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Soops

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Soops wrote a review of on December 21, 2014

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I bought these for my "all-mountain" setup (whatever all-mountain means nowadays). For the price paid, I am quite happy! I give it 4 stars because of the functionality/price portion.
They keep your boots connected to your skis. Mission accomplished. If you're looking for high end bindings, then you aren't paying this little.

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Soops wrote a review of on December 21, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I'm just another reviewer with a painful jaw that has yet to stop dropping. Read what everyone else says. YLE's are rad.
I'm picky. I hate most ski companies. I dislike most pro models too. But this ski is exceptional.
It's like scotch. Smooth and tasteful, yet bold and teeth-gritting. It's stiff when you need it to be, but it butters on both tip and tail like a park ski. It doesn't feel 118mm underfoot. It's really weird.
Don't try and screw around with all the big brands and their expensive models that they discontinue every three years.
The only other ski like this that (I think) is comparable is the Liberty Origin. I love Liberty to the ends of the earth, and both the YLE and Origin do wonderful things to those who enjoy the good ol' snow-capped hills.
Buy it. Please. I don't even work for 4FRNT.

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Soops wrote a review of on December 21, 2014

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Read this for an honest joe review.
Review is based out of CO during early/late season and crap conditions.
I'm a powder seeker that likes to ski hard even if the snow sucks. I was looking for a ski that was complimentary of the YLE, which is my normal ski. This seems to be the perfect opposite of the YLE in the best way possible. When conditions are not ideal, this is such a blast to ski on. Forwards, backwards, butters, high speeds, groomers, light crud, whatever. These boys do marvelous things for those who need a pair of light skis and don't have a crap ton of money (most of us).
I am NOT an expert park skier. I like to screw around in the park, but I'm nothing exceptional. These skis are not meant for hardcore park rats, but for those of us who feel like getting experimental while praying for the deep.
I refuse to give every ski a five star rating, but please know that these skis will destroy. It's fun. Get unique out there, my friends.
Comments, questions, etc. always appreciated.

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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 a review of on October 28, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

It's a griffon. But it moves. It's so incredible. I'm not one to throw out 5 stars at bindings often but these get them. It takes a while to learn the system. That's expected. You're working with a dynamic binding. Be patient, save up your money, and buy these. You won't complain about your stance ever again.

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Soops wrote a review of on October 28, 2013

5 5

Well this is the best bag I have ever purchased. I used it to camp the night before we winter ascended a 14'er. It was -10 with a few inches of fresh in the morning. It was epic.
I DO NOT recommend you trying this. I also had a lot of waterproofing gear and such.
The fact of the matter is, I've been cold in bags before. I have not been cold in this one yet.

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