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Matt Stark wrote an answer about on February 26, 2014

I believe the only difference, besides the graphics, is the flex. I think the TSTW has more flex because women typically weigh less, etc. So I guess it depends on your style of skiing. I'd just stick with the men's version if you like them! Plus the men's graphics are cooler anyways...

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Matt Stark wrote an answer about on February 26, 2014

I'm a huge fan of the 183s and I think your height and weight would fit the 183 well. Like I said above, I don't think they ski short at all so the 183 would be perfect for you. I haven't skied the 192 though...but I sure haven't ever wished my TSTs were any longer. I'm 6'2" by the way and a very aggressive skier.

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Matt Stark wrote an answer about on February 26, 2014

I find it funny that people thing they ski short, because I don't think they do at all. The 183 TST has been my daily driver two years and I really enjoy their light weight. I'm similar in height and weight and I've never thought they skied short. I think the 183 would be even better for what you want them to do (trees, etc.). People have really caught on that the TST is one of the best touring setups out there, I'm jealous of your quiver!

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Matt Stark wrote an answer about on February 26, 2014

Out of those options I would defiantly go with the bacon. Its the only "wide waist" ski that I really see ripping around the park. Have you looked at the Armada Alpha X? Its a really stiff park ski that actually really rips the rest of the mtn. Or the Armada Halo2. Its also a park ski that he could explore everything else in. The halo is rockered tip and tail but has a lot of flex.

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Matt Stark wrote an answer about on February 26, 2014

In my opinion you would never HAVE to have a 190 ski unless you are the ultimate charger who frequents AK (and then you wouldn't bring the Bacon on those trips anyways). If you are worried about stability, then I'd get something stiffer with less rockered tail instead of jumping up to a 190. I personally think 184 would be perfect for your height and weight and you defiantly wouldn't be limited by the length of the ski. The Bacon is a ski that loves to jump, spin, and go switch so if that fits your style you can't go wrong.

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Matt Stark wrote a review of on September 30, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: Runs small

I was tired of wearing 4 layers when touring so I finally paid for a good base layer. By far the best investment in my clothing system. If you plan to hike or tour a lot, you will sweat a ton no matter how cold it is. I usually wear a wicking shirt over this to get the moisture away from my body. Also, Under Armour designed these to not be a real tight fit, it shouldn't fit like spandex. I usually wear a large but had to get an extra large for mine to properly fit my arms. I'm 6'1" and 150lbs. Seriously the best base layer you can buy.

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Matt Stark wrote an answer about on April 23, 2013

I would go 179 if you go with the pettitor. It just depends what your style of skiing is. The JJ is a super fun playful ski that I would really consider if I were you. The 185 would be a perfect size for you. I'm not sure what Jeff is talking about because the JJ dominates the trees. It is a mega charger in the trees. Super pivoty and super fun to go hard on. The Opus is also a ton of fun and in my opinion handles the hard pack better than any of the others. You can't go wrong with the JJs, get them and you won't regret it! They have a huge cult following for a reason. As far as bindings go, the Marker Griffons would be fine or the Jesters if you want something for big hits.

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Matt Stark wrote a review of on April 10, 2013

5 5

I've used mine for 2 seasons now and I don't see myself getting a different pair anytime soon. They are super warm and when I'm skiing they are the only base layer I wear. When I'm hunting in the cold Ill hike with these off because ill get too hot if I'm really working; no matter how cold it gets. They are made really well and they fit very tight (but not restricting). I like the material of these too because they aren't super slippery like some base layers and they don't make you feel all staticky when you move around or change layers. Nothing bad to say!

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Matt Stark wrote a review of on April 8, 2013

5 5

Great stove that I've used for years. Has literally worked every time I've ever needed it too and I don't have anything negative to report on. It releases a little gas when you unscrew it but all my stoves do. I do like how small it is and it does a great job warming up my bigger pots and gets water boiling fast compared to my older stoves. You can't go wrong with the Superfly and I would defiantly recommend this to anybody who likes quality stoves that will last a long time. (I still use my Jetboil as my primary stove because I'm a solo hiker these days).

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Matt Stark wrote a review of on April 7, 2013

4 5

Love it death but recently discovered that when you remove the rubber mouthpiece you might discover some built up crud...make sure you wash there. My water filter attachment fits perfectly when backpacking. I always carry one with me everywhere and they are extremely durable. The only other drawback is I can never get that last bit of water out without taking off the lid...the straw doesn't reach the bottom.

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Matt Stark wrote an answer about on April 7, 2013

The bents are defiantly heavy but it just depends on what style you ride. I'm a huge fan of both and the blog is defiantly a lighter ski and geared towards all mountain compared to a dedicated pow ski like the bents. Have you looked at the Automatics? Awesome big mtn ski that is a major hard charger but still has some playfulness. It shoots the gap nicely in width underfoot compared to the blogs and bents at 117. In my opinion they would be a perfect AK plank. Here is the review from the blister guys.
http://blistergearreview.com/gear-reviews/2012-2013-atomic-automatic-193cm

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Matt Stark wrote a review of on April 7, 2013

5 5

I use my Minimalist as a sidekick to my Jetboil. I usually brew my coffee in the Minimalist as I cook my main meal in my Jetboil. For the price you can't beat it. It's super light but the spork is useless. It's way too tiny to reach into the bags of dehydrated food and you'll end up covering your hand in whatever that stuff is made of...
Overall I love the Minimalist and it keeps my power juice (coffee) warm and works great for an occasional small meal. Buy it!

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Matt Stark wrote a review of on April 7, 2013

2 5

I used this as my primary filter for all my trips until I got sick last year...I'm not sure how I ended up getting sick because my filter still had life in it according to the 200 gallon life on it. I was already a little fed up with using this filter because the bag that it came with was cheap and the zipper broke. I was also tired of putting away all the pieces and trying to keep track of what tube was the "clean" and "dirty" tube. Call me lazy but I hate stopping and messing with the entire filtration process. I now just use iodine pills mixed with some powder gatorade to kill the taste. You need to let the iodine sit so I always have a backup bottle just in case I can't wait the 30 minutes.

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Matt Stark wrote a review of on April 6, 2013

5 5

I wanted the glossy black with polarized lenses so I ended up buying the Shaun Whites and replacing the yellow lenses for the polarized ones. I wear these for absolutely everything and they have held up great. I ski, backpack, and mtn bike with them. The polarized lenses do awesome for my fly fishing trips and I've even blown them apart after a volley ball spike to the face. Extremely durable and they fit my narrow cone head perfect. Love them.

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Matt Stark wrote an answer about on April 6, 2013

I'd go with recommended, too. I have demo bindings on my 185s and I've played around with a mount further back. The further back mount didn't help much because the occasional loose feeling at high speeds I was getting was coming from the tail rocker not my mounting point. The recommended line helps me kill it more in the trees and defiantly makes switch effortless.

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Matt Stark wrote an answer about on April 6, 2013

The Schizo doesn't have a big enough brake for the Opus. You would have to buy a bigger brake from marker to get it to fit and you might have to bend it. The Griffon would be fine but if you huck big cliffs go with the Jester unless you plan on doing some slack country or a little bit of touring, then go with the Marker Barons or Dukes. Just depends on your level of abuse youll put on them. Here are the reviews for those:
http://www.backcountry.com/marker-jester-ski-binding
http://www.backcountry.com/marker-baron-ski-bindings
http://www.backcountry.com/marker-duke-ski-binding
Can't go wrong with any of them.

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