Tom Chell

Tom Chell

Alta Utah, Wasatch Backcountry

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Tom Chell

Tom Chell wrote a review of on August 3, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I have been riding a set of these for about 2000 miles. I should have written a review sooner. From my first mile on these I was very impressed. Having shopped around and looked at some expensive wheelsets, one of the local shops recommended these. This was my first set of high end wheels and the performance and feel is outstanding. The Shimano hubs are so smooth. Here in the mountains of Utah, cross winds can have a big affect on handling. These handle very well on long downhills. I did run these the first season as tubeless. They worked well on that set up, but after a number of bad tubeless tire quality issues, I decided to go back to a tube set up. Either way, these are fantastic wheels and a great value.

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Tom Chell wrote a review of on May 28, 2014

3 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

I have been using a Suunto Quest for HRM and am very happy with that product. I was hoping the GPS track pod would be a nice addition to get elevation, speed and distance. I think the GPS pod would be a fine product for trail running, but for my intent, it did not seem to add much. Could not actually get the data, elevation etc from the website Movescount. I really like the Sunnto products but for biking there are better options for adding speed and elevation.

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Tom Chell wrote a review of on May 11, 2014

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

Picked up a pair of 185cm late this spring. Only have had 2 brief tours in April. First day out, less than ideal conditions, breakable crust, some soft snow in protected areas. Second day out, better creamy soft, about 5-6 inches. First impression is that these are very nice and very quick edge to edge. Very responsive short radius turns. These do have a nice soft flex. I like a mid-fat for touring. These seem to fit well. I am looking forward next season to some deeper days in the backcountry, but after a couple runs, think these will be a very nice ski.

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Tom Chell wrote a review of on July 30, 2013

1 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I have now gone through two of these. In both cases the tire blistered after only a couple months of riding. I spoke to my local bike shop and they have seen the same. Maxxis will not replace them. The tire performs well, but the lack of Maxxis to stand behind the product is a problem. I will not buy Maxxis products

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Tom Chell wrote a review of on November 27, 2010

5 5

Finally time to right up a review. I have had 3 days now touring in the BD Primes. I am very pleased with the performance and fit of these boots. Took a bit of work to really dial in the size/fit but was lucky to have BD headquarters and store here in Utah to help out. I would recommend that you work with a very good boot fitter to make sure you sizing is correct and to assist in heat molding the liner. The staff at BD took the time to get the exact fit. I was sizing between a 27,5 and 28. With the recommendation of BD, I went with the 27.5. BD did some work on the right boot to add some room in the toe box. In addition to the proper heat mold of the liner and a few days of skiing, the boot is fitting really well and is very comfortable touring.
Great consistent flex, great performance.

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Tom Chell wrote a review of on March 27, 2009

5 5

Just finishing up my first season with these. Great boots, I was concerned that the light weight would mean soft flex. These boots are super stiff. I would actually be fine with a softer version. I ski these in the "walk" mode as this gives more flex. Overall great boot if you are looking for super stiff this the the model, if you want softer flex choose the other Dynafit models.

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Tom Chell wrote a question about on January 27, 2009

I have just bought the TLT and Manaslu for exclusive backcountry skiing. However I was wondering if the TLT has similar release functions as a normal downhill binding? I am thinking this set up would be great for some lift skiing but wondered if the binding has comparable release functions.

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Tom Chell wrote a review of on January 7, 2009

5 5

Just had my first day touring the Utah backcountry with the Manaslus. These are excellent touring skis, very light, great turns in deep pow. We also ran into some firm wind blown areas, and the skis worked great.
The set up with Dynafit bindings is perfect for big touring days.

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