the medium length is perfect for the length you have.
I would say that both ski would work for you but you are right that the 180 will be better for tight turns and not quite as good at open bowls or higher speeds. I think you should be able to drive the 188 around just fine with the binding you will be using. With the amount of rocker in the tip, this ski will feel shorter than a traditional 188. Maybe going forward 1 or 2 cm from recommended would give you the best of both worlds, and would make the ski feel slightly shorter while allowing the benefits of the longer length when going fast or skiing pow. Either way you decide to go, I am sure you will still be laughing at the end of a good pow day!
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