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gtup168101 wrote a review of on April 18, 2014

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Comfortable, seems secure, seems to work based on a few impacts. Can add speaker system to earpads, which is a plus. The buckle is unique and really cool, it uses a magnetic system to make it easy to unlock with a single gloved hand. Vent system is not particularly durable, the slider thingy broke first time I hit a tree.

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gtup168101 wrote a review of on April 18, 2014

2 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I really liked this helmet but returned it because the earpads had no insulation. They are basically a mesh screen, which is awesome in 40F + weather but instant frostbite on fast groomers in the winter. I finally got sick of being forced to wear my hood at all times and returned the helmet.

Other than that one flaw, the helmet was great. Comfortable, secure, and offered good protection from multiple tree hits. I also really liked the visor.

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gtup168101 wrote a review of on April 18, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size

These are incredible. I did not get wet once in a full season of use. Features that make these pants worth the high price tag:
- Ripstop material at the bottoms. I find reinforcement in this area essential for ski pants, and the material on these pants is by far the best I've seen.
- Bib.
- Full length side vents. Did not expect to use them as much as I did, even when not hiking or skinning. Just remember to close them before dropping in..
- Proper fit. I'm 6'1" with athletic build, and medium fits perfectly.

Not-so-unique highlights:
- Awesome bright colors so your friends don't lose you in the trees.
- Lots of pockets for storing passes, wallet, snacks, phone, face mask, etc.
- Having Goretex pants is underrated in general.

I expect these to last for a very long time. I've evangelized these pants to friends, and they love them too.

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gtup168101 wrote a review of on January 8, 2014

4 5

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

I also have Reynauld's and bought these out of desperation after suffering cold hands with a variety of other gloves, and they do a great job of keeping me warm. I've skiied with them about 18 days in conditions ranging from -20 to 30 and have yet to get too cold or even slightly wet. Dexterity is non-existent, they're comically large, and the thumb hole is positioned strangely, but absolutely worth it.

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gtup168101 wrote a review of on November 26, 2013

3 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Fits both a 2013 Prius and 2005 Subaru Outback fairly well - the lower straps don't really seem to accomplish anything, but I haven't had any issues with the rack seeming loose.
I can only fit 2 bikes on the rack without removing front tires, but I'm convinced that all racks are that way and generally buy a rack that "fits" one more bike than I actually want to transport.
Bikes with a vertical rear shock fit well on the rack, but anything else is a little tricky. Specialized bikes are just a goddamn nightmare, but in my experience that's not the rack's fault.
Bikes tires tend to stick out from the profile of the car, not enough to worry about taking up two lanes, but it does kill gas mileage. I think the hit is less than a top rack would be, but it's about a 25 - 30% loss on the prius.

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gtup168101 wrote a review of on November 26, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I feel pretty bulletproof with these on. I've tested them on several crashes, and have walked away from a couple big ones with scratches or less by simply taking the impact with my elbows. Much more comfortable than using hands or shoulders.

The mediums fit me very well (bicep 13", forearm 11") with little tendency to slip during riding. I've worn them on trails with up to 2500' continuous downhill (Dr.'s Park in Crested Butte, Porcupine Rim) and never had to stop to adjust them - granted, I did adjust them when stopped for other reasons.

I don't like to wear them on long uphills because collecting sweat is inevitable. Not de-rating because they vent better than I expected.

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gtup168101 wrote a review of on February 26, 2013

4 5

Wore this and a long sleeve t in -18 F (sunny, light breeze, passive activity) and my upper body was perfectly warm. Tried to layer under a shell on a -15F ski day and overheated. So yea, its warm, and very light, perfect for passive activity. But I find it way too warm to layer for skiing 99% of the time, and also the hood is really annoying to try to layer.

Basically its perfect to wear around town and keep in the car for emergencies, but next season I'll have to get something else for layering.

Oh and I'm 6'1", 180, and the large fits well, the sleeves could use an extra couple inches though.

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gtup168101 wrote a review of on February 26, 2013

5 5

I was late to discover merino, but will probably never go synthetic again for an active baselayer. I use this shirt primarily for skinning, mostly short 1500' climbs but also a 4000' climb up a 14er where I was sweating buckets. Absolutely no smell, and wicked away enough sweat to keep warm when I stopped moving at the top. Will buy additional next season, its hard to beat the price and quality of Stoic.

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gtup168101 wrote a review of on February 26, 2013

5 5

I tried to push my luck and bought an XL (I'm 6'1", 180, athletic build)... Too large. Returned it and purchased the Narvik in L, fits perfectly. Love the athletic fit and the Narvik jacket - star rating for the Narvik but assume the quality is equivalent.

Lesson learned, follow Norrona's sizing chart and buy Scandanavian if you have an athletic build. Thank god for clothing not designed for the obese.

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gtup168101 wrote a review of on November 25, 2012

5 5

Had the opportunity to ski these for three days at Mammoth, first two on 8+" fresh and wet, the last on ~4" windbuff. I'm 6'1", 180#, and went with the 192s.

Great tree skis that turn quickly, stable at high speeds and on hard/packed/choppy, long and big enough to land drops smoothly, just all around awesome. I was most impressed at how quickly they turn at low - moderate speeds and how easy they were on my legs, especially for the first weekend of the season and how damn big they are.

Overall, my first impression was very positive, and I would recommend these skis for anything resembling powder. If my opinion changes after more use I'll update this review.

Size wise, the 192s are perfect for me, but I'm biased towards longer skis. Do keep in mind that nimbleness and fatigue wise they feel like a much shorter ski.

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