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Howard Worton

Howard Worton

In England, near France.

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Howard's Passions

Hiking & Camping
Biking
Skiing

Howard's Bio

Maybe I am deluding myself but I feel Skiing(and more generally being outdoors and in the mountains) is vital to my wellbeing and sanity.

I am a 40 year old Englishman/Briton/European who spends all summer wishing it were winter, just to experience those magical 20-something days a year that my wife and I get the chance to Ski. We spend a small fortune making sure that we Ski as much as possible while we are still young(ish) enough to make the most of it.

We have been lucky enough to Ski all over Europe and also in Canada and the USA.

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Howard Worton wrote a review of on January 28, 2012

5 5

I've already reviewed these elsewhere, so this is a lament on the passing of this amazing ski. Line have stopped producing them for the 11/12 season - the new Enforcer looks to be similar, I know nothing about it though. Anyway, Backcountry has completely sold out of stock and only a few places have any left at all. My original set are looking quite beaten up now so I've found a 2010 pair for the price of just £249. My advice is to find some and cherish them. They are the finest all round ski I've ever had the pleasure to ride.

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Howard Worton wrote a review of on January 27, 2012

3 5

...I loved these poles for all sorts of skiing. The other reviews tell the story pretty well...the only problem is that the bottom end of one was sheared off in a crash. I know that they are designed to be light but maybe the design is just too lightweight - the edge of my ski trapped the pole and that was an end to it. Maybe they should sell them individually in case of damage....

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Howard Worton wrote a review of on January 27, 2012

5 5

...but you'll never need another glove if you look after the leather. The 3 finger design seems to be the perfect compromise between glove and mitt. Not very easy to wear over jacket - that's the only slight criticism. Plenty of padding on fingers and knuckles. Stitching and general build qualit is up to usual Hestra standards. A bit pricey - worth every penny IMO. At sale prices they are a must buy.

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Howard Worton wrote a review of on January 25, 2011

5 5

These superb backcountry base layers come up a little slimmer than you'd think and with slightly longer arms. Would go well as either base or a second layer - the fabric is quite thin. Quality of finish is in line with the other backcountry products I have, excellent that is. The pocket seems unnecessary but does not get in the way. Thumb loops are always appreciated. It seems as if they are phasing out the backcountry label in favour of Stoic, so it's best to act fast if you want the goat on your shirt. For $40 these are a steal, do it now.

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Howard Worton wrote a review of on March 16, 2010

4 5

For whatever reason, I tend to be quite hard on poles. If I'm not snapping them in half at Sugar Bowl then I'm snapping the straps clean off or even wearing the grips smooth with my death-grip.

I bought these mainly because they can pack into my luggage case, which is very helpful for me. I found them very easy to adjust to the correct length, where they (mostly) stayed - they sometimes collapse when using them to push down on bindings to release. I also found that one of the tips cracked on day 2 of my trip, but I think that was my fault, and all poles I've had do this anyway.

I love the straps, they make for a much more comfortable fit in the hand than most others I've had, and they are easily adjustable.

Overall, recommended. They are just poles and do just what you'd expect.

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Howard Worton wrote a review of on March 16, 2010

2 5

There is nothing quite like a new Warren Miller movie to get you in the mood for the new winter season...and this is nothing like a Warren Miller film. The fact that the old fella himself has nothing to do with the films any longer seems both sad and ridiculous - the soul of the films has gone forever it seems. The films have been getting gradually less enjoyable in the last few years, I hope this is as bad as they get, any worse and it may not be worth bothering any longer.

I should say that this film is not really BAD per-se but it just seems like they are going through the usual motions that appear in the films year after year. Watching skiing and boarding in deep snow and in the steeps is always going to be fun, it's just that Warren Miller productions seems to have forgotten what made WM films so great over the past 50 years. If they can get that back, great. If not, then it's a slippery slope(probably a double diamond).

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Howard Worton wrote a review of on March 16, 2010

5 5

How much can really be said about alpine ski bindings ? I'm sure it's all been said anyway. That is not going to stop me telling you that if you are in the market for a burly binding to match with your fat skis then these are as good as any. They have not let me down in 40 something days of going very fast and sometimes falling very fast. They look quite nice too.

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Howard Worton wrote an answer about on March 16, 2010

Your best bet would be a Series 3 Sportube. As long as your skis are under 183cm, you can fit 3 pairs comfortably in - we took Line Motherships(185), K2 Missbehaved(169) and Rossi Attraxion IV(154) to Tahoe. Box was very heavy(about 60 LBS) but it can be done.

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Howard Worton wrote a review of on March 16, 2010

2 5

I had these for 2 days in January - 1 at Park City and 1 at Solitude. Conditions at both had around 3 inches of chopped-up fresh, which is nowhere near enough to make these work as they should.

They certainly charged well-enough in the chop - not as well as my own Rossi S7s though. They ski a lot short than their 190 length due to the rocker, so don't be over-intimidated by the huge size look of them.

Where I thought they failed somewhat was getting around the groomers. The S7s seem to handle the laps in-between the soft stuff a lot better than these things. The first time I tried to engage an edge on a fairly steep black, they just let go completely without any warning, next stop bottom of the slope. Not impressed. Wether this is normal for these things I do not know. What I do know is that after 2 days on them I cannot recommend them. The final kick is that they are ugly as ugly can be. Sorry Elan, try again.

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Howard Worton wrote a review of on March 7, 2010

4 5

Found a pair of 2009 Staggers' on vacation recently. My non-goretex pants had let me down bigtime, these things were just $150, so it seemed like a good deal. I kept on wearing them for the remainder of the trip, they rocked. Sure, the Neon Camo colourway is not the best(it's growing on me) but how can you complain at goretex snow-pants for $150 ??? The XL fits me well(6ft tall, 36 inch waist, 32inch inside leg). They are on the baggy side but that suits me and is how they are intended. The pockets could be bigger and maybe they are not as sturdy as some pants(they had a tiny tear in them after sitting on a rock, repaired with duct tape), but overall these are a super-bargain.

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Howard Worton wrote a review of on March 6, 2010

5 5

I decided to go for the JLs even without any answer of my question on here. No problem, I was desperate for new boots after 4 seasons on my lovely old Speedmachines. Call me stupid but I bought them without having tried them at all, online from REI(because I could pick up in person from Reno on vacation and because of their money-back guarantee). At first I felt stupid because they were incredibly tight and uncomfortable. Pride forced me to try them for a second day on the hill and they got a little better. By day 5 I was grinning both at the fact they were less painful and that I could throw my Motherships around easily. They do need some minute adjustment but I know I have gone the right way. My gamble worked - my size seems to be sold-out in most places now, so hesitation would've been fatal. Goes without saying they are super-stiff and do just what you'd expect.

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Howard Worton wrote a question about on February 8, 2010

I've been skiing my fatties on Nordica Speedmachine 110 boots from 2006. They are just about done in - they must have over 120 days on them so far, I would think - and need changing soon, I think. They have been super-comfortable and I am tempted just to go for an equivalent type boot this time around. These days though I ski a lot harder than I did when I bought the Speedmachines. I am wondering wether I'd be better off with a boot like the Jah Love ? How will it perform in comparison to the Speedmachine ? Thanks in advance :)

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