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I've been filling my life with extremes as long as I've known.
Once a addict\alcoholic to a endurance biking, backcountry snowboarder.
I live\work at a ski area year round, I also ski\ride year round on the glaciers of the PNWSplitboarding changed how I look at summer time. Skiing is just something to pass the time til powder days. Shoulder seasons I can be found riding single tracks and bike parks or scrambling up mountains and pebble wrestling. I don't like water unless its frozen, hot weather, things with engines, romantic comedies...
These are my goto Uphill glove. The backing breaths nicely while the leather palm and fingers are perfect for some detail task you might have to remove a larger glove for. The leather works with touch screen smartphones too!
The fit is tight!!! For my next pair, I'm sizing up.
Why the bad rating? Well, my 3rd pair and they rip in the same spot, single stitching along the elastic cuff to the palm isn't enough! The rip doesn't effect the function of the glove until its all the way around the wrist. I'm bummed this 2nd generation of the glove has the same problem, its the only defect. Perhaps sizing up will stop this for me since its only when I pull them on through the narrow cuff.
I picked up this jacket to replace a totally shot Vahalla jacket.
The features were alright, close to what is needed for a solid backcountry skiing softshell. Although the inside pocket was way to small to fit skins. I was hoping for the same size as every other "shove it" style pocket OR has. The Transcendant\superlayer\Choas\Havoc\Inertia all were perfect size for skins. The Linchpin could maybe fit some 90mm skins but not 115mm or my splitboard skins.
But whom ever OR used to size this jacket is... unusual.
Every OR Large fits me the way it should. This fit like a medium. The arms too short, chest tight and short in the center so my baselayers hung out the bottom.
I wish OR could just make the same jackets for years instead of changing them every 3 years. I was very disappointed in this piece. The XL fit me like a very boxy large. Not well enough to warrant keeping.
Well designed and just enough features for the perfect midlayer jacket. The side panel and under arm are very breathable and keep some air flowing. Fit is spot on with OR's large. The hood is low profile and fits under the collar of a shell jacket just fine.
A little too breathable to wear as a stand alone jacket in the mountains but layered over a wind shirt (the Transition hoody!) its perfect for dry cool days in the backcountry.
I love that the pocket design makes a "stuff it" pocket on the inside, just too bad its too small for climbing skins.
I'm a snowboarder, I like to ski pow and maybe ski backwards from time to time. All the skis I own are fat twin tips.
Then I demod the E100, This thing rips!!! Its a hardpack crusher, that doesn't throw you into the next turn like other carving skis. The fat waist lets the ski go over anything without jumping to the next turn. But you've gotta be on top of it or this ski will be skiing you!
Great for laying down hard carves but crushes off piste too. Its heavy and bust crud and holds an edge. So it can hook up, be on top of it. Its not a great ski for tired legs.
Solid quiver ski or could be an everyday driver for folks that like the feel of a carving ski but want to take a powder lap or 2.
Very stiff and powerful!
I've been looking for that perfect balance of "go anywhere, do anything" style ski. After hitting up several large demo events and testing out 20+ different skis I found the Whitedot Director to be that one ski to do it all ok.
Its not the best carving ski with its 20M sidecut, but it will carve!
It won't float like my 130mm waisted powder skis, but it will float.
I'd say they won't hit jumps, spin and ski backwards like my park ski, but they do. Better than my crappy park ski.
They like to jump, they'll hold an edge on ice and charge off piste.
I had great days in 8" of PNW fluff on these and still made it feel deep!
Sizing, I'm 6'2", 190lbs. Advanced skier in the PNW and I have the 181cm. I'd taken out the 191 and felt much less playful but very powerful. Size up for a GS turning floating charger, or down for a great all rounder.
This ski is replacing some Lib Tech Freerides and some Rossignol Soul7 to give ya an idea of the style.
Does anyone know if Karakoram Prime 1 bindings will fit in the channels? They didn't work with the Voile Revelator so figure I'd ask
Head to ankle coverage in one pice of gear!!
Fit, I'm a tall skinny build 6'2" 180ish. Longer arms and legs. Large fits perfectly! Little roomy around the middle while close fitting around the leg, arms and shoulders. The hood fits under climbing and ski helmets
This is my 2nd ninja suit, I love the function of it. For an extra baselayer or as a stand alone it keeps the chill off. Some days I'll throw it on over a next to skin baselayer for aerobic tours also just so I don't have to wash it...
I haven't used the zipper bathroom access but I'm glad it's there!
The only con I have is that the synthetic material will get a funk much faster than the Merino version.
Good for skiing/snowboarding, backcountry touring, Alpine climbing and overnights in cold weather
Other uses: Last minute Halloween costume. Taking down an organized crime syndicate without giving away your identity
Do these pants have any venting?
This pack has all the features I wanted just fell a little short in the execution.
Pros, sizing is nice. At 6'2" 180lbs I got the large, it fit well. The chest bottles were low on my ribs not in front of me. A good amount of storage and all pockets are easy to get to. Found some great videos for the various ways to carry poles (I don't) and options for running a hydration bladder. Hip pockets were large enough for lunch and Samsung Galaxy S6. A big bonus was the zippered "pack" section has nylon backing and not mesh so your gear doesn't get sweaty.
Cons. Rough mesh fabric with not much stretch. The chest holsters overlap the hip pockets making it difficult to fit soft bottles inside of them while on the move.
Velcro pockets in the main compartment are only good for light, large items, so not your keys...
Some features I would like to have removed were stitched to the pack ( trekking pole carry system.
Which leads me to why I'm returning the pack and poor review. The shock cord system on the top section of the pack is very VERY abrasive and cannot be removed. Why such a rough patch of material against your body? the housing for the shock cord wore a hole in my Zoot vest and badly irritated my shoulder.
Also the buckle on the lower section of the front scuffed my vest badly right below my chest.
If the fabrics were a softer and those 2 major problems fixed I would have rated this pack at 4.
One run, 2400' vert 10 miles.
I've been using this hoody for glacier travel for the last month which it may not be designed for but it crushes!
The fabric is light and breathable while still can keep the chill off.
Nice fit, not trim like it says but its just loose enough to breath and keep the torso cool.
The hood is a great feature and stays in place better than I expected and better than more trim fitting stretchy hoods.
the small pocket fits keys, GU, and the jacket.
I'm sure I'll love using this for running also.
One con though.. The hoody will get a funk even if worn over a layer faster than expected.
Perfect spring season touring pant. The coldblack finish is nice for being in the sun without over heating.
The fit is the best part for me! Finally a ski pant that wears like a pair of loose fit jeans! Great range of motion, not too baggy and not euro trim either.
my new favorite for sure!
Long term durability will hopefully be the same Mammut quality as many of their other products.