Salt Lake City, Jackson Hole
A well-designed cap that I'm psyched to be able to start rocking. Royal Blue is my color of choice.
Marker Griffons have been my go-to bindings for years. I'm an expert skier but am a small enough person (5'10", 150 lbs) that a Jester's 16 DIN is unnecessary, particular with the $130 jump in price. The shop algorithm puts me at a 8 DIN and I typically knock that up to 10, leaving plenty of upward room for adjustment. The toe includes a horizontal spring to help avoid early releases and its height is adjustable. The bindings are easy to tweak, release cleanly, and are lightweight. At the end of the day I trust them to release when I need them to. My only gripe would be that there's no 130 mm brake option, but that's an easy workaround.
Per the below recommendations, I went with the 5 mm one. It's a sharp, inexpensive piece of plastic that scrapes skis well. Enough said.
If you're like me, regularly beat up your bases, and are tired of paying your local shop for so much repair work, these are for you. They're easy to use (see the below videos) and the price is hard to beat. As others have mentioned, black's easier to handle and seems to bond better but clear probably makes more sense if you have colored bases. The trick is to keep the flame close to your bases and limit the flame's oxygen supply.
Does anyone know this vise's max width?
This is Atomic's highest performance alpine binding for more advanced and expert skiers (there's also a 13 din model if these are two aggressive for you). It's a bomber binding that will allow you to send just about everything with confidence. The Walk To Ride compatibility is a great addition for ISO 9523 certified AT boots and alpine boot soles.Salomon sells the same binding in blue/black black/orange doesn't suit your style or match your skis as well. Check it out here:
A trip to Moab a few weeks ago reminded me that I was in dire need of a new tent. I hopped on BC and was psyched to find that the Rock 22 Bx perfectly fit my needs and was also on sale. It's easy to set up and fits two comfortably. The tent is well constructed and has some great features. It should be perfect for both car camping and some backpacking for years to come.
I just picked up a pair of these in Captian's Blue to go along with my Powder Bowl Jacket in Red Delicious and complete the skittle. These are an upgrade for me from a pair of Snowshot pants with a H2No membrane. Living in Utah, The Gore-Tex 3L that's found in their Primo and Untracked Pants is overkill for my needs. I'm not sure I'd be able to tell the difference between the two anywhere outside of the PNW, particularly coming from pants without any Gore-Tex at all. I was more than happy to save the loot and have a better selection of colors. The fit great and have the pockets/venting I was looking for.
I can't speak to the above differences in pattern but it's similar in both thickness and actual weight (12.2 vs 12.8 report oz) to last year's Patagonia R1 Hoody if only slightly thinner.
The entire Black Diamond apparel line is pretty exciting but the Hooded Coefficient has stood out in particular and I'm psyched to finally have one to call my own. I think I like it because it reminds me of one of my other favorite layers, a Patagonia R1 Hoody from last year. They're similar in weight and construction with the two major differences being cuffs and zippers. The Coefficient has stretchy cuffs (as opposed to thumb loops) and a full zipper (as opposed to half). The cuffs collapse well around my wrists and seem like they'll keep snow out well. This is a great casual layer to wear to work or around town and is something I'll be keeping in my ski pack as an extra layers for single digit days. I bought mine in Cinder but would have been equally happy with Black.
...on a model from a couple seasons ago
I have a tendency to trash lenses during the course of a season and it's great to be able to replace them without having to buy a new pair of goggles. I currently have two pairs: one stocked with a red sensor lens for cloudy low light days and a second with a Red Mirror Sol-X for everything else. By keeping the second pair in my pack, I don't even have to worry about swapping the lenses out when the weather changes. The Sol-X is a good looking lens (I love the mirror effect) that provides great protection.
I own a pair of these in polished black/grey and love them so much that I just picked up one in aspen green/emerald iridium. It was a pretty easy decision with the current discount. They're a perfect pair of sunglasses to wear around town after biking or skiing.
I've been wanting this jacket since I saw it two years ago at SIA and am psyched to finally be the owner of one. I passed on last year's because I didn't like the colors but the red delicious is right down my alley. I've previously owned a Primo but feel that its 3L Gore-Tex is overkill for skiing here in Utah, particularly with the $150 price difference. The powder skirt works great and I love its compatibility with Patagonia pants. There's plenty of pockets and the progressive (loose) fit looks good and works well for me. Consider me a happy camper with yet another great product from Patagonia.
The Sawtooth is an all-around great three season sleeping bag. The regular is comfortable for me (I'm 5' 10") and keeps me warm even toward the bottom of its EN lower limit. It comes in at a great weight and I love the footbox, hand warmer compatible pockets. It's currently on sale to boot!
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