Josh Raggon

Josh Raggon

Squaw Valley, CA.

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Josh's Bio

I ski as much as I can during each winter season which can be tricky holding down a 40 hours a week job at Costco. Since the 09-10 season now I've been skiing quite avidly. I got 26 days in during the 09-10 spring, 59 for the 10-11 season, and 49 for the 11-12 season ; including one trip to Aspen and Vail during the 10-11 season and one trip to Jackson Hole, Wy. during the 11-12 season. I've skied since I was 10 at Mt Shasta Ski Park and Mt. Bachelor but only discovered Tahoe during the last 3 seasons. I'm trying to make up for a lot of lost time during my 20s when I partied in Chico so much that I forgot about skiing. Luckily, I still get 2 days a week off from Costco and 3 weeks of vacation a year + holidays to really get after it.

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Josh Raggon wrote a review of on April 25, 2012

5 5

These are great goggles. The clarity and vision I have with them is amazing. I've never been one to invest much money in a set of goggles but these have been well worth it, even though I didn't pay full price. I have the G30 lenses in mine which are supposed to be good for all-around, everyday conditions including low and high light. I have found on a few occasions that I've had to switch to my amber-tinted low light goggles but for the most part the G30s handle well in low-light unless it's really dark and stormy. They're very light, durable, and have cool skull designs all over them. I'm still kind of at a loss as far as cleaning goes because I don't want to scratch them but the goggle bag seems to work well enough. My face is pretty narrow but they don't look too big on me- if you have a really narrow face these might be a little on the wide side.

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Josh Raggon wrote a review of on April 25, 2012

4 5

I've only skied 4 days in this boot so far but it's working out well for me after a lot of adjusting and customizing. It doesn't come with a footbed so you'll need to either have one custom made or just get a set of generic ones. I didn't find the #8 toungue to be all that stiff so I had to get the #10 for $50. A heat molding of the liner will also be necessary. So it's taken some time and money getting these things dialed in, but I think they're going to be really nice once I get going on them. They're as light if not lighter than my AT boot and with a nice, stiff flex that allows me to make quick, precise turns. Very comfortable once all the quirks are worked out also. The only reason I don't give 5 stars is because of all the customizing I that I wasn't prepared to make on them. $310 dollars worth of custominzing altogether.

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Josh Raggon wrote an answer about on April 25, 2012

Brush Wolf,

The ObSETHed would fit your needs if that's what you're asking. I'm 5'11,185 lbs. and have been enjoying the 189 in a variety of conditions- powder, hardpack, slush, etc. I really like the stability and speed of the 189 but if you wanted to make more turns through trees or a lot of jump turns down tight chutes then you might want the 179. I've never skied the 179 but I think it's plenty of ski for even taller people- I just talked to a big, tall Squaw Valley ski patroller last weekend who liked the 179 just fine. I think it probably comes down to a matter of how much turning you want to do. More turns, go with the 179, less turns 189. I find that the 189 makes quick turns just fine though.

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Josh Raggon wrote a review of on April 5, 2012

3 5

I have used these gloves for 41 days so far this season and they're not bad. The wrist leashes both broke on me but they are a comfortable, durable, glove otherwise. I don't know if it's just me but I have on several occassions had my hands get so cold in them that I thought I was going to get frostbite. These occassions were in areas that are not considered to be that cold either i.e. South Lake Tahoe, CA. where the temperature wasn't any lower than 19 degrees or so. It's funny because they kept my hand perfectly warm in Jackson Hole, WY. where the temperature was -7 on a few mornings. Maybe because it's so much drier out there, I don't know. Anyways, they're a good glove but I wouldn't recommend them for really cold temps, spring skiing might be they're best use.

