Matt Teuling

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

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 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

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 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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Matt Teuling wrote a review of on August 23, 2011

5 5

These Sunglasses are awesome! I picked them up for just over $100 from The Clymb. The clarity is superb, they fit my face well, and the tips of the frame don't fold in such a way that they scratch the lens (which is a problem I've had with other pairs of sunglasses). So far they have held up really well and they come with a hefty case as well. Worth the money, I would say, but if you can find a deal, jump on it!

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Matt Teuling wrote a review of on August 23, 2011

3 5

I've bought STH 16s for the past couple years (since the STH 14 Driver wasn't available in the US until recently), and there is a good reason for it, but there are also a couple reasons that I won't be buying them anymore.

So, lets start with the good. The adjust-ability is awesome on these. Toe-height is a screw on the top, wing adjustment is a screw on the side of one of the wings etc. Everything is exactly where you would think it should be, and it is really helpful if you ever need to adjust from a boot with more wear on the toe, to a newer boot with less wear, to an AT boot etc. Also, Salomon makes nice wide brakes, which is very convenient when compared to, say, FKS, where the widest brake is only 115mm.

Durability-wise, the bindings are pretty good. So far, I've had no catastrophic binding explosions, which is more somewhat reassuring. However, over time, the brakes become extremely loose and wobbly (not a huge deal) but the heel piece developes a little play foward and back, and a LOT of play left to right. This is definitely cause for concern, but so far, hasn't been a huge problem as far as i can tell.

Also, I've noticed that I prerelease out of the heel (especially when landing switch) with these bindings, but the problem is remedied with a very slightly higher DIN setting for the Heel piece (like 0.5 to 1 higher).

Finally, Over time, My STH 16s seem to prerelease more and more often. I've owned 2 pairs on 2 different skis (4frnt VCTs and ON3P caylors) and I've experienced the problem with both. I found that the problem was resolved however when I loosened the toewing adjustment, raised the toe height, backed up the forward pressure, lowered the DINs, and then reset everything correctly (as determined by a qualified shop technician, of course). I know for a fact that the toe-wings and toe-height become loose naturally, while the forward pressure remained spot on.

All that said, these are good bindings, and I know people much better than me who will swear by them. However, in my opinion, when compared to FKS 18s, or Deabolt/tyrolia 15's or 18's, they just aren't as reliable in the long run, which is why I give them 3 stars.

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Matt Teuling wrote a review of on August 23, 2011

3 5

I own a couple pairs of STH 16's (same binding as these), but there are also a couple reasons that I won't be buying them anymore.

So, lets start with the good. The adjust-ability is awesome on these. Toe-height is a screw on the top, wing adjustment is a screw on the side of one of the wings etc. Everything is exactly where you would think it should be, and it is really helpful if you ever need to adjust from a boot with more wear on the toe, to a newer boot with less wear, to an AT boot etc. Also, Salomon makes nice wide brakes, which is very convenient when compared to, say, FKS, where the widest brake is only 115mm.

Durability-wise, the bindings are pretty good. So far, I've had no catastrophic binding explosions, which is more somewhat reassuring. However, over time, the brakes become extremely loose and wobbly (not a huge deal) but the heel piece developes a little play foward and back, and a LOT of play left to right. This is definitely cause for concern, but so far, hasn't been a huge problem as far as i can tell.

Also, I've noticed that I prerelease out of the heel (especially when landing switch) with these bindings, but the problem is remedied with a very slightly higher DIN setting for the Heel piece (like 0.5 to 1 higher).

Finally, Over time, My STH 16s seem to prerelease more and more often. I've owned 2 pairs on 2 different skis (4frnt VCTs and ON3P caylors) and I've experienced the problem with both. I found that the problem was resolved however when I loosened the toewing adjustment, raised the toe height, backed up the forward pressure, lowered the DINs, and then reset everything correctly (as determined by a qualified shop technician, of course). I know for a fact that the toe-wings and toe-height become loose naturally, while the forward pressure remained spot on.

All that said, these are good bindings, and I know people much better than me who will swear by them. However, in my opinion, when compared to FKS 18s, or Deabolt/tyrolia 15's or 18's, they just aren't as reliable in the long run, which is why I give them 3 stars.

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