Todd Schmalhurst wrote an answer about Rossignol FKS 140 Ski Binding on December 10, 2012
I would stick with the 140s.
I would stick with the 140s.
There should be a number on the lock, and you can order a replacement key for that lock from Thule:
This will be cheaper/easier than going to a locksmith
Try the manufacturer directly, or http://rainypass.com/
This is not waterproof. For a single jacket for those temps, I would look at the Patagonia Primo Down. Alternatively you could add a waterproof hardshell over this jacket.
You might want to consider the Patagonia Tres. It has a similar (same?) down parka but it zips into a water/windproof hard shell. My wife wore this in similar temps in Minnesota and was very pleased.
I would probably go with one of the kayak carriers. As for which one, I think a lot of it will come down to personal preference. I have the Hull-A-Port Pro and would have no concerns putting this on that rack. I think it would work fine on most of the others as well.
70 (21.3m) of 3/8 (1cm), 1,800 lb. test braided floating polyethylene
Yes, this will mount to round Yakima bars with only the included hardware. The rack may rotate a bit, but will stabilize once you load a boat and will be secure.
If your budget allows, I recommend going with the Hull-a-Port Pro. It allows you to fold down the rack when not in use. This means you are more likely to be able to fit in garages without removing the rack.
That is the price. Sometimes prices vary by size/color which is why they are listed next to each size.
looking at the dimensions, its probably going to be a bit too long(tall) to fit under seats in most planes. Probably best to go with something smaller. I've used the Patagonia Half-Mass on many flights and it will fit under the seat, but it's a messenger style bag.
The only prescription goggles I've ever found have been more like sunglasses with one lens for each eye. If you want traditional goggles, look at the Smith TurboFan goggles:
I agree with Bucket. There is some noise, but being able to see clearly far outweighs any negative of the noise. It can be a bit strange when you are on a quiet chairlift and you hear a tiny motor running.
185cm will be plenty long for you.
this is always a tricky question. Boot Center is always the safest option. Offsetting 1-2cm towards the tip will help in the park and/or powder as it keeps your center of balance more over the center of the ski. Moving towards the tail 1-2cm generally aids with carving and probably isn't recommended for these skis.
I used to have an Atomic Beta Ride ski with a binding that allowed you to slide the binding forward/back 3-4cm for different conditions. Occasionally I would forget to set the binding for that day and wonder why I was skiing poorly until I realized that I was powder mode while skiing groomers
Hope this helps
I think the 182 would be fine for your weight/hieght. The 189 is a wider ski (+4mm at waist) with less of a sidecut. As an ex-midwesterner having a versatile ski is important because you never know what the snow condition will be when you travel. If you only planned on using this for powder days, 189 would be the way to go.
I have owned a lot of Patagonia gear over the years and all of it has held up will. I don't have any experience with these shoes, but Patagonia has a well earned reputation of building quality products that last. I wouldn't let durability be a concern. If for some reason they don't last as long as you expect, both Patagonia and Backcountry have outstanding customer service policies and will repair/replace/refund them without question.
And then, write us a review after you've worn them a bit :)
Yes, this is a good all-around harness, and on sale it a great price.
You'll want to look for a frame that Smith calls OTG (Over The Glasses). I've worn the Knowledge OTG for a few years and have been reasonable happy with them. If you get warm a lot when skiing, consider spending the extra $$ on a model with a fan or prescription lenses to avoid fogging.
Here is their complete selection of OTG Goggles:
This rack utilizes the standard Thule lock cores, but are sold separately so you can get all the locks on your rack system to have the same key. This is what you need: