Woods of VT
I have yet to use these poles, but I can already tell my baskets are going to be gone after my first run. The pole and basket have grooves, which makes it look like they are to be screwed on, however one good tug and the basket comes off easier than it was to put it on. Disappointed
I am looking for a new shovel for my Kode 30 backpack. I have it narrowed down between the Voile Mini and the Voile XLM. I was wondering if anyone could help me decide between the two? I am mostly sidecountry, thanks!
What avy shovel to you recommend for this pack? The avy stash looks small on my pack (L) and I was wondering if I should go the D3 route or Voile Mini? I'm open to other suggestions as well, thanks!
Unreal glove, fits true to size and very warm. Wear and tear a little easy but still holding up like champs! Great price for a great glove!
I am about your weight, little lighter, 205lb and I have the Salomon STH 14 on them. They are currently sold out here at backcountry, you can upgrade to the 16's or get the Atomic FFG 14 team binding, identical binding to the STH 14, different colors.
Does anyone have any insight on how the 180's ride like? I noticed they are a 115mm waist with a 20.3m turn radius. Do these compare to the JJ's at all? Automatics? Ride short? How would the 115 hold up on some hardpack? Trees? Thanks!
You can have the binding tech safely bend the brakes out to 5mm and they will still work properly. Rocking a 115mm brake on a 102 waist seems to wide in my eyes and will limit you to wide turns along with not even locking when you put your skis back together.
Mounting? I have the Salomon STH 14 Driver and 185's, spend most of my time in the trees but charge a trail or two during the day. I will be dabbling in the switch game, but not dependent on it. I was thinking -6 instead of the recommended -5 because after reading reviews I hear it can get a little squirely at high speeds. Any suggestions? 5'10, 205lb, aggressive. Thanks!
This is a great softshell! I am 5'10, 205, athletic build, and I pulled the trigger and bought a large. Works great for skiing and everyday use. While using this for skiing I was able to fit two-three layers underneath without loosing movement. When using this as a casual jacket with no layers, I do not get a baggy look or feel.
Side note: This jacket is made for movement, so if you are sitting on a lift or just standing in the cold, prepare to feel the wind coming through side panels!
Great jacket! Get it!
How would these XXL bindings do on the Armada JJ's? I am 5'11, 205lb, aggressive skier. I am between these and the Salomon STH 14 driver binding. I trust the Salomon is a solid binding, but I am not too excited about them just coming in blue for the Armada's. Thanks!
Thanks for the clarification! Glad I picked them up when I did on S&C
I am in the process of picking up some 185s and I am checking out bindings and I am thinking the Salomon STH 14 Driver Ski Binding. They seem reasonably priced and from the reviews they seem like they will do the trick. I am 5'10, 205lb,aggressive skier, and will be doing mostly resort skiing but do make it into the BC every once and a while. Am I right in thinking these bindings will do the trick or should I be looking at a different set up? Thanks!
I am in agreement with both James and Jordon on this ski. I too am a snowboarder turned skier and this was my first set. Like Ben, I am an EC skier and they really did help with my skiing. I went from french fry-pizza to landing a few 360's out in Steamboat in a month (played a lot of hockey). They are definitely not a lively ski due to the full rocker but boy can I get these bad boys charging! I am able to keep up with my friends who are all ex-racers and for a full rocker ski I am cruising in the trees. I am currently getting some fatter skis but don't have the heart to part with my Bridges just yet. Definitely a good EC/Resort ski, but no real "Wow" factor in my eyes. Giving the product a 3 star, deserve a 3 1/2.
How are these compared to the Armada JJ and the BD Amperage? I ski primarily in VT but do make it out west once a year. I am looking for a fatter ski on our seldom powder days and I enjoy riding the tight trees the most. None of these skis are offered for demoing out here/the season is almost over. I want something that is not too soft because even on our "powder" days, I know I will make my way onto the groomers every once and a while and I do not want too much "chattering". I may even consider throwing caution into the wind and check our the Rocker 122 or Ben Chets (thoughts?). I currently ski the Volkl Bridges (if any of them remotely compare to the Bridges construct, play, flex etc...) and I enjoy them but as I progress fairly rapidly, I want to go wider (I get about 25+ days). I have been doing research on all the mentioned skis till my eyes hurt but still need some guidance. When I do make a decision on a fatter ski, I do plan on keeping my bridges for the groomers and bare days. I am an advance skier, 5'10, 205lb and open to other suggestions. Thanks in advance!!
I am in the same boat as Ben. I am 5'10, 205lb, primarily an east coast tree skier and I am caught between these and the JJ's. I am afraid with my body type I will over power the JJ 185 and really don't feel like bumping up to the AK 195. However, I am receiving mixed reviews about the AMP's. I do not want an extremely soft ski and I am not a 100% confident with the cap construction for the east coast. Can anyone throw some knowledge my way? Being on the east coast I cannot demo, thanks!
Can anyone shed some light on the JJ's v. Atomic Automatics?
I'm looking into buying these puppies, I have two questions:
1. I'm 5'10, advance skier and spend most of my time in the trees, do you these ski's ski short? Will the 179 be to short?
2. I'm having a hard time finding a pair of bindings that will fit these bad boys that won't cost me $3-400.
I am 5'10 and an intermediate to advance skier. I ski primarily East Coast but do make an appearance out west once a year. I am a big tree skier, would the 189's be to big? Should I go for the 179's?
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