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Phil M

Phil M

East coast based but will travel for adventure

Phil M's Passions

Hiking & Camping
Running
Biking
Skiing
Climbing
Surfing

Phil M'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 Mwrote a review of on February 28, 2015

3 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Overall a solid ski. I came from touring on a frame A/T binding to these with a dynafit setup, and I was in shock at how much faster and lighter they are. I seriously felt like I wasn't wearing skis when skinning uphill. If you're coming from a more side country setup, these guys are light, and I could easily imagine climbing all day, multiple days in a row with these. In this setting they're a dream.

Why three stars? Maybe it's just me, but I don't feel like I've really found the sweet spot on these on the downhill. Because they're so light, I feel like they are a bit all over the place and get knocked around so easily. I just don't feel nearly as confident on them going down as I do on my resort setup. I'm sure this is somewhat due to my personal preference- everyone has their own desired balance of uphill lightness vs downhill performance, and I think for me I'd rather add a bit more weight if it mean that I'd have something a tad more damp and smooth on the downhill. That being said, I'm going to give them some more time and hope that I dial in the downhill so that I can enjoy the bliss of climbing in them.

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Phil Mwrote a review of on February 10, 2015

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size

Overall, I really love this glove. It's super comfortable, super durable, and pretty warm. I've had it in all sorts of conditions and it really holds its own. I'm holding the 5-star rating because while it's relatively warm, I think it should be a bit warmer for how much insulation is in it, and how expensive it is. On cold days (below 20 deg) I have to wear liners underneath to keep my hands from getting cold.

Overall, a great product (especially if you can get it on sale).

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Phil Mwrote a review of on February 10, 2015

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

When the conditions are right, this ski is just a blast. From my experience, it really shines when there's anything soft out there. Even in an inch or two of fresh snow, it can smear, surf and even carve with decent edge hold. It's also somewhat of a stout ski, so I've found that it does well on steeper lines, as long as I turn a fair amount and keep the speed somewhat in check. Rockered skis are just super fun when it's soft out, and this ski is just that.

I wouldn't call this a one ski quiver, however, and I don't think 4Frnt is marketing it that way either. I've skied it on a few bullet proof days in the east, just to see how it did. It will get down the mountain ok, but I noticed that there was a bit of a rocking chair feel to it as I had a hard time finding the middle of the ski. I could almost ski down the entire run completely sideways. I think this is pretty typical of a full rocker ski, but it's just important to note.

If you're going for the quiver of skis, this makes a great powder ski that can carve in anything relatively soft (for a wide ski). If you're looking for a one ski quiver, I would consider something with the more typical rocker/camber/rocker profile that a lot of all arounder skis share.

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Phil Mwrote a review of on February 10, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This has become my go-to ski this season. I've found that it's such a fantastic blend between a lot of skis that I've been on before, and I always end up skiing it regardless of conditions.

On groomers, this ski is exceptional. I'm not an ex-racer, but I've found that the ski just really takes hold and carves on harder snow, and finishes well throughout the entire turn. Since the tails are relatively flat, they hold on really well, and you can feel a nice strong end to the turn. This has made skiing on groomers and harder snow a ton of fun. While fun, twin tipped skis like the Line Sir Francis Bacon, or even the DPS Wailer will start skidding or slarving their turns on steep, harder snow, these will just hang on and carve much better. They also are relatively stable at speed (more on that in a second).

On soft snow/pow, these also ski really well. They track well, and have good flotation. For me it's enough to have a great time when things get soft. They are relatively light, so they whip around and are very maneuverable in all sorts of snow. The only slight compromise I've found on this ski is in powder or in trees. Due to the pretty flat tails, I've found that I can sometimes get hooked up in a lot of uneven snow. They also don't pivot on a dime like other twin tipped skis, which makes you have to ski a bit more intentionally through tight trees. I usually know that by the end of the day when my legs get tired and I'm not turning as well, the tails aren't quite as forgiving as something dead easy to ski, like the Rossi Soul 7, etc. But to me this is a fine compromise, since it handles other conditions so well. Also keep in mind that this ski isn't quite a surfy/slashy as those other playful skis. It's a bit more business like in the powder, but also is more chargy to me than those other skis, and inspired more confidence to me on steeper lines.

In crud/chop and heavy snow, this ski is the most impressive to me. I've always loved the playful, light side of skis like the DPS Wailer, Line Sick Day, Rossi Soul 7, etc. Where they fell apart to me, was when I was trying to blast through chop or heavy wet snow (like a recent day in the back bowls of Vail in chopped powder under 48 degrees of sun). These skis would get obliterated and I felt like I was on a bucking bronco. The Nergy shares some of the playful nature of these other skis, but handles this snow SO much better and with less chattering/deflecting. Is it a Volkl Mantra that blasts through chop effortlessly? No, but it certainly handles its own, and to me it's also a lot more playful and fun than the Mantra. I think this is partly due to the partial titanium sheet you can see in the ski. It's the perfect blend between a ski with no metal, and one with multiple heavy sheets.

If you're looking for a fantastic all around ski that is pretty fun, light and agile, but also is a bit more stiff and charges somewhat more than a lot of the "playful" skis out there, this should be on your list. If you can't decide between something like the Montra or Bonafide (a bit too chargy and not playful) and the Soul 7 or Sick Day (a bit too soft and light), you should definitely check this ski out!

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Phil Mwrote a review of on February 10, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Just like the transformers we all played with when we were kids, this ski has a lot more versatility than you'd think. It looks, and is mounted (if you go by Pollard's mounting line) in a bit more of a jibby style. When I first got on the ski it took me a bit to get used to feeling mounted further forward. Once I started skiing though, any reservations were quickly erased, despite being a non-park, non-switch, pretty straightforward skier. This ski really rips. I was surprised at how well it gripped harder snow, and how easily it carved back and forth. Will it rip like a 90mm directional ski with a flat tail? No. But it's certainly adequate for the low snow days (like we get in the East a lot). The biggest difference I found is that since they're twin tipped and have a good amount of tail rocker, the tails release a lot easier, and therefore the ski tends want to slarve a bit more rather thank locking in a super tight turn the whole time. If you're an ex-racer, this may bother you. If you just like to rip and have fun on groomers, I think it's more than enough hard snow performance.

Where this ski really shines is on anything in the softer side, and when you start skiing a bit more playfully. Once I got these into anything fresh at all, they just felt like they wanted to jump, slash and slarve. Trees are a total blast, as well as charging down bowls with softer snow. On a side note, even though I'm not a switch skier, I've never skied something that so easily switched back and forth. For the first time ever I actually wanted to start switch skiing, just because it was so effortless.

Bottom line, if you're looking for a pretty fun and playful ski that totally lives for fun skiing in softer snow, but also does just great in harder snow, check this guy out. Just keep in the mind that a 108 width won't be as quick as a dedicated carver. I think the trade off was more totally worth it though.

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Phil Mwrote a review of on September 3, 2014

5 5

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 Mwrote 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 Mwrote a review of on June 24, 2014

They don't float :(
5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size

Update from my original review:

This past weekend I was about to jump off a high rock into a swimming hole. I took these babies off and set them on the ground next to me. Unfortunately I didn't secure them very well and next thing I saw was the glasses cascading down the rocks into the pool of water, and sinking to the bottom. After about 20 minutes of trying to search the bottom I gave up.

I just bought my second pair because even at this price, they are totally worth it and I can't seem to live without them in the summer.

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