Nature Burger

Nature Burger

Whistler, BC Interior, North-West USA

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Nature Burger wrote an answer about on February 18, 2012

Dynafits hold you in well and also pop you out fast! There is not much give in the pin-system that connects the boot to the ski and they also lack the required damping and elasticity that allow you to ski at or near the true din setting you need.

Made for: backcountry skiing.
The good: light-weight and simplicity.

Hard-landings, running hard-crud, etc, can and will lead to premature ejection from most tech-system bindings - it's not a secret and most users will acknowledge that.

They can also break from time-to-time and guides often pack spare toe-pieces in their packs as a precaution in case they fail for some reason on a long trip.

My own experience? I love Dynafits for what they are intended for. A while ago, I crashed (not too hard) at a resort on hard-pack with my tech bindings and one of the heel piece components busted (it's not all metal even if it's silver colored) AND they also ripped a gash in the toe-piece connector on my boots so that I needed new touring boots -- lesson learned -- !

You wanna huck cliffs? Not a very good idea with these babies. Forget cliffs unless you really are a pro or don't mind ruining your touring gear. Huck small kickers - yes.

Buy another pair of skis with a real step-in binding. It is 110% worth the piece of mind and better release characteristics to be on a good setup for resort use.

Lots of great bindings here on www.backcountry.com that flex well (Look Pivot, Marker Jester and many others) and would be way more dependable for resort use.

If you only got one ski for resort and backcountry, then ask your shop to install inserts for swapping bindings.

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Nature Burger wrote an answer about on January 26, 2012

I would not recommend this as an East coast ski.

It handles soft snow (not packed powder) and powder quite well. However, this ski was not made for the typical East coast condition: hard-packed or groomed man-made snow.

In the later case, this ski is quite skittish and suffers in overall performance versus narrower and more traditionally cambered skis.

The advert says it is a ski that handles groomers. 'Handles' being the operative word. They should really say it 'survives' hard packed conditions.

If you ask a ski shop in the East for a good quiver-of-one East coast ski, I'm sure that this baby won't be on the list.

Who wrote the ad-copy? I can't believe they said this: "yet allows for phenomenal edge-to-edge contact on the hard pack." ... WRONG. It merely 'survives' in that condition.

"Carbon-reinforced, full wood core provides excellent stability and creates a very lively ski."

It is stable, albeit in soft snow only. Moreso, it is a damp forgiving ski.

It is a smooth-flexing soft turning ski that handles powder and churned up fresh snow quite well.

In other words, get another ski, like a Rossignol Experience 88 (98 would serve as a dual East-West quiver of one ski) or a Mantra (OK for East, better for West), or the Line Prophet 90. They would all be better choices.

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Nature Burger wrote an answer about on December 29, 2011

get 179. For a 170lb dude, 5' 9", the 179 will be the perfect length. If you like me, 215 lb, 6' then get the longer ones.

With 179 you get the best tree's performance, all the stability you need at high speed and ... it also will fit in your ski rack better.

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Nature Burger wrote a review of on December 12, 2011

4 5

This jacket is quite warm (very warm if you are keeping active), very light, easily compressible and weatherproof.

I am 6 foot, 215 lbs and ordered the XL so that I would be able to layer it over my lighter back-country ski setup. The idea was to use this jacket for lunch breaks, delays, inclement weather etc.

It is perfect as an XL for both the above purpose and also as a standalone jacket.

The 3 front pockets are perfect, the hood is very comfortable, and warm, and the overall design perfect as a backcountry layering warm jacket.

This jacket will find itself handily stuffed in my pack and put into action at on-trail lunch and dinner breaks, extended stops during ski tours and any other time when some extra warmth is needed.

I find it so comfortable and light that it is also becoming my lunch time cold weather - go-out-and-go-for-a-walk jacket.

Pros:
* Light weight (549 grams on my digital scale)
* Warm (actualy too warm when I am active)
* Weatherproof (good in rain and drizzle)
* Not made with down. (keeos warm even if wet)

Cons:
* Could use an extra interior pocket.
* Zippers sometimes a little fiddly

I would not pay full price for it though. I find most of the ones at the same or more price point (lightweight belay jackets) are over-priced. Wait for a sale and then get it. Awesome jacket if you can get it at the right price.

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