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Nawrocki

Utah

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Skiing

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Nawrocki wrote a review of on September 21, 2013

Binding pictured is Freeride.
5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

The binding pictured is the Freeride, not the Freedom. Here's a picture of the Freedom...At the front of the binding, at the pivot point, you can see there's a "Torx" style screw (on each side). I've found that this screw tends to back out. Once I applied some locktite to it, the screw stayed in place very nicely. It has a greater range of motion than the Freeride, both in the tour mode and in the ski mode, so it feels a little more like a classic telemark binding. I love the way it skis, the convenience of step in, and the ability to release - an ability I've used! The way in which it attaches enhances edge control. I have 80 days on 2 pair with no issues. In one season, I broke 2 toe pieces on the Freeride, however, which has a more active feel earlier in its initiation (it takes a bit more forward pressure to "break the bellows", on the Freeride) which takes a while to get used to. There was no "getting used to" the Freedom...it was easy to ski on the first run. If you are inclined to parallel turn, or turn flat footed, like on a run out if you're just too lazy to make every turn a tele turn, for instance, the Freedom has a slight "pitch up" on the toe piece that makes skiing flat footed a bit easier, as well. I have them on a pair of Armada JJs and a pair of Rossi S3s. Also, the ski brake on the Freedom seems easier to bend to fit the width of your wide skis than the Freeride's brakes, which means you may be able to make the brakes work on a wider range of widths.

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Nawrocki wrote a review of on August 26, 2013

2 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

The design is good. You put the neoprene knee pads on and the knee/shin guards are held in place. The guards are good. The underlying knee pads wont last two rides as the stitching will fail almost immediately. I like them enough that I'm not returning the second pair, just sewing them up myself, but this is pretty bad manufacturing quality.

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Nawrocki wrote a review of on March 29, 2012

The Good, The Bad, The (not) Ugly
2 5

The good: I love the way this skis. Great edge control, great feel, easy in/out. The good is really good.

The bad: After about 20 days, I cracked both toe pieces. Now, today, on day 66 (46 on the replacement) I've cracked another.

The (not ugly): Thank goodness I bought these from backcountry. I will be returning them. I have the Scarpa TX boot, which I'll hold on to until next season when I'll try next year's model. I don't want to give up on this set up, as I do love it, but I may be forced to. I'll stick with it for a while, but I can't say I recommend someone else pull the trigger due to durability issues. Having said that, if you get them from backcountry, at least you know you'll get full satisfaction if things go wrong! I've included a picture of the damage I've been getting.

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Nawrocki wrote a review of on September 1, 2011

5 5

BTW, I just got my 2012 JJ's. The recommended mounting position (-5 cm) is, on these skis, 1 cm forward of the recommended mounting position (-5 cm) on the 2011 JJ's that I have. The new position seems more accurate, but I'd have the shop measure any ski with a marked position before having them mounted. If you are a strong skier over 140 pounds, the 175 would be too short...these ski short due to the rocker, and are stupidly easy to turn.

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Nawrocki wrote a review of on April 16, 2011

Highest possible recommendation
5 5

This ski is the biggest increase in fun and performance of any ski I have skied in 45 years of skiing. I'm using them for Telemark skiing, mounted with Axls, on position 2, and using the Scarpa T-2 Eco...not a hard driving boot...and they are waaay easy to ski on these boots. I'm 5'9" tall, 160 Lbs. Most reviewers have a weight of about 135-140 for the cut off from 175 to 185. They ski short.

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Nawrocki wrote a review of on July 26, 2010

5 5

I really like Deuter products. This included. Plenty of room without being heavy, well made, well thought out. The reservoir is also nice. The mesh back is comfortable and lets in air. I use it mainly for mountain biking, and occasionally for day hikes. For hard mountain biking in Utah, where hydration is king, the bite valve on this...well, bites. The fluid flow rate seems significantly lower than a Camelback bite valve and results in getting less H2O when you are trying to get fluid while almost anaerobic! I swapped in the Camelback bite valve and now am very happy with the product. If you only use it for hiking, the Deuter bite valve works fine. But if you are dying in the desert, swap it out!

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Nawrocki wrote a review of on October 20, 2008

5 5

I used these last season at The Canyons up in Park City. They were fantastic for powder days and also
great for backcountry. I prefer them backcountry over my World Pistes even though they are heavier.
They are noticably slower edge to edge compared to the World Piste as you'd expect. On the days when
there was no powder, I'd take my World Pistes into the bumps...this is the only place where the Work
Stinx didn't shine. I also mounted them aft with a pretty active binding and that helped.

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