Sierra R

Sierra R

Montana

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Sierra's Passions

Alpine Touring
Backpacking
Camping
Mountain Biking
Hiking
Trail Running
Alpine Skiing

Sierra's Bio

I'm an outdoor adventurer! I cover about 40-50 miles a week trail running year round to stay in shape for my other seasonal activities. My winters are filled with steep powder skiing while the summer consists of mountain biking, floating and challenging myself in the mountains.

Sierra R

Sierra R wrote a review of on June 29, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I purchased this helmet after realizing my previous one was long expired and probably would not survive a minor bike wreck. I looked at POC helmets because I have a ski helmet of theirs that I LOVE! I appreciate the care they take in the adjustability of their products. The chin straps are easily modified and I love being able to secure the back of the helmet to my head so I really feel as if the helmet is part of me. I rarely remove my helmet while biking and I find this helmet is so well ventilated that if I do take it off after a climb I barely notice a temperature change. It is lightweight. I feel completely protected by the design and even though appearances shouldn't matter, I don't look ridiculous in this helmet (at least myself, my dog and my man friend don't think so). I went with the same size I ordered for my ski helmet and it fits perfectly. A couple notes, the visor does not come off which is not an issue for me but may be for some people. Also, since I don't remove my helmet while climbing I cannot speak to the ease of carrying it on a pack. The rear head adjustment is wonderful but I would be interested in a boa system if available. I didn't research that component and it may not make a difference. I happen to love the boa system in my ski helmet it might be something to look for in future helmet purchases. Overall, love this helmet and highly recommend it! POC products are expensive but for a reason. I am insanely happy with all of their products I use!

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Sierra R wrote a review of on March 8, 2013

5 5

My friend and I were headed to AK for a ski trip and wanted to bring our own skis. This bag was highly recommended for many reasons, all of which were noticeably apparent early on. We were able to fit both pairs of skis (178's) and poles comfortably in the bag. The velcro straps do a great job of keeping the skis in place so when TSA checks your bag, they're not disturbing a careful pack job. I also fit my boots, pants and coat in the pockets and used my gloves and socks to cushion the bindings. One of the main pockets fit my shovel, probe and climbing skins and everything was under 50lbs. The airline we worked with allowed the ski bag as "gear" so we weren't charged oversize fees. The wheels were super helpful since a bag this size can be quite cumbersome when it's loaded down. I basically got all my stuff packed in this bag and my friend packed her boots, my helmet and our other gear in her checked bag. We were able to walk on the flight with just our carry on ski packs. The pockets are organized perfectly to evenly distribute gear and keep everything in place. This was my first experience traveling with skis but this bag made it so easy. There are also multiple handles which make it easy to maneuver the bag. I can't wait to use it again!

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Sierra R wrote an answer about on March 8, 2013

Have you checked the spacing between the rear pins and your boot? Perhaps the bindings were not adjusted properly to your boot length. I push the toe piece down to release my forefoot and then twist my heel out of the pins. But if the length of the binding is not adjusted properly I could see you having trouble getting out.

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Sierra R wrote a review of on March 5, 2013

5 5

I love these goggles! I purchased them during the 2011/2012 season and have not had a single problem thus far. I thought the two lenses that came with the goggles were great for flat light and snowy/foggy days. I should mention that in 1.5 seasons I have skied at Big Mountain in MT also known as "fog mountain" a great many times and not had a single visibility problem in the thick stuff. I did notice towards the end of the 2012 season that I needed a lens for bright sunny days. While I wanted to get the polarized lens it seemed to be unavailable for purchase everywhere I looked. So I opted for the Gold Sol-X lens which has been awesome on bluebird days! I wear these over my POC skull light women's helmet and the fit is perfect. I've found that because of the goggles buckle in the back some people may struggle a little to secure the strap with an integrated goggle clip on their helmet though this has not been a major issue for me. I like how the grip strips on the inside of the strap help the goggles stay in place. Changing the lenses takes a little practice but I felt totally comfortable after a few tries. Some may disagree but I don't trust my hands to change the lens while on the chairlift. I also love that if a lens gets seriously scratched it is easy to replace. The Smith website is very helpful in deciphering the difference between some of the lenses. The bag that comes with the goggles is partitioned so when they are in there, the extra lens can be included in the neighboring sleeve. It is amazing what enhanced peripheral visibility can do for ones confidence charging down a mountain. I love the fit with my helmet, the additional visibility on the sides as well as being able to change the lens with the conditions. No complaints, highly recommended!!!

