The great state of ColoRADo and beyond...
I'm a ski snob. I don't like a lot of skis. I burn through too much money waiting on the right ski.
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.
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.
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.
100mm. 90 might require bending, and 9mm isn't going to have excessive overlap when clicked in.
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.
I'm 5'9" 145ish and the medium was a wee bigger than a usual medium. However, the large may be just right. Medium may be sketchy if you don't enjoy too short. My suggestion is go large.
I use this thing when I'm skiing park or biking to classes here in Colorado. It's rad. Super soft, great fit, and stylish to say the least. It's not gonna keep you super warm because it's a cotton hoodie. No complaints. Support Backcountry!
Please see my answer on the Zealot page.
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!
They're polarized.They fit my face. Yay.
They feel a bit more rounded than perceived in the picture. That's my only complaint. Otherwise, they do the job splendidly! Put some Croakies on 'em and find yourself all over the place.
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.
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.
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.
My friend ripped his Grand Trunk. They also allow a lot of heat to escape through the fabric.
Read all the other reviews. This thing is incredible. I use mine with a sleeping pad and bag and it has kept me alive in all seasons. Life is good with a doublenest.
Well, as soon as I started melting it on, I had to change my pants. It smells so nice. That aside, it also is quite functional and wondrous as a wax. Go fast.
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.
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.
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.
If you're 6'1" 180lbs, I wouldn't suggest going down to 180 on these. I'm 5'9" 140lbs and the 172 felt real tight for me. However, the 188 may give you a wee too much tip smack. The JJ absolutely has more tail rocker. I would go to the store and play around with them in the shop to get the general feel for them. The honeycomb tip will feel much different than the JJ tip. That alone will make you say "ohhh. I get it."
Have fun shopping!
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