As a general rule, big symmetric skis do well with a mount closer to the center of the ski. Not sure about the 7's in particular. The idea with a center mount is to put your boot in the sweet spot of the relatively short running area, and also reduce the swing weight of the ski. That helps a lot for pivoty turns in the trees and such.
Can somebody give a weight for the 186? I'm looking at this ski for an AT setup and can't find any numbers.
Boots like the BD Method or Factor, or Dynafit Titan, are touring boots that come with interchangeable sole blocks for both AT and DIN bindings. Technica also makes some similar boots, as well as other companies I'm sure. These are all on the stiffer side of AT boots, which is good if you will be using in-bounds as well.
I will echo others who have been stoked on this jacket save the fatal flaw of the too-short sleeves. It is a small fit overall, I tried the large and XL. While I've never really worn XL's, this one fit me great in the torso but the sleeves were still a couple of inches too short for full range of motion.
Another complaint no one has mentioned: the wrist gaiters should be about 4 inches longer and connect to the shell father up the sleeve. You can't wear the gaiters and then strap even a short-cuff glove under the jacket, because the gaiters are too short. And with the pass pocket so far down it doesn't make sense to wear gloves over the cuff either. Just a bad oversight.
All that being said, I spent a hard, wet day at Targhee and stayed bone dry without ever getting steamy. I would love to see a better iteration of this jacket next year because the breathability and features are exactly what I was going for.
I loved the feature set of this jacket, and know that features come with a price, but when compared to an Arcteryx Crossbow (same material, similar cut but welded seams, a couple less pockets, and no wrist gaiters) it was almost twice the weight and far less packable. Not an issue at the resort, but this is pushed for serious backcountry use as well and it just wasn't worth the pack space.
Also, inside the pockets it is either welded or seam taped and one of mine came glued shut. Not cool with a $450 MSRP.
I think if Orage ups their production standards (and drop the lead-weight zipper pulls) this would be an awesome jacket.
I would agree that the hood is too snug for skiing in, but fit well enough over my bulky old G10 for the lift. Also, the sleeves were too short for my liking but I have monkey arms.
FYI these do have a fleece/poly lining adds quite a bit more warmth that a straight-up shell. See review above.
I second the small. I wear a 32/32 pant and the mediums fit me with a couple of inches to spare in both length and waist. (internal waist adjust works well)
FYI there are 20 screws to mess with every time you change the blocks, and someone commented on the carbon version saying that play developed after swapping frequently. I just put FKS bindings on my resort boards and have to use the alpine blocks for those. I love this as a all-purpose boot but anticipate switching blocks alot will be an issue.
I use the touring blocks in my Barons as well. No problem with adjusting the toe height to fit.
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.
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.
Is this pack supposed to come with an attachable crampon patch? That's what the description makes it sound like, and the four tucked away rings on the outside of the pack seem to be there for that reason, but mine did not come with one.
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?
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:
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?
BD's shells change by the whole size, so the two you have should be the same shell. I would definitely recommend keeping the 27's, they will mold out. The place I got my touring boots didn't even carry the half sizes. Take them into a ski shop to get them molded. While your oven might go low enough to the recommended temp, it's hard to get into them without creasing. Also, ask them not to bake them too hot so you can mold several times to fix any issues.
BCA sells them on their website for thirty bucks plus shipping but "Shipping will be added when we process your order". I'll follow up if it's more than a few bucks (dog got mine). Item number BA-20.
These do rip very easily. Combination of super thin material (which is nice) and a weak weave (which isn't). Size up and be careful when you're pulling them on and they will do the job for a while.
How would you attach skis to this pack?
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?