Max

Max

Cascades of NW Washington these days, with roots in the New Mexico Rockies and the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia and West Virginia

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Max's Passions

Alpine Touring
Trad Climbing
Backpacking
Alpine Skiing
Mountaineering
Sport Climbing

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Max wrote a question about on November 5, 2013

I just got a pair of these in 186, and I plan on mounting them with some dynafit radical st's. any suggestions between getting 130 brakes or 110 brakes and just bending them out? It seems that 130 might be a little big.

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Max wrote an answer about on April 20, 2013

I would suggest the marker barron. The duke/barron is more suited for inbounds than tour f12. I doubt you would need the 16 DIN so i would go with the barron. Its got the same burly construction, just dialed back a little bit. Its a little lighter, and its got an awesome sale right now

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Max posted an image about on April 8, 2013

Cham 97's getting some glacial pow

Got the Cham 97's to replace my busted K2 Hardsides. These skis rip. I demoed the Cham 97's and Volkl Mantra and Blizzard Cochise and I've been riding the hardsides and these things were the clear winner for me. They were super playful but could still be ridden hard. These things were designed for pow and at that they excel. The huge rockered tip with the pintail lets these things be playful the light stuff but the stiffness give you the stability to really crank em up. I was worried about their performance on hardpack but they have proved phenomenally with a good edge tune. They are mounted with Marker dukes at the recommended mounting point. They are a bit heavy for touring but i got them for about 75/25 resort/backcountry.

I am 6'0" 170 lbs and i'm riding the 184s. I was nervous about going so long but it was the perfect length. They are nimble enough to ski tight west virginia trees but stable enough to ski open powder bowls in Engelberg, Switzerland.

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Max wrote a review of on December 17, 2012

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

The traverse is a pretty solid wind shell. I use it mostly as a layer when ski touring and an outer shell for spring skiing. Its also pretty good for climbing those long trad routes. I wish it could be a little warmer or slightly baggier to fit a thicker layer under it but i guess that's not quite the purpose. cut is pretty athletic but the stretch makes it easy to do just about anything

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Max wrote a review of on March 14, 2012

5 5

This jacket rocks! I bought this at the last minute before a trip to ski on Mount Washington in New Hampshire. This shell was a fortress against the high winds and kept my warm in the low teens with only my R1 and a wool baselayer underneath. The biggest surprise was how breathable the Active Shell is. I didn't even have to open up the pit zips while breaking trail on a boot pack up Hillman's Highway in a foot and a half of fresh POW. I was able to click into my skis and head down without changing any layers.

I am 6' 165 pounds and I found the Medium true to size. Its an athletic cut (unlike my old Patagonia Rainshadow which made me fit two fleece jackets and my big down puffy underneath) but it has room to layer. Keep in mind the tag has Large written on it, but that's european size. just below, it says US-Medium.

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