Hayden Dougherty

Hayden Dougherty

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Hayden Dougherty

Hayden Dougherty wrote a review of on March 27, 2013

4 5

Picked up this pack from my local shop and so far I'm diggin' it! Covers anything from big resort days to short days of touring, and that's just in the winter! I got the M/L size and I find it plenty big enough for all my gear and then some. Avy tool pocket fits all the essentials plus other snow study tools and skins. Main compartment is roomy and has separate pockets for a hydration reservoir (tube goes into the right shoulder strap for easy, non-frozen access), goggles, and whatever other smaller stuff you can cram into the mesh pocket. There's also a little outside pocket on the wearer's left side; good place for storing snacks or any other small, high use items. The diagonal cable ski carry is simple and tucks away (although the top strap is long and difficult to tuck away with gloved hands), and flick-lock compression straps near the bottom keep everything tight so you can still wear it on a chairlift. Not a huge fan of the helmet carry though; hard to adjust and seems kind of small for my helmet. I rarely use it though, so no biggie. Back panel and suspension are comfy and solid. I do wish it had an actual hipbelt rather than a webbing one, but that's just me. The Avalung system is obviously also a big plus. The price difference between this pack and the non-Avalung version isn't that much, so if you're slightly considering the Avalung, get it. It can be a lifesaver. I really like the fact that you can now remove it; makes the pack more versatile for year-round use. A few minor things here and there that I'd change, but overall a super bomber pack that can take you pretty much anywhere.

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Hayden Dougherty

Hayden Dougherty wrote a review of on March 3, 2013

4 5

Got these (my very first skis) not too long ago, and so far I'm pretty impressed. Going from the typical skinny rentals to these, they are way easier to ski than I anticipated. The combination of camber and rocker is sweet! Plenty of camber to carve the groomers and manage the crud, yet enough rocker and width to float yer boat in the powder. The 100mm waist is perfect; not too skinny and not too fat. Pretty light, and tough (although not bulletproof, be weary of anything sketchy. The bases and I found that out the hard way). And the twintip tails allow those surfy moves with ease. Overall, it's a solid all-mountain powder ski for any relaxed intermediate to advanced skier, from the resort to the backcountry. I'm 5'9" 120lbs and got 'em in a 171cm. I bit tall for me now, but I'm still growing. Being one who usually skis short (think 140s), I think they ski fairly short for their size.

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Hayden Dougherty wrote a question about on March 24, 2012

The Variant 52 sounds like it's just what I'm looking for, but I'm still not so sure about it's overall volume. My older pack was 55 liters, and that pack didn't look like it could handle anything over 5 days, so I'm sure the Variant has the same deal. Does anybody have any tips as to how I could pack this for extended trips (+4 day trips), without stretching the limits of the packs volume?

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Hayden Dougherty

Hayden Dougherty wrote a question about on October 31, 2011

I am very interested in this pack, but I have no idea what size to get. I'm pretty skinny with fairly narrow shoulders, but I'm kind of tall for my overall size (5'8"), and I'm still young, so I've got some room to go. What size should I be looking at? And another question, I'm really into climbing, but still want a pack I can use for regular backpacking and skiing. Would this pack work for that also?

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