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Phil Santala

Phil Santala

Beartooths, Tetons, Wasatch

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Phil Santala

Phil Santala wrote a review of on September 18, 2012

5 5

German engineering at it's finest people. Let me tell you a story, the story of how I skied over 300 days on a pair of skis, compressed one edge put at least 30 core shorts in both skis, blew off 2 edges in the worst season the Wasatch has seen in some time, skied ALL of the camber right off these, and still consider them my go-to skis!

300 days, yup that's about right, call it 280 just to be sure. Ice, powder, crud, bumps, crust, grapple. These are my go-to skis. 95% of the time these work 100%! The other 5%, well days of 18+inches these skis, mounted with dukes are just too weighty and not wide enough so they nose down. O thats right, did I mention I've toured in these things as well. Yeah, they are heavy, but kinda like Frankenstein running a marathon, it can be done...

The heavy, damp ski stil rides like a champ, even with out much of it's camber. The compressed edge would have been a blown edge in most other skis (i've done it one Fischers, not much fun). And the blown edges your ask, would have leveled me and the ski on anything else, as it was on these Panzer tanks, I skied the run out. The Core shorts are all over the skis and lots of them pull right too the edge and are BIG. I'm talking 1/4 inch gashes that ride deep and out the edge of the ski going down thru the metal thru all the p-tex and plastic graffix but leaving the edges fine..Jumpin' Joseph Smith, now that's s sidewall!

I've skied these things on ice groomers, they bite great into them, that's what you get with a heavy ski with wood and metal through out.

I've hammered these bad boys, rode them over more rocks than I can count (early season at J-hole, the 2011-2012 season in the Wasatch, and any season at Big Sky, MT). I'm 172lbs, 5'11" and I ride on the 184's. Marker Duke bindings and Agent AT/Dynafit Zzues boots.

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Phil Santala

Phil Santala wrote a review of on March 6, 2012

3 5

Man, I am saddened to write this review...

First off let me say I look of this coat, the look is sick, the function has been awesome, overall I was blown away by this coat...

For about 2 months.

Then I noticed the shoulder "pilling" where the inside Velcro patch rubs on the outside shoulder. An issue that could be solved by placing the Velcro patch on the opposite (ie left side) of the jacket. As it stands now the Velcro has created wear on what is essentially a almost brand new 650 dollar coat.

It is not a small issue, it is not just noticeable, but destructive of the face-fabric. For this price point, on Gore-Pro, after 2 months of use, this is completely unacceptable.

To top off the issue, I have been informed this is "normal" wear and tear, and not covered under warranty.... REALLY? On a 650 Gore-Pro shell? I've put an Arcteryx coat through 150 days of torture and it looks brand new

I'd say "save your money" but who wants to do that, if you need to pop on a six-hundred dollar coat go for it...

Just make sure it starts with an "Arc" and ends with an "treyx"

Well at least if you buy it here you can just stick bc.com with the return on this when it fails you and Mammut's no help at all....

(Read COMMENTS below, I am updating this review to reflect that)

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Phil Santala wrote a review of on September 27, 2011

5 5

I have rode these things hard for two years, the black pant my be mostly wore off, but that's about all that is wrong with these. They slam into rocks and keep on rolling. They feel much sturdier than the candies, and have a lower possible setting for release if you want that.

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Phil Santala wrote a review of on September 13, 2011

5 5

Well I said a light fleece, but what I mean is light in feel and weight, but HEAVY on warmth! The blue color is rich and deep in it's tone, and the fit is great. Seams on this jacket allow it to cover your midsection when you reach up and back. The fabric is very un-fleece looking, so it's different in it's wear when you're out on a night after the slopes.

I like the cuffs as well, the ends fit nicely on my wrists, and are tight with out being overly tight. The logo is just flashily enough that people will know your wearing an Arc, with out looking like a Canadian Nascar driver! Zipper pulls on hand warmers are a plus, nice and durable, (like all Arcteryx gear!)

I'm 5'11" 165-170 lbs, and I got the M, fit great, a L would have been just a little too big for my look.

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Phil Santala wrote a review of on September 3, 2011

5 5

The JJ’s are a game changer for sure. They float, they pop, they scream and they smear, they f-ing rally! They get around really well, coming into turns easily, and they float like champ thru powder. They mellow out transitions and small bumps, etc with their size and float.

I like that they can knock down wind lips and spin drifts, sliding sideway over the top, buttering down the tops of bumps the same way as well (hey it’s still powder, even if it’s been thrown up there untracked on a 2-foot tall bump in the middle of Tower 3 at J-hole). They can charge fast and get you outta a tight spot, and the width and early rise tip and tail allow you to really move out of a jam quick, ie the bottom of a chute with sluff running down behind you.
That being said, I will let it be known that I am a bit of a Eruo-Trash skier, I like tight turns, and a lot of them. So the “playfulness” of this ski for me might be a little “hookie” for another man. If you like a powder turn that is built to run big turns, or none at all, I might get something with a higher turn radius, like I dunno, the XXL Rider.

I’m 5’11”, 165 lbs, and I ride the 185, which might be a little bit on the large size for me, but I make it work. I don't do much (read: any) skiing backwards or crazy tricks, so I mounted mine at the factory recommended, not forward of this, they seem to ride great here and come around fast, if you ride more rails and ski backwards you might want to move them forward.

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Phil Santala wrote a review of on August 14, 2011

5 5

I just love this, if you don't have one, get it! Nothing worse than bending down to fiddle with a ski boot and winter and getting drenched by your camelbak, NOTHING!

