Wasatch Backcountry, Snowbird, Alta, Grand Targhee
A buddy of mine gets loose on his Renegade skis today up at Snowbird. 10" of the freshness needed taming.
He got some snow in his face, that is what we call a successful mission.
The Samba and the Kiku are a bit different. Samba's have traditional camber underfoot while the Kiku is fully rockered. You will notice much better performance on groomers with Samba because of the camber and narrower waist and smaller sidecut (it turns quickier). It's a slightly more versatile ski than the Kiku. You are going to see better flotation with the Kiku in powder due to the fatter girth and rockered shape.
I haven't had the fortune to ski that Auras, but I do feel I have a little insight that may be valuable to you! I have skied the VJJs for the past 2 years and LOVED them. I recently got on a pair of Sambas, and was surprised by how snappy and playful they were, despite being stiffer than the VJJs.
The Sambas are SO much fun on groomers and much more reliable at speed than the VJJs. They also were pretty satisfying in the 8-12" of powder today up at Snowbird :)
I got on the Elysians for 6+ days last year and found them dependable, but not lively. They somehow seemed to lack a bit of soul to me. I know a few ladies that love them, but for me they just felt a little lifeless.
I found the Sambas to be a really nice alternative or pairing with the VJJ. VJJ I will save for deeper days and the Samba I will bring out for cruddy or groomer days or smaller storms. I don't think you can go wrong with the Samba. I am LOVING it!
How's it goin!
The 175cm VJJ weighs in at 4.5 lbs per ski.
You can peruse my lengthy review about the VJJs here:
I LOVE this ski, and it would make an excellent touring option, I'm thinking about rigging up my older pair with Dynafits. I've got a few gentlemen friends here in SLC that tour on the Men's JJ and love it.
The Rossi website reports that the Star 7 weighs in at 4.75 lbs per ski, but they did not specify which size this was for. Hope that helps. If you have any questions about the VJJ, feel free to e-mail me at email@example.com. I've been on this ski for 3 seasons now and LOVE it!
This swimwear page is useless without a back view.
Here's a picture of a model!
Very unusual, comfy and flattering backside, me thinks.
This is a nice one for ladies with small ladies!
I really like the fit and the back of the suit is unique and flattering.
Very comfy and secure. I won't tolerate insecure swimsuit tops - after a particularly embarrassing incident in Hawaii with some friendly waves. This one won't let you down.
Fits true to size, me thinks.
I am 34B, went with size Small.
Fun pattern too...
...about buyin' this, but had no idea what it looked like on a human.
Now we know.
Put the Sambas on.
Rainbows and baby unicorns and butterflies and snowflakes will begin to circle around your head. It's like magic or something...
Hey there! I've skied all those sticks except the Kenjas.
Sambas are noticeably stiffer and more stable than both the VJJ and the Elysian. Of the 3 the Elysian was my least favortie because I didn't find it very lively.
The VJJ is very poppy and surfy and manages fairly well in crud and groomers - rocks in powder. It is a more playful ski than either the Samba or the Elysian.
The Samba is stiffer than either ski, and absolutely DEVOURS groomers when compared to either. I've only skied the Samba a few turns in powder, but was impressed with the flotation thus far (better than I expected). I LOVED the stability of the Samba at speed and had no problem cruising at break neck speed down Regulator Johnson at Snowbird on these things - GS style. They rail.
If looking for more of a quiver ski, I would pick the Samba over the VJJ because it does better in crud and groomers, but it still manages to stay atop softer snow fairly well. Even though I absolutely ADORE the VJJ, I think the Samba makes a better quiver ski.
You may have caught a doozy here. We do indeed have quite the pricing discrepancy when compared to Flylow's website. I've contacted our Merchandising team to get it straightened out, thanks for catching this!
A former backcountry.com employee Caleb K. gets rowdy on High Boy up at Alta in the Tenzing.
Whenever I rock around the mountain with my Sacajawea Astis mittens on, people ask me if they make a men's version. This is your manly answer...what could be more mountainous?
Nothing. The answer is nothing...
