Steve Brain

Steve Brain

Park City

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Alpine Touring
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Steve Brain

Steve Brain wrote a review of on July 18, 2014

1 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Have had two broken drive side spokes, and both times it rendered the bike unrideable due to rubbing violently against the brakes. According to the local Mavic dealer there is a recall on these wheels, They say there was an issue with the tolerance on the drive side spokes. Mavic are taking the rear wheel back for a full rebuild and no news on when it will be done. Was promised a temporary replacement, but after two weeks still waiting.

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Steve Brain wrote a review of on July 13, 2014

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Bought this for a race with a bunch of fire roads, and didn't expect much on the trails here in Park City. But it provided a reasonable amount of confidence with grip and rolls fast. On a couple of loose corners definitely felt it slide, but that's what you'd expect for a tire like this. I used it with a Continental X-king up front.

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Steve Brain wrote a review of on June 28, 2014

1 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Had both this tire, and a nobby nic on my front wheel blow out in the same ride. Less than 100 miles on these tires and they're trash due to multiple sidewall tears. Read the reviews on the snakeskin versions, and went to the local bike store and picked up some today to try - they seem to be a little less paper thin on the sidewalls.

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Steve Brain wrote a review of on June 28, 2014

1 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Had both this tire, and a rocket ron on my back wheel blow out in the same ride. Less than 100 miles on these tires and they're trash due to multiple sidewall tears. Read the reviews on the snakeskin versions, and went to the local bike store and picked up some today to try - they seem to be a little less paper thin on the sidewalls.

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Steve Brain wrote a review of on June 23, 2014

3 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Bought this pack after breaking two ICS clip packs. It seems really good, but over the weekend I had two incidents of it un-velcroing itself and dropping down onto the wheel. First time was on my road bike and second time on my mountain bike. I bought the same pack twice - once for each bike, and the issue applied to both.

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Steve Brain wrote a review of on April 28, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: Runs large

Had a pair last year, and bought another pair in anticipation of a nice summer ;-) Comfortable leather shoes - I wear them without socks and they're casual enough to wear with shorts, but still smart. They do run big though - I normally wear a 10 or 10.5 and sized down to 9.5.

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Steve Brain wrote a review of on March 24, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size

Used these ski touring... great from going from shaded starts all the way through to direct sunlight. I found they dealt with the changing light conditions great. Mostly the anti-fog coating seemed to work - only thwarted when boot-packing up a couloir in cloud... otherwise had no problem fogging when skinning or hiking.

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Steve Brain wrote a review of on January 27, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Mounted these with Dynafit FT bindings. Make a great backcountry ski for the Wasatch. I'm 190lbs / 6' and found them to be solid in the 188cm length. Easy to turn, drift fairly well in soft snow and fun. Also performed unexpectedly well railing on groomers.

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Steve Brain wrote an answer about on January 17, 2014

@andp868611 - I ski the Bonafides in Utah for exactly the conditions you describe and LOVE them. Haven't skied the other skis you mention, but would recommend the Bonafides for a several days after a storm option.

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Steve Brain wrote a review of on January 6, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

If you're somewhere with steep skin tracks and less flat-land travel, then the BD Ascension is the way to go. I'd previously skied a lot in the Cascades and BC, and preferred skins with more glide for approaches and glacier travel. But living now in the Wasatch I'm loving the Ascensions.

The tip & tail connectors seem pretty bomber. Certainly as good as G3 or other systems I've used.

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Steve Brain wrote an answer about on January 4, 2014

Just got some and put a pair of the Rossignol FKS 140 bindings on them (same binding as the Look Pivot - different color). Got a pair with the large brake and it works absolutely fine. Wouldn't want to go to the 115mm.

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Steve Brain wrote a review of on January 4, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

These skis are fun in all conditions - hold an edge well on a firm icy groomer, but also fun in boot deep powder. I bought them to replace some Rossignol Experience 98's - I feel that the Bonafides hold an edge just as well, but it is much easier to release the tail and smear a turn when you want to. More poppy and more fun than the Rossignols in a wider range of conditions.

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Steve Brain wrote an answer about on January 2, 2014

If you're Australian then I'm guessing your traveling for ski vacations. For your first ever boots, I'd strongly suggest going on vacation, and buying boots in resort from a reputable store. Then through a 7-10 day vacation you can work with the shop if you have any issues - boots can be worked a lot. Personally, I've had good luck with Surefoot for boots. As for skis, would suggest demoing a selection of different skis during your vacation. As for these particular skis, if you're saying no black slopes then I think you need more of an intermediate ski.

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Steve Brain wrote an answer about on November 26, 2013

The heating element goes on top at the front of the footbed. The red material shown in the photograph above is cover material to then go over the heating element. You stick the cover material over the top and then trip to the size of your footbed.

These do NOT come with custom insoles. Just with the heating element and cover material.

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Steve Brain wrote an answer about on November 21, 2013

I know the (cheaper) Backcountry.com branded versions do NOT come with skin savers. I bought some last year and purchased the savers afterwards. The description for those skins explicitly says "Skin savers sold separate".

For the regular, more expensive, G3 skins there is no such statement. I'd expect them to come with skin savers.

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