John N McConnell

John N McConnell

Telluride, DC, MD, VA, Seattle, Vancouver, Victoria

    New Feature

    Browse Your Followers or See Who You're Following

  • #5111of 19798

John's Passions

Biking
Skiing

John's Bio

Bike racer. I believe in riding 12 months a year, no matter the weather. Big mountain, steep and deep skier. I don't get enough days a year, but I am working on it!

0 Comments

John N McConnell

John N McConnell wrote a review of on February 14, 2012

4 5

I installed these in my Variant Brim over my last ski trip, and used them to play back songs from my iPhone. Good idea, imperfect execution tho:

Pro's -
1) Sounds pretty good, surprisingly good even. Balanced, with a lot more bottom end than I expected.
2) Quick disconnect is really nice when stopping for a beer / snack / snog.
3) Simple controls work well, even in gloved hands

Con's -
1) The added bulk in the Variant's ear pad / liner makes the helmet pinch my ears slightly. Not enough to require a change of helmet or audio system, but enough to make me "annoyed"
2) The button doesn't answer iPhone calls (although it does work as a speaker / mic once you answer the phone). This means that a ringing phone requires a dive into the layers to press "answer." Not a big problem, as when I am skiing, I don't like to answer the #$%$ phone... only J#$k@#$es do that ;-)

Overall, totally loved it. The ease of control meant I could rip with my tunes... and still convince my wife I was paying attention to her!

(0)

 

0 Comments

John N McConnell

John N McConnell wrote a review of on February 14, 2012

4 5

Truly a comfortable, nice goggle. Lot's of lens options. I've never had it fog. Ever. Works well with my Helmet (smith variant brim.. of course, that only makes sense, right?). Downside? Not really easy to change lenses.. the mechanism isn't awesome.

(0)

 

0 Comments

John N McConnell

John N McConnell wrote a review of on February 14, 2012

4 5

Turns like crazy, ski's a bit short (go a bit longer than you'd expect.. tip and tail rocker and all that). Works well on groomed stuff and okay in the crud. Not sure I buy that the tip shape helps with flotation, but it works well enough. Confidence inspiring most of the time.

(0)

 

0 Comments

John N McConnell

John N McConnell wrote a review of on February 14, 2012

4 5

Turn's fast and hard, like's to play around a lot. Prefer's to stay on edge as opposed to run flat and hard. Not wide enough to float, but works out just fine most of the time. Inspire's confidence and likes all the turn shapes. Nice ski

(0)

 

0 Comments

John N McConnell

John N McConnell wrote a review of on February 14, 2012

5 5

Ski's on hardpack like a normal, sidecut, cambered, ski. Love's to rip and turn hard. Then, in the deeps fluffly stuff, it ski's like a big powder board. Works in moguls pretty well to. Overall, I am totally in love.

(3)

 

0 Comments

0 Comments

John N McConnell

John N McConnell wrote a review of on February 13, 2012

5 5

I love this thing. Best midlayer I've ever worn. Warm enough on it's own to wander around Telluride at night in February (you might need to stop into the Last Dollar for a warm up.. but hey.. it's a down sweater!), and just perfect under a shell. Dries quickly, and holds it's loft well. The fabric is delicate, but then again, that's why it is so light and packs up so small.... 100 percent recommended. Fits fairly trim (I am 5'-10", 185 lbs and the medium is just barely big enough)

(0)

 

0 Comments

John N McConnell

John N McConnell wrote a review of on February 13, 2012

4 5

Things I love - 1) the fabric is awesome, wicks moisture, is warm, soft and comfortable. 2) The fit is snug and the craftsmanship is good.

Things I don't love 1) Why is there a tag on the seam right where you would want to wear it? How about printing on the inside like others do?

Great gator overall (once I removed the tag with a sharp knife and a little patience.

(1)

 

0 Comments

0 Comments

John N McConnell

John N McConnell wrote a review of on February 13, 2012

5 5

Works well for most cold aerobic activities, alpine skiing, etc. I prefer a thin layer under a shell, but I run pretty warm, so you may want to try the Cap 3 midweights if you run cold. Fabric is nice to the touch, itch free. Waistband is comfortable and doesn't dig or anything odd. Washes up really well and doesn't seem to hold odors. Super excellent base layer!

(0)

 

0 Comments

0 Comments

0 Comments

0 Comments

John N McConnell

John N McConnell wrote a review of on February 13, 2012

5 5

After a week skiing in Telluride, these have worn in nicely and I am completely in love. Worked absolutely fabulously. Not the warmest gloves, on a storm day, you probably do want some mitts, but for a nice day, they are perfect. Use the Nikwax leather creme and they keep getting better!

(0)

 

0 Comments

0 Comments

0 Comments

load more