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gba2929029 wrote a review of on May 9, 2013

3 5

All the reviews on here are pretty accurate. I have the 188's mounted with Guardians. They are a great ski for big open lines and will take your breath away on a fresh snow day. However, they are tricky to maneuver for shorter radius turns, especially in heavy Tahoe mank snow. Also, I really HATE the minimal-rise tip design. I have almost gone over the bars countless times due to the tip plowing straight into a mogul or pile of loose snow. This is something that I noticed immediately and still can't quite get over. I've never had this problem at all on skis with a more traditional raised-tip, and I've had to intentionally get into the backseat on numerous occasions to avoid the tips plowing into a mound, and I feel like that's my persistent number one concern with these skis. It keeps me from really wanting to let loose in anything but untracked snow. I haven't heard this mentioned in a review once yet, so maybe it's just me?

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gba2929029 wrote a review of on April 27, 2013

4 5

I got these primarily as an inbounds pole with the occasional sidecountry or backcountry tour.These poles are really burly and surprisingly heavy, despite being carbon poles. I wasn't really expecting them to be so heavy. Not to say they are the heaviest, but I've never used a heavier pair. The swing weight feels slow and lethargic to me. I'd trust them as a solid backcountry pole, but maybe I'm just picky, they're just a bit heavy and slow for my liking. Giving 4 stars instead of 3 because despite being heavy, they are extremely well constructed and everything else is great, so most people looking for a dependable, burly pole will like it a lot.

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gba2929029 wrote a review of on January 25, 2013

4 5

Familiarity: I returned this product before using it

Pros: These poles are very low profile and lightweight with a fast swing, the foam grip is extremely comfortable with a variety of grip positions, the pole straps are minimal but have a nice fuzzy lining to make them comfy. You could get away with using these without gloves on warm days. Not to mention, they are cool looking. They are everything I'm looking for in a pole, except....

Cons: These poles use notches for adjustment and you can only lock the poles in where the notches are. The "collapsed" position is at 100cm (39") and the first real notch is at 115cm (45"). All other notches are in 1" increments after 45". Because of this, you can't adjust these poles between 39" and 45", which to me is a deal breaker! Come on Dynafit, what is your reasoning for this? I'd be sold on these poles if it were not for this needless oversight. I prefer my poles to be about 42-43" for general skiing, and the only reason I can't adjust these poles to that length is because there are no notches between 39" and 45". Grrrr. Also, there is a slight amount of rattle in the upper portion of the pole when tapping them on my floor. I can't speak to whether this would translate to an annoying rattle when planting in firm conditions, but to compare, the Black Diamond Pure Carbon has no rattle at all (though it's also noticeably heavier).

To Dynafit: Notch out the 39"-45" range for next year's poles and I'll be sold.

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gba2929029 wrote a review of on January 7, 2013

1 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

These poles unfortunately have no redeeming qualities.

I'll start out with the worst part of the poles, which is the part when the 100% plastic locking mechanism split into two pieces on the first day of using the poles. It literally just fell apart for no apparent reason when I was just skiing along minding my own business.

But, let's talk about the poles prior to catastrophic failure, because falling apart was not the only fault. When I first received them, everything about the poles seemed poorly designed.

The grips was the first thing I noticed. The finger notches are pronounced and are obviously intended to create a groove for each individual finger, however they are so large and spaced so far apart that you can fit two fingers in each groove. You would literally need to be a sasquatch for the grip to fit you properly. If you aren't a sasquatch, the grip feels awkward and uncomfortable. They designed the grip without actually measuring the dimensions of a human hand.

The next annoyance are the pole straps, which are made pointlessly out of long, stiff, thick velcro. They are extremely awkward and difficult to put on and use properly. For some reason, they have a big rubber strip on them with audio control graphics, which serves no purpose other than making the straps even more uncomfortable, and the fake audio controls doesn't even make sense.

Also, the baskets are cheap plastic. The graphics are not my cup of tea, but that is of course subjective.

I was willing to forgive the faults and accept them as a cheap pair of adjustable poles, but the failing plastic locking mechanism was the icing on the cake. I don't know quite what K2 was thinking when it made these, but they clearly forgot that ski poles are a pretty hard thing to mess up quite this badly.

That being said, thank you Backcountry for being always AWESOME!! =)

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gba2929029 wrote an answer about on October 17, 2012

Thanks Jamey, after leaving the ski on the floor of my kitchen for a few days and moving the binding back and forth on it, I wound up deciding on the recommended line as well, and got them mounted accordingly =) Just need some snow now to test them out, but I'll post my feedback.

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gba2929029 wrote a question about on October 12, 2012

The factory line on the 188's, at -6 from center, still look pretty forward on the ski. I don't like having a huge amount of tail, especially in powder. Think this is still the ideal mount point for all mountain riding? Has anyone experimented with different mount points on this ski?

