arnaud de brux

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arnaud's Passions

Alpine Touring
Backpacking
Trail Running
Hiking
Mountain Biking
Alpine Skiing

arnaud's Bio

Born and raised in South West France, I picked up skiing in the Pyrenees, before moving to Utah a few years ago. What a change (for the best): I (re)discovered what skiing really meant, powder days, shot faces and all of those fluffy snow goods! Also enjoy the MTB scene in the summer, along with some golfing and breweries visits!

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arnaud de brux wrote a question about on December 3, 2013

Can I use those boots with a marker Tour binding or Salomon Guardian? They do NOT fit with regular salomon bindings, but are since I moved out of Utah and I have to travel with Skis & boots, I am considering putting AT bindings on all my skis.
I used them with Dynafit Radical right now, just want to make sure it would work with Marker's too.

Thanks!

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arnaud de brux wrote a review of on January 8, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I had been looking at a new "do-it-all" ski for quite some time now, and was able to get a pair of the 185 Hell and Back.
They are mounted with Dynafit Radical ST bindings, and they RIP the entire mountain!
This set-up is light enough to do several laps in the backcountry, but also endure the in-bound skiing with some friends! To my surprise, even with the light touring bindings, once on the groomer, they just ask for more speed, and can slice through the slope, leaving nice, clean, deep trenches behind you!
For a 185cm ski, they handle bumps really well (the bindings become the limiting factor in my case), and it doesn't stop there. Once in the backcountry, they show the entire spectrom of their capabilities: flying down a bowl, technical turns in a tight(er) couloir, or just gliding up the skin track!
An absolute blast, for all but the deepest days!

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arnaud de brux wrote an answer about on January 8, 2013

on top of the bonafide, I'd recommend you look into the Nordica Hell and Back, they are fairly light, yet incredibly strong on the hardpack, and super fun in the steep, bumps, and 1 foot to 1.5 foot of pow (recently skied week old stashes of powder around Alta, and they managed really well). I have them in a 185 size.
I had the opportunity to try both the Blizzard and the Nordica last year on the same day, and found the Bonafide too heavy for me, and i couldn't quite find the right way of using them. On the contrary, the Hell and Back seemed more "natural" to me, and I instantaneously felt at ease with them, thus my choice!

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arnaud de brux wrote an answer about on December 1, 2012

get the 130mm width and trim them down. you will have perfect coverage. I you don't care about full coverage on the tip, amd tail, you can use the 115, and save some weight. This is especially true if you have a big rocker in the tip and tail, where you will not have much contact anyway.

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arnaud de brux wrote a question about on October 22, 2012

I just got that bag from Backcountry, and it looks awesome. I really like the volume inside, as well as the fit of the bag over my shell.
I have one question / issue though... I cannot locate the re-arming tool to rearm the airbarg if you pull the trigger. It is supposed to be included, but I couldn't find it in the bag. Anyone knows where it is supposed to be?

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arnaud de brux wrote a question about on October 26, 2011

Hi guys, I am looking at changing my everyday skis, and am hesitating between the Hell and back in 185 and the blizzard Bonafide in 187.
I am 5'11", 210 lbs, aggressive skiers and I like to go explore the side country, with occasional backountry trips.
Would you have any good reco?
Thanks!

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arnaud de brux wrote a question about on October 26, 2011

Hi guys, I am looking at changing my everyday skis, and am hesitating between the Hell and back in 185 and the blizzard Bonafide in 187.
I am 5'11", 210 lbs, aggressive skiers and I like to go explore the side country, with occasional backountry trips.
Would you have any good reco?
Thanks!

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arnaud de brux wrote an answer about on September 13, 2011

Brennan, you shouldn't even be afraid about the size... I am 5'11" and the 183 are nearly too short... The roccker in tip and tails makes it ski way shorter than what you may think. And the longer the better in the deep!

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arnaud de brux wrote a question about on September 22, 2010

So I just decided on getting those babies. now looking for the right bindings mounting spot.
I am thinking about the Salomon STH 14, but not sure on where to mount it. Center? or a bit back? I intend to ski those primarily as my big powder ski, not that much for skiing switch...
Thanks for the insight!

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arnaud de brux wrote an answer about on September 3, 2010

Jacob, I demoed them last year after a snow storm in BCC, and it was lots of fun anywhere!!! Great float on powder - Really really fun that day in honeycomb canyon. Still, they were also behaving great on groomed runs. Very easy to turn, kinda feel like a Giant slalom ski. You push toward the edge and here it goes, no need to be super pushy on them, they will follow any of your impulses!

Enjoy!

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arnaud de brux wrote a question about on August 22, 2010

Hey guys,
I am hesitating between these in 182 and the Atomic 185 Blog. I demoed both last year and had a blast on both...
I am 6' 210Lbs expert skiing and I do ski anywhere on the mountains depending on whom I am skiing with....
I do have a pair of Xwings fury in 177 and a Crossmax 8.9 in 175 for hard pack days or early season.
Live in Utah, so pow is not an issue.
Really enjoy skiing big powder bowls as well as tree lines...
Any recommendation?
Cheers!

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arnaud de brux wrote a question about on August 22, 2010

Hey guys,
I am hesitating between these in 182 and the Atomic 185 Blog. I demoed both last year and had a blast on both...
I am 6' 210Lbs expert skiing and I do ski anywhere on the mountains depending on whom I am skiing with....
I do have a pair of Xwings fury in 177 and a Crossmax 8.9 in 175 for hard pack days or early season.
Live in Utah, so pow is not an issue.
Really enjoy skiing big powder bowls as well as tree lines...
Any recommendation?
Cheers!

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arnaud de brux

arnaud de brux wrote a question about on August 22, 2010

Hey guys,
I am hesitating between those Blog in 185 and the 182 Czar. I demoed both last year and had a blast on both...
I am 6' 210Lbs expert skiing and I do ski anywhere on the mountains depending on whom I am skiing with....
I do have a pair of Xwings fury in 177 and a Crossmax 8.9 in 175 for hard pack days or early season.
Live in Utah, so pow is not an issue.
Really enjoy skiing big powder bowls as well as tree lines...
Any recommendation?
Cheers!

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arnaud de brux wrote a review of on November 17, 2009

5 5

Those are probably the best ski pants I've ever owned. I used to wear Columbia Titanium line, but was pretty disappointed with the durability and quality of it.
Those salomon pants are super confy, keep you warm and dry, and are full of small details that make the difference, like the magnetic closure on the side pocket!!
I highly recommand it for whoever is looking for a great do-it-all, all season pants!

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