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HANS D.

HANS D.

Wasatch Mountains

HANS D.

HANS D.wrote a review of on February 19, 2016

3 5

I've been using a pair of Virus boots (the first iteration of these) for several years. They are a decent mix of comfort, performance, and features. I demo'ed a pair of these snappy new Sherpa T.I., and they feel exactly like my old ones: Same un-Dalbello-ish ample toe box and somewhat sloppy heel retention; same novel yet goofy articulated tongue; same nice ID liner; still no power strap. The buckles have been modded slightly, but even the new ones are a bit dysfunctional. So despite press releases to the contrary, I detect no significant improvement in fit or design. I would give 4 stars for a product several years old, but 3 stars for a product that should have evolved further by now.

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HANS D.wrote a question about on December 2, 2015

Length?

I'm a lifetime skier, picked up touring a couple years ago, I prefer it now, looking to get new gear. When it comes to length, some people give advice like "get what you normally ski". My downhill skis are 190 (Bacons) and 192 (Chetlers). I'm 6'3", 195#.

But do I really want touring skis that big? I'm older (50s) and like all kinds of terrain, but it seems that the conditions I usually encounter when touring don't really need that much ski. So do I go with 180s to have solid manageable gear for 95% of the days, or do I go for 188s that will reward the occasional big run but be more of a struggle to get around? Also BDs tend to run a bit long.

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HANS D.wrote a question about on October 9, 2015

Profile?
Can someone post a picture or describe the actual base-to-base profile? The description sounds like it's flat-ish in the middle, but the only profile pictures I've seen are vendor drawings, which look like full on rocker. How rockered is it?

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HANS D.wrote a review of on August 29, 2015

2 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I've been using the 390s for low-tech skimo for a few seasons, and they've been useful. But as I've expanded usage, the fit has become less secure. Most brands are designed with 2 angled stops along the back curve of the heel, which allows a snug fit by adjusting length. But the CAMP models have 3 stops, with the 2 on the side almost parallel (basically a fixed width) and farther forward, such that boots with narrow heel lug have lateral play. The ABS material loops over the 3rd center back stop, which also gets in the way of the fit. When I tried to add some BillyGoatTech plates to the setup, it got much worse. I'd be interested to know if anyone else has had this problem.

Apart from that, they are light, and have been more or less serviceable.

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HANS D.wrote a review of on July 9, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: Runs small

Norrona stuff is great, but it takes some effort to get the fit right. Depending on model style, actual garment dimensions vary a lot. These are a trimmer style, so ordering up a size ends up being just right if you're taller. I'm 6'3 190#, 35" waist and inseam, and these fit perfect in XL, as long as you dont want baggy steeze.

The zip off bib is light and trim. The zipper arrangement is ingenious, and works for everything from boot access to ventilation to going in the woods. The instep reinforcement is relatively light duty and is on the interior (against skin), and is good enough for touring but probably wouldn't hold up as well with a lot of downhill edge abuse.

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HANS D.wrote a review of on May 26, 2015

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Here's my take after one season. The boot is impressive from a design and construction point of view. The funky tongue, which some complain about, is a cool feature--once you get used to it, it's very functional, and getting in/out is as easy as it gets. The light weight is awesome. The liner is nice. Fits my high instep much better than Dynafit offerings.

Two reasons for not giving 5 stars. The first is that it just isn't enough boot for me. I'm not a cliff-hucking maniac, I'm just a bigger guy (190#, 6'3") who likes going down. The cuff is lower than some boots. I know, trade-offs, but on the whole feels a bit under powered.

The other reason is odd, and relates to the sole tread. One lug on the heel binds up with the brake friction plate on my bindings (Dynafit Radical ST), and gets jammed up every time I come out of ski mode. A few times it's pulled off the plate completely, which is a bugger to put back.

But 4 stars for a nice boot, even though I will need to get another pair.

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HANS D.wrote a review of on February 22, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Even better after krypton shell redesign a couple years ago. With proper liner cooking and fitting, this boot becomes a velvet vice. It does require a foot and appetite for narrowness. People love to say how stiff it is, but I dialed it back to my taste with the softer tongue and lower flex control, and it's perfect. Couldn't be happier.

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HANS D.wrote a question about on January 16, 2015

Maestrale RS or Freedom SL?

