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Steve Brain

Steve Brain

Seattle,WA

Steve Brain's Passions

Biking
Skiing
Climbing

Steve Brain's Bio

Brit that decided I'd sacrifice access to good (warm) beer for access to great mountains by moving to Seattle. Ski tour in the Cascades & British Columbia - season pass holder up at Whistler (the 4 hour drive from Seattle seems short compared with the 10 hour flight from the UK previously). Mountain & road bike in the summer.

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Steve Brain

Steve Brain wrote a review of on December 20, 2011

5 5

These are real rockered skis and fat at 100mm under foot. My 8 year old really is enjoying these. A lot of kids/youth skis are the same beginner/intermediate platform with a different top-sheet. Volkl with the Gotamas and the Shiros seem to be taking kids more seriously... thank you!

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Steve Brain

Steve Brain wrote a review of on December 20, 2011

4 5

Nice pack, but beware it's far smaller in practice than 36L. I managed shovel, probe, puffy jacket, food, water, first aid kit, emergency tarp, PLB, sunglasses/goggles, spare gloves and either my jacket (during the up) or skins (during the down). There was little space if I needed to add a harness or crampons or other items. That said, for a day tour I found it super comfortable and definitely appreciate the insurance value.

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Steve Brain wrote a review of on December 10, 2011

5 5

We've had two pairs of these in our family. Last year my 8 year old daughter skied on pair, and ended up over-powering them by the end of the season. They started head-height, but were eye height by end of the season. This year, bought a pair for my 6 year old son which are a few cm above his head. He's flying on them, with no problems carving turns. I guess the rocker means you can go a little longer than you with normal kids sizing. Makes sense, given that's similar guidance for adult rockered skis. Caveat is both kids are advanced skiers.

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Steve Brain wrote a review of on May 24, 2011

Assembly a nightmare
3 5

Now I've got this thing together it seems like a solid rack, but assembling it took hours. I combined it with the 2 bike add-on which is where most of the pain arose. The issues were:

1. Putting the first bolts through to attach the add-on were impossible due to poor quality finishing. The holes to push the bolts through were burred and the whole add-on assembly wouldn't slide in as a result. I filed the burrs, and got the add-on to slide in, but then couldn't get the bolts through. More filing and I got three out of four bolts in. The remaining one wouldn't go, and I had to loosen the bolts on the add-on section to get everything to fit, before retightening (not mention of this in the instructions).

2. Mounting the arms for the add-on section were also difficult. One bolt again didn't slide through. I couldn't get in to file this section to resorted to belting the bolt with a hammer while being careful not to damage any of the aluminum arms.

3. I attached the adapter for a 20" wheel and again difficult because the plastic housing was meant to hold the nut in place while you entered a bolt from the other side. Except that it didn't fit. In the process of tightening and trying to make it fit, the bolt sheared. Fortunately I needed only one 20" wheel adapter and I had two, so I had enough bolts.

4. This thing is HEAVY. Getting it out to the car took some sweat.

All that said, the rack is solid once on the car. It took all four bikes (2 adult / 2 kids) and stayed solid without shaking for a 220 mile drive. It's the most solid/secure bike rack I've ever had. I was impressed by how quickly and easily the bikes come on and off. The only criticism in use is that I cannot figure out how to lower the bikes to access the trunk when the bikes are on - think it's a two person job and requires someone else to support the weight while you pull the lever.

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Steve Brain

Steve Brain wrote a review of on May 12, 2011

5 5

Experienced numerous 0F days this year and was delighted to have these in my alpine boots. My wife was concerned that she was wimping out by getting a pair, so I "helped" her out by doing likewise. They worked well, lasted all day, didn't bother me at all being strapped away on my ski boots. The cost on Backcountry.com was significantly lower than any prices I saw in resort.

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