Susan Rogers

Susan Rogers

Anywhere that there's snow, and occasionally where there isn't.

Susan's Passions

Skiing
Climbing

Susan's Bio

I am a part time dirtbag, full time gear-slinger born and raised on New England ice (it's not ice if it isn't blue) who recently transplanted to Montana because, well, I heard that powder is lots of fun to ski on.

Susan Rogers

Susan Rogers wrote a review of on August 30, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Fit: True to size

I have a problem, a jacket problem. I tried this baby on and just had to buy it. Something about the fact that it fit like a glove - which coats rarely do - and weighs a stupid 8 or so oz in the XS. I haven't ever found a down sweater type jacket that I've loved as much as this one, even right off the bat. The Patagonia and Marmot offerings were never quite light weight enough for my liking or fit quite as perfectly.

Fit: Went with XS. I'm 5'3", 120lbs ish; I climb and don't have the world's smallest forearms and was really impressed at the fit(finally, enough space! No more sausage arms!).

It feels as expensive as it is. Which is probably a good thing. Has a great warmth to weight ratio, too.

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Susan Rogers wrote a review of on April 29, 2014

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Fit: True to size

At long last, there's a female counterpart to the Solution and a shoe that's a step more aggressive than the Miura VS. I've been loving, pair after pair, my Miuras, but have found them slightly lacking on the pumpiest of overhanging routes...enter the Women's Solution.

First impressions - jeeze louise, what a powerful shoe...once I managed to get it on, that is. There was certainly a bit of (mildly embarrasing) struggling on my first few days with them. When they were on, though, I was impressed right off the bat with the work Sportiva did with dialing in the fit. The men's Solution always felt a bit weird in the toe box and heel.

Still not quite broken in yet, but each time I climb with them it's been getting better and better. I went from pretty heavily skeptical when I first tried them on, to extremely stoked when I went back for another few rounds in the gym.

Bottom line - aggressive, powerful, and allover kind of merciless in the fit department. Love them, though. This is the shoe I've been looking for to help bump up my bouldering game.

Went for the same size in these as my Miuras. Wish I could try on a half size up, though, as they're TIGHT.

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Susan Rogers wrote a review of on April 10, 2014

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size

I *love* these capris - they are my go to climbing, yoga, lounging, errand running, etc pants. They aren't as stretchy as a typical yoga tight, but the elastic is high quality and hasn't started to sag in the half year I've been using them. I wear an XS in everything else Prana and do in these as well. My only gripe is that the calf opening is a little bit tight, but otherwise I really like the fit.

I have the Fire Red (holy poppy red, batman) and black. I'm very impressed with the fabric quality (and opaqueness) of both.

Bottom line: stretchy enough for the weirdest move or pose you can dream up, and not see-through even when stretched to the max.

I typically wear a 0, the XS fits me well

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Susan Rogers wrote a review of on April 10, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size

Pretty sure it is scientifically proven that having fly pants makes you shred 10x harder. At least that's what I've found with these babies - the number of lift-line catcalls I've received has sure increased since I upgraded from my blah gray softshell pants.

The fit is (surprisingly) awesome, considering my hit-or-miss experiences with Patagucci. Ample room in the thighs and legs without looking too steezy. Fairly high rise, but that's for the best when you somersault into a couloir in front of all of your friends. Your pride might be bruised, but your tush and lower back stay dry.

I typically wear a light merino base layer underneath - have skied them in -10F to 65F. While I haven't had a problem with them being too cold, sometimes on those long hikes they get a little bit warm: unzip the thigh vents and perfection!

I wish their jackets fit me this well.

XS is a true XS - I'm 5'3", athletic build, they fit great.

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Susan Rogers wrote a review of on February 3, 2014

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

One of the most compelling reasons to buy this rope is the price - it's hard to beat 210 for a dry, less than 10mm, 60m rope. The second is how little it weighs.

Have been using (abusing) this rope extensively on sport, trad, TR, and in the gym for almost a year - washed it once (I'm a bad rope mommy, it needs a bath) and was pleasantly surprised at how clean the rope stays even after dragging it through New England dust and leaves (and mud once, oops).

I actually really like how little dynamic elongation this rope has - I'm about 115, my climbing partner is 140, I've never had problems with the softness of catches. Have yet to take any massive whippers on it (greater than 20ft).

The sheath is pretty tough - some fuzziness after a year, but nothing that's worrying me yet. Only minor annoyance has been the little rubber ends to the rope that refuse to lay flat (I pulled both of them off).

