Matt Teuling

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Matt Teuling wrote a review of on April 17, 2012

3 5

This was definitely a good helmet while I had it. It was warm, comfy, and it fit my head really well. My only problems with this helmet were 1) I wish the brim was a little bit wider and 2)after a bad fall, the brim broke off and the screws connecting it pulled out, which unfortunately also pulled out huge chunks of the protective hard foam stuff thats meant to protect your dome. After that the helmet was no longer safe to use. Shortly after I upgraded to the smith variant which still has issues with broken brims, but fortunately their brims aren't screwed into the foam so it doesn't ruin the integrity of the helmet.

All in all, Good helmet while it lasts, but could be better

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Matt Teuling wrote a review of on April 16, 2012

Good Helmet
4 5

This is a good helmet for a few reasons. It looks good (no bobble-head look), it has adjustable vents, It fits (my head at least) very well, and it protects your dome.

My only gripe is that after a couple falls the the brim and outershell are very slowly starting to separate from the helmet. Also, being one of very few cool looking helmets, everybody and their mom will have one. I personally am not too concerned about this, but just thought i'd mention it.

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Matt Teuling wrote a review of on April 16, 2012

Favorite Ski!
4 5

First, a little background. Originally I owned some 182 VCTs, which finally bit the dust after more than 3 seasons and almost 300 days. After that I decided to try some 182 turbos, which instantly became my new favorite ski. However, with my preferred mounting point on these skis of +4cm from recommended, combined with the early rise in the tip, they skied just a little bit shorter than I liked, so I mounted them more traditionally with dukes and made them my new touring ski, and instead picked up some 189 Turbos to replace them.

With all of that said, as far as all-mountain skis go, the 189 turbo is my favorite ski hands down. I've yet to ski on another all-mountain ski that I've enjoyed as much as these. Like my previous Turbos (and VCTs), I mounted these skis at +4 from the recommend line, and I like them there. They are a little bit beefier than the 182 with the added length and girth, and that has turned out to be a big plus. It's all up to opinion, but I just really enjoy the feel of these skis all around. The tip rocker (or early rise, I guess it would be) is nice as well. Nothing too crazy, but there definitely a noticeable improvement (over my regular VCTs) in softer and variable snow.

As far as durability is concerned, it is not bad but could be better. These have some of the most bulletproof topsheets I have seen. Seriously. The bases and edges are not bad by any means, but they aren't quite up to par with my On3ps either. Lots of scrapes and scratches, no coreshots just yet. The edges also accumulate their fair share of scrapes and gouges, but they seem to hold up alright. All in all, the skis can still take a beating. The reason I give them four stars though, is because after around 40 days of skiing, The base/edge of the ski began to separate somewhat significantly from the core/sidewall underfoot, to the point where it affected the way the skis skied, and would allow water to seep into the core. To prevent the problem from getting any worse, I sent them back to backcountry for warranty and, in standard BC.com fashion, they took care of me and my replacements are on the way :)

So all in all, a great ski and a fantastic option for anyone looking for a medium-stiff all mountain twin... with a little bit of tip rocker.

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Matt Teuling wrote a review of on April 16, 2012

4 5

For me, the best part about the "platypus softbottle" is it's flexibilty. My Trew jacket has this big inner-pocket, and the platybottle is able to bend and conform to fit comfortably against my ribs. Plus, being on the inside of my jacket next ot my body, I haven't had a problem with the bottle freezing. so far I've owned 3 or 4 different platybottles in various sizes. Finally, having a bottle that gets smaller and smaller as you drink more water is pretty awesome.

So far i have only experience one problem; one of my bottles developed a pin-hole sized leak inside of my jacket, making for a cold couple of hours. I'm not sure exactly how it happened, but is appears that after a good deal of time, and after being folded and rolled up hundreds of times, the plastic in the bottle begins to wear and crack and eventually crack all the way through to the outside. This only happened on the oldest bottle I had, and (of course) I had no problems sending it back to BC to exchange for a new one. So all in all its a cool idea and I would definitly recommend picking up one or two of these for yourself.

i should also add... I wasn't a big fan of the bite-valve type top. The simple screw-off, screw-on lid is my favorite.

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Matt Teuling wrote a review of on April 16, 2012

Awesome helmet
5 5

I wrote a review on the Giro shiv, I'm not quite sure what is different about the Shiv2, but I figured the review may still be helpful to some so here it is.

