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Tom Grant

Tom Grant

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Tom Grant

Tom Grantwrote a review of on January 19, 2015

5 5

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

We are having another terrible year out here in Northern California. No new snow since December 31st, so we have spring conditions. So I needed a stiff ski that could handle the icy moguls in the morning, and plow through the slop in the afternoon. So far I am pretty happy with these, and I have been skiing way more aggressively than any of my other skis. I tried the Mantras, but found them really hard to turn in tight spots....these have a tight turning radius but still love to to stay in the fall line and go straight. I also tried the Bonafide, but found it did not have enough camber underfoot to really stick the hard snow.
I found this thing to rail GS turns and warp speed, and if you hit a bump or something you did not expect they seem to plow right through. Very damp ski...so maybe missing a bit of feed back and energy return on slower turns.

Wish the graphics were more interesting...

Don't imagine this would be my go to powder ski, but maybe at a place like Squaw were it gets tracked out by 11am, this might not be a bad choice.

This is going to be my everyday ski at Squaw now, both on and off the groomers.

I am 6'4", 200lbs and I am skiing the 190cm. Defiantly go big on this ski, the binding mount mark is very close to center and the rocker in the tip makes the ski feel 5-10cm shorter than you might expect.

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Tom Grant

Tom Grantwrote a review of on January 14, 2015

4 5

And that is heavy. If you are looking for a binding that will work great for hard charging inbounds skiing, and once in a while let you do a tour or side country back to the main road this is it.....

I trust my knees to it...but no it is not the best choice for long tours.

If you want something that climbs super well up hill than look for a tech binding, and expect unpredictable release when things get gnarly.

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Tom Grantwrote a review of on January 13, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I have been brand loyal to Giro for years. Unfortunatly they no longer make helmets that I like, so went searching for another brand.

I have a big head, and most helmets make me look the Great Gazoo from the Flintstones. This ones does not, and fits great.

Also really impressed with the weight and the airflow. I ski in California and it is often hot.

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Tom Grantwrote a question about on January 7, 2015

How do these compare to the Bonafides and the Rosi Experience 100?

Looking for a ski for hard, ice off piste conditions at Squaw. Don't care how they do in powder, have better skis for that.

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Tom Grantwrote a review of on January 6, 2015

4 5

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

Pros.

Comfy, warm, easy to get on and off. walk mode is easy enough to engage, and they walk like snowboard boots. Very light weight for a hybrid boot.

Cons:

Creeks like mad, flex is soft compared to an my Lange Freeride 120...ugly lower shell. Sorry not a fan of the graphics.

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Tom Grantwrote a question about on October 26, 2014

What jacket goes with these pants?

I think the intended purpose is back country touring on blue ski days....so hard shells would not seem to be it. They don't seem to make jacket out of the same material as the pants,,,the closest thing is the Lithic, but that is mostly a hardshell.

Thinking maybe one of the Gamma MX jackets? Would carry a SL hard shell in case things got nasty.

It just seems they did not make a jacket for the same purpose in the While Line...so wondering if maybe there is a jacket still to come?

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Tom Grant

Tom Grantwrote a review of on January 15, 2013

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

They have fixed many annoying things over the previous Contour GPS version which I actually returned to REI because I was fed up with it.

Improvements:

1) Battery life seems to much longer.

2) no stupid two button on off system. Now you just slide the record button and it turns on. Before there was this impossible on/off button that you could not easily get to with gloves on...so the battery would just die even though you were not recording.

3) GPS now actually seems to work. I could never get a fix before at the top of Squaw...not sure how that is even possible. Now 90% of my movies have a GPS track along with current speed and altitude.

4) Video quality seems slightly better...but then again the video quality for snow sports has always been awsome.

5) Waterproof case is now included.

All in all, I am much happier....and prefer the side mounting to the go pro which I think looks stupid.

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