The Wasatch. I travel all over Utah and surrounding states to Mountain Bike, but never have to go anywhere else to Ski.
Sweet Arc'teryx quality , of course. But it seems more like a hardshell to me. NOT that there is anything wrong with that. Absolutely waterproof but definitely seem to be more breathable Then Gore PRO.
Fit, I have a old pair of small Arc pants that are getting a little tight for my now 31" waist. but the New Arc fit in a small , is plenty comfy. For Arc'teryx, I would not really call these athletic cut. They are down to the knee, then get pretty big. Sort of styling, without too much extra bulk.
Photo- Brand new pants and 10 year old Sidewinder shell. On a 5 below Zero day.
I was looking for a 100mm ski, light enough for ME to hike with. Couldn't be more happy with the Drift. I am one of those guys who has been skiing on tele gear for 30 years and quit dropping the knee a long time ago. Apparently i was in serious need of some new Tech. For me ( 150 Lbs) a 176 , 100mm ski is just Right. The Semi rocker does not look like much, but that also did the trick for me. Just enough to make turning easy, and still give a stable paltform. I can drop my knee with confidence now. see photo.
Yes these are like wearing nothing. Perfect for hiking in Utahs HOT summers. could never figure out why Hiking shorts had to be made of thick canvas with 6 cargo pockets, flaps, snaps. Yes they have 2, almost worthless pockets, but so what. They do have a built in belt , and really long inseam.
This is a loose fitting Tank, So it is very comfortable and cool. The fabric is really soft and cool. You might be able to get away with a size smaller if you want a tighter fit.
Another Great pair of shorts in my Prana collection. A nice alternative to the synthetic Mojos.
I got the Medium ( I am about a 31" waist) and they fit great. The Tie waist has Not come off no matter how many Sun Salutations and Downward Dogs i do.
I got this bag and got exactly what you would expect from Gregory. Bomber construction and materials. Perfectly executed features and details.
It may be a little more then others, but you can expect to have it the rest of your life. AND , the Handle is the Best.
I got the E98 at the beginning of the season. I have been skiing for 45 years and these are THE most powerful ski i have ever been on.
So mostly have skied on some pretty narrow skis, my last skis were 88mm waist. These carve groomers like a much narrower ski. And they power through any conditions like a dream. And they Really prefer to go Fast.
I weigh 150 and ski aggressive and got the 180cm. Perfect. I demoed the E88 previously. It is a fun ski, but lacks the metal of the 98 and is a much tamer ski.
I have 2 pair of Soles and really like them. These go in my hiking boots. Just enough Cush and not too thick. I tried a pair of Thermomoldable ones and even with my low Volume foot, they were too thick.
I only use poles when the trail gets steep or rough. So in my pack much of the time. This was the pole I had to get. They are so easy and even fun to deploy, and just as easy to break down.
I am used to adjustable poles for skiing and debated if i needed it. Plenty happy without. I am 5'10" and got the 120cm , perfect.
I am careful with them . Try to avoid jamming into Granite boulders in talus slopes.
Another great BD product.
I have been using that other Brand for decades. Got a couple pair of Soles last year. I have these in a pair of lightweight hiking shoes. I have really flat feet and i like the "spring" of the arch on these. Other brands have a pretty rigid support there and can be uncomfortable. But these really seem to do the trick.
I also got the Dean Karnazes for more cushion.
This is a really good looking shirt. I am a big fan of Poly,Rayon and Silk shirts. This ranks up with my favorite shirts. soft, comfortable, stretchy and Wrinkle free. It would be an awesome travel shirt.
Lines are clean, slimming (not that i need that) and stitching looks spot on.
I have been slow in picking a new cold weather glove. Got these and so far just what i wanted. Not too big of a gauntlet. And the guides always seemed a bit too stiff. The leather on these is pretty soft out of the box and is getting better each day.
I usually wear a large glove and these larges fit fine.
I have been using the Antidote for nearly a year now. As far as the new opening being easier to use, it is a bit tricky the first few times of getting it closed. But it is easier to open. One of the reasons of the new design was that the old one was very easy to over tighten and very hard to open. they succeeded there. And the seam to flatten out the reservoir was way over due.
With the opening PROPERLY close, i have never experienced any leaks.
Unlike most ski reviewers here, I am OLD school ( started skiing in the '60's) and have very slowly moved up to fatter skis. This is the fattest ski I own. Unfortunately I am only weekend skier and had an accident last Fall that hurt my early season skiing. So the photo below was my first great powder to on these skis. And they were awesome. Even though I have them mounted Tele, I mostly quit dropping the knee about 2 decades ago. I can proudly call myself a Tele skier again. I can drop a knee with confidence now, no Tele tip dive. Even open it up and rip some Big turns.
I did not get these out till about mid season, just as the Wasatch was getting some rain and weekend after weekend of wind. I did not do so well on wind scoured and crusts. But I won't blame the skis, but they did feel a bit grabby.
Love the DEEP!
I have acquired a lot of softshells over the years and have not been really excited about any of them. They were not very warm or worked well in only a specific range of conditons.
The Monolith works great as a casual jacket( Warm) and has proven to be a great ski shell too. I have worn it on days that turned out to be colder and winder then i anticipated and stayed warm. The tall collar and long, tapered sleeves keep the cold out. And the material and welded seams really keep out the wind.
I would differ on those saying it is baggy. I got a Medium. I am 5'10" 155. It is a bit loose around the chest, but that allows room for a good mid layer. I would say the arms and waist are more of an athletic fit.
As far as Desert Pucker goes, i would not consider it lightweight. The Model/polyester is rather thick and very soft and comfortable. Much more durable then some lightweight poly tech shirts. I am sure the short sleeve would do in warm weather.
I thought the fit was pretty normal, but a little short. I got a Medium and am about 5'10". The cut on it is for wearing out, if you try to tuck it in, it may not stay there.
I recently mounted up my second pair of Voile Switchbacks. There was no other choice for my new skis. I purchased my first pair in 08 ( see below). In 3 years, the bindings show no sign of wear or fatigue. I have never switched to tour mode while skiing. Maybe 2 or 3 times they did not immediately lock when i switched to ski mode, but 1 stomp down did the trick. The only nit picky thing i can think of is the tall bar is TALL. One of these years I will get around to buying a medium one.
I picked this up early this summer and it is my favorite shirt. I really like synthetic materials, but am picky about which ones. I do not like Nylon and some lightweight Poly's are fragile. Whatever 'Modal' is, I LIKE it. The Security Check has some Weight to it. But is very cool and comfortable. It would definitely be a great shirt for travel. It wrinkle free and comfortable. Also has nice dress look to it, so you can wear with shorts during the day, then put on long pants and wear out at night.
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