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arnaud de brux

arnaud de brux

Wasatch Front

arnaud de brux's Passions

Hiking & Camping
Biking
Running
Skiing

arnaud de brux'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 bruxwrote a review of on February 5, 2016

5 5

I bought those boots in anticipation of a work trip to Quebec City, QC in early February, the land of the -40's. Well, even though it was much milder than expected (in the mid-teens) we spent an evening visiting an ice hotel and enjoying the bar there. My feet never were cold, and were actually a tad bit to warm (read sweaty, fortunately no room mates at the hotel!!!!). To top it off, those boots seem well constructed and have a decent grip on icy locations. Very happy given the price!

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arnaud de bruxwrote a review of on January 31, 2016

4 5

I had been looking for a replacement jacket of my beloved Mammut Alyeska jacket from 5years ago. And so far, i do like this jacket. It's much lighter than the mammut and does a great job at keeping me dry and cutting the wind. I have a fairly athletic built with wide shoulders and chest, and the L fits me perfectly with a base layer and a thick puff or midlayer underneath. In terms of features, the pockets are well located and roomy enough, i do really enjoy the skin pocket inside the jacket to keep my skins warm while in the backcountry. My grief is for the collar. It could be lined with some fleece, and maybe a bit closer to the chin than the way it's design. I guess i am missing the double chin zipper of the alyesk that allowed to open it more or less.overall, great pick though!

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arnaud de bruxwrote a review of on January 26, 2016

Great light bibs
5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I had an issue with my 4 years old Mammut Alyeska bibs (the crotch area seams just let go - and I don't know how to sew...), so while Mammut was taking care of them I was in need of a new pair of pants. Those Salomon rock! They are light and sturdy, and the XL fit me perfect (I am 5'11", 210lbs). COmpare to the Alyeska, they are lighter, and not quite as warm (there was a light liner in the alyeska), but since I am now earning my turns more and more, I really don't care!

Overall, those are confy, not too bulky, with enough pockets and a great design. And the fabric seems really sturdy.

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arnaud de bruxwrote a review of on January 20, 2016

5 5

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

I tested that ski during the Backcountry Mag basecamp day at solitude on Jan 18. I tested the 184 ski, mounted with Dynafit Radical ST binding. I am 5'11", 205lbs agressive skier. Boots: Dynafit Vulcan.
It was a sleeper pow day, with only 6" reported overnight, but plenty of deep pow to be found once you hiked around.
Oh my! Was that ski fun to play with! It was stable on groomers, and was able to leave deep trenches while carving. On tree runs, the ski was really quick to throw around, and the camber and sharp edges allowed for quick stops on steeper, icier sections.
My final round was deep on the traverse from Honeycomb, where I found a run with 2 to 3 feet of untouched powder. They did not float as well as a bigger ski, but never were hooky under the snow, and still put a huge grin on my face!
I fact I loved the ski so much that I asked the Salomon Rep to buy a pair right on the spot.
He ended up selling me his pair! Steal of the day!

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arnaud de bruxwrote a question about on November 16, 2015

Hi,
I just got a pair of those babies in the 184 length, and intend on mounting them with Dynafit Radical. Where do you guys recommend mounting them? I have read somewhere (wildsnow???) that the recommended line was too far forward. Any take on that?
I am 5'10", 200lbs and ski agressively but in a more "traditional" way (i.e. no skiing switch, but a love for a nice clean carved turn, whether on hardpack or in powder - the later being made possible by those nice new wide and rockered skis!) Thanks!

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arnaud de bruxwrote 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 bruxwrote 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 bruxwrote 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 bruxwrote 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 bruxwrote 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 bruxwrote 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 bruxwrote 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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