Michael Kern

Michael Kern

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Michael's Passions

Alpine Touring
Telemark Skiing
Camping
Mountain Biking
Road Cycling
Alpine Skiing

Michael's Bio

I am a designer who wishes he was a pro skier.


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Michael Kern

Michael Kern wrote an answer about on January 5, 2010

This is the ski for you, once you get past the playfulness. I have found these to be far more versatile than any ski I have ever owned before, and that includes both gotama's and the much lauded JJ's. If you need stiffer get the Super S7's but these skis really are unbelievable.

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Michael Kern

Michael Kern wrote an answer about on January 5, 2010

My buddy had these mounted both at true center which I believe is +6 and he hated it... then he mounted them at 0 and it was tolerable but they are a little soft behind the boot for a teleski... I would go with the Mancini version of these which I believe is a bit stiffer underfoot and behind the boot.

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Michael Kern

Michael Kern wrote an answer about on January 5, 2010

As a bigger guy, if you are an expert skier, I would go with the Super S7. But it really depends on whether you like soft or stiff skis. I have skied everything from EP Pro's which are about as soft as you can get to Stockli's and finding the balance is all about testing skis and feeling what you like. But my hunch is the Super S7's are the better all around tool for you.

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Michael Kern

Michael Kern wrote a review of on January 5, 2010

5 5

I love the vent system and the new school look with old school functionality. Best of both worlds. It's very comfortable, and works great with the audio kit. I love the adjustment system on it which is similar to a well made bike helmet. Googles also fit nicely on it.

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Michael Kern

Michael Kern wrote a review of on January 5, 2010

4 5

Great daytrip pack. This is a huge improvement over the old BD backpacks which were for lack of a better word.... Junk. It's comfy and easy to access everything. I wish there was an external quick release shovel mount but it is very comfortable and having an avalung just in case is a definite nice to have.

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Michael Kern wrote a review of on January 5, 2010

5 5

I have been using these all season and they are holding up really well. Typically I get tears in the cuff area, from doing grabs or drops, and these pants are bulletproof. They are extremely comfortable, lightweight, and stylish. Plus it's easy for people to see the Neon Orange so my buddies have no problem finding me. They do have a fairly slim fit... not emo... but slim.

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Michael Kern

Michael Kern wrote a review of on January 5, 2010

5 5

I am skiing both these and the regular S7's, and they are the perfect complimentary tool. Every line that you think might be not quite right for the S7, these are perfect for. With added stiffness and a similar flex pattern, you are not learning a whole new ski, you are just getting a better tool for the job. The one drawback is that they are heavy... but they are the most fun point and go ski on the market.

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Michael Kern

Michael Kern wrote a review of on July 20, 2009

3 5

This beacon is great and easy to use but I do question the reliability. Mine just hit 5 years and died. Not sure if anyone else has had these problems but I have to say I was very disappointed. I looked at several other beacons but have decided to wait to see what the Tracker 2 looks like and how it performs. Heard it was on delay b/c they could not get the new builds to be reliable, hopefully they can get it together.

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Michael Kern

Michael Kern wrote a review of on July 20, 2009

5 5

The only negative which has been said plenty is the weight but these things are very high quality. Not always the easiest to get hooked up in steeps but when you are coming down they are simply the best. I take this same mentality when biking. I am okay if it takes a little longer to get up if I have the added reliability when charging, and these things definitely give me that. I have dropped cliffs in the 20 to 50 foot range on these and they have held up. Absolutely love them. They work best for sidecountry... for long tours get a different setup.

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Michael Kern

Michael Kern wrote a review of on July 20, 2009

2 5

They have definitely been a hot ski on Tramdock this post season but I really did not find these skis exciting. They did a worse job at float then both my S7's, and Armada ARG's, they just didn't live up to what I thought they would be. Also felt like they were very one dimensional.

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Michael Kern wrote an answer about on July 20, 2009

I skied both of these this past year and I think the answer above is a little overrated. I would only go with this ski if you are going to be somewhere it is dumping constantly. I really liked the JJ's and found them to be much more dimensional.

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