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JCN wrote an answer about on December 22, 2010

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I'd suggest taking a look at some local demos. Maybe try out some of the new s series rossi(6 or 7), 4frnt(ehp/msp), pmgear(bros/lhasas), k2, etc.. Recommendations really depend on your level of skiing, weight, flex, style, likes, dislikes and so fourth. If you're going to spend some serious money on a new set of planks, get a good idea as to what you like and go from there. Tons and tons of great demos out there. I have my Dukes set up on a pair of 4frnt ehp's in a 186. Awesome ski and a lot of fun. Kinda heavy though. As Phil mentioned above, you probably wouldn't want to take that kind of a setup on longer tours.

Good luck!

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JCN wrote an answer about on January 22, 2010

I have the Millet Origin Pro and the hood is quite small compared to an Arcteryx hood. Not quite sure, but I had to get another helmet to accommodate the smaller hood. It's fine now though. Millet will fit like a slimmer cut Arcteryx jacket (gamma or maybe even the beta). I'm 5'10" - 175 and wear a US Medium in the Origin Pro. It is pretty form fitting, but I can still layer with a capeline and an R1/2.

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JCN wrote a review of on January 6, 2010

5 5

Awesome GT Pro technical shell. Absolutely no liner, but that is what I was looking for. Be sure to get your sizing right though. People here have suggested to size down, but the labels on the drop downs should be your normal size in US. I wear a medium in basically everything but some of the tight-fitting Arc gear (Gamma mx for example) where I am a large. I ordered a US large (BC dropdown box large) and I was sent a Euro XL, it was too big. Be sure to check out the sizing chart to correctly size yourself. I ended up getting a US medium (Euro large) and it fits great. I'm 5'10", 175. I'll upload some pictures when I get the chance. The red color is more like the 'detailed views' and not so much the main view. It looks a little dull from the main picture, but it's pretty bright. Also, this jacket has under arm zips for venting. The description is off. The hood is a bit small though...I actually had to purchase a new helmet to accommodate the smaller hood.

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JCN wrote a review of on January 3, 2010

4 5

I purchased the GMX hoody around '06 (still Canadian made) and have used it for the past three or so years for trips out west and basically an overall winter jacket. I wear a medium in the majority of jackets, but the M was too tight in the chest, so I opted for the large. Fits me perfectly (5'10", 175). I have been at the top of Sugarbush in -20 windchill and this bad boy has held up (with layering of course). This jacket comes water resistant, but after a little...it is recommended to apply some sort of softshell water repellent to it. I used Grangers G-line Soft Shell and it worked fairly well for six or so months. Due to this shell being fairly thin, and soft, I have ripped the sleeves in four different places. I have pieces of duct tape currently covering the rips, but the fact that it has basically given up is why I knocked it down a star in my review. I'd be naive in thinking this jacket would last forever, but after three "seasons" (I live east and go west 3 or so times a year), it has started its decline. Don't get me wrong, I loved this jacket, but I'm definitely going to go with a hardshell for my next purchase. This will, however, continue to stay in my arsenal for warmer days on the slopes.

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JCN wrote a question about on October 30, 2009

Anyone have this jacket and want to fill me in on sizing/quality/amazingness? I'm coming from the arcteryx gamma mx hoody (softshell) and need to get a new piece for the winter. Does this run a bit small? I'm between a M and a L in the Gamma MX and want to get my purchase right on the first try. Thanks!

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JCN wrote a review of on June 8, 2009

5 5

You can't beat Smiths Polar Brown lens. I have owned three pairs of different smith shades (Vice, Toaster and Serpicos) and the PB lens is stunning. As far as the Serpicos are concerned, best pair of glasses I have ever owned. The slight curve in the frame/lens really makes these suitable for faces of all sizes. Upon breaking my Vices by accident, I sent them back and got these as a replacement (due to the vices being discontinued). Thanks to their killer customer service, I was only out $30 or so out of pocket. I'm in the process of getting the polarized silver..

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JCN wrote an answer about on February 27, 2009

183. No doubt. I'm the same height and four pounds heavier than you, and wouldn't think twice about anything less than 183. I have the 177 karmas and the 183 goats and love the added length in the pow that the goats bring. Rip-city.

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JCN wrote an answer about on December 17, 2008

I'm your exact same size, ski on 177 karmas and 183 Goats. They are perfect for me (183 Goats). Try the 183's and 190's out and pick the ski you feel most comfortable in all-around. I wouldn't go any shorter than 183's in this ski though.

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JCN wrote a question about on October 3, 2008

Anyone have any impressions of this hat? I'm looking for something along the lines of this and would like to hear some input.. It's a bit pricey, but I tend to be of the mindset that the majority of items out there in the world are priced according to reason (give or take outliers). Any help is appreciated!

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JCN wrote an answer about on May 1, 2008

To the best of my knowledge, yes...they will. I was talking with an Oakley rep the other day and he told me that they would fit. I have the XLJ's and they are awesome. Only bad thing is the fact that the Transitions lenses aren't sold seperately yet. Go on Oakley.com and search for a customer service number, they are really cool and will be able to give you a definite answer.

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JCN wrote a review of on May 1, 2008

5 5

Check the Transitions, they are great. I ordered the jet black/persimmon trans and they quickly replaced my smiths as my new favorite lenses. I thought smith knew what they were doing when it came to lense quality, but these Transition Flaks are far better. Water, sweat, oil and pretty much any other thing you could think of just beads off of these bad boys. I love nice glasses and think that any active person should treat themselves to these Flaks. I have a medium-sized face and the XLJ's are fine. Check out the Oakley website to see what the different lenses are capable of doing in various conditions. They have a nice little interactive site set up for lenses.

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JCN wrote a review of on May 1, 2008

5 5

I love these glasses. I wrote a review under the regular Flaks, so I feel as though I should review these because these are the ones I picked up. Specs: I got the Jet Black/Transition-Persimmon glasses above and they are AMAZING. I spent about three days of going to shops and trying the Half Jackets (regular and XLJ) and the Flaks (Regular and XLJ) in all different colors and lenses. I came to the conclusion that the Flaks are the way to go for sport-related use. I am not a fan of a lot of Oakleys weird, bulky stand-outish frames, which the Flaks are borderline. However, they fit my face (medium) very well and had to take the plunge. I would definitely recommend taking a trip to the Oakley website and playing around with the different lens filters. It is a really cool aplication and is the reason I picked up the Persimmon. Sweat, dirt, oil, rain and other particles of whatever that get on your glasses whilst participating in an activity are not an issue here. All of the Flaks come with a sort of Rain Ex layer which repels most things thrown at it. Also, when the "rubber" parts of the frame get wet from sweat, they stick to your face even more. No more playing around with your glasses when they start sliding. These things stay put. Alright, this review is long enough...pick up a pair of these and be prepared for visual perfection.

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