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Ted Brogan wrote a review of on February 24, 2013

4 5

I struggle with this review. I think the boot deserves better than 3 stars, but maybe not quite 4. I have a number of big days on this boot - both touring and resort-ing in all sorts of conditions. (For reference, I'm a former PNW pro patroller that skis aggressively - mostly skied with Dynafit FT12s mounted on Bro Lhasa Pows.)

To just get this out of the way, this boot is by far the best skiing touring boot that I have been on. And the walk mode isn't bad for a boot this beefy. It's not a 130 flex race boot (maybe they used lighter plastic?), but it will drive your big sticks through all the chopped up manky goodness you can find. For me, it loses marks by not coming with the tech soles, and also for the material used in the tech soles. Snow and ice builds up in all of the little grooves, requiring me to constantly have to clean it out before stepping into my Dynafits. Not a big deal, but certainly slows me down. My other gripe is with durability - a few rocky ridge hikes from the top of the chair at silverton and the plastic already looks like it has a few seasons on them.

Those gripes aside, I'm not sure that a better touring boot exists for skiing - especially if you like to charge. This boot might be overkill if you're a same-turn-every-turn type. Maybe the Vulcan skis better, but I doubt it. Ultimately, I think touring boots can still improve a great deal. That is exciting, because they're pretty darn good right now.

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Ted Brogan wrote a review of on February 24, 2013

4 5

I mainly use this shell for skiing - both resort and storm or PNW backcountry skiing. I think that this is a solid workhorse-type shell. There's really nothing special about it, but that may be what makes it good. It's a good looking jacket, with clean lines (although in my opinion, it is not as well made as most Arc'teryx shells) and is relatively light. I got the large and it is fairly loose on me, allowing for layers and such. (I'm 6' tall, 175 lbs). I appreciate the fleece-lined handwarmer pockets and the high collar.

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Ted Brogan wrote a review of on February 19, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

The best ski glove? Soft, comfy, incredibly warm. These gloves are almost too warm - I can only wear them on very cold days. (Full disclosure - I run hot. Most of my ski partners layer a lot heavier than I do.) Dexterity is good. I'm not a big fan of them for touring, but I don't know how much they were designed with the BC in mind. (The cuff just adds bulk, whereas a glove with a large gauntlet just slides over jackets, watches, and such).

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Ted Brogan wrote a review of on August 29, 2011

4 5

I used these boots all last season. The walk/tour mode on this boot is pretty awesome. And it is plenty stiff enough to drive big skis in the backcountry. Not charge at the resort stiff, but certainly cruise at the resort stiff. They feel really light when hiking/skinning. The buckle latch concept is pretty great as well - it makes transitions super fast. 4 stars because of questionable durability. I lost a canting nut on one boot and a rivet off the other throughout the course of the year. Not that big of a deal as BD gives you (and local dealers) free replacement parts. The shop I took mine to put the rivet in for free.

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Ted Brogan wrote a review of on July 28, 2011

4 5

Simple, light, always in my pack - BC skiing, hiking, rainy bike commute - this jacket has me covered. I only need the side zip when trying to put this on over insulating layers. The collar and hood offer plenty of protection. I'm 6'0 180 lbs and the medium fits me perfectly.

My one gripe has to do with the big pocket. I love the size, placement, and accessibility it offers to stuff. But why, oh why, did they not tape the bottom seam? Let's say you put a phone in there. What happens is the weight of the phone pulls he inside of the pocket down a bit so the seam isn't actually the lowest part. When water covers the seam, this causes it to enter the pocket through the seam. One more piece of tape and I would easily give this 5 stars.

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Ted Brogan wrote a review of on July 28, 2011

5 5

After a year plus of use, this piece works fantastically with my layering system for backcountry skiing. I wear this for the skin in/up, usually with just a t-shirt underneath. I move fast and this blocks enough wind and snow, allowing me to stay warm and dry. During breaks, or for the ski down, I throw on a synthetic puffy and let 'er rip. Once I'm ready to climb again, stuff the puffy and I'm on my way - simple is smooth, smooth is fast. It breathes really well, although I occasionally have to unzip the front.

The piece is well made and well thought out - very minimalist. I'm 6' 180 lbs and the medium fits like a glove. The hood is warm and highly adjustable, but not helmet compatible. (I've never found myself needing a helmet compatible hood, however.) This piece easily gets 5 stars.

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