Matt Paine

Matt Paine

Bozeman, Montana

Matt Paine

Matt Paine wrote an answer about on April 3, 2014

I skied the F12s for two seasons. I'm male at 5'11" and 195 lbs. Not once did I feel they were inadequate. I ski in Montana, with deep powder and good sized cliffs, they held up fine. I also feel that they tour better than Dukes. The plastic on the toe piece seems to show a bit more wear than the Dukes, but other than that, I would recommend the F12s hands down!

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Matt Paine wrote an answer about on March 2, 2013

I take a Medium one all over the world as a carry on. When stuffed to the max it is a little tough on some 767 and older planes in the overhead. I took crap once from flight staff for the size, other than that it has never been an issue. The large is definitely a no go. Even the medium needs to be gate checked on some Embrear and similar small regional aircraft.

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Matt Paine wrote an answer about on February 23, 2013

You can fit these on all of them, especially with the 130mm brakes. Although, in my opinion, you are kind of defeating the purpose of these bindings by mounting them on those heavy inbounds skis. Maybe think about some Trackers or Dukes instead. Better set up and a tad cheaper as well.

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Matt Paine wrote an answer about on January 20, 2012

That all depends on how long you are going to be outside. If you are walking from your car to the store, it will do fine with a shirt and sweater. But, if you intend on spending hours at a time in the outdoors, you really want to go with something more technical. As for sizing, if you're torse is 40 inches or less, go with a medium, otherwise a large. The jacket will only reach about mid-hips though. It is casual street wear!

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Matt Paine wrote an answer about on January 20, 2012

That all depends on how long you are going to be outside. If you are walking from your car to the store, it will do fine with a shirt and sweater. But, if you intend on spending hours at a time in the outdoors, you really want to go with something more technical. As for sizing, if you're torse is 40 inches or less, go with a medium, otherwise a large. The jacket will only reach about mid-hips though. It is casual street wear!

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Matt Paine wrote a review of on March 11, 2011

5 5

This is one great boot (and I hate almost everything!). I have been through so many boots that I almost switched to snowboarding because of the fit. These are almost as comfortable as my AT boots, as stiff as you could possibly need on anything steep (I'm 200 lbs), the liner is top notch (no problem like the other guy, even though a standard Intuition liner would be cool), and the adjustability is also great. They transfer power great, the sole is replaceable, the cuff height ideal, etc. I could go on, but you get the point. After about 40 days in them, the only negative I have is that the 2nd and 3rd buckle smack each other a bit when you're hucking bigger drops or flexing hard. It has caused the paint to rob off on the 2nd buckle a bit. That is it!!!

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Matt Paine wrote an answer about on March 11, 2011

Don't put an AT setup on JJ's. You can't really skin well with skis that are as rockered as the JJ's. If you want an AT setup, I'd recommend something like next year's BD Zealot's which are gonna be kick-ass (I hear from people who already tried them). I absolutely love my JJ's but would never put AT's on them.

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Matt Paine wrote a review of on January 19, 2011

4 5

In typical Arcteryx fashion, these are the best, bar none! I am a 32 waist and medium is perfect even with a base layer. As good as the Alpha SVs for climbing but better for skiing. Sheds snow and water like nothing else.
They are perfect, except..... the buckle on the belt SUCKS!!! It constantly comes undone. Lean lightly against ice, bend at the waist while skiing, etc. The slightest move will cause it to come undone. This is annoying and distracting, a serious redesign on the waist belt is in order!!!!

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Matt Paine wrote an answer about on November 16, 2010

The Mammook's are terrible boots. I love Mammut but these are a lemon! They are too heavy for the warmth they provide (none!), cheaply made and worst of all: They don't have a good fit. I have Spantik's as well, so I assume our feet may fit similarly (narrow heel, medium-wide forefoot). I would look into the LaSportiva's or Aku's, both of which work great for Vertical Ice and moderate cold weather alpine climbing. I climb ice in Montana, so on really cold days I use my Spantik's and they are more nimble than you might think!

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Matt Paine wrote a review of on December 10, 2009

5 5

This is a 1 liter bottle (34 oz.) It comes with two stoppers, one is push to open valve, the other screw only, but helps retain heat. I have owned many thermos' bottles over the years, and the only one that I have found to be better, are the old Stanley ones (before they were made in China. Ice-climbing, 0 Degrees, 8 hours of hot coffee = PRICELESS!

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Matt Paine wrote a review of on December 10, 2009

3 5

These boots are stylish, warm (although they DO NOT live up to their -40 rating, not even close), and easy to get into. Fit is good for wide feet, sloppy for people with narrow heels. The worst part is the loose inner boot. It is cumbersome to get out of the boot without removing the inner boot. If you can put up with that. Great. Oh, by the way: The wool ones are absolutely worth the extra cost. The fit and feel is much better, especially the heel. It is more snug than the polyester ones. The polyester ones would only get two stars.

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