For my foot shape, Scarpas fit best. Plan to use with BD converts and Kingpins. I put equal importance on weight up and performance down. Initially favored Maestrale, but wondering if it's enough for my size, 6'3", 190#. Lifetime downhill skier, usually take it a little easier when touring. Thanks, Chris

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HANS D.wrote a question about on December 10, 2014

Good shorter?

Looking to get another touring kit, for old snow day trips, and dawn patrol resort cardio laps before work. My other skis are long and fat, but thinking of getting these in 177. I'm 6'3", 185#. Too short?

Some folks seem to like these shorter, and the tail is pretty flat, and K2 does tend to run a bit longer than the stated size. Or maybe Wayback 88 in 181? Thanks, Chris.

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HANS D.

HANS D.wrote a review of on December 4, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size

Perfect shape for taller guys without having to size up. I'm 6'3" 190#, size L has plenty of sleeve and body length.

Almost exactly same garment dimensions as Arcteryx Alpha SV in L, except this has longer sleeves and body. Construction is top notch. Arm movement, cuffs, hood, zippers, general fit, all superb. The chin placket is unique and a nice touch. Really cool brand, new to me, glad BC.com is carrying it.

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HANS D.wrote a review of on March 24, 2014

5 5

Managing skins on the trail is totally painless with these. See video
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AVGeME_aZC8
It doesn't bother me to pay for a simple idea. The fabric and the function of this little gadget are totally worth it.

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HANS D.wrote a review of on March 11, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Have had many days on this now. 190 cm, mounted -2.5 cm from true center, 190#, 6'3", lifetime West skier.

Incredibly fun ski: light, great balance with more centered mount, plenty of energy at speed, super stable in chop, turns when you want, floats and smears nice, and even carves fine. Yup, it's a quiver.

Unlike comments below, I don't find the 190 to be unwieldy, in fact I think it's perfect match for my size and style of skiing. I'm not "charging in AK" but I like to go everywhere, like to play, and like to go fast. The progressive flex is genius and gives it huge versatility. Except for the deepest days, which are rare, this ski pretty much does it all for me.

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HANS D.wrote a review of on January 9, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Fit: True to size

Got this as a mid-layer for skiing. 6'3", 185#, large is a perfect fit. Pulls on easily over a medium base layer, and is very comfortable with great mobility. Not a heavy duty mid-layer and maybe a bit pricey, but nice wool materials, and just right for my needs.

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HANS D.wrote a review of on January 9, 2014

3 5

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

I'm fairly thin (6'3", 185#) so thought it would be OK despite other reviewers' comments of the sleeves being small. Large was OK fit for torso although a bit baggy at shoulders and upper arms, and nice long sleeves. But the tight elbows/forearms were a deal-breaker. I wanted it for a mid-layer for skiing, which by definition means wearing over a base layer. It's uncomfortable and too much work to pull the sleeves on over a medium base layer. The materials are very nice, though, so 3 stars for that.

I might have also tried the Marmot Variant, but maybe it has the same sleeve design. I ended up with the SmartWool PhD Divide, which is a similar hybrid jacket, maybe not quite as warm, but easy to wear and very comfortable with great mobility.

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HANS D.wrote a review of on January 9, 2014

5 5

For the 190s, here's what I learned: The ERIC line is generally regarded as the optimal place to mount boot center. Apparently some batches of the ski have a topsheet error, including mine. The Line/K2 spec sheet gives a single mounting site for this line at 933 mm from the tail, as measured along the base underside. Because of the topsheet error, Line also put out a tech note confirming where the line should be, although for that tech note they said 919 mm straight pull of tape from the tail instead of along the base. Either number should put you in the sweet spot.

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HANS D.wrote a review of on December 6, 2011

5 5

An Arc tech shell in tall? Yahoo! Fits just like my old Alpha, except now my gorilla arms and belly button stay covered. Don't know where BC.com got these, but I'm pretty sure Arc doesn't make talls for the regular US retail market. Plus it's fabrique au Canada. What's not to like? (except that I'm out another 6 bills). If you're a bean pole like me, get yours while you can. You might not see these again.

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HANS D.wrote a review of on January 31, 2011

4 5

This model is actually NOT the I.D. version. This one comes with the stock Dalbello liner, as shown in the photo. Still a fine boot, but only 4 stars without the Intuition liner. I have last year's which was the real I.D. model and did come with the Intuition liner. Some people prefer the Pro to the Il Moro boots because of the upper buckle, but I really like it. Good idea to have a couple spare ladders (the belt-like plastic tongue that inserts into the ratchet buckle) because they can break--I broke one after about forty days.

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