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brianski2384735 wrote a review of on January 28, 2013

4 5

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

Got the 195s on clearance last spring and just got them mounted, at center point, with Marker Comp 14.0 bindings. Just tried these out last weekend at Schweitzer Resort, ID. "Pend Oreille Premix" rather than "Cascade Concrete." About 8 inches of heavy/semi set, topped with 3 inches (plus equal that of blow in some spots) of semi-light new snow. Choppier and bumpier as the days went on. I'm 52, 235 lbs, and the more I pushed these the better they responded. And boy did they respond. Absolutely crush chopped up, semi-set PNW "powder" to steal a phrase. Was able to just carve through the choppy bumps left after the morning ski out with barely a nudge. Can even butter them if you use a little tail pressure to slide between the trees.

And, as I hoped, significantly more stable at speed than my Solomon Rocker (originals). There is a speed limit, but plenty fast enough for an old fart like me.

I've read a review elsewhere saying they won't carve, but the only times they didn't carve for me was when I wasn't stomping on them hard enough. But press the shin into the front of the boot, and they rail.

The only qualification is that they are heavy and apparently my legs aren't used to that kind of weight. Tuckered out by Sunday afternoon.

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brianski2384735 wrote a review of on November 24, 2012

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Skiied on these for two years after being slightly scared to try them on hard pack of their water ski size. No need to worry, as it turns out. Crushes the deep and light, the Cascade concrete, the Pend Oreille premix, the chop, pillows, crud and every other condition in which float and stability matter. Shockingly nimble in loose snow, but not nimble enough for tight bumps. Trenches the hard pack on the way back to the chair (just don't look at the flapping tips). Made slush surfing fun.

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brianski2384735 wrote a review of on November 12, 2010

5 5

I had snagged one of these off Whiskey Militia but unfortunately the XL was just a bit oversized for me (too long in sleeves, and about a three inch overlap at my chest. I'm not a small guy -- 6 foot 240, 46 inch chest.

I was VERY disappointed and almost kept it anyway because it is a VERY nice coat. Very well built. Nice zipper puls. Full pit zips, great adjustable hood. pass loops. Very nice detailing. Just outstanding. Looks like it would last forever. I just wish they had a large in the red (going back to red so people can see me in the woods).

I've spent a lot more than $118 for a coat that's not nearly this nice.

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brianski2384735 wrote a review of on June 3, 2009

2 5

I cannot believe that no-one has commented on how difficult these are to put on and take off of the bars compared to the old ski holders. Yes, they are quieter, and presumably will help mileage a bit when you are not carrying anything, but you might as well just buy another set of bars if you want to switch from skis to bikes. Otherwise, you'll be removing/loosening six screws with an allen wrench just to take these puppies off, all while the rack is flopping around the bar and whacking your car roof and/or wrists and arms. Gone are the days of two large wingnuts, zip zip, on and zip zip, off.

Worst ergonomics of any Yakima product I've ever owned. And I've owned Yakima racks for at least twenty years. I'll be looking at Thule or going back to me old ski jaws for my next rig.

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brianski2384735 wrote a review of on August 28, 2008

1 5

Did you buys these new? If so, have you submitted a warranty claim? If you have, and Line has denied the claim for some bogus reason, check with your local court system for a small claims court and file a small claim against Line and the ski shop where you bought them. Ask for the price you paid for the skis (without the bindings) less what you could have rented skis for on the ten days that you skied them. So, $20 per day rental = $200 worth of use. So, if you paid $600, file a small claim suit for $400. The point is that these skis were obviously defective. Of course, if you got them used, you're probably out of luck.

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