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Sierra R wrote a review of on March 5, 2013

5 5

I love these pants! I'm 5'10", 145 lbs with a slim athletic build. As other reviewers have mentioned, these pants are cut on the slim side. I have athletic thighs but because of my height these pants still work for me. I love the side vents. They are perfectly placed and dump heat fast. These pants allow me to move fluidly down as well as up the mountain. The outer layer is super waterproof and durable in strong wind as well as flat out rain. I was looking for a pant with a longer inseam and while I wouldn't object to a couple more inches on these, with how strong the gaiters are they work just fine. The zippers are also super tough so I don't have to worry about a pocket accidentally opening. I feel like the medium fit me perfectly while giving me enough room to layer and still move while touring. The snaps tend to come undone from time to time so I would definitely recommend wearing a belt. If it weren't for the belt loops I would have sent these back. I know I've made a good turn when I dig into it and hear/feel my snaps pop. I talked to another friend who has the same pants and her snaps pop all the time too. So if yours pop, it might not be a sizing issue. All in all, for the conditions I ski and my build these pants are perfect.

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Sierra R wrote a review of on March 5, 2013

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Similar to other reviewers I was previously skiing the Marker Barons before I switched to the Dynafit Radicals. I had two seasons on the Barons with a handful of backcountry days but wanted something lighter and better suited to long tours. I put these on my 178 Volkl Kikus (107" underfoot) and they ski great. I love the feeling of being closer to the surface of the ski. The Barons were like Cadillacs on my feet but I was raised +1" above the surface of the ski. The Dynafits lock me in right at the ski surface which gives me an amazing amount of control. Slight movements engage the edges without having to really dig in and I feel comfortable going FAST! The din is easy to adjust and I love the multiple settings on the toe piece. I can lock my toe in normally, make it a little more difficult to release or make it impossible to come out. This is a great assurance when you're headed down a steeper slope, perhaps with really heavy snow and can't afford a release. On the subject of releasing, the reason I gave these 4 stars was for the brakes. I released a couple times when I first skied these before I realized they were adjusted improperly for the length of my boot. But the times I did release resulted in me chasing my ski 100yds down the hill. Powder is so much more fun on 2 skis rather than 1 moving "skateboard style." The brakes don't dig in enough to stop the ski on a slope greater than about 15 degrees. I feel this is something Dynafit needs to address with their brakes considering how many rockered skis are out there. Everything that makes a killer powder ski, keeps the brakes further from the ground. I found myself locking my toes in purely because I didn't want to risk a release skiing steep cheesecake pow. I never had brake issues with my barons but I would encourage anyone purchasing these bindings to inspect/modify the brakes before skiing anything technical. I will say that when I adjusted the bindings properly for my boot length my confidence increased.

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Sierra R wrote a review of on March 5, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I'm 5'10", 145lbs and ski these in a 178. I consider myself a fairly strong skier, I do a lot of year round distance running to stay in condition for my seasonal activities. I prefer to ski steep slopes with the occasional side jump thrown in for fun! These were new for me after skiing the Volkl Aura's the past 2 seasons. I was looking for a lighter setup for some backcountry/powder days and these were perfect. I have the Dynafit Radical ST bindings on them and they ski and tour great. I've skied about 70% on area and about 30% backcountry thus far. The skis float beautifully in powder and the turns are great in trees. I was looking for a longer women's ski and the 178s were the longest ski I could find. It certainly didn't hurt that they were Volkls. I've been skiing them all season in MT as well as a few days in AK and they were great! Blower pow or soft cheesecake both skied like a dream with these. I did not have the trouble others mentioned with groomers, I actually felt pretty stable on the corduroy though my aforementioned Auras were best on all around conditions. Bottom line, if you're looking for a super fun women's specific powder ski this is it.

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