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gba2929029 wrote a review of on January 20, 2012

4 5

Pretty warm fleece. I got the large (5'9"/165lbs), and it's neither loose nor tight, just a normal fitting large. I'm using it to layer under my jacket, and I'm fine in just a tee shirt, fleece, and hardshell down to around 15 degrees.

However, like another reviewer had mentioned, the seams are not so good. They are fraying all over the place and fuzzing up after light use. I'm not exactly worried about the stitching coming undone, but still.

The hood is pretty form fitting around your head, so if you like more relaxed hoods, keep that in mind.

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gba2929029 wrote a review of on January 13, 2012

4 5

I don't get cold hands very easily and normally wear a lightweight glove exclusively, so I'm fine in this glove down to around 15 degrees. If you get cold hands, this glove might be okay to 25 degrees or so. It has some lightweight insulation. My biggest complaint is durability. The fabric material started fraying heavily after the first used, and has only gotten worse. The fraying is occurring primarily on the sides of the forefingers, because when you are closing the velcro wrist straps, it locks onto your fingers and pulls on the fabric. I suspect that these gloves won't last much longer than a season or two, but they are definitely adequate for the price, and they are nice looking and comfortable. You don't get any uncomfortable inner seams that you would get with some spring gloves, which is nice.

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gba2929029 wrote a review of on December 19, 2009

5 5

Background:

I was looking for a ski with fairly specific dimensions. The Snoops satisfied my requirements, so I went for it. I haven't skied on much else other than Armada AR5's and 4frnt MSP's in the last 5 years, because I liked those skis. I would call myself a bump skier that loves skiing park and trees and all-mountain. I was looking for a quiver ski that would be better in powder and all mountain than the MSPs and AR5s, but that wouldn't destroy my bump skiing. Granted, I have K2 Cabrawlers for bump skis, but I still like to ski bumps with my all-mountain skis.


The Review:

So, after my first day on them, I've been able to put it through it's paces a little bit to form an initial opinion. Basically, they rock. I've never skied a more fun ski. The AR5s and MSPs have been muting my skiing enjoyment for the last 5 years and I have not known any better. I had no idea there was so much more fun to be had. I was able to arc out smooth turns on yucky variable east coast snow, and the skis power into quick turns with a snap. They are incredibly playful and powerful. They seem to want to be in the air, and you can easily launch off little bumps and it feels like they are spring loaded. I haven't had a chance to ski them in powder yet, but I'm very excited to. They seem like an amazing all-mountain ski.


Bumps:

I did ski a few bumps, but coming from AR5s and MSPs which are slightly narrower and have a smaller sidecut, the Snoops were a little bit too bouncy in the bumps. I knew it was going to be a compromise to have a wider and slightly stiffer ski, but I'd imagine it's just going to take getting used to (I hope) It wasn't impossible, but it just isn't ideal for skiing bumps, but not many skis above a 90 waist or anything with a lot of sidecut are going to make a great bump ski, so yea. I'll deal.

Overall, it was a very fun day, and I felt like a little kid on Christmas when I first started getting these things on edge.

PS. I got them in 176cm. I'm 5'9" and 170lbs. I mounted them half-way between the center mount line and the all-mountain line.

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gba2929029 wrote a review of on December 7, 2009

2 5

Absolutely MASSIVE helmet. The styrofoam is very thick, like 1.5 inches thick. I hate to say it, but I'd be impressed/suprised if anyone can make this helmet look good and not like an astronaut (unless you are going for the spaceman look). I think I'll stick to Bern or RED. 2 stars because I'm sure it will do a good job at protecting your head, but at the same time will potentially hurt your pride and self esteem.

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gba2929029 wrote a review of on May 12, 2009

5 5

Absolutely phenomenal pack. I tried the Kestral 48 and the Atmos 50, which had the features I was looking for but the straps were killer on my shoulders if I was carrying a loaded pack. I tried a Gregory Z55, which had more comfortable straps but was a bit minimalist in terms of features. This Deuter was my answer.

It was extremely hard to find a local Deuter dealer to try it on in person, but once I found this pack, I was instantly blown away. Extremely comfortable, great amount of padding. Perfect size for a variety of trip lengths. Bombproof materials. One size fits all, meaning you can adjust exactly where you want the should straps on the back panel. Great airflow.

I was confused a little at first by the "50+10"... it is 50L but it has an inner flap that can raise up past the top of the pack to add an extra 10L, and the top flap can adjust up and down to accomodate for the extra size.

Also to note, the sleeping bag compartment divider can zip off if you don't want to use it.

This is the best pack that I've ever laid eyes on. I'm glad I didn't overlook just because it was hard to find in stores to see it in person first. Great purchase, and look forward to many more trips with it.

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