A very well designed binding. There are a couple of unusual but great features about this binding. First is the pressure relief button on the ankle strap. This also makes it very easy to enter the bindings as well. The toe strap is also designed well. It is preshaped and has a rubber edge to cup the toe nicely. Other nice features are the aluminum baseplate, asym high back, comfortable straps, and lightweight. The only thing missing is a canted footbed. The Backcountry.com description above states that this binding has a canted footbed, but in fact it does not. That would have made this binding exceptional. The bindings are fairly stiff but has good feel and feedback. I tried other rear entry bindings including Flow and K2 Cinch which both felt muted and unresponsive. The mutant possessed the feel and responsiveness of a regular binding. Very pleased
Riding the 161. Rode in powder, chopped powder, and groomers. Also rode the regular flagship (1st year produced) as my regular board until I purchased the carbon flagship. Noticeably stiffer. Holds its edge that would make other boards wash out. Inspired confidence that you can retain control when needed. The board definitely comes to life at higher speeds. Lots of pop, quick edge to edge. Needs some input at slower speeds but that is to be expected in a stiffer board. I really enjoy going straight down the fall line on this board, more so than even the regular flagship. The base is very fast, and the top sheet is very strong. Overall, a phenomenal adv/exp level board. The only problem is now I want the carbon solution as well...
No further back than 2.5 cm back from center. I ended up mounting mine three times, from -5cm, -3.5cm, and -2.5cm. At -2.5cm, handles beautifully without any nose dive. Any further back and the skis just do not handle properly. Good luck.
I am a forward directional rider. I mounted mine at team line, which is 2.5cm behind center in 183 length. In powder I have not had any nose dive and the ski handles fairly well. I still get the feeling that there is a little too much ski in the rear however. I am considering mounting another cm behind current position. I think I need another couple of days to decide. Hope this helps.
This is a great ski. Ridden in two light and fluffy powder days. Amazing float. Because they keep you on top, the skis allow you to carve even in powder. Very playful. When making quick, short turns, the Bent Chetlers are very poppy but stable. Haven't had much time in crud and chop yet. Surprisingly carves well on groomers. They don't just get you back to the lift. I mounted mine on the team line, which is 2.5cm back from center. I ride in forward direction only. Fairly aggressive and hard charging style. I might tweak this a little. Need to put in a few more days to decide for sure. Overall, awesome skis.
This ski is pure magic. In the deepest of powder, this ski floats well while retainig agility unexpected from a ski of this width. It makes short, medium, and long radii turns flawlessly. It can carve on all but the most bulletproof surfaces, but then again, in those conditions you do not want to be riding a 116mm waisted ski. It is also very light. I mounted mine 1cm ahead of recommended but I think it would ride just as well on the line. Originally, I mounted 2cm ahead, but didn't think it carved as well. From tight trees to groomers to bowls, this ski will make you a better rider. While the bibbys excel in these conditions, the one situation where it superior to all others is in the chop and crud. It slices and dices like a ginzu knife. This is my favorite ski of all time.
I have the bibby 184, which has a slightly narrower 116mm waist. The 110mm brakes on the marker griffons fit without any manipulation. I would think that the same width brake should fit the 190 with a 118mm waist with only slight bending.
This is a confidence inspiring ski. Due to the stiff and damp ride quality, handles the chop and crud amazingly well. You can just blast through anything in your path. On groomers, carves well although I have never ridden it on bulletproof. Floats well in powder. Adept at small, medium, and large radius turns. It is amazingly agile at making quick, short turns as you navigate through a field of firm chop. A great balance between agility and stability. I mounted mine 1cm toward center of recommended, or 5cm back from core center. I ride forward direction only. Only go backwards unintentionally. I think I will keep it there. No nose dive, very nimble at this position. Cant wait to take it out again. Bravo, Moment!!!
