East coast based but will travel for adventure
When my family of four goes on a ski trip, we have a lots of gear and lots of junk. This bag, however, can carry an enormous amount of ski clothing, gear, and of course, skis. This last trip I was able to fit two adult pair of skis, one kid pair, one kid pair of boots, skins, and almost all our ski clothing. I could have fit our boots in there as well, but I'm pretty sure it would have put us over the airlines weight limit.
This bag is big. But the wheels are very sturdy and function well as you navigate through the airport. Zippers are bomber, and everything seems to be made very well.
If it helps as well, I'm 5'8" and I ski the 180 with absolutely no problem. These things turn on a dime and are super lightweight. If I were in your shoes I would go for the 188.
Hey Mihow, yes, I would try this ski, based on what you are describing. It actually does really well on powder as I just got done skiing days of calf deep pow in Jackson hole, and it was a blast.
these may fit the bill for you. They are super fun, easy to maneuver and wide enough for powder, but also can hold their own on groomers. I would shoot for either the 170 (easier to maneuver) or the 180 (more stable at high speeds).
What can I say, except this is a classic Arcteryx piece of gear. Durable, super well thought out, technical superior, and bomber to have with you in the snow and cold. Keep in mind that these are on the baggy side compared to their other pants. I like this since it makes them super comfortable and keeps options open for layering, but if I was doing something super technical like ski mountaineering I would maybe want something a tad more slim fitting.
If you want a hard working pair of pants that are super comfortable, look great and have amazing craftsmanship, look at these.
I just got back from a week of skiing this at Jackson Hole/Grand Targhee and wanted to slightly revise my review from before. I still love this ski- on the soft powder days it was super playful, easy to turn and very fun. I had a blast. However, we did have a day or two with slight warmer temps, which made the snow heavier and turned the tracked out sections more into crud. Going through that snow at any speed, the Souls felt unstable and easily knocked around. I think it's mostly because of their light weight (which makes them fun in softer stuff), but I think it's just helpful to know that if you're looking for a hard charger that can handle crud and variable conditions at high speeds with ease, you may want to look elsewhere.
I've used this jacket for one season now, and I like it a lot, probably based on just the fit alone.
Fit-wise, the jacket is on the pretty loose/baggy side, which makes it really comfortable, and allows a ton of layers underneath without feeling like the jacket is starting to get tight in the arms and shoulders. I love Arcteryx jackets, but always feel like their jackets are cut a tad slimmer, which can be an issue on a super cold day with lots of layers.
I also love all the pockets on this jacket, especially the two stash pockets in the lower front, which are perfect for energy bars or spare gloves, etc. It's true that they are harder to access if you're wearing a pack with a waist belt, but that doesn't seem like a huge deal to me.
The material has been very durable for me since day one. I did have to replenish the DWR coating after a super soaking wet snow day, but this happens with any jacket.
Is it worth the $699? Maybe not, since I think you could get a comparable jacket for $500 or so, but I bought mine on sale and felt great about the value I got from it.
Just got back from a weeklong trip in Jackson Hole, where this pack was a mainstay for me. The durability is second to none- the zippers, seams and materials are all bomber. The design of this pack is probably my favorite part. There are a number of smaller pockets which is super helpful for organizing gear (water, energy bars, go pro, trail map, etc). The fact that the main part of the pack can be opened up on the side, while having the pack still on one shoulder, swung around, is huge. I actually was able to carry my DSLR and a larger lens in there (with some fleece for padding), and could just easily swing the pack around to snap a shot.
I also loved this pack while traveling. I could keep a TON of gear in here and even was able to fit my macbook pro 15" inside easily (although keep in mind it would be good to have some padding around it).
An expensive pack, but for me, really is worth the price when you're on the trail or slopes and know exactly where every piece of gear is and have super easy access to it.
First off, this glove is super well made and comfortable. The craftsmanship is amazing and typical of Hestra gloves. However, I was under the impression that it would be a warmer glove. Hand warmth is somewhat subjective based on who you're talking to, but I think these would have only kept my hands warm in about 25 degrees and warmer. There isn't that much insulation in them. Liners could work, but then you are sorta defeating the purpose of such a beautifully fitted glove to your hand.
So, if you're looking for an amazingly well made glove that will last a long time, go for it. If warmth is a big factor for you, I would possibly look elsewhere.
This hat seems to have the perfect thickness for me. It's thick enough to stop a stiff wind on my ears, but also breathes enough so that I don't overheat. It's also on the slightly taller size, so I have a lot of room to play with in terms of wearing it higher or lower on my head. Plus I love the fact that it's really two hats in one with it being reversible.
Nice one, backcountry.
Maybe my favorite Patagonia piece. It's super versatile- I can wear it around the house in the evening when it's a bit chilly, I wear it as an outer layer in cold weather and high output activities like running and mt biking, and as a mid layer when I ski.
Super comfortable. I also love that the material in the wrists is thinner- I hate having multiple layers bulk around my wrists/gloves.
I've had this rack for many years, and it has always performed flawlessly, carrying my bikes everywhere I go in a very secure manner. I love the fact that it can be lowered with the bikes on it so that I can open the trunk of my outback. I also love that the lock is built into it so that I don't have to bring anything separate along if I think I'll need to lock it up at some point.
Probably the best part of this rack is just that it's very well made and durable. My only complaint is that the hardware can rust if it's in a lot of weather. I've sprayed a metal protector onto the bolts that has diminished this, but something to be aware of.
Well worth the money- it will last you many years.
A great carrier. It's well made, super comfortable for both my son and me, stays on my hips well even when my son jumps around in it, and has great features.
I've taken me son on countless hikes in this thing and it's always done great. The rainfly is fantastic for the unexpected shower as well.
I'm a huge fan of these puppies. They let in the perfect amount of light, have amazing optics (colors are amazing while wearing them), and have the perfect amount of coverage for me. The polarchromatic function allows me to wear them in direct sunlight all the way down to a cloudy day. Love em.
My son loves this jacket. It's warm, looks styling, and is easy to get on and off. He usually wears a base layer and micro fleece underneath and then he's set to go.
I love this cup so much and use it every day- whether at work, or traveling in the car, its the perfect amount of liquid for me. I got the Cafe cap which I think makes it a ton easier to sip.
I think the fact that you're 5'10" would point pretty clearly to 180. I think the sin 7 has a lot less rocker in the tip, so it may ski a bit longer than the soul. I demoed the Soul 7 first before I bought it, and the rep gave me the 180 without even considering the 172. He said "you'll see why when you ski it" and he was right.
Hey Alan, without a doubt, 180. These ski super short, are insanely easy to maneuver, and are light. I'm 5'8" 160lbs and ski the 180.
without a doubt, I think you should go with the 180, and could even go longer. I'm 5'8" 160lbs, I'm about the same level as you, and I ski the 180 with plenty of ease. It really can't be understated how short these ski. The tips have really good amount of rocker in them so you're losing a lot of effective edge. Plus, the air tips are SUPER easy to swing and move around, so the downsides of going larger are really negated because these things maneuver so easily. I've never been on a ski that turned and smeared so quickly and effortlessly. It's really changed the way I ski.
The only way I'd think you could go 172 would be if you literally wanted to ski trees all day long, but if you're doing steep terrain or want any speed (like you said you did), I would go at least 180.
I can wear this hat anywhere. It goes well in the city with jeans and a flannel, and goes well backpacking in the mountains. It's just a solid and trusty hat that fits well and looks good.