Ian McIntosh

Ian McIntosh

Pro Athlete

Whistler/Blackcomb

Ian McIntosh's Passions

Hiking & Camping
Biking
Skiing
Climbing
Surfing

Ian McIntosh

Ian McIntoshwrote a review of on September 30, 2015

5 5

I have used almost every style of touring binding over the years and nothing compares to the Kingpin. This binding combines the best features of every other touring binding I have used. The pin/tech toe is the best design for walking up and delivers the ultimate in edge to edge control on the down. All other tech toe bindings on the market have four springs in the toe piece, the Kingpin has six making it stronger and more reliable. A traditional frame touring bindings stays attached to your boot in walk mode, adding weight to each and every step, which on any hike makes a big difference in energy output.
In contrast the Kingpin has a more traditional step in heal. Along with ease of use a step in heal is much superior for edge to edge power transfer. A tech heal binding performs very poorly on the down and allows for tons of play when transferring from one edge to the other. This combined with a super wide screw pattern (toe and heal) gives the Kingpin a far superior edge to edge performance that is unmatched. Gone are the days of feeling disconnected from you ski and you descend on two wobbly pins. I never felt confident charging on a traditional tech binding. The Kingpin gives you all the benefits of a tech binding but the confidence of the feeling when you step into a heal piece that locks down on the heal of your boot. It also has a lagit din that works, which is a sacrifice people seam to make when using other tech bindings.
Using the Kingpin is also superior to any other touring binding I have used, so easy and simple. To step into the toe there is a guide to assist in lining up the pins which makes it fast and easy. Then just step down on the traditional heal piece. To switch to tour mode you simply step out of the binding a flip the leaver that slides the heal piece back. Click back into the toe and step down, this locks the break up and out of the way, ready to go! Once walking you have two riser adjustments that flip down off the heal and are super easy to use with your ski pole. If you are a hardcore who likes to keep your skis on your foot when taking your skins off then you'll love this binding because you can easily switch into ski mode without ever taking the ski off your foot. Simply lift your foot up and flip the leaver sliding the heal forward, step back down and your ready to shred. No other touring binding on the market works this well for both climbing and descending.
The only people I wouldn't recommend this binding to are the rando-racers of the world.
Anyone who actually wants to shred after they climb then this binding is for you.

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Ian McIntosh
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Ian McIntoshwrote a review of on January 28, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

These are my go to gloves for colder days. I like super minimal thin gloves for the most part but when its cold I use these. Still a minimal cuff and fit considering how warm they are. Stylish and durable too!

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Ian McIntoshwrote a review of on January 28, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This ski is not only among the lightest on the market but it preforms as good if not better than the metal Katana of the past. Great for touring and everyday resort skiing. Put these skis through some serious strength testing in La Grave this year when we we're skiing down boulder fields with little to no snow at the bottom of the runs. Hit tons of rocks in France and the skis held up super well. The crazy low swing weight will feel weird at first but it's hard to go back to a heavy ski once you have tried these. Look for the whole Carbon BMT line coming out next year with three different widths.

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Ian McIntoshwrote a review of on January 28, 2014

3 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size

This shoe may not be the highest performing shoe on the market but they might be the most comfortable. I can actually hang out in these shoes all day. Unlike other shoes that I've had that I take off any chance I get. Be prepared to have red feet after each time wearing them though cause the red die stains your feet when you start to sweat even just a little bit.

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Ian McIntoshwrote a review of on January 28, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This cargo box is easy to take on and off, it's aerodynamic and simple to use. Opens from both sides and fits tons of stuff in it. I use it for skis plus cargo in the winter and I put pretty much everything in it in the summer.

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Ian McIntoshwrote a review of on January 28, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I love my Thule AeroBlades. They are strong, aerodynamic, and look great! I have two pair in two different lengths, one set for my canopy and another for my truck roof. Make sure you can get the proper fit kit for your ride before you buy. They might not have a fit kit for your car if its an older model.

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Ian McIntoshwrote a review of on November 23, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This ski is awesome! I love how versatile it is, weather pow or ice this ski will preform. The little bit of rocker gives it a great feel in the pow but you'd never notice that it has rocker once on hard pack. This ski is however the more aggressive ski in Volkl's big mountain line as far as stiffness so be sure that's what you want. Rail Super G turns on groomers or smear some pow on this one.

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Ian McIntoshwrote a review of on November 23, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size

I love this jacket! Super warm, stylish and fits great. I mainly just use it as just a jacket for kicking around town but it also works great as a layer. There's no down in the armpit area so you won't overheat. It's thin and minimal for how warm it is, love the feel.

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Ian McIntoshwrote a review of on November 23, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: Runs large

The jacket is perfect for those who would like a nice warm layer for those cold days. It also looks stylish so you can wear it any time. Soft face fabric gives it a great feel. Might want to downsize one size if you plan to layer with it though because we designed it to fit a bit bigger. I'm 6'2" 185lbs and I like the XL however it can be a bit bulky in that size as a layering piece.

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Ian McIntoshwrote a review of on November 20, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

ABS is one of the most trusted airbag systems. Designed and developed in Europe so you know it's good. Two airbags means that if you pop one on a rock or something you'll still have enough flotation to keep you on the surface. Paired with The North Face pack you have the best of both worlds. I don't travel in the backcountry without it.

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Ian McIntoshwrote a review of on November 20, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size

This jacket is the best I've ever had. Living in Whistler it can get wet and the 3 layer Gore-Tex keeps me dry. Since I helped design this jacket I'm a little biased however we designed it to be the best. Great pockets, features, style and fit. It truly has it all. Paired up with the Freethinker bib pant and I'm in heaven.

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Ian McIntoshwrote a review of on November 20, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This binding is for skiers who want a touring binding that they can trust as much as their conventional binding. I'll huck just as big and ski just as hard on this binding as any other. It's never failed me and I trust it 100%. The wider screw pattern is very noticeable when transferring from edge to edge and when sidehill climbing, it also helps make the binding feel lower to the ski. My go to for charging backcountry lines.

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Ian McIntoshwrote a review of on November 20, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I've skied many different brands and styles of bindings over the years but the Jester Pro is by far the best in my opinion. I'm 6'2" 185lbs I ski hard and I've never come out when I didn't want to and I only ski them on 13 din. Lightweight compared to many of its competitors and has a small footprint on the ski witch allows the ski to flex more evenly. As a bonus the bar on the toe piece thats designed to give the binding strength for the big spring inside also works great for kicking the snow off your boot.

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Ian McIntoshwrote a review of on November 20, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This goggle has it all. Stylish, great peripheral vision, easy to change lenses and fit. The I/O was my favourite goggle until the I/OX for all the reasons I just listed and is now my go to for skiing. I use them with the Gage helmet for a perfect fit. I do still use the I/O for BASE jumping though because they fit a little better with the low profile Maze helmet.

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Ian McIntoshwrote a review of on November 20, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This is my favourite Smith Helmet. Simple, warm, stylish and comfy. I love how the elastic piece in the back hugs my head and keeps the helmet from moving around. The brim fits the larger I/OX goggle super well.

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