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Kevin Lalli

Kevin Lalli

Bozeman, MT

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Kevin Lalli

Kevin Lalli wrote a review of on October 29, 2011

4 5

I got this pack looking for something that I could use for overnight ski trips as well as light backpacking. I wanted something in the 40L - 60L volume range that would compress well when not very full for skiing. This pack does that excellently. Fully expanding this pack involves leaving the roll-top open and cinching a large nylon collar that the lid goes over. In this configuration, it has got to be very close to a 60L pack. It also compresses very well, especially when ditching the lid. The minimalist design also allowed me to use the pack as a decent sleeping pad on an unintended overnight. My only reason for knocking off a star is the pack's limited durability. Lightweight vs. durable is always a trade-off, but the material showed significant wear after just a few miles with skis strapped on the sides. I will be rigging up a diagonal carry to deal with this, and once I do this should make for a great do it all pack.

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Kevin Lalli wrote a review of on October 28, 2011

4 5

I purchased the Matnras for a dual purpose backcountry/resort pant and they seem like they wil do a great job. These pants have a great construction with a heavy duty softshell-like (ie, soft hardshell) outer lined with fleece and polyester. The lining provides a little bit of insulation without making the pants too hot. The pants are very breatheable, but some extra (outer) thigh venting would expand the comfort range even more (also mesh lined vents would be nice). Tested them out looking for some October pow and ended up bushwhacking several miles and sliding down some icy rocks. They held up great and were comfortable the whole time in temps around freezing. I love the cut of the pants, a nice middle ground between tight techy pants and baggier stuff like Fly Low. I wear 32 waist pants and the Mediums fit me with some room to spare.
UPDATE: After a fair amount of touring in these I decided they are just too warm for that purpose due to the lining. Still bomber pants for inbounds and breathable enough for quick hikes, just not all day tours. More venting might have helped. Will probably return for Bombshell Bibs.

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Kevin Lalli wrote a question about on August 18, 2011

I'm wondering how this compares to the swallowtail Rocker as a stable big mountain platform. I'm thinking of getting the 192, which I'm sure will do just fine... but the original would seem obsolete/redundant this year if the Rocker 2 was truly as much of a charger. I know the whole point is it's much more playful when you want it to be, but how does it feel different weighted forward and straightlining or carving big turns?

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Kevin Lalli wrote a review of on June 14, 2011

3 5

When I first put on the mediums I ordered (I'm 5'11", 160lbs) I was excited - they fit well (I'm 5'11", 160lbs), and I had read the reviews about how well they hold up. Well let's just say it's a good thing I didn't get too excited, because when I got around to checking them out in the mirror I could clearly see the outline of my penis (I can say that on BC, right?). I thought about keeping them for a few more minutes, but decided I'd ultimately get tired of rocking that look. For the designers at Stoic, I recommend to you this video:
http://www.comedycentral.com/videos/index.jhtml?videoId=240904&title=richard-hugger-pants

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Kevin Lalli

Kevin Lalli wrote a review of on April 20, 2011

4 5

These shoes are awesome, but I won't repeat what everyone else has already said about them. Just keep in mind that since the soles are stealth rubber, they wear out quicker than a normal rubber sole. I blew mine out in about eight months of almost-everyday use (frequent biking, lots of walking around), and street shoes usually last me quite a bit longer than that. In short, when you get these sweet puppies resist the urge to wear them out. Lots of shoes look good, and you'll be glad to still have your 5-10's a season later for riding. Maybe some kind of under-sole would be a possibility for future models?

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Kevin Lalli wrote a review of on January 13, 2009

3 5

Tried these out just for fun after turning in a pair of Czars. They did the job, but especially compared to the Czars they were pretty boring. Wide enough to float on pow, but the weight and stiffness took away from their playfulness. Good news is they rip on the groomers, but who cares?

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Kevin Lalli wrote a review of on January 12, 2009

5 5

Demoed these last week on a pow day at Big Sky. First run of the tram and I was hooked. Amazing float and super stable at high speeds. The rocker makes turns in the deep stuff as easy as carving a groomer because the ski is always lofted up front. Also kept crazy speed through big flat sections of powder which made it really easy to get to the good lines. Didn't try them on too much hardpack but when I did they felt stable and didn't chatter. They are a bit on the heavy side but if you're looking for a resort pow ski these are a solid choice.
I'm 155lb 5'11" and the 189s felt fine to me and turned quickly enough in the trees.

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