Bothell, WA. (Seattle area), Snoqualmie Summit, Stevens Pass, Crystal Mountain
As a person who skis everyday on a 105 underfoot ski, I was looking for something to train for my Level 3 on. This ski was what I chose based on recommendations from our Rossi rep. I have to say, at first I was afraid, I was petrified. I was not used to being able to just tip and rip. I typically ski twin tips that have less sidecut, so you really have to work to engage the tip, bend the ski and then tip. With this ski, the movement is more about tipping first and shaping your turn after. I'm used to it now and seriously enjoy it. I also thought it wasn't going to be fat enough for crud/chunder, but was surprised at how well the wide tip navigates the crap. I'm not ready to call it a one-ski quiver, but its a go-to tool for everything but the deepest of pow.
I have to say, after skiing the S7, I prefer this ski. I love that its shaped like a regular ski so I can carve it back to the lifts or in hardpack. Its got great size and float in the pow, while still letting you ski fast and powerful I liked the S7, but I felt like it was limited for big, fast lines (hence next years S7 Squad). This ski kills it in all conditions. Its light and snappy for the trees, but damp enough to straight line or arc huge turns on the steeps. If you're thinking about it, just get it.
I wouldn't say they weight a lot, but I agree, you probably don't want to tour in them. Bamboo core makes them light and poppy for a battleship of a ski.
These pants are plenty long if you wear them at your waist. Buy an oakley coat and you can zip the pants to the powder skirt, or use the snaps. I wouldn't consider these being like a bib though...
...I'll say it again. The fit of Tanner's pants are awesome (See my review of the Fari pant). Just baggy enough to be steezy while not being rediculous or requiring a bunch of sag. I wore these in a downpour on snoqualmie summit and they kept me dry. the material is different than the Fari pant. Its softer to the touch, but still seems bombproof. I like the addition of the suspenders, while you can still wear a belt. Oakley is consistently keeping me a happy customer.
Go to Smithoptics.com, you can purchase a helmet helper there.
I wear the sensor at night and it works fine.
I love how baggy these things fit. I purchased a 2xl, even though, I'd say I wear a standard XL. They're baggy in the right spots to make skiing comfortable without having to sag or anything like that. There isn't any insulation which is good, and the thigh vents work perfectly. No doubt Tanner killed it with this pant.
I can't begin to describe to you how awesome it is to have the compartments separated with their own zippered enclosures. Keeps me nice and organized and separates the dirty drawls from the fresh gear. This thin is plenty big for a week long trip and won't leave you wishing for more. The zippers seem pretty robust and the handle telescopes out pretty far for ease of transport.
I can answer some of your questions:
The "plastic" is bulletproof. I've had this box for 3 years and there are zero cracks or seams or blowouts. Definitely some of the finer material I've had in a roof box. As a bonus, the locks are awesome.
I have this box on my VW passat wagon and it does NOT cover the rear hatch seam. Its even forward of the "RC CAR" antenna on the vw. The attach points do have some flexibility (Maybe 5 inches in either direction?) so you can move them as needed. Also, I'd guess that your roof rack has some for/aft movement as well. I don't believe it would hang over your windshield.
Hope this helps.
I'd be really interested in the INTERNAL dimensions of the box. As in how long of skis can I fit in there?
A few beers on the deck at Mt. Rose, NV. Feb, 2011
My girl rockin' the I/OS
Not the Koopman, but it skis the same!
There is a leaner cut to this coat, so I'd go with the large.
I can't even describe how awesome this coat is. There is ZERO insulation, its a pure shell that is super waterproof and light. I was actually concerned when I got it that it was TOO light, but once I wore it, I was sold. The whole set up is like wearing a suit of armor in the PNW rain/snow. It sheds moisture like a garbage bag, but breathes like mesh. This can be a deep winter coat with layers underneath, or a spring/warm weather coat with a t-shirt underneath and the vents open. Pair it with the primed pants and you've got a heckofa suit.
I've had multiple pairs of these bindings and really have no complaints other than the fact that they're a bit heavy. Good function, solid and zero pre-release. A good buy for sure.
...that hasn't already been said? Bomber bindings, sick look, pretty light and work like a charm. Mounted on a pair of Liberty Helix at Cab Forward and they ROCK.
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