As for issues with freezing, I always open my bit valve up with my hand after I am down, and raise it above my head, this gets most of the water out f the lock area, the bite valve, and out of the tube, the places it is most likely to freeze in. Alternative to that, I make sure and take a sip on every chairlift, or every few hundred yards skinning, keeping things from freezing up.

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Phil Santala wrote a review of on August 14, 2011

4 5

I like these, but man are they tall, practically come up past my knee! Well at least to the bottom of it. If you have long shins, these are the sock for you! Lots of padding, seems like the wrap around padding for the shin could be a touch lower. But overall, for the price these things are selling at, these are amazing, a little on the thick side, which is great, unless your spring skiing!

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Phil Santala wrote a review of on August 14, 2011

3 5

High in caffeine, which is good, but also a ton of just straight sugars. The gels Powerbar makes have a much better content of carbs, but these are like 35g of carbs, 34 g. of sugars. Not the best mix.

They taste good, (I got the cola)but watch out for the crash if these alone are used for extended activates, like things lasting 3 plus hours, couple them with some good long carbs!

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Phil Santala wrote a review of on August 14, 2011

5 5

Not only is this like 3 bags in one, it absolutely packs a ton of gear, and allows you to break it down, to either check two bags, or carry one one. Nice because even if you have to pay to check a second bag, it is almost always cheaper to pay for that bag then pay the overages on one bag that is over weight.

I just wish it had better options built in for flying with a suit, ahhh well, I only own one of those anyways!

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Phil Santala wrote a review of on August 14, 2011

5 5

Wow, what a great trail treat! These things really taste great, and pack some long term energy in them. The fat and calorie content are not for the faint of heart, but that’s because they are a meal replacement bar. When your on the go, and need to get some serious fuel into your body, and gels and shot blocks just are not going to cut it, throw one of these in the pack. I’ve tried a variety of flavors, and haven't found a bad one in the bunch!

Ok, sure they are pricey, let's talk about that: did you look at the ingredients list? Where else can you get an OG, Vegan, Raw food mean for this price. Cheaper than a trip to the farmers market, and better tasting than your weird friend's "heady" recipes, brahhhhhh.

Sure you could get something not as good for you for cheaper, but you could also eat dog food like mad max, and I don't see you doing that yet either....

Bottom Line: YUM!

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Phil Santala wrote a review of on August 14, 2011

5 5

Wow, what a great trail treat! These things really taste great, and pack some long term energy in them. The fat and calorie content are not for the faint of heart, but that’s because they are a meal replacement bar. When your on the go, and need to get some serious fuel into your body, and gels and shot blocks just are not going to cut it, throw one of these in the pack. I’ve tried a variety of flavors, and haven't found a bad one in the bunch!

Ok, sure they are pricey, let's talk about that: did you look at the ingredients list? Where else can you get an OG, Vegan, Raw food mean for this price. Cheaper than a trip to the farmers market, and better tasting than your weird friend's "heady" recipes, brahhhhhh.

Sure you could get something not as good for you for cheaper, but you could also eat dog food like mad max, and I don't see you doing that yet either....

Bottom Line: YUM!

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Phil Santala wrote a review of on August 14, 2011

5 5

Wow, what a great trail treat! These things really taste great, and pack some long term energy in them. The fat and calorie content are not for the faint of heart, but that’s because they are a meal replacement bar. When your on the go, and need to get some serious fuel into your body, and gels and shot blocks just are not going to cut it, throw one of these in the pack. I’ve tried a variety of flavors, and haven't found a bad one in the bunch!

Ok, sure they are pricey, let's talk about that: did you look at the ingredients list? Where else can you get an OG, Vegan, Raw food mean for this price. Cheaper than a trip to the farmers market, and better tasting than your weird friend's "heady" recipes, brahhhhhh.

Sure you could get something not as good for you for cheaper, but you could also eat dog food like mad max, and I don't see you doing that yet either....

Bottom Line: YUM!

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Phil Santala wrote a review of on August 14, 2011

5 5

Wow, what a great trail treat! These things really taste great, and pack some long term energy in them. The fat and calorie content are not for the faint of heart, but that’s because they are a meal replacement bar. When your on the go, and need to get some serious fuel into your body, and gels and shot blocks just are not going to cut it, throw one of these in the pack. I’ve tried a variety of flavors, and haven't found a bad one in the bunch!

Ok, sure they are pricey, let's talk about that: did you look at the ingredients list? Where else can you get an OG, Vegan, Raw food mean for this price. Cheaper than a trip to the farmers market, and better tasting than your weird friend's "heady" recipes, brahhhhhh.

Sure you could get something not as good for you for cheaper, but you could also eat dog food like mad max, and I don't see you doing that yet either....

Bottom Line: YUM!

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Phil Santala

Phil Santala wrote a review of on August 14, 2011

5 5

Wow, what a great trail treat! These things really taste great, and pack some long term energy in them. The fat and calorie content are not for the faint of heart, but that’s because they are a meal replacement bar. When your on the go, and need to get some serious fuel into your body, and gels and shot blocks just are not going to cut it, throw one of these in the pack. I’ve tried a variety of flavors, and haven't found a bad one in the bunch!

Ok, sure they are pricey, let's talk about that: did you look at the ingredients list? Where else can you get an OG, Vegan, Raw food mean for this price. Cheaper than a trip to the farmers market, and better tasting than your weird friend's "heady" recipes, brahhhhhh.

Sure you could get something not as good for you for cheaper, but you could also eat dog food like mad max, and I don't see you doing that yet either....

Bottom Line: YUM!

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