I decided to try something new this year and I found a good deal on a Giro Shiv on SAC so I decided to pick it up. After an entire season I am a big fan of this helmet. I've never been a stickler about the vents really, I pulled out the "vent plugs" and they stayed out all year. I also pulled out all of the padding and earpads and wore a beanie underneath instead. Even though some say its bulky, I enjoyed the big fuzzy chinstrap. Really comfortable and no rubbing/irritation to speak of, although it does ice over pretty well on cold/blizzardy days, in which case I'm always wearing an artic yowie so its not a big deal. All in all, I haven't had any problems with this helmet and it has held up really well. I like the way it fits, and it doesn't stick up too high or give the dreaded bobblehead look (in my opinion). I've accompanied this review with a corny photo to show the fit of the helmet with smith I/O goggles.

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Matt Teuling wrote a review of on April 16, 2012

Great Helmet
5 5

I decided to try something new this year and I found a good deal on a Giro Shiv on SAC so I decided to pick it up. After an entire season I am a big fan of this helmet. I've never been a stickler about the vents really, I pulled out the "vent plugs" and they stayed out all year. I also pulled out all of the padding and earpads and wore a beanie underneath instead. Even though some say its bulky, I enjoyed the big fuzzy chinstrap. Really comfortable and no rubbing/irritation to speak of, although it does ice over pretty well on cold/blizzardy days, in which case I'm always wearing an artic yowie so its not a big deal. All in all, I haven't had any problems with this helmet and it has held up really well. I like the way it fits, and it doesn't stick up too high or give the dreaded bobblehead look (in my opinion). I've accompanied this review with a corny photo to show the fit of the helmet with smith I/O goggles.

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Matt Teuling wrote an answer about on April 16, 2012

No binding is "best" really. Depends on your weight/ability as well. I have marker jesters on my park skis and they have held up really well. If you are lighter or just getting into skiing, I would recommend the marker griffon instead as a nice, lightweight park/all mountain binding. If you're not interested in marker bindings (again depending on your weight and ability) FKS 14's and deadbolt 15s are also good options.

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Matt Teuling wrote a review of on April 15, 2012

5 5

These gloves are awesome! I have no complaints what-so-ever. I used them almost every day this season. With a thorough coating of the leather balm that the gloves come with, the gloves kept my hands high and dry all season. The wool liner is definitely a little odd... but it's awesome. I've noticed that a lot of gloves focus so much on warmth, that your hands get sweaty even on a cold day, the gloves get wet, and THEN your hands get cold, but this is obviously not a problem with the wool liner. Plus, at the end of the day when you pull your hands out of the gloves, your hands smell like you just got back from a petting zoo! err... so maybe thats not a plus, but its not a negative either. Be ready for that though, it's kinda surprising at first. In all seriousness, this is my new favorite pair of gloves ever and I hope to use them for seasons to come.

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Matt Teuling wrote a review of on April 15, 2012

3 5

definitely a weird fit but I kinda like it. at 5' 11" 150 pounds, the large was a little slimmer than I expected, but not too tight by any means. The sleeves are strangely long, the sleeves kinds ruffle up if you wear the cuffs at your wrists, but i figured that might be the point, and you get used to it after a little bit. The shirt does start to unravel a little at the bottom, but it seems to be a really slow process so I'm not too worried about it. Can't tell if it will unravel more than it has already or not. Might have stopped... anywho, you could find a better thermal for sure, but if you are intrigued by the somewhat strange fit, then it may be worth the money.

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Matt Teuling wrote a review of on April 15, 2012

4 5

I'll have to admit, these bindings surprised me. I knew I wanted a light park setup, and I had never tried jesters before, so I figured I'd give them a shot. For being a relatively "plasticy" binding (hence the reason they are so light) they have held up extremely well. I put them on some 181 On3p Filthy riches, and have so far used them about 50 days in the park. Some jumping, and a TON of heavy rail use. I almost opted for the Jester pro, but for the sake of keeping a light setup, I decided to go with the regular jesters, and so far I have been impressed. No problems with prerelease, and thus far, there is no excessive play in the heelpiece or toepiece. I'm still not sure I would trust them over my FKS on my big mountain skis, but for a light-but-durable park binding, these seem to do the trick.

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Matt Teuling wrote a review of on April 15, 2012

4 5

For the price, these headphones are pretty awesome. Improved fit over the regular choppers, nice cushy earpads that are actually over-the-ear (unless you have very large ears), and the sound quality is pretty good to boot.. I like these a lot more than any of similarly-priced skullcandys I have owned, and they have already outlasted them as well. These are good headphones for the price, but if you can get a deal on these anywhere, definitely pick some up.