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Josh Raggon wrote a review of on April 5, 2012

4 5

I bought these pants for a trip to Jackson Hole, WY. and they were great. I wanted something that was insulated and warm as well as waterproof. It's hard to go wrong with Gore-Tex no matter what type of garment it's featured in. I also skied a lot of days in them at Kirkwood, CA during a week long storm (5 days in a row when it was either snowing or raining) and I stayed dry the whole time. It looked like I was soaking wet on the outside after sitting on lifts and skiing all day long but I was as dry as could be on the inside. My only complaint and reason why I won't give 5 stars is that there aren't any reinforced patches at the bottoms of the legs on the inside where my skis cut slashes into the cuffs of the pants. They could really use these because after another season the bottoms of the pant legs are going to be cut to ribbons.

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Josh Raggon wrote a review of on April 4, 2012

5 5

I just finished a 3 day ski trip to Kirkwood, Heavenly, and Squaw Valley and the Obsetheds didn't disapoint in any of the various conditions I encountered. From 18" of Powder at Kirkwood, to firm steeps in Mott Canyon, groomers at Heavenly, to firm chutes and slush at Squaw these playful skis handled it all. I've skied the Hellbents, Kung Fujas, and Darksides from K2 and the Obsetheds were like a combination of all 3. The width and float of the Hellbents, the sidecut and quick turning of the Fujas, and the stability of the Darksides. At 189, they are a little tough to whip around through moguls but other than that they are as close as I've found to a one ski quiver.

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Josh Raggon wrote a review of on February 18, 2012

3 5

I have the 10-11 model of the BD Factor and have skied 23 days in them. After day 20 the ski/walk mechanism went out on me even though I only weigh 180 lbs. and don't drop off huge cliffs or hit terrain park jumps. When I say, "went out on me" I mean the pin that keeps the ski/walk mode intact either became loose and fell out or broke and fell out on the slope I was on. Either way, this malfunction resulted in my missing day 6 of my 6 of 8 days in Jackson Hole, Wy. during my vacation. I had it fixed at my local ski shop when I got home and am still using the boot without problem. As angry as I was over this issue I am still reluctant to do anything but keep using this boot because it is the stiffest and lightest boot I have ever used and is perfect for driving my K2 Darksides. So, great boot in terms of weight and stiffness but not real durable and a pain to adjust at times.

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Josh Raggon wrote a review of on February 18, 2012

Super-fun ski !!!
5 5

I have only used these skis 6 days so far but have found that they perform wonderfully in a variety of conditions. From groomers at Heavenly to 1-2 feet of powder at Kirkwood, the Darksides rip everything in their path with ease. The camber region underfoot and to the tail allows you to edge up really well on firm snow while the rockered region from the front of the binding to the tip provides great flotation in powder. My best day on them so far has been at Kirkwood a couple of days ago in which I encountered some great wind-buffed powder, fresh powder, and firm (almost icy) snow. These things are very stable and allow you to float through soft and choppy snow but also edge with enough control to keep you where you want to be at precisely the right moments on firm snow. Surprisingly light for their size as well which make small airs fun and easy to land with their stability.

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Josh Raggon wrote an answer about on July 26, 2011

Ryan,
I'm not a boot expert by any means but I have skied 3 or 4 different pairs of boots in the last couple years and I've found the Factor to be an excellent boot. Granted, I've only skied 10 days in the resorts in it. I don't know if it would be that great for a wide-footed individual though. My feet are pretty narrow and it's fine for me. I hear that Salomons tend to run wider. The Factors will drive fat skis just fine though, I was using mine with my Hellbents.

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Josh Raggon wrote a review of on April 22, 2011

3 5

I tried these boots at the beginning of this season (10-11) for 7 or 8 days and I simply could not get them to break in or feel at all comfortable for me. I had them heat-molded, and spent $120 on a custom footbed and they hurt my feet really bad after using them every time. They were very light and adequetely stiff, the toungue was a pain keeping it out of the way of the buckles every time you put it on but it performed well nonetheless. I would recommend them if they fit right for you or if you wanted to sink more than 100-200 dollars getting them customized. I've talked to other people who had a good fit experience with them so it was probably just me.

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