Haven't had any problems with twisting... I store it flaked and lose - with both ends tied - in my rope bag.

Would probably buy this rope again, but would spring for the bipattern.

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Susan Rogers wrote a review of on January 31, 2014

3 5

Familiarity: I gave it as a gift, but have feedback to share

Got my boyfriend a pair of these for Christmas because he has an unhealthy attachment to his Scarpa Maestrales (and because I /love/ my marker Griffons). I was at 4/5 stars when he pulled them out of the box (little buggers are HEAVY), and that's since dropped down to a 3/5 for a few reasons.

1. Part of what makes the Maestrale such an amazing AT boot is the rockered sole. Because of this pronounced rocker, they don't really work with the Lords (which I later realized was probably because they don't have an ISO 9523 complying sole). They work in that he double released when he should have (epic double tomohawk yardsale), but it is impossible to get the toe piece adjusted on the bindings to eliminate contact between the sole and the AFD plate (which Marker insists in its install guide). I'd have no problem skiing on them with this issue, and neither does he, but Marker doesn't like it, and he's been leaving Vibram gunk all over the AFD plate.

2. Heavy - I know, it's an alpine binding with an extra plate underneath for adjustability, and I'm a Dynafit-loving AT goober, but these weigh an entire pound more than the Griffons. Maybe I'm spoiled, but it bugs me. They're marginally lighter than the Dukes.

3. Expensive for what you're getting. I'm thinking of just returning these and shelling out for some Dynafits (or making him buy resort boots and buying Griffons). Same price as the Dukes, minus a few ounces, without the touring functionality.

Pro: these share the same drill pattern as the Griffons, so if you change your mind, you don't have to drill again!

In sum, I guess I'm just a bit underwhelmed by the technology (and how bulky they are). I understand how much of a pain it is to make a binding that purportedly fits EVERYTHING, but feel like there ought to be a more elegant solution out there. Not really light enough to make them an easy sell over the Dukes, for all that they let you ride a smidgen closer to the ski when you're actually on them.

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Susan Rogers wrote an answer about on January 31, 2014

Short answer: You should be ok. <br/> Long...

Short answer: You should be ok.
Long answer: DIN is determined by more than just your weight - ski shops take into account your height, weight, age, and skier type (as well as boot size, to a certain degree) to determine what DIN your bindings will be set to (and any concerns you might have related to releasing or not releasing). That having been said, if you're a beginner skier with big feet (the bigger the boot, the lower the DIN because, well, physics), these probably aren't the right binding. I'm about the same weight, have tiny feet, ski pretty aggressively and ride somewhere between a 6.5-8 depending on the bindings.

When in doubt, check with your local ski shop - a tech can give you a pretty good idea of what DIN you'd ride.

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Susan Rogers wrote a review of on January 31, 2014

5 5

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

Bought this jacket because I knew I was moving to a land where winter lasts for 6 months - ended up living in it during the polar vortex in December where my state saw some of the coldest temperatures on the planet.

It runs a bit generously, but this is alright with me, because I've been able to toss it on over pretty much anything I've been wearing. Definitely not a super form fitting puff - some gaposis around the hips and wrist gaskets - but when layered, the puffiness kind of fills in these gaps and eliminates drafts. The hip elastic closure helps, too. It's not a sloppy-big fit by any stretch of the imagination.

The Pertex shell is surprisingly resilient for how fragile it looks and feels. Except when you get yo-yo'd by your partner into someone elses ice tools, when I learned that Tenacious Tape sticks well to it, too.

I've turned this jacket into a daily driver: wearing it downtown, to work, as an apres-tour hut fashion statement, while belaying on -10F days in the shade, and so-on. At first I was a bit put off by the trashbag shiny, bright fuschia lined colorway (dark shark), but enough of my lady friends have oohed and aahed over it, that I'm starting to come around.

Who am I kidding, I love ugly, bright colors.

(5'3", 115lbs - I wear a USXS/0 in pretty much everything, went for the UK8/XS)

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Susan Rogers wrote a review of on October 3, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I have had about a week of ski time in these babies - was trying to get enough time in them to actually write a god review - and I've been getting happier and happier with them!:

Fit: true to typical Scarpa ski boot fit. High instep room (doesn't flatten my arches), narrow heel, fairly generous toe box. Calf opening is ample - these boots come with spoilers you can add to take up any extra room you might have, there are also three different holes for the buckles for more adjustment options.

Flex: Stiff. Like woah Nelly stiff. Fortunately this is what I was looking for, even though they kicked my ass a few times before i warmedup to them. They still have a good range of motion forward and back in tour mode, but lock down really firm in ski mode.