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Matt Teuling wrote a review of on April 15, 2012

3 5

I like these headphones. For the price, the sound quality is pretty good and the headphones are fairly comfortable, in my opinion. I like them more than my skullcandy hesh headphones, better sound quality and fit, but they also cost a little more so that makes sense. The downfall of these headphones, as with many other pairs of headphones before them, is that the cord gave out above the plug and the sound began to cut in and out after about two weeks. I ended up returning them, and in proper backcountry.com fashion, they were extremely quick to put everything right again. My new pair of chopper2's have lasted much longer :) All in all, These headphones are good for the price, but If you can find a deal, definitely jump on it!

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Matt Teuling wrote a review of on April 14, 2012

5 5

Out of all the bindings I've skied, it seems that the FKS and Peak/Deadbolt series are the only bindings I can really rely on. I put these bindings on my all mountain skis (181 On3p jeronimos), So they saw a ton of use on rails early season, and due to the lack of snow this year, a ton of use on ice and rock-hard moguls, as well as some endurance testing against stumps, rocks, dirt etc. The thing that really sold me on these bindings though, was the lack of wear and tear. After an entire season, the lack of play in the toe and heel is astounding (compared to bindings like my STH 16's that had so much play in the toe, and heel especially, that I decided to retire them after one season). My Peak 15's I had last year showed the same level of durability, which is pretty comforting. These bindings are on the heavy side for sure (not something I'm concerned with in an 18 DIN bindings), but from my experience these are bomber bindings and at ~$240 are worth every penny.

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Matt Teuling wrote a review of on April 14, 2012

5 5

Out of all the bindings I've skied, it seems that the FKS and Peak/Deadbolt series are the only bindings I can really rely on. I put these bindings on my all mountain skis (181 On3p jeronimos), So they saw a ton of use on rails early season, and due to the lack of snow this year, a ton of use on ice and rock-hard moguls, as well as some endurance testing against stumps, rocks, dirt etc. The thing that really sold me on these bindings though, was the lack of wear and tear. After an entire season, the lack of play in the toe and heel is astounding (compared to bindings like my STH 16's that had so much play in the toe, and heel especially, that I decided to retire them after one season). My Peak 15's I had last year showed the same level of durability, which is pretty comforting. These bindings are on the heavy side for sure (not something I'm concerned with in an 18 DIN bindings), but from my experience these are bomber bindings and at ~$240 are worth every penny.

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Matt Teuling wrote a review of on April 14, 2012

4 5

I've had these poles for well over a season now and they are still going strong. The only "problem" I've had is that the locking mechanism begins to slip after a while, but thats not really a problem because a quater turn of a screwdriver remedies the problem completely. The powder baskets are awesome, the wrist straps are ergonomic (at least compared to standard pole straps) and comfortable, and the second grip below the handle is extremely handy for any sort of sidehilling or bootpacking. NOt the lightest carbon poles I'm sure, but they're definitely not heavy either. I would definitely recommend these poles to anyone looking for a good adjustable pole.

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Matt Teuling wrote an answer about on September 3, 2011

Nope. these brakes won't fit on dukes at all. You'll have to buy some replacement brakes from markers "royal family" line to get wide brakes for your dukes. Also, if you get the 130 mm duke brake, it should still fit on newer hellbents at 132 underfoot, without any tweaking. If you have older hellbents before k2 increased the width even more, the 130 mm brake will be perfect.

Hope that helps!

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Matt Teuling wrote an answer about on September 2, 2011

These will fit with the L or XL brake option. In fact... pretty much any alpine ski bindind will "fit" as long as the brakes are wide enough. Since the Misdemeanor is only 90mm underfoot (so pretty skinny by todays standards) any modern binding will probably work just fine.

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Matt Teuling wrote an answer about on August 24, 2011

Just in case you're still in the market after a few months...It depends on your skill level. If you know that you like the 175, you can't go wrong. However, remember that the turbo has a big twin tip and slight tip rocker (or early-rise I guess), both of which will make it ski a little shorter. That said, if you're a good skier, you might enjoy the extra length of the 182.

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Matt Teuling wrote a review of on August 24, 2011

4 5

I have these skis in a 181, and I am impressed to say the least. They are nice and poppy (I mean it) and the race base is plenty fast, although it does require a little extra attention. Not super stiff but not floppy; they are pleasantly stable at speed and definitely able to hold it down all over the mountain. I used this ski for around 100 days in the park and wherever else they took me. Wouldn't really recommend them for heavy rail use (like i did), since the edges aren't super thick and seem to develop edge cracks a little easier than other park (not pipe) skis. Still, great skis that have held up pretty well given the abuse they've taken. If you are one of the lucky few who actually have some skill in the pipe, or if you are just looking for a good ski with a fast base, these would be a great choice.

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