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Matt A

Matt A

Gearhead

Wasatch Mountains, Moab Desert, South Fork of the Shoshone River, The Gunks, Flaming Gorge, Wind River Mtn, Teton & Rocky Mtn Nat'l Park

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Matt Awrote a review of on January 15, 2017

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Even though these are designed primarily for skiing, I find these are a better hiking/approach pole. These are solid and strong but a little heavy. The grips do get a bit slick when snow gets on them. But I really like the secondary grip below the top handle when the terrain does get steep and you need to choke up on a shorter pole length. The flicklock adjustment is solid as always and overall a good pole.

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Matt Awrote a review of on January 15, 2017

Substantial decline in quality
2 5

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

This is my 3rd Lofoten Insulated jacket in the past 10 seasons. The first one held up for 4 years, 2nd for 5 years and this most current model lasted less than 10 days. Although the face fabric is softer and more comfortable on this new model, the durability is highly questionable. If you ski glades, chutes and technical terrain, this is not the jacket for you. They also did away with the nice large interior mesh pocket and pit zips on this model which is a head scratcher as well. The cuffs also showed significant signs of fabric chipping after less than 10 days. Pretty disappointing response from Norrona warranty, stating to send it to Rainy Pass for repair and wanted nothing to do a with a warranty claim.

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Matt Awrote a review of on January 15, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I own 4 different colors in this beanie and for a good reason! It's so warm, fits really well and looks great! The inside is a full fleece lining to keep the heat locked in on cold belays and gusting winds on the slopes. Fits excellent under a helmet as well.

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Matt Awrote a review of on January 15, 2017

5 5

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

This is my 4th pair of Ace's are would fully recommend them for trad. The sole is super stiff and supportive for long multi pitch climbs. They also edge really well and the leather construction is highly durable for cracks and chimenys. The canvas lining keeps the odor down and wicks well. These do stretch quite a bit though so would suggest sizing down a half to full size.

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Matt Awrote a review of on January 15, 2017

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size

The Balboa's are pretty comfortable overall with a thick midsole. I would highly recommend them for business casual or a travel shoe. The Dark Grey color looks pretty sweet in person! I'm normally an 11.5 and wear the same in these. So the sizing is true to the toe box fits wider.

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Matt Awrote a review of on January 15, 2017

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

This is a sick boot! Lightweight, bomber, and it has a 130 flex. This boot performs just as well inbounds as it does in the backcountry. The only quam I have with these is that the alpine DIN soles are hand to come by. If you’re looking for a one boot quiver, look no further.

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Matt Awrote a review of on January 15, 2017

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I picked these up for a friend as a gift I bought these for a new set of inbound all-mountain skis. They are lightweight and secure, which means I don’t have to worry about pre-ejecting. I have had some bad experiences in the past with my bindings pre releasing, so it was important that I find something I can feel safe in. So far, so good. And the price is right

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Matt Awrote a review of on January 15, 2017

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size

I decided to make the change from ski pants to bibs this year because when I’m out spending long days on my snow machine and touring, snow gets down my pants and leaves me super cold. The bibs have definitely prevented that from happening this year, so I’m glad I made the switch. I found the durability and waterproofness to be as Flylow stated in the description. I love the pouch for my beacon. It really simplifies packing and ensures that you’ll never forget it. It also relieves the burden of having to take your beacon on and off. I love the fact that there are crotch and side vents, but I wish Flylow would put mesh in the vents to keep snow from coming in

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Matt Awrote a review of on January 15, 2017

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times


It seems like there’s a million choices for ski bindings these days. So it’s hard to tell which ones will best suit your needs. The reason I went with the Wardens is because they’ll accommodate different soles for AT boots. So far, so good. Stand by for further reviews, once I’ve gotten to know them a little better

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Matt Awrote a review of on January 15, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Growing up as a racer and being very hard on my ski gear, I wanted a lightweight touring binding that would perform well and not leave me stranded in the backcountry. I mounted these bindings on the DPS Wailer 112 Tour 1. I have no complaints. I found them to be easy to use, lightweight, and I feel confident going downhill with the locking heel piece. I love the fact that I don’t have to release my boot to go from walk to ski mode. If you’re looking for a lightweight, bomber backcountry tour binding, look no further.c

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Matt Awrote a review of on January 15, 2017

5 5


“DPS has done it again. I truly love this ski for the backcountry in Utah and Montana. I found it to float very well in the powder. It’s super light, which makes uphill travel fun again. I bought this ski strictly for backcountry use and for snowmobile sled laps. I found the ski to be very durable, getting banged around on the sled. It skied very similar in the powder as its sister ski, the Wailer 112RE2. I’ve yet to ski it in the crud, but I can imagine it might not hold up as well as some other skis in the crud, but I’m willing to give up crud busting for shedding a few pounds on the uphill

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Matt Awrote a review of on January 15, 2017

Perfect size for multi pitch rock & Ice
5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

The Variants gets it done for all aspects of rock, ice and mountaineering. It's got nice tool attachments, beaver tail for a crampon or rope carry and seems pretty durable overall. Got this for a buddy for our trip to climb Western Hardman on Notch Peak and worked out great!

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Matt Awrote a review of on October 19, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I picked these up for a friend's birthday and In twenty plus years of snowboarding, he says this is easily the best boot he's used. It performs exactly as it should. Comfortable and lightweight. Easy on and off. Appears to be very durable. After a few hours of breaking in they are ready to ride. Boa system works well with this boot, also. Very stiff for fast charging with lots of all mountain power.

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