I bought 21.5 (finally, a company who recognizes that some people have tiny feet and like to shred!), which has the teensiest BSL ever of 257mm. Fits like a true 21.5: post liner baking and break in, they fit like a dream.

Unlike other smaller sized boots, the buckles don't overwhelm the rest of the boot. There's a little bit of velcro strap overlap with the top buckle, but it's not a big problem when everything's adjusted and tightened down.

These are a pleasure to ski, and tour, in. I don't find myself sacrificing for uphill performance. I've been able to rip some big lines and trek up some steep hills all without the usual noodly feeling of a soft boot. They're warm for what they are, all things considered.

Being a gal with smaller feet is extremely limiting, and these boots aren't the cheapest option, but really can serve as a great all around boot. I used mine with both tech and alpine sole blocks in dynafits and griffons. All in all, these boots were well worth the wait and I am beyond stoked to have FINALLY found a pair of boots that actually fits my feet and lifestyle.

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Susan Rogers wrote a review of on September 29, 2013

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I paired my pair with a set of Voile Switchbacks for the ultimate in uphill performance. Now onto my third pair of BD skis, I really can say with certainty that all of them are schizophrenic: they behave like completely different skis depending on what kind of snow you take them on. I mean this in a good way, they're solid all around.

In-bounds: they chew up grit, corduroy, and hardpack pretty well - if you really want to lay down and crank (which they're not /really/ designed for) you're going to get a bit of chatter, but I've yet to be taken out by it so far. Fun in bumps (supple yet snappy), and great around trees. Not the best choice for resort-only skiing, but....

Out-of-bounds: this is where these skis shine. They tackle chop, deep pow (skied them after an epic 2ft dump), and pretty much everything in between. Lightweight enough not to tire you out after your uphill slog, and solid enough to help you get the most out of your ride down.

All in all, I'd call them a pretty solid choice for those of us who prefer to spend our days not serviced by a lift, but sometimes just feel like being lazy and want one ski to do it all.

I'm 5'3", 115lbs and went with the 166 - I waffled between going shorter for extra nimbleness, but recently moved somewhere where the trees are a little bit less tight, and the snow twice as deep. Glad I went longer, but it's definitely subject to personal preference, geographical location, and intended use.

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Susan Rogers wrote a review of on September 26, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size

Love these shoes - they edge the crap out of anything I want and really shine on vertical-to-overhanging routes. The three straps really help to get the fit really dialed in - although after a good deal of thrashing (6mo-1yr depending on frequency of use), the toe box can get a little bit squidgy.

Forefoot is fairly generous - I have small, high volume, high-arched feet and La Sportiva seems to be the only thing that actually fits (which is funny, because every other bit of technical footwear that I own is Scarpa). The heel can rub a little bit, but hell, I yank them off between climbs and can tune out the sensation while sending. Heel fit is snug, which is what you want when heel-hooking (I actually slipped out of my first pair once, which sucked).

I have a size 5 foot, wear sz 21.5 ski boots and the 35's fit like a dream. My first pair of 35.5s broke in to the degree of sloppy, so I downsized. The few week break in period was totally worth it. I will definitely be getting this pair resoled instead of outright replacing them when the time comes!

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Susan Rogers wrote a review of on September 26, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I used to be the most anal person about keeping my down bags dry, until this past weekend, when I forgot to close my tent vestibule before a 2-inch, 4-hour rainstorm decided to dump its bad self all over my gear.

Whoops.

The shell looked a little bit damp, but the fibers were still fluffy and downy (and there was some water beading on the underside of the shell - the material is pretty see through, which is cool). I crawled inside and, behold, it was dry. Mind. Blown. I thought that driDown/QShield and its equivalents were purely for marketing and lazy people, but I am coming to appreciate it, especially in a 3-season bag. I picked up this bag to replace my Phantom 45 (I came to the realization that I hate hot weather camping), and couldn't be happier.

I sleep pretty cold, so when the temps started to dip below 35, I had to stuff a fleece around my feet. This wasn't a huge shocker for me - my feet have terrible circulation (pro beta: bring a lightweight beanie/thick socks if you know the temps are going to dip below freezing).

The short of it: tiny, lightweight bag, perfect for 3 season adventures (and seemingly impervious to heavy dew condensation and torrential downpours). 5'3" 115lbs, Regular was a good mix of snug and roomy: dealt well with my rolling around mid-night but kept me plenty warm and cocooned feeling.

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