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Kyle Cressman

Kyle Cressman

PNW, Crystal Mt., WA, Cascades, Redmond,

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Kyle Cressman's Passions

Alpine Touring
Mountain Biking
Road Cycling

Kyle Cressman's Bio

Been skiing since I can remember. After racing my wife and I got together and started searching for powder turns. In the off season we spin on our roadies and occasionally quench our gravity fix on our downhill rigs.

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Kyle Cressman wrote an answer about on November 26, 2008

The Mantra and ObSethed are quite different. I think you should be benchmarking the Gotama to the ObSethed for a better comparison. I ski last years Seth at Crystal everyday and love it. It is a little on the softer side and I think the ObSethed will feel even softer due to increase rocker in the tip and tail. The Mantra is a freight train on the groomers so you'd be sacrificing there...but with the rocker and the width...the ObSethed will be loads better in soft snow. At the end of the day it really depends on how much you care about performance on hard pack...if it matters alot, I'd look at the Gotama or Mantra. If you want to dominate the pow...go with the ObSETHed.

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Kyle Cressman wrote an answer about on November 19, 2008

Really depends on your definition of all-around. If you're looking at a 50% park ski both the ARV and the Bridge would be good, but both are a little narrow to be great in powder. If you split your time outside the park between groomers and powder you're going in the right direction. If most of your time outside the park is spent searching for powder or in the backcountry...you might want to step up to the Gotama (unless you ride a lot of pipe). I've never skied a Scott ski so I really can't comment. I would probably give the nod to Volkl for all around performance, but Armada's are great in the park. I ski the pipe cleaners, but the only park riding I do is on a freshly groomed halfpipe...and honestly...that's a rarity.

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Kyle Cressman wrote a review of on November 13, 2008

5 5

I'm an ex-racer who doesnt ski the park much, but when I am in Whistler or another place with a nice park I always take a few runs. I really like taking smooth straight airs in the pipe and these skis are perfect for that. They are race room constructed, not too soft, and arc like a GS ski. I think it would be sad to see these get destroyed on a rail, so if you're thinking about getting them I would suggest using for groomers, pipe, and tables.

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Kyle Cressman wrote a review of on November 13, 2008

5 5

I ski 50 days at the resort and resort and in resort sidecountry. Last year was my first year going AT. Went about 10 times. I prefered these on 07/08 K2 Seth's over my 06/07 Volkl Gotamas with Salomon 916s in every condition. If you care about weight I would disregard my review. If you're a 916 loyalist like myself...give these a try!

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Kyle Cressman wrote a review of on November 13, 2008

5 5

Prior to the Duke, the 916 was the undisputed "king of bindings" but now the tide has changed. I've got the Duke's on my 07/08 Seths and they work awesome for everything. I ski the resort about 50 days a year and toured in them about 10 days last year. They are perfect for what I do. I can't imagine skiing any other AT binding (until Salomon comes out with theirs...if that ever happens).

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