Phenomenal powder skis. Floats effortlessly. Incredibly smooth ride. Nothing that has not been said before. The point I want to make is about the mounting location. Salomon provides two lines. One is at the center for progressive riders. The rear line, which is 6cm back, is for freeriders. This is where I originally mounted my skis. At this location, there was way too much ski in front of the binding. It made the skis feel cumbersome and clumsy. I saw the video by Mike Douglas who recommended mounting about one inch behind the center line. I remounted the skis 4cm forward of the rear line at the +4 mark (which is also 2cm behind the center line). All awkwardness resolved. These skis came to life for me. These skis were magic on the powder. No nose dive despite the forward mounting. They floated over pristine and not so pristine powder with ease. The skis were very agile and nimble. Needless to say, I have found my powder skis. Thank you Salomon.
Overall, great ski. Really easy to turn. Seems like short and medium radius turns are its forte. The ski does not have a significant side cut, so when you're carving, the turns tend to be fairly long and straight. That can be good or bad, depending on your preference. I personally prefer skis I can make arcing carves on, but again, matter of personal preference. They are very stable and hold its edge well, even on bulletproof groomers. I am definitely riding faster now than ever before. I am 5'10" and weigh 175lbs. I got the 177cm, but these do ski short and could have easily gone with the 185s. I just went with the shorter length for agility in the trees but based on how the 177s feel, I don't think I would have had much issue with the 185s. Definitely a keeper.
I live in the PNW, where we get high water content snow. Usually heavy, gets packed quickly. I got the Armada JJ's at the beginning of this year. Great skis on untouched snow and good on groomers too. However, when the snow gets chopped up and firm, not as stellar. Gets bounced around somewhat. I wanted a ski that could power through the crud. Did a lot of research and became aware of the Line Influence 115. Decided to return the Armadas and get the Lines. All week, I was nervous that I made a horrible mistake. Today, we received 11 inches overnight at Baker. In the early morning virgin powder, these were fine as most skis would be in those conditions. Never had any issue with nose dive. Floated effortlessly. As the day progressed and the snow became increasingly chopped and packed, these skis shined. As long as you ski aggressively and drive these skis, they will meet your every command. I never felt so confident riding through crud and in the trees as I did today. This is especially promising considering this is my first day on these skis. On groomers, they were awesome for 115 waisted skis. They felt so nimble and turned so effortlessly, they felt much narrower than actual. Slalom turns to GS turns, no problem. The edge hold was impressive. While I never thought a 115 waisted ski could be a quiver of one, I experienced an epiphany today. These skis are phenomenal. Period.
I wanted to find a ski that would handle about 90% of the conditions. I have Armada JJ's for the deep days, but wanted something to ride on for the rest of the time. These fit the bill quite nicely. They can make any type of turn you wish. Anything from quick slalom turns to GS carving turns. They are surprisingly nimble for 98 waisted skis. I've skied narrower waisted skis that were not as quick. The only concern is edge hold on ice, but then again, I am not typically going if it's icy. Also wide enough to handle but the deepest of days. Fun on groomers as well. A jack of all trades. Highly recommended.
Hey there. I am 5'10" and weigh 185lbs. Fairly muscular. From the C7 to iliac crest length is 20.75 inches. Should I go with a medium or large?
I am very impressed with these gloves. I was looking at the arcteryx alpha sv gloves, but couldn't justify the price tag. I was initially concerned that the shell felt so thin without the liners. The liners are thicker than usual and made the glove feel tight and stiff. I wore these for 3 days at Whistler which included a day of cat skiing. I was very pleasantly surprised that I didn't need to use the liner at all, even in 30mph winds. My hands remained warm and dry, and the only time I used the liner was walking around the village. The leather also stayed fairly dry and didn't soak up water like a sponge. It also has a unique tightening system at the gauntlet which was easy to use. I would honestly give it 4 1/2 stars.
This is the best board I have ever ridden. In deep powder, this board keeps its nose up and floats beautifully. On groomers, it can turn on a dime or make long, sweeping carves. It is very agile but stable. The board is very quick edge to edge. The mellow mag is very subtle, but the board holds its edge when called upon. The flagship is the ultimate freeride board. I will be keeping this board for a long time.
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