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Nat Segal

Nat Segal

Treble Cone (NZ), Jackson Hole (WY)

Nat Segal's Passions

Hiking & Camping
Running
Yoga
Skiing
Climbing
Surfing

Nat Segal's Bio

I'm a competitive big mountain skier from Australia.

I've spent the last four years travelling the world as a ski bum. I love powder snow, steep lines and bluebird days but I will never say no to a good old tussock line in NZ.

www.nataliesegal.com

Put a goat on it.

Nat Segal

Nat Segal wrote a review of on June 3, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I just used one of these kits during an expedition to Greenland- it was super lightweight and easy to fit (to the point that I sometimes forgot where I had stored it in my pack.

Has all the necessities and some great options for dealing with blisters.

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Nat Segal wrote a review of on May 10, 2014

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

The Sterling Evolution Duetto Dry AT Rope was the perfect rope to bring on my recent ski mountaineering trip to Greenland. The rope is light enough to throw into the bottom of your pack for the days where you 'may or may not' need to rope up. It is better to be safe than sorry! I highly recommend the lime green color to add a little extra flare to your adventure.

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Nat Segal wrote a review of on May 10, 2014

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I recently got this boot for a multi-day ski touring expedition. It's my first AT boot - in the past I have used my Dalbello Kryzma for short day hikes.

Any touring boot takes some getting used to and for awhile, I found this boot slightly to soft- especially when the heat went up.

I am now quite attached to the Mercury. I love the low volume fit and the three-piece design (I have a lot of issues with heel lift). The size does feel slightly small- I took the same size as my Kryzma's needed to have the toes blown out. But I prefer to do that than go up a size.

The removable tongues can be frustrating when you are in a rush and I have dropped in a few times without them.

After skiing in this boot for two months, I believe it's one of the best AT boots for backcountry freeriding.

I use this boot with my Marker F12 bindings.

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Nat Segal wrote a review of on May 10, 2014

4 5

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

I picked this hood up to use while skiing but I usually run fairly warm, to the point that I only use it on very cold days- mainly while ski touring.

The bonus of this jacket is that on a cold day, you can wear this instead of a puffy while hiking. It breathes much better and the waterproofing keeps you dry in most situations.

It's also a good run around jacket- especially in the autumn.

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Nat Segal wrote a review of on May 10, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size

These gloves are always in my backcountry pack! I use them most days while I am out ski touring and hiking lines as the wool helps to regulate temperature and sweat. I especially like the thickness of these gloves as they help protect your hands from the snow- without the need of a thicker glove!

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Nat Segal wrote a review of on May 10, 2014

Competitions and ski touring- go fast!
5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I recently switched from the traditional Katana to the V-werks. The Katana has always been my ski of choice for freeriding and competitions and I was hesitant to switch. However, it didn't take me long to fall in love with this ski.

It is much lighter than the older model, which can take some getting used to. I really appreciate the new reverse side cut in the tip (helps to avoid awkward edge grabs) and the stiffness of the ski (despite it's weight). Don't be fooled- this ski goes FAST.

I've mounted Quiverkillers on these skis so I can switch between my Marker Jesters and my Marker F12s. I took this setup on my last trip where I participated in a 3-week expedition and then switched over to compete in a big mountain event. PARTY!

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Nat Segal wrote a review of on May 6, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I bought this for a trip to Greenland and Iceland where I shoved it in my mountaineering pack most days. On many of the days I removed the cover and was only concerned with the insulation on the outside.

For the most part this system worked like a dream but on two occasions while hiking couloirs in mind-numbingly cold wind, the entire drinking lead froze. I was also frozen and considering our location at somewhere close to 66 degrees- I didn't blame the reservoir.

In short- super rad product, just be mindful when you are in or close to the Arctic.

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Nat Segal wrote a review of on May 6, 2014

3 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

I just bought this for climbing and ski mountaineering. I am still getting used to the whole concept. I think I agree with Mike below that things get a little complicated with both of the concepts together and that I could be just as happy with the GridLock in a screwgate version.

Nonetheless, this still does the job!

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Nat Segal wrote a review of on May 6, 2014

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: Runs small

I bought these with the hopes of riding in them but I think I got them a size too small as they have been cutting into my calves too much. Nonetheless, I have been wearing them after skiing and when travelling and have made a big difference.

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Nat Segal wrote a review of on December 16, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I decided to get a 171cm pair of Bridges this year to use as an all-mountain ski. So far I have used them in the park and on groomers and they do not disappoint! In the past I have used the Bridge in a 177cm as a semi-pow ski but I have grown into a fatter ski over the last few years. I would recommend this ski to anyone who likes around 95mm underfoot that can go anywhere on the mountain- groomers, the park, moguls, pow. This ski was my first legitimate freeride-style ski and it gave me a great introduction into the wonder of fat ski tips and jumping off cliffs. I like to mount them a few cms forward from boot centre.

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Nat Segal wrote a review of on December 16, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

The Nunataq is my first legitimate touring ski. In the past I have used alpine skis with a touring binding and BD skins as my uphill means of transportation but now that I have tried the Nunataq- I don't think I can go back. Me and these ladies have only been out on a few adventures but so far I have really enjoyed the girth of these skis. I usually ski on a Katana, so getting used to a lighter ski has been interesting. However, I skied my first pow days of the season on these and they did not disappoint. I'm riding a 178cm, with a Marker F12, mounted at +2 from boot centre.

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Nat Segal wrote a review of on March 19, 2013

Party in my gloves.
5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I was so in awe the first time I saw these gloves all I could do was pet them and marvel at their beauty. Since then I've had many admirers who have been caught in the same state, absolutely speechless. While they may seem unpractical for skiing, being big and fury I now question why I ever skied without them. They are heavier than the average mitten but when you're resort skiing- weight doesn't matter that much. The thing is that these mittens are warm, hardy and amazingly waterproof. I personally love taking these out on powder days and cold days when being extra warmth means a lot. I also happily hike short to medium boot packs in them without a problem. I wouldn't usually take them on a full day tour as they don't pack well in a lightweight pack but that is their only limitation. Stay warm, stay positive.

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Nat Segal wrote a review of on March 19, 2013

5 5

Just started skiing on these babies this season. I ride a 183cm. Being a bit of a shorty (160cms) they seemed a little big and hard to turn in trees to start with but now they feel like the most perfect pow ski I've ever had. If you ride the Shiro in a longer length it is much more suited to open pow and big faces but it does deals with tight pillows and trees pretty damn well! Got my first FWT podium on these....so they're pretty close to my heart.

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Nat Segal wrote a review of on March 19, 2013

5 5

I've been skiing on these for the last two and a half years. I've had them set up with a Marker F12 as touring/sidecountry ski which has worked really well. They are great in all kinds of conditions butI think they excel off piste in pow and crud. They are a little heavier than a lightweight set up but the weight is worth it for the skiing performance. I also ride them quite a lot in early season, I love hitting little booters on them and I sometimes take them through the park- they can handle it.

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