I purchased this boot to use with the tech binding compatible soles that are sold separately. I wanted a touring boot that was geared more towards downhill, but was still comfortable and toured well. For me these boots are just what I was looking for.
So far they tour great, and are very light. Between the boot and tech bindings, my setup feels like there is nothing on my feet. Also the tech soles (walk soles plus) fit perfectly onto the boot, and function with the tech bindings flawlessly, they also have really good grip on rocks and other slick surfaces.
The touring function/walk mode is easy to use with gloves and offers plenty range of motion for what I'm looking for.
They ski really well, fit is good, I was lucky enough to just put my foot beds in and ride without even heat molding, though that wont be the case for all feet. The flex is listed as 120, but since companies don't have a standard measurement for flex, it kind of arbitrary. These flex a softer then a Dalbello 120 flex for instance. I was able to stiffen them slightly by adding a world cup booster strap.
Absolutely great boot, I'd recommend them to anyone whose preferences match mine.
The JJ probably wouldn't be too much overlap with the rocker 108's but they are similar ski's for sure. The JJ won't be as fun on the groomers/bumps, but is a blast in fresh snow. As for rossi's look at the soul 7 or s 7, both look really fun! In my perfect world I would have a ski that is 100-105mm underfoot, one 110-115, and one 120(ish)
Putting the punishers to work! Beautiful sleeper storm up at Snowbird
I scooped up a pair of last years YLE's on closeout and it's proven to be one of the best ski purchase's I've made. I'm 5 11 170 mounted -3 from Center and ski this primarily at Snowbird.
The YLE is like a BMW, it's comfortable, handles well at any speed and inspires confidence. It handles everything on the mountain, although it is best in new snow, soft snow, and chop. I am in love with the profile of the ski. It's tip rocker is long, but mellow, and it has just enough rise in the tail to make them swivel/ slash and round out the bottom of your turn. And I'm a huge fan of camber in my skis, it improves on piste performance, edgability and personally I think it helps take some strain off of your knees.
I love this ski in fresh snow, it stomps air's with authority, has a fairly light swing weight, and is stiff enough to straight line over the chop on the run out.
As a dedicated pow stick this is an excellent choice and offers better stability then the Aramada JJ or the Atomic Bent Chetler, and it's also more damp then both of those skis so you focus on stomping your landing rather then worried about whats after it.
Love these socks for there comfort and affordability. The are categorized under lightweight on the website, but they are more comparable to most mid-weights in my opinion.
The JJ is undoubtedly one of the best powder skis on the market, and you could argue it has been a game changer in rocker/ reverse sidecut ski design. I have owned this ski for 3 seasons and my opinion of this ski is considerably different from alot of JJ enthusiasts. To me this ski is really good at one thing, and leaves something to be desired everywhere else. To me it really only shines in fresh snow. It floats amazingly, swivels and slashes with the best of them and it just a down right hoot to ride.
My impressions differ from most after you get out of the powder. It's passable on groomers if you need to get back to the lift. But in the crud, in between storms, or after all the fresh has been eaten up I find this ski really struggles. The lack of any running length under your foot and the reverse sidecut after the taper make this ski act like it's on marbles in crud and day after storm conditions.
Honestly I wouldn't expect this ski to do well in those conditions. Just looking at it tells you it's meant for fresh snow and anything else is whip cream on top. Because of all these reasons I have remounted mine with AT bindings to take advantage of the skis best features(no it's not a light set up but it's fun a hell on the way down).
If your looking for a one ski quiver I think you can do better(see rossi soul 7, nordica patron/helldorado, 4frnt YLE, Coreupt Slasher, Amplid Hill Bills), but if you just need a dedicated powder ski or touring set up that is focused more on the down then up, this is a great ski for you.
Overall as a powder ski I'd give it 5 out of 5 stars.
As a one ski quiver I'd put it around a 2 or 3.
The Hi/Yellow, Blue Iridium, Dark Grey are the only lenses I need to worry about having. From Bright to dark stormy days this combo gives me the best optical performance. Conditions can change quick in the mtn's so it's always a good idea to go out with a few extra lenses or goggles. As another reviewer commented don't touch the inner lens with your bare hand, always use a goggle wipe and these will last a long time!
During the strong BWO season in utah these are a must have. Lately this is the only fly I have needed. A very simple and effective pattern.
Durable, tons of different ways to sling these make them the easiest most versatile straps. Minimal stretch also means you won't wake up on the ground in the middle of the night.
Update : This has been a really fun rod to fish, its acutally pretty powerful for a 4 st and you can throw a moderately weighted bounce rig with ease. I real enjoy roll casting this rod as well with its quick tip.
Had a chance to take this fun rod out a few times over the weekend. It's got a great feel to it and a very quick tip. Controlling the line and drift is amazingly easy. Have only been able to throw some nymph rigs so far, but can't wait to throw some dries. The rod feels as though it will have great touch for small to medium size dries.
in the midst of a 5 day trip down the Green.
Bring the party anywhere you go, great for skiing, rafting, hiking, or just jamming around the house. The sound quality isn't Bose but for what this is it's pretty cool. It could have better organized internal pockets but lets be honest you really only want this for the music and a few party suppplies.
Great for soup or drinking from. You can store liquid in it, but it is not fully sealed so if your moving around a lot you'll want a nalgene. I was making john daly's using this and my Katadyn water filter from a ducky on the Green river, pretty cool!
Made of a very durable and thick PVC. Seeing everything you can pack is convenient. It does it's job wonderfully. Worked wonderfully on a week long trip through Gates of Lodore.
I gave this as a gift with a bottle of canadian hunter. I've heard no complaints. It did seem to run a bit small, though.
Yep what Brandon said. The ski is symmetrical but the rocker is not so you do not want to mount them at true center like Dan suggested. the consensus is -1.5 - -2.5cm back from center.
I have not ridden these skis yet, but from my initial impressions im real excited to try them. A fairly stiff mid section gives way to slightly softer tip, while the tail remains pretty stout. It's dimensions are symmetrical but the rocker profile is not so I would not recommend mounting this ski true center. -1.5-2.5 back from true center seems to be the ticket. Mr. Wiley himself rides them at -2.5. I will be mounting with P18's at -2. Will comeback with more comprehensive review later....
A must have for any fly angler. Productive fly that will net you fish on nearly any river in the West.
I love this fly for late fall here in Utah, has been very productive imitating the BWO's waiting to hatch!