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Erik Kellison

Erik Kellison

Bellingham, WA, USA

Erik Kellison

Erik Kellison wrote a question about on March 7, 2009

I'm questioning my choice of the Salomon Lord for a Slackcountry ski. I have it set up with Baron's, and I find that it doesn't float enough and wants to carve instead of surf like my Rockers. Will the Verdict be better for powder while still retaining some hard snow performance? Right now, the Lord's are almost TOO good on the groomers, but not good enough in pow. I want something with less sidecut and less camber, but still capable of carving a turn. Is this ski I'm searching for the Verdict? Or should I be looking for something like a Line Prophet 100, Scott P4, or something else?I am 200lbs, 6' tall and would be using Baron's on the new skis. Right now I use alpine boots with my Baron's, but I'm in the market for some AT boots because skinning on flat terrain with alpine boots is a huge PITA (going uphill is fine).Help?

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Erik Kellison wrote a review of on January 30, 2009

5 5

These liners are the best I've ever had. They're a little thicker than most other liners I've owned - they're about the thickness of expedition weight long underwear - but they still work great. A little bit of dexterity is lost to the thickness, but the warmth gained is nice too. The silicon palm makes them perfect for driving and handling gear. The do pill up like someone else complained, but for me it's only been between the fingers, and it's not bad. I'd get another pair, but they seem really durable, so I doubt I'll need them anytime soon!

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Erik Kellison

Erik Kellison wrote a review of on January 30, 2009

4 5

I bought these goggles because I wanted the best goggles on the market, period. These offer huge visibility, great lens quality, interchangeability (which is saving me from buying 2 different goggles), and they look cool too.
However, there are some downsides to this goggle. If I'm skiing hard, they tend to fog up in the afternoon (regardless of temperature) because (presumably) they're not venting moisture. They lack frontal vents, and on dry days, I find myself airing them out on the lift. On moist days I just look through the slowly-developing peripheral haze.
With this lack of ventilation in mind, I have realized that I could buy two pairs of Phenom's for the price of the I/O's, which means that in the case of a crash, I could whip out a second set of goggles that are completely snow-free. Replacing the lens on these doesn't remove snow from the rest of the goggle. I have since Purchased the Phenom's, and the visibility is similar (though not quite as good top-bottom).
So, considering the cost and the lack of lens vents, if you have a tendency to fog up goggles like myself, I'd recommend 2 pairs of Phenom's instead. However, if you don't work that hard on the slopes, or find that your goggles never fog unless you crash (and you don't crash often), and you want to look freaking cool, then get a pair of these!
Oh, it's worth nothing that both these and the Phenom's fit my nose better than any other goggle on the market. I broke it as a child, and have had a more prominent bridge ever since. This means that most goggles/eyewear don't fit me without constricting nasal airflow. Even with a helmet pushing these down a bit, these (and the Phenom's) are the only goggles that have a wide-enough nose hole to make a comfortable, non-constricting seal over my nose. Because of this, I will heretofore always look to Smith for my goggle needs in the future. We don't all have long, skinny noses!

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Erik Kellison

Erik Kellison wrote a review of on January 30, 2009

4 5

I bought this helmet because the Xen was causing pressure points on my skull - no fault of the Xen, I just wore it too much/tightly. So I switched to the Flux because it has similar protection to the Xen. The Flux actually covers more of my head, like a FF without the chin coverage, but it's also significantly wider. So wide actually that I have space to fit my fingers in on each side. However, the helmet fits snugly front-to-back. So, if you have a sphere for a skull, this will fit you great, but if you're a bit more normal, it might be a tad wide. The included pads do not allow for fit customization, and the "Roc-Loc" fit adjustment in back does not compensate for the excess width.
That being said, this helmet does stay on well (like other reviewers said), takes a light, and has been working for me for quite a while now. I am happy with it - I just wish Fox designed this helmet to fit MY noggin a little better.

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