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and3436821 wrote an answer about on October 7, 2013

Long time passed since the Q. I'm 230 skiing the 182s with no problems whatsoever. It is my choice for deep soft snow backcountry, but I prefer my Manaslus fore variable winter snow and Snowwolfs for spring and summer firmer snows.

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and3436821 wrote a review of on February 28, 2013

5 5

I got overf 120 bc days on mine. I love them. They are especially good in complex terrain when I need to make every kind of turn and ski every type of snow. I put a 2-degree side edge angle on them to ensure good edging on hard snow and ice. My Stokes ski big lines faster. My Volkl Snowolfs ski corn snow with the utmost ease. If I had to have one bc ski, it would be the Manaslu, altho I would like to try the Kastle TX87 and the Volkl Nanuq before I made that choice.

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and3436821 wrote a review of on May 8, 2012

5 5

Not a deep powder ski. It is a ski-mountaineering ski and a superb spring-summer-fall ski. Stiff compared to most wimpy AT skis. Holds an edge. Turns easily. Easily skied with a TLT5 Mountain or Zero boot or other lighter weight AT boots. Not meant for backcountry wannabees trying their AT stuff out on high speed groomers.

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and3436821 wrote a question about on August 2, 2011

Does this binding suffer from the same problem with the race binding: no flat heel position for the TLT5, always have to be in a raised heel position? My main interest in this binding stems from snow buildup in the heel cup of the vertical st while I'm on nordic ski patrol, breaking trail. The snow builds up on the heel ledge of the binding and is kept in place by the curved heel cup. Ski patrol is a lot of flat, medium climbs, and medium downs, much like ski touring. So, what't the verdict--will I be able to have the heel flat/boot level, will snow build up be less? Thanks!

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and3436821 wrote a review of on July 2, 2011

5 5

I'm 225 lbs and I put over 70 days in the backcountry on 187 Manaslus this season using TLT5 Mountains, Zzero 3s, and Zzero 4s in everything from deep light powder, to heavy powder, packed powder, sastrugi, breakable crust, heavy wet snow, and corn snow. Short turns, long turns, slow turns, fast turns, no worry; up and out of all the deep snow with no fuss. A very easy ski to ski, very forgiving and very powerful for its weight. A great all-around ski, but now on ice, frozen snow, and corn I use my 178 Seven Summits, which are only a pound lighter but roll so easy from edge to edge on firm snow and are so quick to make very tight turns on firm snow.

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and3436821 wrote a review of on June 22, 2011

4 5

Very light weight, very well ventilated, very cool even with 1,051 watts/m2 bearing down from the sun and off the snow in the bowl; nicely adjustable; very comfortable; better than any ventilated cap I have. Only downside: it would be nice to have a thicker absorbent band in the front to keep sweat from running down into my eyes.

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