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SKOL wrote an answer about on November 28, 2011

I have these as my everyday ski and also live in the Northeast. I haven't done rails in a while, but I'm a pretty aggressive skier, and these skis haven't disappointed. The only issue I would have with these skis if I were you is whether or not you ski switch. They're not a true twin tip ski, so that could be an issue for you. But in terms of everyday performance and durability, these skis rock.

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SKOL wrote an answer about on November 18, 2011

I gotta say, this is a seriously tough call, which means to me that you can't go wrong. Both are quality companies and both coats do basically the same thing -- super warm midlayers or decent standalone jackets in cold/dry conditions. When you have this level of equivalence, I usually go with whichever is on sale/cheaper. One thing that stands out on the Arcteryx Atom's, however, are the cuffs. They are just so damn comfortable. They feel like butter.

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SKOL wrote an answer about on November 17, 2011

Technically, anything over 3,000 m/m is waterproof; this is 5,000 m/m. The ratings, I believe, are referring to the hydrostatic head test, which basically tests how high a column of water (in millimeters) over the jacket needs to be before the jacket starts to leak. This jacket starts to leak at 5 meters of water pressure. Comparably, while it's "waterproof" it's not very waterproof, at least by today's standards. If you're considering using this for expedition wear (i.e., you're going to be out in the wilderness for days on end and need to make sure you're dry), get something with a better rating (20,000 plus). If you're using it for resort days or dayhikes, this should be fine.

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SKOL wrote an answer about on November 17, 2011

An XL should be good for most pursuits, assuming you want to fit a midlayer underneath. I'm similarly sized (6'1" and 210) and I wear between an L and an XL in Marmot gear. I generally opt for L if I only have a baselayer underneath, with an XL if I want a midlayer.

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SKOL wrote an answer about on November 12, 2011

This tracker is the industry standard for beacons. Most cat/heli operations use these. In essence, when the beacon is in transmit mode, it sends a signal as to its location. Each beacon can also be switched to "search" mode to look for other beacons that are in the transmit mode. They're useful in that, if you have 2 or more people backcountry skiing, it enables one to search for the other if he/she is taken down in an avalanche and buried. They are absolutely essential to backcountry skiing.

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