Peska

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Camping
Hiking
Mountain Biking
Alpine Skiing
Kayaking

Peska's Bio

Spend my winters skiing in Vermont and on couches out West.

Peska

Peska wrote a review of on March 18, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Love this pack! I have last years model in blue but after putting 34 days on it in the snow I got to hand it to Osprey for making one hell of a pack. This pack survived a road trip form the Northeast to Jackson Hole and Montana and I have yet to see any signs of wear. The "wet" part of the pack that has you keep your shovel and probe is a little small but my Ortovox beast shovel has no problem fitting. This pack also works great inbounds and with the compression straps you can get it pretty flat so you don't feel like your about to go head over heels when sitting on the lift. Size M/L: 5'10"/ 190lb

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Peska wrote a review of on December 20, 2013

Fat and versatile
5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I am an advanced skier, 5'10", 183cm, mounted -2.5cm and they are the 12/13 model.
Found a great deal online and Backcountry matched their price with no problem.
I ski primarily in VT but make it out west every year. Took these bad boys out in December and the conditions were like spring skiing. The BC's charged right through the heavy mash and on the groomers they ripped edge to edge. Had to work them a little but what do you expect for a 123mm waist? Overall these things were a blast to be on, skied like a 108mm waisted ski, and the versatility just blew me away. Definitely recommend picking these up if you can, I have yet to ski them in powder but I have no worries about their performance.

Update: Just a quick update on my season after using these sticks for about 95% of my season. Visited JH and MT for the better part of 3wks and used it every day on everything. Crushed bumps, mashed potatoes, tight trees in every condition, and oh so wonderful powder. Fast track to right now back in the Northeast, still was my go to set! People may say 123 is a little much for out here but baby you have no idea what you're talking about. They crush the manky and hardpack, squirly on the ice but they put a few new hairs on my chest so I am forever thankful. I figure this review may not be to much help for the future BC owners with the new HZN tech and 120 waist but I'm in love with these husky bastards!

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Peska wrote a review of on November 27, 2013

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Original: 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

Update: Finally tweaking with the pole, I did the same as MrPoopypants, just jammed it on the collapse pole to go past the threads and I have not had a problem since. So far I have 20 days on them and they have held up. Hope this update helps!

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Peska wrote a question about on October 8, 2013

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!

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Peska wrote an answer about on April 24, 2013

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.

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Peska wrote a question about on April 11, 2013

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!

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Peska wrote a question about on April 4, 2013

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!

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Peska wrote a review of on March 28, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

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!

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Peska wrote a question about on March 28, 2013

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!

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Peska wrote a question about on March 27, 2013

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!

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Peska wrote a review of on March 27, 2013

Are those your skis? Both of them?
3 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

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.

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Peska wrote a question about on March 26, 2013

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!!

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