Ron Mason

Ron Mason

Alta, LCC and BCC backcountry and spring at the Bird

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Alpine Touring
Trail Running
Mountain Biking
Road Cycling
Alpine Skiing

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Ron Mason

Ron Mason wrote a review of on January 17, 2012

5 5

I've been using my Alpinist skins with a 195 Kuro for two and half seasons or roughly 100 times now. I've been impressed with their grip and the glue's durability, as I have not replaced the glue to date. The bonu? The Tip fitting. Kuro's are wide and flat in the tip and finding tip clip was tough until I found these.

Strongly recommend them! Chapeau!

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Ron Mason wrote a review of on January 14, 2012

5 5

Solid boot capable of driving many different skis. Initially, I was a bit skeptical of a boot with walk mode as I've skied a few in the past and was not satisfied with their alpine performance. The Quest for me is close to a one boot quiver, if not the answer for a guy like me, who tours and slack-country's as much as I ski on resort.

I've skied them for a solid month and have tried many different skis. Getting edge to edge quick is easy with the Quest, so on par with the Ghost, and the 130 Flex index? Who knows? But I do know they transfer power very well and can drive skis up to 130+ underfoot with authority.

The walk mode is great for booting and skinning, and the locking mechanism is solid and intuitive, once you figure it out. Place the 'switch' in the down position, lean forward to engage and when disengaging, I've learned I need to flex forward to relieve the pressure on the walk mode 'switch'. If you don't relieve the pressure, I can see the 'switch' being prone to break from user error.

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Ron Mason wrote a review of on January 19, 2011

4 5

Impressive jacket. Warmer than I thought it would be for a modified soft shell, hood fits over my Maze helmet with lots of room, big vents in the pits for touring breathability and bullet proof. Toured and skied several times in tight trees and surfing tree lines to catch the last pow pillow and so far no scuffs or tears.

Only downside is my XL is not articulated enough in the armpits so when in a tuck or reaching high, the sleeves leave some skin exposed.

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Ron Mason wrote a review of on January 19, 2011

3 5

Great ski for smooth snow (pow,chalk), super stiff and super stable. The downside is they are too stiff in the tip to be used as everyday ski as it deflects and gives way too much feedback in crud and imperfect snow.

Net Net- Great ski for soft snow, smooth snow and charging Cirques, but way too burly and stiff for my tastes in the tip for anything other than specialy. I had the 192.

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Ron Mason wrote a review of on January 6, 2011

5 5

I'm 6'3" and have both the 185 and 195 and have been skiing them for three seasons now. I use the 185 for noodling around Alta because they are quick turning and lower swing weight than the 195's and have Dukes mounted on the 195's for touring and deep resort days.Both ski's are stiff torsionally underfoot and progressively stiffer from underfoot to tail which from my experience with other double rocker skis separate the Kuro from the crowd. On all but the iciest of groomers Kuro's rail and skiing pow they are super surfy and stable. Their weakness is skiing firm moguls.At speed that they are stable but I need to focus on staying forward as inertia wants to rock me in the backseat.Lastly, Kuros and I'm sure other double rocker skis as well, enable me to actually ski zipper with a modicum of proficiency which is a huge benefit skiing south faces in the Wasatch.

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Ron Mason wrote a review of on December 28, 2010

4 5

The Rubicon is hands down the warmest jacket I've owned in 36 years of skiing. Go to jacket for sure for early starts and super cold days.We've had some warm storms in LCC this winter and the Rubicon begins to get a bit wet around wrists and shoulders which is expected.
I really dig the over-sized hood which fits my helmet great for storm skiing and cold skiing.

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Ron Mason wrote a review of on November 25, 2010

1 5

I bought these for a pair of 185 Kuro's and learned quickly they work fine for low angle soft snow climbing but when the ramps go up these slide back. On firm boilerplate they were challenging.

Great for breaking trail on long mellow approaches but not so good for going steep in an existing skin track, a track that's been hit with sun or a track that is off-camber.

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Ron Mason wrote a review of on January 2, 2010

5 5

So, I've skied these boots 20 times or so and I have been stoked with their performance. Initially, I was skeptical because last season I took a flyer with the Dalbello Krypton and was completely disappointed with performance and durability. The Ghost ski's stiff, comparable to my Lange Comp Pro's, are fast to buckle, comfy and ski as solidly as any Race boot I've owned. Contrasted with stiff boots I have owned over the years, I would have to say the Ghost's are easier to put on and take off which is a big bonus on super frosty days. Salomon nailed it.

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