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Pat Venzke

Pat Venzke

Anywhere in the Colorado mountains where I can hike, camp, or ski.

John's Passions

Hiking & Camping
Biking
Skiing

John's Bio

Been in Colorado for 30 years, and cannot imagine not having this backyard to play in all the time. Skiing on Saturday, golf on Sunday morning and a ride in the afternoon. Not sure where else you can pack that much into a weekend.

Pat Venzke

Pat Venzke wrote an answer about on February 11, 2013

I mounted these with the Marker Jester which is a 6-16 DIN. I am 6', 215 and have never released from this binding on two different skis. If you need a lower DIN range, look at the Griffon instead.

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Pat Venzke

Pat Venzke wrote a review of on January 19, 2013

4 5

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

Just got these on Friday after a wicked deal on S&C. Looked at tons of gloves and styles this off season, and was ready to pull the trigger on the Hestra Helicopter glove, even with the stiff price. Started looking into undercut gloves since my parka has larger cuffs, and had to jump on this deal.

Pros: almost everything about this glove is amazing. The goat leather is extremely supple, and there is no break in period. The padding on the back of the glove keeps the back of your hands warm, but the fingers are still extremely flexible. Gloves fit great under the sleeves of my parka, which was a major concern for me. They certainly wicked the moisture away from my hands (I tend to sweat a ton in my old Marmot gloves) and I could see the moisture darkening the leather between the fingers but my hands stayed dry. I was concerned about some of the other reviews that said these were really warm, but they were comfortable on a sunny, warm day around 25 degrees. I got the gray/tan/black ones and the colors rock.

Cons: my only concern about the glove so far was the liner pulling back out of the fingers a bit when I took them off at the end of the day. I have had this issue with other gloves in the past, particularly when the liner is not sewn to the shell. It was minimal, so not really detracting from my overall impression of the glove.

Overall, this was a great choice to replace my 8 year old, packed out Marmots.

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Pat Venzke

Pat Venzke wrote a review of on August 16, 2011

5 5

I have had this jacket for about two full ski seasons now, and it is my go-to jacket for all but the nastiest of Colorado weather. I was looking for something that was water resistant and wind proof for those days (most of them) when I did not need my Spyder Godfather or Marmot parkas.

I tend to put out of a ton of body heat when I ski, but I have never been cold in this jacket nor have I had issues with it holding moisture. I layer it with a thin base layer (Under Armour or CW-X) and a TNF TKA100 fleece and I am good to go. It keeps out moderate snow, whether falling from the sky or from me falling, flexes well and looks great at the end of the day.

Great purchase.

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