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WishfulThinking

WishfulThinking

Whistler/Blackcomb, BC, Canada

WishfulThinking's Bio

i have an unrelentless passion for, and an insatiable addiction to skiing; i love to ski; can't get enuf of it; the white stuff is addictive; i love the speed; i love the pow; and i love hucking myself off of precipices

i dislike being indoors when the weather is nice or when there's fresh snow on the mountains

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WishfulThinkingwrote a review of on December 9, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I've been using the 22D Axl for about 4 years (great binding!) and decided to try out the Enzo since I have this strange issue with the Axl where once every other day the heel piece seems to slip off my boot.

With the short/default springs, the Enzo is very comparable to the Axl (I set the pivots on both to the 2nd position). I'd even say the Enzo feels more smooth and linear in terms of spring tension than the Axls.

I haven't toured with them yet, and don't know how they'll hold up to abuse, but I'm loving them so far.

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WishfulThinkingwrote a review of on December 9, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I'm loving my 186's mounted at +1 for forward-only free-ridin' telemark. After skiing the Rossi S7's since they first came out, the Automatics are a very noble 'upgrade' that keeps the same characteristics that I loved about the S7 and adds the stiffness that the S7 lacked. Yummie.

I had them mounted at -0.5cm and didn't like it - kept feeling like i had to lean forward way too much to get the sweet spot - it was very obvious when skiing groomers and just rolling the ankles over.

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WishfulThinkingwrote a review of on October 9, 2010

3 5

This year, North Face did two things that discouraged me from buying this highly technical jacket: (1.) Hand pockets are in the traditional street-jacket area, low on each side of the jacket. Hard to access when you've got the waist strap done up on your backpack. For those of you who always wondered why technical jackets often have the pockets high up in the chest area, it's for that reason - so you can access your pockets while wearing a pack. The previous years' versions had the pockets up higher. (2.) The pit zips are not longer "pit" zips. There is now only about a 6" zipper under the arm, near the armpit. Previous generation had full pit zips up the torso and along the underarm.One good thing they did this year was add back in the upper left arm pocket. They had this in the 2007 version, which I own. The upper arm pocket is perfect for a cell phone or small walkie talkie. It's easy to hear whatever you've got in there. If a walkie-talkie, you can talk into it easily without removing it from the jacket, and without taking off gloves. If it's a phone, it's easy to reach quickly without undoing any straps on your backpack (which may be obstructing your other pockets and main jacket zipper).

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WishfulThinkingwrote a review of on March 15, 2007

1 5

At first, I was impressed with the fit and comfort of these gloves. HOWEVER... within the first 10 days of using these gloves, it already has a hole in one of the fingertips. After about 10 more days, most of the fingers now have holes.

I simply use them as an liner for downhill skiing. I don't use them for anything that would accelerate the wear on the gloves prematurely. I've had other glove liners which have lasted much much longer.

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