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Benjamin's Passions

Nordic Skiing
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bp2705 wrote an answer about on January 26, 2012

i would go for the skis you want right away. no use buying something that you expect to grow out of immediately unless you get them super cheap or something. I came from the same place you did: hockey> board > skis and dove in with some decent dynastar legends and havent been disappointed with them at all. but just like boards there will always be something new or better out there in a short time and there can be deals to be had late in the season. In all honesty i would say that now is a solid time to buy- it looks like rockered 95+ mm underfoot skis are going to be the norm from here on in. i would say go for a softer pair of 185's or larger- your gonna bulk up in a couple years i assure you. Buy decent boots, and consider AT or tech bindings before you throw a grand or more into it. that's my 2 cents anyway

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bp2705 wrote an answer about on January 2, 2012

Yup. New Nordic norm bindings lock you in from a standing position and you can release them with your poles while standing as well. They can get a bit fussy if iced over but that's not a huge deal. Note these are Backcountry width sized. That is they will need NNN Backcountry "BC" boots. the mechanisms that hold the bars are wider on bc bndings than regular ones.

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bp2705 wrote an answer about on January 2, 2012

This ski is hot waxable in the tip and tail for downhill rides but has a waxless scale pattern for touring style kick and glide for low-ish angled approaches that don't require skins. Almost like a Frankenstein creation of touring ski at the end and scaled xcountry underfoot. If you are looking for a waxable cross country or "Nordic" ski you will need to look elsewhere.

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bp2705 wrote a review of on December 12, 2011

3 5

Bought this based off a dare before a weeklong Bwca trip. Probably not a great idea for backpacking or portaging for that matter but I made it through with my eggs and only broke one. I did dry sack them and laid a single sheet of paper over them to avoid jiggling. Oh and I used medium eggs as I read that they're stronger since there is less volume and supposedly harder shells. Anyway it was a good 4$ for the heck of it. I know my buddies thought twice about giving me a hard time before breakfast.

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bp2705 wrote a review of on December 12, 2011

5 5

Bought mine from a neighbors garage sale for five bucks. Silly mistake. I am told they are older than me. I've had these completely blackened from dirty cedar wood fire and they cleaned up like new while at camp. Fantastic on a stove. Good size for a pack of 4 travelers if you cook smartly. Mine came with webbing and a buckle to secure everything - highly recommended if not stock. Weight penalty perhaps but theyll be eating what's left of humanity out of these things when the time comes.

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bp2705 wrote a review of on December 12, 2011

4 5

Solid and comfortable when packed correctly. I would say it was a bit on the small size for 2-3 day trips but doable if aren't in a rush to load up. Weight isn't a problem for me at least but there are 1 to maybe 2 lbs lighter packs out there but I doubt you could notice much difference. Pockets are a bit on the small side to be super useful but that keeps your load compact and streamlined and not hanging all over the place. Excellent choice for multi snow sport enthusiast as it might be the only pack that has built in carry for skis and a board. The back panel access is clutch when you need it. Still if your doing overnight winter tours and have a decent assortment of gear the guide series might suit that need better. I am borrowing this out to the lady friend and making the guide my go to winter camping pack.

Not made for anything in bounds. If your worst case scenario does not include a night of sleeping outside iwith snow on the ground you should look elsewhere.

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bp2705 wrote an answer about on December 12, 2011

That is a really awful idea unless you were hoping for some type of mythbuster like explosion. Camp stoves should only be used with fuels they are designed to operate on safely.

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bp2705 wrote a review of on December 12, 2011

5 5

Ah... Probably the best red primus fuel bottle on the market. Actually besides trolling this does have a textured surface that makes it unique. Works with brunton / Primus pumps for certain - others most likely as well- I've only used the stoves i mentioned so I can't be100% certain on that. Ask a rep theyre pretty handy.

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bp2705 wrote an answer about on December 11, 2011

You need to make sure you have the correct goggle. Your picture looks like the Mace style but if that is incorrect you will end up with the wrong fit and they will be useless. The rogue lens is different see here : http://www.dogfunk.com/dragon-rogue-goggle-replacement-lens and the Dxs is not even close. This lens specifically is designed for mace goggles.

