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Jamie Preston

Jamie Preston

Utah, Telluride, BC, Vermont, Maui

Jamie Preston's Passions

Biking
Skiing

Jamie Preston's Bio

Try to make every powder day and live for the big deep days, inbounds then out. Try to ski BC or AK untracked one week a year. Love to ski lots of different skis and feel the nuances. If it is not winter, windsurfing is priority one followed closely by biking or golf. I cannot wait to introduce my young daughter to the outdoor world - in fact she has some time in skiing in the pack already!

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Jamie Preston

Jamie Preston wrote a review of on March 27, 2014

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

First, this is basically a very comfortable helmet, and it was the model that finally got me to wear a helmet on a daily basis. Second, it is very warm (without the need to wear a hat under) given the cushy liner. Third, it looks great, and is a break from the "standard". Those are all the pluses.
I found it runs really small - I am a medium in Smith, POC and finally ended up with an XL (which shocked me). And, the helmet pushes down on the nose which gets to be uncomfortable after a while...I use the Smith Fuse (and did try the smaller Phenom) but admittedly did not try other options. I have switched to a Pret - and though I need to wear a beanie, I like the fit on my face a bit better.I think with helmets it is a trial and error, personal preference thing, but this is worth a try.

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Jamie Preston wrote a review of on March 27, 2014

4 5

Familiarity: I gave it as a gift

My small (110 lb) wife uses this mainly as her everyday binding with the occasional backcountry foray (usually before and after the resort season). They have been great for that, but if she toured all the time I would likely put her on a Dynafit. All in all these perform well - takes her a little extra effort to stamp into the heel. For the skier who is in bounds more than out, but want the option without a whole new setup - an excellent choice.

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Jamie Preston wrote a review of on March 24, 2014

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Fit: True to size

These are fashionable cords. The rust is more red than rust (about like the picture). I have other Prana pants from past year - these may not be "hipster" but the fit is definitely slimmer than past years. 4 stars because I like it a bit looser fit.

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Jamie Preston wrote a review of on March 20, 2014

5 5

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

I have reviewed this jacket before, got it a couple seasons ago. Unfortunately, the shoulder pocket delaminated this winter. BC handles all warranty issues and I quickly had a new jacket, albeit in a new color. But good experience give BC's revised return policy. Even with the delam issue, still a fan of the jacket.

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Jamie Preston wrote a review of on December 31, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I gave it as a gift

It is a bit tough to comment on these, because the feedback comes from a kid - but the Kid reports are positive. No reports of pressure points or pain, and the skiing looks great. We have invested in boot heaters to eliminate early hot chocolate pleas - so no real feedback on how warm these boots are.

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Jamie Preston wrote a review of on December 31, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I gave it as a gift
Fit: True to size

It is a lightweight, functional and good looking piece of gear. Perfect as a mid layer, or an around town jacket. She also likes to sport the Goat. At 5'7" 110 pounds, size S works well for her (she can be a small or a medium). It has taken the top spot in her puffy collection.If they had more colors, I would be in big trouble.

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Jamie Preston wrote a review of on December 31, 2013

3 5

Familiarity: I returned this product before using it

While this is a good pant (we have happily bought these in the past), the sizing through the line seems to be inconsistent. This year's seem to run small. Last year's 12 fit perfectly (as did the 12 in the store), but when ordered they were way too small. My wife wears these (not a growing kid). A little complicated, but the issue seems to be with Rossi production standards. When they work, they are a good choice, but 3 stars for size issues.

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Jamie Preston wrote a review of on December 30, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I have skied Langes for years, and have always been impressed with these boots. The fit is great, the performance outstanding and the hardware is durable (I have never had a buckle break or a cracked shell even with a lot of use (100 plus day seasons). I also have to agree with Griffin on the flex issue - it is all too common to see flex claims that don't stand up. These are a true 130. I cannot comment on warmth, because I always use a Thermic boot heater.
All of the above being said, boot choice is personal, and a variety of factors (volume, arch height) will dictate your ultimate choice. I have a long, low volume foot with a low arch. I use an aftermarket footbed.

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Jamie Preston wrote a review of on December 30, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Tough to beat this pole, from the grip to the weight. It is too bad they don't have a few more color options, and it would be nice if they could include powder baskets as an option (I realize this is billed as race pole, but lots of folks use these for powder skiing).

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