Phil M

Phil M

East coast based but will travel for adventure

Philip's Passions

Hiking & Camping
Running
Biking
Skiing
Climbing
Surfing

Philip's Bio

Graphic Designer, photographer and adventurer. On most days you'll find me either on skis, a mountain or road bike or on my two feet walking down a trail. I love the outdoors, adventure and the gear that goes along with it.

Connect with me on instagram! @pmollenkof

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Phil M wrote an answer about on September 4, 2014

Hey there,

I think these would work super well for an AT rig. They are light, agile and I've seen them in this sort of setup. I'm actually considering doing the same with my pair.

Your question about the hard charging nature of this though, is something to think about. This ski doesn't charge super hard. It's light, playful and turny. I've found that in soft snow it works great, but in crud and heavier snow at high speeds, it can get knocked around. But I would say the same thing about most other backcountry specific lightweight skis. There's always a compromise between weight and chargy qualities, no matter what a manufacture will say. If this is strictly for an A/T setup, I think weight is your most important factor. If it's more of a hybrid setup, you could definitely get away with mountain a marker or salomon guardian binding on a heavier ski that will charge harder.

Hope this helps!

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Phil M wrote an answer about on September 4, 2014

Hey there, I would agree- go with the 188. They ski really short. Also just to keep in mind, these are also super light- perfect for soft snow and a playful style, but if you're looking to do some really hard charging, you may want to look at something else.

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Phil M wrote an answer about on September 4, 2014

Hey Betsy, I've skied both the Soul 7s and the DPS Wailer 99 hybrid extensively. Honestly both skies are great and very similar- playful, turny and a lot of fun. However, I would give the crud busting abilities a tad more to the Wailer 99. Not sure if this is because the weight is a tad more on this than the Soul 7, but I just felt a tad more confident on it charging through heavier snow than I did with the Soul 7.

It could also be from the Soul 7's air tips. They make for super easy and fast turning and swinging, but I think they are a downside when they come up against heavier stuff. Sorta like trying to hit a softball with a kids plastic bat. It just gets overwhelmed.

Both skis aren't huge chargers though. You may want to look at something from Blizzard, Volkl or Moment. Good luck!

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Phil M wrote an answer about on September 4, 2014

I agree with Skifreak on this. I think 188 would be a tad too long for your weight. I'm 5'8" 165 and I ski the 180. Plus if you're going with a backcountry setup and weight is a factor, you'll definitely save some weight with the 180.

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Phil M wrote an answer about on September 4, 2014

Hey Matthew, yeah, this guy sold you a WAY short ski. I am 5'8", 165 lbs and I ski the 180 with no problem. It's a very light, intuitive and playful ski with a lot of rocker in the front, so it skis a lot shorter than you'd think.

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Phil M wrote an answer about on September 4, 2014

Hey Yaso, I haven't skied the Head, but am familiar with it, and have skied the Soul 7 extensively. I think you'd find that the Soul 7 is a bit more lively, playful and bouncy. It's a super intuitive ski that can turn on a dime and almost wants to jump around all the time. The Rev 105 has fiberglass in it so it's probably a bit better in the crud and for blasting through stuff, and also it is only rocker camber, with no rocker in the tail, which should translate into better carving performance. The soul does well on carving, but I wouldn't say that it is it's strongest trait, which is soft snow, surfy snow. The soul's biggest weakness I think, is it's tendency to get deflected pretty easily when it comes to crud and heavier snow. The Rev would do a lot better in this department.

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Phil M wrote a review of on September 3, 2014

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Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I love this tire. I have a 2.4 on the front and a 2.2 on the back of my Yeti SB95. The 2.4 is a pretty massive tire, but it's so dang solid through gnarly terrain that I can't justify taking it off to shave a few extra seconds.

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Phil M wrote a review of on September 3, 2014

living the life...
4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Such a simple design, yet so much comfort in the backcountry. I'm a big fan of this thing. There's really nothing like spending some time in this hammock with a view of the mountains. It packs down to nothing and is super light. My only complaint is that this two person version has enough material to support two people, but it doesn't spread the material out very much when hung, so you sorta feel like you're on top of each other. I actually found that it works better with little kids (see pic). All in all though, love this thing.

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Phil M wrote a question about on July 27, 2014

Checking out this ski for next season. I'm 5'8", 160lbs. East coast but plan on pulling this guy out mostly on pow days here and my trips out west. Any recommendations on size? I would lean towards 176, but not sure if these ski short or not.

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Phil M wrote an answer about on June 24, 2014

Hey there, I haven't, but I'm pretty sure I'm going to mount these up with an A/T setup this coming winter. They are just so lightweight that they'd be a breeze on the uphills.

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