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.
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.
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!
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).
This is the only utensil I use. It's long enough to reach into dehydrated food bags without getting me covered. And it looks cool in blue. Never new a spork could be so cool.
Me and my buddies literally used to play kick the can with mine. Never broke and I have even dropped mine 500+ feet down Mt. Borah. It was fun to watch it bounce all the way down and more fun to find it unbroken with cool battle scars. I guess using less plastic bottles is cool, too.
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.
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.
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!
I'm not a big kid yet so I like having the narrow mouth Nalgene when I'm at the office. I spill easy because I'm a male and the narrow mouth helps me contain my burning thirst without compromising my outfit. It also will never break; another good quality to have when being used by males.
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.
The small/medium was way to tight and ultra restrictive. The large was too loose. Didn't fit very well and it wants to cover more of my forearm and not my elbow. I just use the veggie pads from six six one.
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.
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.
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:
Can't go wrong with any of them.
I use mine for hunting with a few other guys and it works great for our application. Your GPS is limited more by your mapping software than anything so make sure you buy good software and don't guy cheap by downloading the free ones. I use the Idaho Hunting GPS maps and love them. I do like the vibrate mode for hunting because my last Garmin made a very loud beep when trying to communicate with my party. I occasionally take this with me skiing and the screen has held up great with occasional moisture. Defiantly meets all my hunting and backpacking needs and I really like the radio when we split up.
I'd defiantly go longer because of the tip and tail rocker. I'd got with 177 but I like a big ski to go fast and to get maximum float. The 169 would be good for quick turns and tree skiing. I defiantly wouldn't go 161 and I'd really consider 177 depending on your ability.
Worked awesome on the snow.
I use my Jetboil year round for all of my outdoor excursions. I got it for my solo backpacking trips and it saves a ton of weight. I hate carrying around extra weight and my Jetboil has reduced my backpacking kitchen to my Jetboil,feul canisters, and a spork. If you do a lot of solo trips there isn't any other reason to own a different stove system. I really like how the stove works no matter the elevation or temperature. I used my Jetboil hunting this year and at 8,500 feet and 0 degrees my Jetboil fired right up and made breakfast and coffee. I keep my stove and fuel in my sleeping bag with me to keep it warm. The only time I had troblem is when I left my cansiter out and I had a reall hard time getting the water to boil . The past 2 years of skiing I've packed this with me into the BC and again, it has performed flawlessly. I always keep a backup lighter just in case but I haven't had any problems with the starter as of yet. Overal a very bullet proof stove.
A solid meal for two guys when on my BC ski treks. I like it a lot and buy it every time I go but its pretty potent. You'll be burping up peppers and onions all day.
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