Hello, thanks for the question!
I am 5'3" and 120 lbs and the size small works best for me. The most important part will actually be to determine your torso length to achieve the correct fit. Grab a friend and have them help you measure your torso. Here is the sizing chart:
Sorting through the hallowed racks at my favorite thrift store, I was struck with a beam of surging light and my eyes spied this shirt hanging on the rack.
in my size.
Violently snatch. Insert into basket. Use 20% off coupon.
Fabric is very soft and comfy, shirt is really warm. We've had a problem with the ole HEAT here at the Backcountry HQ and I've been wearing a jacket most days during the AM hours. Not today - this thing is toasty! Fabric is thin but retains warmth effectively. Fit is very flattering and cute.
Buttons are shiny. I like shiny things.
A very tailored, well-executed cut. Fits true to size.
5'3" and 120lbs, size small is perfect (though if you have larger ladies you may consider sizing up).
A version of this bib from 3 years ago.
I have an older version of these pants, have used them for the past 3 seasons and logged well over 200 days on them. The durability is impressive, and though they are nearing their retirement, I continue to use them. After puttin these thru the wringer? here are my impressions:
- Durable (ditto)
- Comfortable, LOVE that I don't have a waistline impeding movement around the hill, you hardly know you are wearing these things. The newer version has MUCH improved upon the suspenders. The older pants used a material that stretched out pretty quickly. This year's model uses better suspender material, and the configuration of said suspenders is more comfortable and secure.
- Waterproofing is awesome. I've treated these once with Nikwax Tech Wash and TX Direct and have never experienced problems with wetting out, even with extensive use. Really great.
- Zips/vents! Waterproof zippers are awesome, I never worry about my valuables or electronics when stashed in these pockets. The HUGE full length zips on the pants are awesome, I love using these pants for touring or hiking because you can cool down so quickly.
- Even though the gaiters are reinforced, I wore holes into the outer fabric with my boot buckles after about 50 days. I reinforced them (ok -well, my mom did that, I watched) again with some heavy canvas, but they too have holes now. (Maybe I should adjust my stance???)
- 2 of the 4 pockets (the 2 front thigh pockets) blew out when loaded with heavier items. The seam seal or tape used to attach the pocket to the inner pant leg wasn?t very quality. Norrona has since addressed this problem, but this was PRETTY annoying in such an expensive item. Working pockets should be something that is dialed on such a high end garment.
All in all: great value. I've thrashed these, they still have life. Love 'em so much I just got the green pair to replace them.
This thing looks pretty heinous on me because it's just too large for my petite 5'3" frame. But it's a perfect companion for a heli run if you are so inclined.
...Even if said heli run was probably the 2nd worst refrozen cruddy chicken-head ice balls covered disaster I've ever skied.
Hello amep, thanks for the question!
I'm not sure if this can be of help, but at least it will provide a reference point for you. In my experience, Norrona typicaly has a looser and longer fit than most typical outdoor brands.
I have a size Small in this pant, I am 5'3" and 120 lbs with a 28" waist. I can't actually say I've recently measured my booty, but it's about average in size.
The fit is comfortable, if a bit on the loose side (also pretty long, but the suspenders also help you tailor the pant length to your desire). I would admit that the size Small is a bit baggier than I would have hoped, but the XS was too tight. The tabs on the waistbelt ensure a lot of versatility with fit, and the seat area isn't tight on me at all. Let me know if you have any further questions, been rocking these bibs going on 3 years now...
Myself and a friend revel in the warmth of mitts on a day when the therm reads -9 F. Errm....rather cold for comfort, but we stayed toasty!
Now if only these things could fit inside my ski boots...
My friend is a blooming photographer and she prefers to use her Astis mittens for shooting on frigid days. They are so simple to get on and off that she finds them great for photography. The mittens also keep her fingers warm and nimble when it's stupid cold.
Yesterday at Alta the magical marquee read -2 F at the base and -8F at the peak. Not exactly prime shooting conditions, but she prevailed because these mitts kept her warm! Shooting with style and function = winning.
Check out her work here on weekends!
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