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Mike Conlan

Mike Conlan

Rogers Pass, B.C.

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PhD student in avalanche research.

http://www.ucalgary.ca/asarc/

Mike Conlan

Mike Conlan wrote a review of on October 28, 2011

5 5

I've been using the Silo 30 and Silo 50 for two years now. I couldn't ask for a better backpack in the backcountry and resort. The silo 30 is an ideal day pack bag for tours or in the resort. The outside zip carries skins easily, the top zip carries goggles, hat, snacks, or any gear you use often, and there is ample space inside for your shovel, probe, bladder, lunch, SLR, and 2 layers of extra clothing. I very much like the ease of the ski carry as well: fits up to about a 130mm waste ski no problem. There is minimal damage after 2 years of 50-100 ski days with it. It is hard to find a good-fitting small pack for tall people (I'm 6'1), so the fact that Arc'teryx makes this in small-large is perfect. I really don't have anything negative to say about it..

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Mike Conlan wrote a review of on October 27, 2011

beautiful
5 5

They are one of the prettiest skis you'll see. I have a pair of 09-10 EP Pro's as well and these are significantly stiffer. Eric's mounting choice is the same as the EP Pro's, being 2 cm back of core centre. These skis are also about 2 cm taller than the same 185 of the EP Pro (see picture). Rocker profile looks very similar, but with what looks like more camber under foot.

They feel quite light for their size, which is a bonus, as I am putting Plum Guide bindings on them. Should be an excellent backcountry setup for deep snow!

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Mike Conlan wrote a question about on September 22, 2009

I am currently on Prophet 100's with Fritschi's.
I am really looking at the EP Pro's for the deep days, but Line didn't come to Whistler to demo last year. I did try the Rossi S7's, Movement Flyswatters, Icelandic Nomads, and K2 Hellbents.
I loved the Flyswatters and Nomads and the S7's in powder, but I didn't like the Hellbents too much. They were too heavy and sloppy to move around (albeit I was on crud/groomers rather than deep powder since it was April).
My question is, for those that own EP Pro's... how similar are they to the above skis? Also, which binding would you suggest? I LOVE my Fritschi's on my Prophets since it makes it really light so I can fly through the trees.. but they aren't so good for hucking cliffs or going insanely hard, which I would no doubt be doing more with EP Pro's...

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Mike Conlan wrote a review of on September 18, 2008

5 5

I bought the 08 design halfway through last year and skied about 10 days on them. I have the Fritschi Freeride+ bindings on them and have used them in some small backcountry behind Whistler. These are seriously the most fun skis I have ever been on. They are very light due to the wood core and titanium plate and let you bounce in the powder like no other ski I've tried. I was riding these well into the wet conditions of May and they still outperformed other skis I have been on.
One of the big selling factors for me was the turning radius. I grew up skiing in the east coast so I have always been a carver, and with a radius of 16.8 m on the 179's, I can hit the groomers almost as hard as my Head iXRC's with a 12.2 radius. They do start to chatter a bit with really hard carving, but being a ski instructor I see myself as a harder carver than the average person. Most other skis with 100mm underfoot have a radius of 20-30m, so if you like to carve when there isn't much new snow then it is a great selling point.
In summary, GET THESE SKIS. You will not be disappointed.

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Mike Conlan wrote a review of on September 18, 2008

4 5

This is a very safe traveling bag for your skis with lots of padding and strong material, but unfortunately it isn't wide enough for my skis. I have the Line Prophet 100's which I think would fit fine with regular bindings, but I have the Fritschi Freeride+ AT's which make them just too high to pass the zipper over the middle part of the bag. At least there are two zippers so I can make them meet relatively close in the middle, but I just wish the bag was a tad bit wider so that they would fit perfectly. So be warned if you have AT bindings or excessively high risers
I've never used the tool pocket, but I have put extra clothes etc. in the bag, which works great for traveling

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Mike Conlan wrote a review of on August 28, 2008

5 5

I just picked this up last week and used it the same day on a 3 day hiking trip through the Grand Pass in Olympic National Park. I am 6'1" and I got the long, which is perfect. The Long is 65 L regular but 72 L extended (not written above). This pack was excellent in all aspects; easy to customize to your back, strong and sturdy, easy to access from either the top or the side taped zipper. I agree it could use a bladder holder, but this isn't necessary with proper packing. The material feels like it will outlast my future years of hiking. I will definitely be using this very comfortable and well-sized pack for my two month trip to Europe and then backcountry skiing around Whistler.

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