Ian Whalen-Owens

Ian Whalen-Owens

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Ian's Passions

Camping
Trail Running
Mountain Biking

Ian's Bio

Ian from AZ. College student and HS Track & Field coach.

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Ian Whalen-Owens wrote a review of on January 6, 2011

4 5

I've always ran Salomon's for trail running and this is this my first pair of Pearls. I have to say these have held there own and am impressed so far. Good traction, feel natural not akward, a nice snug wrap around feel. What I liked the best was the stability, especially the lateral. Ive gone around 100 trail/road miles in these so far and they still feel like they have a lot of life left. If your looking to try a new shoe I'd say go for these.

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Ian Whalen-Owens wrote a review of on December 23, 2009

4 5

I ordered the black color, its different than the picture, grey stitching rather than yellow & a metal hestra logo rather than a plastic one on the back of the hand.

Pros: Beautiful & durable construction. Form fitting, great dexterity, yet insulating and warm.

Cons: Well... none yet. they're holding up great with regular TLC.

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Ian Whalen-Owens wrote a review of on October 9, 2009

4 5

Take your time looking for a good thin sock. These are great by the way. Warmer than they actually describe here, thats if you have the right sock/ski boot fit. If you can wear thick socks while skiing, then your boots are too big. A thin sock is key to getting a good fit. These socks are very nice!

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Ian Whalen-Owens wrote a review of on October 9, 2009

4 5

Very fast. There response can be alittle overwhelming if your form is slightly off. They definately will help with progressing your skiing ability. I went from a Nordica Speedmachine 12 to these Langes which surely charge harder than no other. They didnt have all the fancy stuff like the Nordica or a Technica, but lets be serious.... its a boot. If you want an aggressive, hard charging boot, no extra gadgets or frills, look no further.

Oh! and be prepared to get thrown off your ass if your not on top of your game.

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Ian Whalen-Owens wrote a question about on October 5, 2009

In the near future I'm looking to get a backcountry(mainly sled access), powder set up. I came across Moment and found that they make some pretty good stuff. How forgiving is this ski? I ride line prophets and love them, they're just sometimes a lot of work in the pow. I also want to know what kind of binding anyone would recommend for this setup? I'm 5'10", 160lbs...

Thanks in advance!

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Ian Whalen-Owens wrote an answer about on October 2, 2009

Nothing has changed. Same great ski. They now have added the prophet 90 flite, which is the same ski without the metal matrix making it a softer flex.

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Ian Whalen-Owens wrote an answer about on October 2, 2009

These are very stiff. Go with the prophet flite if you like Line, it should be softer since it wont have the metal matrix. I'm not sure about the K2, but I'd imagine it is quite softer. I've seen park people use them so thats my only guess that they have a softer flex.

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Ian Whalen-Owens wrote a review of on October 2, 2009

3 5

I have the 08/09 model of these. I liked the spherical lens, wide view range that fills out a medium to large face. They match up well with a variety of helmets, thanks to their bigger frame filling up the gaps. I did find the construction to be kind of cheap though. The composite frame and strap loops reminded me of cheap toy plastic. They felt like they could break easily, though they havent.

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Ian Whalen-Owens wrote a review of on September 29, 2009

3 5

Their said to run narrow but I found these to be a lil wide. The toe piece is kinda over kill as well. The lace loops are weak. After two months of normal wear one of the lace loops and lace broke. I found the XA Pro 3D to have better loops.
Other than that, these are good trail shoes. The waterproofing worked great for the occasional wet weather & mud. They have a super grippy tread pattern. I run on a lot on decomposed granite in high elevation desert & dry forest areas, known to be looser traction.

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Ian Whalen-Owens wrote a review of on September 29, 2009

4 5

This is an alround good snow jacket. Better for mild to moderate conditions. It is fairly basic with not many features but is comfortable, extremely waterproof, and the fur hood is warming. There is a powder skirt unlike what the discription states and the removable hood is nice for those days you don't need it. You can take off the fur trim as well if you don't like it.

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