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Wasatch Mountains, Utah

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jake wrote a review of on May 21, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Soo much fun on so many different conditions. Though it's primarily a pow ski, you can rip this thing in everything if you really want to. Its strengths really come out in the pow though. Thanks to the awesome Pow Rocker profile, they make 5" feels like 10". Plus, the sidecut profile makes it super easy to ski switch.

The best part of the ski however, has to be the flex index. Tips and tails are soft, but the ski locks down the flex underfoot plus roughly 6" fore & aft from the foot (give or take). This area provides a solid, stable platform for stomping airs, stability, and 'standing' on the ski while ripping a turn. Meanwhile, the looser areas in the tips and tails allow for snappier turns, more maneuverability, and a super springy, bouncy, schmeary, launchpad if you trying to butter.

I mounted mine @ true center, and I would highly recommend doing the same. And also, they ski quite short. I'm 6'0", and riding a 179 - it feels like a snow blade at times.

Great for pow, great for landing airs, great for quick turns, great for bombing/speed, even great for park.

My only gripe with these is the weight (it sucks hauling these into the BC sometimes), and the topsheet - last season's graphic with the eagle was sick!

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jake wrote a review of on May 21, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I got the 181cm Nomad RKRs in February 2013, and they've been one of my favorite skis since. I put the Atomic 16 Trackers on them and racked up well over 100 days on them. They're perfect for your daily driver, both in bounds and BC (unless you're counting ounces and rocking dynafits - they are pretty heavy).

They're awesome in powder (105 underfoot doesn't hurt)
They kill it in the bc
They hold really well on hardpack, and you can rip arcs if you want
They can send big, choppy, rowdy lines with speed
They rock in variable conditions - bringing these out in chop and crud was/is one of my favorite things.

I would trade these for any ski out there. That said, a few things I could have used:
- They're heavy (which is good and bad, good for stability, going fast, bad for lightweight touring setups)
- I would mount these one or two cm forward of recommended depending on how you ski. I found myself with more tip that I would like and got them re-mounted.
- The flex profile is rather unforgiving. good for stability, snapping out of arcs, etc., but you'd have a hard time throwing any nose butter triples on these.

All in all, great Colorado/Utah ski. If you're looking for a do it all, stable, reliable, animal, look no further

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jake wrote a review of on December 29, 2012

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I bought this directly through Millet instead of Backcountry.com, (didn't know Backcountry.com carried it, my bad). I've used it for rock and ice climbing, as well as backcountry skiing. I very much like the design of the back and shoulder straps. Easy to fit layers, helmets, probe, shovel, ice tools, food water, goggles, a rope, etc. in this beast. It is durable as all hell too. I've really put this thing through some nasty stuff and its survived everything.

My only beef with this pack is the ski carry system. The A-frame would work really well, but unfortunately the bottom loop on either side is small, and I am unable to fit fat skis through it (my Nordica Unleashed Hells are too fat and won't fit at 143-113-132). Still, the sync-down straps/buckles on either side can be jerry-rigged to fit any size of skis.

Other than that, absolutely bomber pack. My go to bag for climbing, skiing, and any other adventures.

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