Soops

Soops

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Soops's Passions

Alpine Touring
Camping
Backpacking
Hiking
Alpine Skiing

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Soops wrote a review of on April 27, 2014

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

The traveling circus dudes always seem to be shredding these with mixed conditions. Not because they're forced to, but because they can. They're such a nimble, get anything done anywhere type of ski. I enjoy Line skis initially, but these go above even that.

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Soops wrote a review of on April 27, 2014

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

They're so freaking light. They're park skis and I ski hard so they have gotten beaten up. But that's because I ski hard. That happens with all skis. I especially enjoy these bad boys while night skiing because they seem to want to be skied extra hard on ridiculous terrain. Send them.

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Soops wrote a review of on April 27, 2014

3 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Truly, Smith is a darn good brand. They make quite the range of products when it comes to quality. These goggles are very middle of the road in my opinion, yet most certainly do the job well. These goggles aren't going to blow the park rats away with style, but who needs that insecurity anyways? If you're skiing and need a goggle that will keep you satisfied with your experience, these will suffice.

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Soops wrote a review of on April 27, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I think goggles are far too expensive for such limited performance potential (merely visibility), but these bad boys are my go to. I'd rather spend my money on these fatty's rather than any other goggle. They look good, feel good, and have great sight. Don't look elsewhere if you are willing to drop the money.

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Soops wrote a review of on April 27, 2014

3 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Goggles seem to be quite the debate nowadays. If you're a good skier but look goofy in goggles, you'll get some odd looks. If you suck but look fresh, people might follow. I don't understand it, but it's the materialistic world we live in.
Post-rant: These goggles are pretty neat. They're a little odd shaped for an average face (exaggerated curve from cheek to cheek; nose seems to float at times). They look cool, have the brand of Anon to go by, but truly don't make you a better skier. If I could do it over, I would have saved up for the M2's are headed over to Electric. They're just a wee bit odd shaped. I have several friends that feel the same way after wearing the same model. The grasshopper green sure is a cool color, though. Have fun shopping! Questions, comments, etc. are always appreciated.

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Soops wrote a review of on January 11, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Howdy.
I use these on resort when I have to, but I really try to push these into the backcountry. Wonderful to use. Very easy transitioning between hike and ski. These have a lateral release for alpine and touring boots, which the Guardian does not have. These are also very compatible with your ski's flex pattern. They have wonderful technology all around. Put in the extra couple bucks. Tyrolia, Head, and many others sell this binding-it's all the same binding. Keep moving forward. Comments/questions are appreciated.

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Soops wrote a review of on November 16, 2013

5 5

I'm a ski snob. I don't like a lot of skis. I burn through too much money waiting on the right ski.
Found it.
I cannot tell you how wonderfully stable and fun this ski is. I have spent the past few days absolutely blasting the crud while still maintaining float in the soft snow, swinging the bamboo around in the park, and still holding a darn good edge on hardpack. This ski does everything. I have taken it off kickers, into the trees, through the moguls, and I have not found anything to complain about. It's the ultimate Colorado ski.

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Soops wrote a review of on November 14, 2013

3 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size

Well, this shoe is wonderfully comfortable, has Gore-Tex, and is VERY lightweight. However, I ripped through the sole gripping twice and the top fabric once. I got new ones each time for free since they were manufacturer faults, but these fellas aren't very sturdy. I hate to write a review like this because the shoe fits so stinkin well and does work on the everyday. I recommend going up to the backpacking boot or checking out some leather products. Hope I helped.

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Soops wrote an answer about on November 13, 2013

Two of my friends have theirs at 2.5 from true center and love it. That's where I would put it as well. Full 7 is pretty far back with such a fun rockered tail and true center is much less stable. It's ultimately your call but think of what the ski is meant to do for you.

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Soops wrote an answer about on November 13, 2013

I have spent many days on the Blog in Summit County and understand your take on the chatter. I recommend something stiffer, especially for when you need to get into the technical stuff. I went from the Blog to the Liberty Helix and my life has never been the same since. The difference is in the stiffness.

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Soops wrote an answer about on November 13, 2013

Try not to take this the wrong way...
Weight should usually be an issue with a touring ski. What makes a touring ski unique is its mobility and stability combination.
The Zealot is a great ski. It does well in the BC.
The JJ is also a great ski. It also does well in the BC.
The main difference you will find here is the JJ's radical rocker profile as well as its unique flex pattern. It holds well on groomers, but it's definitely not your everyday wish. The Zealot does not have a great radius (high 20's) for groomer skiing if that's your gig. However, the Zealot will slap the crud.
I suggest each ski to different skier types. Some prefer this, some prefer that.
Have fun shopping!

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Soops wrote a question about on October 28, 2013

Gearheads! Please help me out. I need to know all the differences between the Helldorados and Patrons. Especially weight differences. I always prefer a stiffer ski, so I'd like to find out why I wouldn't go with these over the Patron's.

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