Drew Tabke

Drew Tabke

Summer in the Central Chilean Andes, winter in Washington's North Cascades.

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Drew's Passions

Alpine Touring
Trad Climbing
Camping
Surfing

Drew's Bio

29 years old, Freeskiing World Tour champion 2011, Freeride World Tour champion 2013. Winters between the Pacific Northwest and Europe, Summers in Chile. Skis occasionally.

Drew Tabke

Drew Tabke wrote an answer about on September 14, 2011

I've been using these boots spring in NA, all summer in SA, LOVE THEM but having some of the same issues with ball of foot. I've found that a lot of the pressure on my forefoot comes from the liner being extremely narrow, while the shell actually has enough width. So I used a boot punch and heat to extra-stretch the forefoot of the liner (in addition to thermofit). It got super bad on one long trip so I cut some material out of the liner at ball of foot.

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Drew Tabke

Drew Tabke wrote a review of on April 7, 2010

4 5

I've been using a pair of these in my work shoes. I work at a ski shop, so I'm running around bootfitting, tuning, riding my bike to get El Salvadorian food from up the street, etc. The Alines definitely keep me supported during the day, my back doesn't get as sore as when I'm flat-footed ect.

It is a pretty aggressive design, very stiff plastic, lots of arch support. In the documentation that comes with the product you are told to expect some discomfort at first as your feet adjust to the shape, and they do indeed feel different than the many footbeds I've used.

I highly recommend giving these a shot if you like to use Superfeet or similar arch-supporting footbeds and feel like you could use even more support.

Also nice that they're a plastic-ish material, don't soak up odors like some fabric insoles do.

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Drew Tabke wrote a review of on March 29, 2010

4 5

A really great design from BD. And most importantly, super burly and durable, too.
One complaint - is that it doesn't pack nearly as small and flat as a regular shovel, and I'm not sure if the time you save with the Deploy is worth it. Also would be nice to have an extending handle, this one is a bit short.

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Drew Tabke wrote a review of on March 29, 2010

4 5

This boot is the sh**. Fits most feet really really well. Great heel pocket, not too high volume in the instep, and wide enough in the forefoot for most. Really bomber overlap construction means they ski like a champ, but they're still light enough to kill it on the up. Some durability issues with the liner, but other than that this is a winner.

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Drew Tabke wrote a review of on March 29, 2010

4 5

I use a Garmont boot because I like the design. I think the buckles, the overlap construction, the sole, and the general design are the most simple and useful on the market. However, the fit is a bit weird on these boots. The toe box is very narrow, and the heel pocket is too large. I think next year's shells are supposed to be updated to accommodate this. If you have the patience to do the bootfitting required to get these to fit, you'll love them, but for an out-of-the-box fit these aren't the best.

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Drew Tabke wrote a review of on March 29, 2010

3 5

If I had a dime for every walk mode that's broken on one of these things I'd be wealthy. They are easy to replace and easy to find, but it might be good to be proactive and track on down to keep in your repair kit before you find yourself on top of Capitol Peak in CO looking down the Landry Line contemplating skiing it in walk mode.

Love the Boa though, that thing is sweeeeet!

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Drew Tabke wrote a review of on March 29, 2010

4 5

This boot is no doubt a real badass tour machine. Its stiff and performance-fitting. However I've noticed some serious durability issues with the liner. The shell plastic at the instep is so stiff that when you pull the tongue out to get your foot out of the boot, the shell can damage the liner. And the glue around the sole doesn't hold up to too much abuse either. Kind of strange to pair such a burly shell with a not-so-burly liner.

Still a totally awesome boot, just treat your liner with care.

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Drew Tabke wrote a review of on March 29, 2010

5 5

Rossi/Look has had the Pivot design for decades, and people were rightfully saddened when they stopped making it during the last few seasons. Luckily its back, and its the best weight-strength binding out there. Ask yourself if you really need the 18 and if you do then buy yourself a drink. You deserve it.

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Drew Tabke wrote a review of on March 29, 2010

4 5

This binding is good because: It has a huge range of adjustment. If you want to sell them or lend them to friends or your kids are growing like crazy, the binding will accommodate a wide range of boot sizes without needing to be remounted. Also, with the new rockered skis, I have found the mounting point to be more important than ever. I think this is because rocker causes the running length of the ski to be much shorter, and in turn the mounting point has a greater overall impact on the performance of the ski. With the Schizo, moving the binding forward and back to dial in the ski's sweet spot (depending on conditions, skier type, your general mood) is super easy.

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Drew Tabke wrote a review of on March 29, 2010

4 5

Best looking skin around. The tip attachment is the best I've seen for not dragging in the snow or having any buildup. Its so low-profile there is no resistance. Easily packable because they are so supple, but that could also be a problem because the thin plush doesn't grip as well as the thicker plush found on some skins (such as Black Diamonds).

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Drew Tabke wrote a review of on March 29, 2010

4 5

Best looking skin around. The tip attachment is the best I've seen for not dragging in the snow or having any buildup. Its so low-profile there is no resistance. Easily packable because they are so supple, but that could also be a problem because the thin plush doesn't grip as well as the thicker plush found on some skins (such as Black Diamonds).

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Drew Tabke wrote a review of on March 29, 2010

4 5

Glen Plake's baby is an amazing piece of boot engineering. The ski-mode feel of this boot is reassuringly solid, way better than almost any touring boot on the market. The range of motion in the walk mode is pretty incredible as well.

Drawbacks: The boot is very high volume, maybe too high volume even for larger feet, particularly in the instep there is a lot of room. The buckles work well when they're engaged but the weird wire construction can take quite a bit of fiddling to get used to.

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Drew Tabke wrote a review of on March 29, 2010

4 5

The craftsmanship and quality of this product is incredible, and you can tell how precise the construction is immediately upon making your first few turns with these skis. As with the Manaslu, because of the ultra light weight you can't charge through hard crud or extremely variable conditions. But for skiing smooth snow under your own power waaaay out in the BC these things are incredible.

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Drew Tabke wrote a review of on March 29, 2010

4 5

I skied this binding recently. I found it to be noticeably more rigid than the Freeride Plus. I however still thought it was lacking in security. I still didn't feel like I could trust this binding for aggressive inbounds skiing or high consequence backcountry skiing.

The walk mode is much more efficient than the Freeride Plus. Way better.

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