SkiPhan

SkiPhan

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Paul's Passions

Alpine Touring
Telemark Skiing
Camping
Backpacking
Mountain Biking
Road Cycling
Snowshoeing
Alpine Skiing
Kayaking

Paul's Bio

Currently teaching middle school science, which is a blessing and a curse. Working in outdoor education for a number of years, I was always barely paying the bills and dreaming of bigger and better trips and gear upgrades. Now, I have steady paychecks, but limited time to get out, especially in winter.

After a few 150+ day seasons right after college in Tahoe, I'm now reserved to a scattering of weekends and school vacations on skis (fixed and free heel).

Summer of course permits more time to enjoy mountain biking, kayaking, hiking and trail running.

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SkiPhan wrote a review of on February 17, 2013

3 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I put these on a pair of Scott Punishers a few years ago, and they are not making it through. I have bindings on skis that are 10-15 years old that are still doing the trick. However, this is another story. I'm 6 ft 2 in and just over 200 lbs, and these didn't handle the job. I've had plastic break on both bindings (right under the toe piece). Bindings still work, but it's going to go soon.

On the east coast, my back/sidecountry days are limited, and these mostly saw time inbounds. I just mounted Look bindings (http://www.backcountry.com/look-pivot-14-ski-binding) on Volkl Katanas, and am very pleased. They are heavy, but worth it. I'll keep the Barons going for strictly backcountry days.

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SkiPhan wrote a review of on January 9, 2012

5 5

I got this and an unnamed REI midweight shirt for Christmas. One of them had to go back, and it wasn't going to be this guy. This is very soft for a polypro top, comparably to my favorite cotton hoodie, but performed much better. It's thin enough to still be able to layer, but you don't really need to that much. I would easily compare the fabric to other heavy-weight fleeces.

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SkiPhan wrote a review of on September 21, 2011

1 5

I saw this pop up on whiskey militia a few times, and decided to pull the trigger, evn though i didn't really need a new jacket. When it arrived, i noticed right away that this is a very heavy jacket. I am 6'2" and ~200 lbs, and the XL was way too big. I had a hard time reaching the zipper to zip the jacket.

It's on its way back to Utah

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SkiPhan wrote a question about on June 21, 2010

I've never used a footprint before (because I thought it was just extra weight) My wife and I are using this tent on a cross country trip this summer, extra weight isn't as huge of a deal as it'll be in the car, not in my backpack.
1) Is the footprint for use with just the fly, or does anyone use it with the tent body as well
2) Is it worth the extra weight? (extra waterproof, or does it just increase the longevity of the tent itself?

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SkiPhan wrote a review of on February 10, 2010

4 5

I've had Giro helmets for about 8 years now (Giro nine for a while) and they fit great, light and warm.My only comparison is the old school bowling ball style helmets.The visor and google (Oakley Crowbar) combination works well in use. However, it's not easy (possible?) to quickly put goggles on the forehead with helmet on. Not a huge deal, I generally just remove helmet and goggles as one.

Why are you skiing/riding without a helmet at this point?

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SkiPhan wrote a review of on February 10, 2010

2 5

The shorts okay. I bought them replacing an old pair of pearl izumi, and not impressed.

The adjustable waist is a thin (maybe ~ 1 inch) elastic band with a few buttons, doesn't seem to adjust size that well.

Improvements to these shorts:
belt loops to adjust waist
full zipper fly (it's a pseudo fly with no zipper)
deeper front pockets or a zipper. You don't want to lose something out of your pocket when you're riding

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SkiPhan wrote a review of on February 10, 2010

5 5

Great carry-on bag. This can easily fit a pair of ski boots (save on weight in checked luggage) and still enough room for first night's clothes, magazine for the plain, camera, Ipod, etc.

The separate pack isn't huge, but gets the job done. Put main suitcase above you and keep pack at your feet for in flight. I don't have a laptop, but the laptop sleeve isn't huge and may not fit larger computers.

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SkiPhan wrote a review of on February 10, 2010

3 5

I'm constantly looking for a bag that can carry alpine and tele boots. I tried the 60/40 convertible, but that was just too big and heavy. The bag itself was 15 pounds, good luck getting it under weight for airlines.

This bag is smaller, but still huge. Can easily be packed to exceed airline weight limits. Main compartment has one large section, but top has three total sections (1 large in the middle and 2 smaller on the outside) For skiing, boots should go in the main and clothes around.

So far, good quality, but I can see how it can wear. Only the bottom has a hard layer, but top can be turned, twisted and moved which could cause wear. We'll see what happens.

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SkiPhan wrote a review of on February 10, 2010

4 5

These shirts are great. Clearly the standard for wicking t-shirts.

I have three total. 1 classic navy, 1 feather gray, which are great. However, I also ordered white, which seems to be a much thinner fabric, that gets stretched out much more easily. The material feels like something between a standard cotton undershirt and medical gauze.

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SkiPhan wrote a review of on February 10, 2010

4 5

Despite skiing for 27 years, I can honestly say I've never owned a true ski jacket. Granted, as a kid, I generally got hand me downs. Even with a few 100+ day seasons right after college, I also belonged to the layering is better mentality, and would but four sometimes five layers under a short softshell, and never often got cold around the waist, where layers would not overlap.

With this coat, I need made a thin poly-pro layer and thin fleece and good to go. Recently it handled 15 degree, windy weather no problem, not cold at all. In fact, I got rid of a layer mid-morning.

Removable hood is great, as I rarely use one. The only time I'd have a hood would be in the rain, but I'd probably be wearing another jacket. Plenty of pockets, including an internal zippered pocket that is great for point and shoot camera/ipod/phone.

My only complaint would be the cuffs. The arms are fairly baggy, but the cuff is tight. I like to have my jacket over gloves, but this makes it difficult to with this jacket.

For those fashionable conscious (I'm not, but my wife suggested) the espresso goes better with tan pants. Of course, non of my ski pants were tan, so I had to to get a new pair.

Plus, cheers to backcountry staff (as always) for helping me decide and handling an issue with later seeing this jacket on steep and cheap

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