Kretzky

Kretzky

Anywhere there's mountains to hike up, climb up, or ski down

Matthew's Passions

Hiking & Camping
Skiing
Climbing

Matthew's Bio

I get anxious when I spend too much time indoors.

A backpacker in the summer, a ski patroller in the winter, but unfortunately in the office during the week year round. At least it allows me to buy a closet full of gear. It's about time I let you know what I think about that stuff.

Kretzky

Kretzky wrote a review of on April 2, 2013

4 5

I own an older version of this jacket, pre-gore tex, made of Patagonia's H2NO. I recently picked up a new version of this jacket. I loved the previous version, and it held up incredibly well skiing trees, taking out branchess, etc. I only bought the new one because I wanted a nice waterproof black jacket.

The new one is equally great, they switched to Gore-tex and it has proven plenty waterproof. They also eliminated a chest pocket, I'm still undecided about that. I like pockets, but it does clean up the look of the jacket a bit. The new fabric has also held up well to a winter of abuse. I ski a lot of tree's so lesser fabrics start to show wear pretty quickly from hitting branches. This one still looks great.

As for warmth, I usually layer a fleece under it. For really cold days (single digits or below zero) I throw a Down Sweater under it instead of a fleece.

Sizing - I'm 6' 180lbs and the Medium fits well. I would definitely say it's an athletic cut though. My only complaint is how the powder skirt hangs up sometime when I first put the jacket on. But the way it integrates with Patagonia pant's is a huge plus, so I'm willing to deal with it.

It's not quite perfect, but I'd still reccomend it. Especially if you have a pair of patagonia pants you can pair with it for skiing in deep stuff.

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Kretzky

Kretzky wrote a review of on April 2, 2013

5 5

I'm not sure about the negative reviews, or what some of these folks where running on. I own two pairs of these shoes. I've run over 100 road miles on them, and have done 60+ miles worth of Tough Mudders in them. I always run with socks. My feet haven't been irritated, and the shoes haven't fallen apart. I can't find any flaws with this shoe, I picked them over the road version because they're lighter and "more minimalist." I haven't had any issues with this shoe. My 5K time dropped somewhat significantly my first time out on them. Having a few less ounces on your feet makes a big difference! Overall (assuming you're a barefoot style runner) I'd highly reccomend this shoe, it's been flawless for me.

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Kretzky wrote a review of on April 2, 2013

5 5

What's not to like about this stabilizer? It weighs next to nothing, it packs inside the PCS (so it doesn't take up any room in your pack), and now I don't have to worry as much about my Jetboil tipping over. It works great with the frying pan for making omelets in the morning too! $15 is worth the peace of mind that my clumsy camp partners aren't going to knock over my jetboil, or scald their leg with boiling water. Money well spent.

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Kretzky wrote an answer about on September 6, 2011

More than your height and age, your weight will help people with determining weather you'll be able to float this ski for big powder days. That said, I'd be a bit hesitant about pulling out any ski that's less than 100mm at the waist for big powder days. If you really want a big fat out west ski, look for something with at least a 105-115mm waist. I'm an east coaster and I have a pair of Volkl Gotama's that I take out west (105mm at the waist).

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Kretzky wrote an answer about on September 6, 2011

I have a Core that I use for Alpine skiing, as well as backpacking. The Core has pretty easy to access logbooks, which also include total ascent & descent as well as average ascent & descent rates. You can check your progress throughout the day as well. There's no way to check the average inclination that I've been able to find. Overall its a great tool for keeping track of your vertical while skiing.

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Kretzky wrote an answer about on July 19, 2011

They'll work. although they're going to stick out about 3/8" extra on either side, so if you're REALLY laying these ski's over on edge you may drag the brakes. Depends on your skiing style. You could also just order narrower brakes, pretty easy swap.

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Kretzky wrote an answer about on June 24, 2011

This could definitely be a solid ski for vermont (I'm an east coaster as well - most of the time).
I'm 6'0 185lb ski patroller and I ski a 183 Gotama, which is a little wider. Given you described yourself as an advanced intermediate, I'd recommend the 184cm for you. However it won't provide as much float if you ski a lot of powder, or if you're already on a ski that long and looking to step up, then the 191 could be doable. I'd err on the side of the shorter ski for you though, it'll be more controllable and still plenty stable.

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