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debidoson646529 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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debidoson646529 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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debidoson646529 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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debidoson646529 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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debidoson646529 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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debidoson646529 wrote a question about on December 30, 2013

Looking for skis for days with the kids. Already have good pow boards (192 Chetlers), but not quite right for old snow groomer Saturdays. Want something fun, light, stable; for cruising, bumps, leftovers, whatever. Maybe Alibis, or Sick Day 95, or PB&J, or old S3.... Suggestions?

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debidoson646529 wrote a question about on August 28, 2012

FKS 140 versus 180

The 180 is more DIN than I need. People seem to like the burly metal toe on the 180, but equipment weight and release mechanism are important to me (old guy). Is there a weight or safety advantage of the 140 over the 180? Thanks.

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debidoson646529 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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debidoson646529 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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debidoson646529 wrote a review of on December 7, 2010

4 5

I have tried a few Norrona technical shells (thanks to BC for outstanding return policy). Great quality stuff, but sizing is tricky. The chart for Norrona is generic and I think refers to body size. Actual garment dimensions vary quite a bit, presumably based on design/usage considerations. I am 6' 4", 195#. I compared the actual garments to see how they differed.

Lofoten is probably the best fit for me for skiing, with longer arms and body, and athletic fit; I liked how the XL fit, if they had any good colors left; L is a little too trim for insulation.

Falketind is the trimmest model I tried, very slim, and shorter in body. Falketind XL is quite a bit smaller than the Lofoten XL in body width and length, and also shorter sleeve length.

My favorite in terms of quality build is the Trollveggen (pro shell version). Best fabric, great zippers, designed for mountaineering. It's a technical fit, but Trollveggen L is wider than Lofoten L, almost exactly the same as Lofoten XL. The Trollveggen L is a good fit for me in the body, but I wouldn't mind the sleeves a touch longer. The front on the Trollveggen is short, designed for harness access, which may not be ideal for skiing. There is a long drop back hem.

I didn't compare to the soft shells or insulated models. I do own the Svalbard soft shell in XL, which is one of my all time favorite jackets for less intense ventures.

What would be great would be a Norrona garment measurement chart by model and size. I had one once from Arcteryx years ago, and it was interesting how different the specs were between models.

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debidoson646529 wrote an answer about on November 11, 2010

Technical fit. Enough room for insulation, but no extra girth to flap around. Sleeves nice and long, best cuffs ever. Front length is short-ish by design for harness, works best with bib (I use with Arcteryx bib which comes in tall). Long drop hem in back. I'm 6'4", 190#. L fits me perfect, better fit than may old Arcteryx alpha SV. Zippers are bomber.

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debidoson646529 wrote a question about on November 2, 2010

How wide could you reasonably get on the 115 brakes by just bending the angle out (as opposed to the big project of taking the binding apart to reshape the brakes in a vice)? Obviously there's a limit, because angling them out will make them stick out when you're skiing. I'm shooting for 123.

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