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I like to ski and climb on big mountains and fix on computers and stuff. I like powder and inclined mountain sides all coming together at once to create a powder turn. I consume copious amounts of beer and coffee.

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dudenhouser wrote a review of on January 29, 2010

5 5

I got these gloves for AT skiing and for those Spring and Summer days when it is not so cold I need my bulky winter gloves. These gloves articulate well so I can grasp the ski poles quite comfortably and securely. They are nice and warm for how thick they are. The construction and design are top notch. These are not waterproof because they don't have a waterproof layer and I wouldn't want one because they would get wet inside from condensation. They are just a lined softshell material with leather palms which means they breath well and are ideal for athletic activity in mild conditions.

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dudenhouser wrote a review of on January 6, 2010

4 5

I like this because it is really light, simple and well built. Event breaths better than Gore-Tex. I wish it had pit zips and the pockets were a little higher up so they would not be covered up by the hip belts on my backpack. The hood is well designed, and the pockets can hold a lot of stuff. All-in-all a nice hard shell.

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dudenhouser wrote a review of on January 6, 2010

4 5

I have been wearing these boots for about a month now as my everyday winter footwear. It has Gore-tex so it can get kind of wet on the inside. I am planning on using these for trekking in Patagonia where the ground will be wet so the Gore-tex is okay. What I like best about these boots is that they are really soft. I jogged a few miles in them and no blisters and they are light so I felt I might as well been wearing tennis shoes.

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dudenhouser wrote an answer about on December 16, 2009

I bought the Drifters this year and have owned Dynafits for 4 years. I love my Dynafits they are super light and boom-prof. I got my Dynafits mounted on my Drifters and consider it the perfect backcountry set up for me. As far as boots, yeah get something stiffer if you are going to ski on the hard-stuff, but if you only go out on the powder I don't think you need super-stiff boots.

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dudenhouser wrote an answer about on December 12, 2009

If you are looking for a powder ski and don't mind the extra pound or two then those skis would be great. If you are looking for a touring/backcountry ski, then two pounds makes a big difference on the up. I bought these drifters after spending a long time looking for an all-backcountry ski that will kill in the powder. The short list consisted of Coombacks, Black Diamond Justices, and the Drifter. I noticed that the Drifter was stiffer and lighter then both of those other skis. The Justices seemed too soft for me. I have only taken these out once so far this year (pre-season Alta hike on hardpack) and really like them. They were super responsive and easy to ski, I imagine they will kill in the powder too judging by how fat they are. The ARG is probably better in the powder so go for that if you are looking for a powder-only ski, but I like a ski I can ski anything on. I mounted these with some Dynafit Bindings, now I just have to try to find a brake that will fit.

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dudenhouser wrote a review of on December 9, 2008

5 5

I have been riding the Gotamas for the last two years and thought they were perfect. I found these in a shop and was amazed at how good they looked. They are the best looking skis I have ever seen. I love how you can see the titanium through the top and bottom sheets, and the clear sidewalls with the honey comb pattern look sweet. But it is not about how it looks. I am 5'11" 180 lbs and I got the 190, they do seem to ski a little bit short because of the way Volkl measures length and also because of the very subtle rocker. I would recommend you get them a little bit taller than yourself because the extra length makes them more stable when you are just straight lining it and the slight camber keeps them easy to manage. This is not a good ski for beginners, but if you have some good technique then they will really let you charge. I like the dual titanium construction because it makes them really stable at high speeds, and provide a super stable landing. I have not skid the pow yet but I am sure they will perform even better than my Gotamas because they are fatter and have the reverse camber. Over all these are superior to the Gotamas.

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