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bp2705 posted an image about on November 20, 2010

2 years of wear

Here are mine after about two years of use. Minus the dirt they're still doing well even after lots of ankle deep mud and water and little to no additional care. The sizes run different. Typically a boot is a size smaller than say your running shoe; these are smaller. I wear a 10.5 or 11 in addidas but my timbs are 9.5. My only complaint is the soft soles. They wear out a bit quick for 160 $ boot. I am going to try to get them replaced though.

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bp2705 wrote a review of on October 14, 2010

4 5

just picked these up about a month ago as a casual/skate shoe alternative for fall and winter and so far i still love how they look and feel. not to be too critical since i am not wearing these in the snow yet (as is their stated purpose) but i am having some trouble with some seperation of the rubber outsole and the foam support right under the heal all the way to the back of the shoe which will need to be glued sooner or later. its really not a huge ordeal but less than thrilling for the price. in terms of warmth they feel good and definately not too hot so you shouldnt be worried about the primaloft unless your wearing these in the desert or on the beach. the tred is aggressive and should be good for snow- i will update when we get the goods. these should be perfect for roaming the base area/around town this winter and perhaps the occasional booze fueled retro snowskate session- if anything theyll look great in the ER.

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bp2705 wrote an answer about on September 23, 2010

i can squeeze in my 165 rossignol board and a pair of dynastar 178 skis if i tie up the breaks with my pair of snowboard boot poles jacket googles and most everything else in the 185 size. i could probably get my ski boots and board boots in there but youd have to lose something. the trick is to lay the skis flat against the back and put the snowboard bindings so that they straddle the bindings the opposite way so you can zip er shut. it might not work if you have a narrow stance on your snowboard or its short like a freestyle setup. i end up having the nose of my big mountain snow board nearest the wheels and the ski bindings sit nice between the bindings top sheet to top sheets. you could always take your board bings off too. that would be a peice of cake to get it all in.

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bp2705 wrote a review of on September 11, 2010

4 5

i got these as a gift and i love them but i think theyre probably a little steep. i have several waffle pattern items i use for snowsports and i swear by that after using fleece etc with this slick simple tech. really does breathe super well. 2.0 weight is perfect for all but the warmest of days and id recommend it for anyone trying to decide the best all around base layer.

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bp2705 wrote a review of on September 11, 2010

4 5

when its says it needs 11 kts to fly it needs at least that if not more 13 in teh water. the kite does have a good adjustable setup and i have never had a problem with the pulleys fowling. could use a little more depower especially since im quite worthless on it. speaking of which, anyone know of a good place to get a lesson in lakes country Mn, Detroit lakes FM area? im thinking probably snowkiteing this winter... im a bit tired of getting dragged around the lake and im told snow is easier

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bp2705 wrote a review of on September 11, 2010

4 5

these are a solid choice for the 10 to 30 day a year rider or someone looking for a more forgiving ride. ive been riding a snowboard for quite a few years and i always have rode with skiiers so i decided to take the plunge back into skiing about two years ago to mix things up. i picked these because i thought they wouldnt kill me being way too stiff like a 120 or 130 flex that alot of the top notch boots get into and i am happy that i did. admittedly im a pretty average skiier but these do the job well enough and are actually a lot more comfortable than i thought and even better than my snowboard boots when im riding. i feel confident that these will take care of me when i am finally able to leave the snowboard behind on a hike. over all the construction looks pretty good and has held up very well to the limited abuse ive ran these through. the buckles are kinda goofy but seem to do just fine- they kinda seem like theyre bigger than you you really need but havent been an issue for me. width wise id say theyre perfect. i actually have a pretty wide foot and that was also part of my consideration for picking up these. for someone who has worn EE hockey skates most of my life i was even a little concerned with 100 mm but that was unfounded as these felt good out of the box and even better now theyre broken in. for the price i would highly recommend these straight forward boots.

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