Wasatch Mtns, Uinta Mtns, Alaskan Chugach
I've been traveling with the DaKine Concourse Double ski bag for years. From Alaska to Europe to South America and places in between. I Love this bag! It has durable wheels and a strong main compartment which is key when towing a heavy load. I typically fit two pairs of skis (185 fat skis), 2 pairs of poles, helmet, gloves, boot dryer, shovel, probe, skins, and a backpack rolled up. The wrap around zipper makes it easy for security to scan your gear, and the outer pocket fits flip-flops or slippers perfectly for when you arrive to your destination.
I love using this GoPro strap on my Mtn bike, Snowmobile and Moto helmets. Since I don't GoPro too often with these helmets, I did not want to have a permanent sticky mount. Tightening the straps are a little tricky, but I have found that the wider the straps are wrapped around the helmet visor he more secure the camera will be. I usually use some duct tape around the base of the mount too to prevent any wobbling.
This is the second Xen Helmet that I have owned. I love the snug fit, the light weight, and dope style of this safety piece! The sliding adjustable strap, along the the back of your head, keeps the helmet locked down while jumping or bouncing over rocks and the vented design keeps your head cool while climbing.
GoPro Chest Mount footage.
This is by far one of the coolest pieces of gear that I have gotten in a long time! The weight is comparable to a kitchen garbage bag, light as air!! And, the comfort is amazing... I can sleep on my side and my hip bone floats free of the ground. The improvements from my old Therma-Rest to this one is night and day. Amazing. My recommendation: if you like sleeping outdoors, you've got to get one!
My feet love these socks, an all-time favorite! I do everything from bumming around the house to hiking a monster trail in these socks. It is great how you can not feel the stitching near the toes and how the cushiony feeling doesn't seem to pack down and fade. I'm sure your feet will love these socks too!!
I love this sleeping bag! I get cold easily, but continue to stay toasty while sleeping in the outdoors. Not one night has gone bye where I have been chilled. This bag is wide enough to sleep on your side and not feel tightly confined. I recommend this sleeping bag if you are looking for that super duper comfy -20 bag with the option to sleep in the snow.
I love this bottle, it keeps all my liquids cold or warm as I play in the mtns. The mouth is wide and makes for easy rinsing and gulping! This water bottle is a little on the tall side, so it doesn't always fit on the outer pouch of my backpack, so I typically shove it in the main compartment. I recommend this bottle for all you water addicts like me.
My other DaKine heli~pro is used for motoing. This sweet pack holds all my necessary gear for a day of braaappp'n around: tool kit, water, radio, trail mix, Clif Bars, gummy bears, extra goggles and extra gloves.
This backpack comfortably fits all the gear I need for a day in the backcountry. The ski loops are fat enough to hold fat skis, the main area fits my water, skins, Clif Bars, gummy bears, extra goggles, gloves, layer, probe, and shovel blade... keeping it all snug and compact. I love the plaid and funky patterns that DaKine uses, but most importantly, I love all the attention to functional detail.
I wear my SubZero puffy all the time! This is one of my favorite jackets and I love how it cuts out the windchill while snowmobiling, keeps me dry while storm skiing and looks good when going out. This jacket is very puffy and warm, but with the pit zips you can air out and avoid overheating.
I would definitely go with the 178's. The new Gotama has a slight reverse camber (rocker) to it, so it skis a little bit shorter.. less contact with the snow. I am also 5'8 and love both the 178 and the 186's. Length is a plus if you're looking to fly through the powder, but if you're digging the tight trees and short radius turns, shorter may be a better call, either way, you'll love this ski!
The mtns that line the ski tip bottoms on the Volkl Kuro look sweet as your busting through powder, hucking cliffs, or just walking around... as I am here in Alaska :)
This boot is super comfortable with incorporated performance, that is insane! I have ski toured, hucked and apre'd in these boots, and my feet never screamed for me to take them off. The Tecnica Agent is a pretty stiff boot, very responsive, and for an aggressive skier. And the purple.. oh my.. grape jolly ranchers for the feet... how AWesome is that?!!
I have a pair of Dukes on this ski, making for the best all-around backcountry set up possible!!
This ski kicks serious butt!!
This ski blows my mind! For the off piste shredder looking to buy one ski this season that does it all, this really is the fat-rockered ski you want! I've been impressed with the way the Katana holds and carves fluidly on ice and windpack, and completely rally's in Powder. This ski is on the stiff side, so although you can finesse it, there are times where it demands aggressiveness. The slightly rockered shape of this new Katana has been a sweet improvement over past Volkl Katana's... which I thought, was as good as it gets!
This ski is FAT, Rockered and probably the most fun ski I've ever ridden. If you are a skier that likes groomers and carving, this is not the ski for you! But, if you are looking to advance your big mtn skills by straight-lining Backcountry lines and smearing powder with speed, you will be in love with the Kuro!This ski is for the really advanced, a big mtn skier that has no problems pointing it and committing themselves downhill. The Kuro is fairly stiff throughout, so you'll feel confident at high speeds... no feeling of a soft, folding, fore body, over the bars sensation.
I have a pair of Dukes on a Volkl Katana's = the ultimate set up for backcountry ski touring and aggressive skiing. Although this binding is on the heavy side, it is the BOMBER! I'd pick a little weight for a sense of confidence in my bindings any day. If you're a light weight and this is too much binding for you, consider the new Marker Baron. I skied the Baron too and it skis very similar to the Duke, but it is lighter and has a lower din setting. If you're looking to skin up Superior or Cardiac Ridge... and then pointing it down with ripping super G turns, then the Duke is the perfect binding!
This pack is perfect for a whole day out on the mtn. I carry my skis, use the hydration insert, and still have enough room for my shovel, probe an extra layer and snacks. This pack continues to go on all the different adventures I do!
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