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Soops

Soops

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Alpine Touring
Camping
Backpacking
Hiking
Alpine Skiing

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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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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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Soops wrote a review of on October 28, 2013

3 5

That's basically it. It tunes. It's nothing spectacular, but it works for the mini shop set up in my dorm room. It certainly suffices when I have my friends come over with their hands full of gear that need tuning. Swix doesn't make awful products. This will get the job done.

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Soops wrote a review of on October 28, 2013

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size

I'm not one to buy UA. I'm not. But these pants were on sale and my old school Columbia Vertex pants from 1993 or whatever just needed to be updated. I decided to trust UA with my ski pants.
Turns out, these things do quite well. I try to ski the hardest lines in the deepest snow possible. And I have not been cold or wet in these pants. The 10k/10k waterproof rating means that it's not gonna hold back a tidal wave. Of course. But if all is well, you should be skiing in deep powder that will brush off and not get to your inners. These pants make that happen. I honestly enjoy how stylish they are too. It makes me feel like I'm a cool cat out there with the new UA gear.
These pants aren't incredible. That's why they're not over $200. However, they most certainly get the job done and allow me to give the 4/5 star rating.

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Soops wrote an answer about on October 27, 2013

I'd recommend around 4-5cm from center. Don't do the center mount if you don't ride switch. However, full traditional mounting (7cm usually) is a bit too far back on these.

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