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Jonathan P.

Jonathan P.

Jonathan P.

Jonathan P.wrote a review of on October 31, 2015

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I added this ski to my quiver 3 years ago, expecting it to be a quiver-killer. Its not. But it is close. It does well in powder but is balanced enough to handle on-piste hardpack. Edge-to-edge transitions are quick and the progressive sidecut make the ski feel longer when you're digging into a carve yet quick and pivot-able through trees.
The main drawback to me with this ski is the rocker-camber profile. The TST has a early rise tip, camber under foot, and a standard twin-tip at the tail. When mounted at factory-recommended point, this camber profile has more active edge behind the skiers foot than at the tip. To move the mounting point backward (as a shop tech) would just mess up the sidecut geometry. This active-edge-length disparity means its hard to really drive into carves on hardpack because the tip of the ski doesn't drive really well. It still does perform quite well on hardpack and even moguls, for a powder ski. In the pow, its 102mm waist floats like a 110mm yet weighs like a 90mm. Its not wide enough for those crazy deep days, but its balanced enough to be a good reliable ski which can be a lot of fun in any snow conditions.

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Jonathan P.

Jonathan P.wrote a review of on September 16, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 10"
Weight: 150 lbs
Size Purchased: 7

Bought this boot at an Army Surplus after trying on about a dozen boots and this particular boot is very very comfy and allows one's ankle to articulate comfortably. I've used these boots hard every day doing ranch work, so I've got maybe 100 hard days in them and they're holding up well. I would have liked to have a Vibram sole. The sole is the one component that's not top-notch, but its not Vibram. The Gore-Tex, however, KILLS IT! I've had to do irrigation work (flooded grass fields, trudging through drainage ditches) in them and it takes a whole lot of water to get my foot wet. I can be in ankle high water, not over the top of the boot, obviously, and stay dry for maybe ten full minutes of the boots being completely submerged. I've never experienced a better water-proofed boot. The leather does need TLC somewhat often. Because of the Gore-tex, you can't treat the leather with some more durable waxes (compromises the Gore-tex if you do) and you can only use an oil to keep the leather supple. With any leather boots, the leather gets brittle if you don't keep in treated, especially when working the boots hard.
This boot fits my foot particularly well. I have a size 7.5 foot, 3D wide (short and squat foot) and I've got the size 7 in this boot. The boot packed out pretty quickly and molded to my foot really well. This boot isn't made of super stiff leather so its able to take the shape of the user's foot well. All day comfort, for days and days on end. I can even run decently in them. Great boot. Danner is always top-notch!

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Jonathan P.

Jonathan P.wrote a review of on August 7, 2015

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

These guys are definitely huge. I ski switch a lot (most of the time, at least on the front side) and the periphery just can't be beat. I've looked at other goggles at SIA on-snow-demo and I just can't find a wider-angle frame than these. Also, they sit very comfortably on my face, but that's a personal preference.
The lense, however, is mediocre. If you wipe them when they get wet on the outside, sometimes the tint can wipe off too, even using proper chamois for cleaning. I've taken a few tumbles and after pulling the goggles out of the snow and shaking the snow out of the inside, water would inevitable get trapped between layers in the lense and put a big bummer in your day. A good plus to their lense is that its optically nearly perfect all around the lense and also, Zeal pre-pregnates the plastic that's closest to your eyes with anti-fog stuff, so you can wipe the inside of the lense w/o wiping off the anti-fog stuff they spray onto other lenses.

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Jonathan P.wrote a review of on December 4, 2014

1 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

The biggest issue with this binding is the metal-to-metal interface between the heel track and the clamp under the heels that engage while in Alpine mode. Ice collects between the two metal surfaces very quickly and thickly, especially as you step down onto the lower housing time and again throughout a tour. The metal freezes and collects ice on both sides, creating a layer of ice that, even after a short hike, is very difficult to break apart in order to engage Alpine mode. Often times it requires taking off the ski and manually excavating ice from the area. The toe piece is a bummer, also. Poor testing results, difficult for your shop guy (like me) to instal, and torsionally weak between toe and heel. The Salomon/Atomic Guardian/Tracker is heads above this binding in every way.

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Jonathan P.wrote a review of on December 4, 2014

1 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Remember Tyrolia's recently abandoned PEAK toe piece? 40mm travel, perfect and reliable test readings, full diagonal release? AKA one of the best toe pieces ever! Well Tyrolia rushed out with their new "lower weight, lower profile, parallel-to-boot spring" to compete with Marker. The unfortunate result is a poorly designed binding that has poor testing scores, sometimes fails fresh-out-of-the-box during tests, and the unfortunate "Marker-Out", or the binding kicking out the skier too early because of -20mm travel-before-eject. The heel piece is better than the PEAK heel piece, though not very different. If this seems like an angry rant, don't even get me started on the AAAdrenaline.

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Jonathan P.wrote a review of on December 4, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This toe piece connects to the top and sides of your boot, not the bottom and front as most bindings do. Accordingly, your boot sole at the toe can be worn down a bit and the binding still interfaces perfectly with your toe. Along with 40+ mm travel at the toe before it kicks you, this is the best toe piece on any binding available. If only If this toe and the Pivot heel had a baby, it would be the most superior binding ever.

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Jonathan P.wrote a review of on August 8, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

Despite my boss's list of skis to demo, about 7 per each demo day, I picked up this one (which wasn't on his list) and spent most of the day on it ripping it up all over! It's playful, poppy, responsive, and light. A nice departure from the super-fats that are so popular now, the 1.0 reminds the skier how much fun early season or mediocre on-piste snow can be with the right tool. Thovex has built a ski that oozes creative style and original lines from quick 360s off a cat track to mogul rippin to jib-stylz. Really solid ski for every non-powder day.
ps, remember when super-fats didn't exist? This ski is still fun in the deeps with the right skier technique.

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Jonathan P.wrote a review of on February 3, 2012

5 5

Exactly what a goggle should be. Fog resistant, bomber, sturdy, good seal b/t frame and lense, good foam b/t frame & face, great shape, visibility is just fine (EG2s & I/Os offer a bunch of periphery that I don't find anymore useful than the vision offered here). I've skied the Bern Baker helmet for a few years now and these gogs fit PERFECTLY under its rim, you'd think that Bern had designed the helmet to work best with A-Frames. I can't say enough about this frame. Deciding which lens to buy should be your hardest decision.

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Jonathan P.wrote a question about on January 29, 2012

is there a number to tell me how much floatation each pfd has? I'm new to kayaking, bought a whole set up minus a PFD. That in mind, I want one on the cheaper side and relatively more floaty than other more advanced jackets. I'll definitely be taking a few swims with my first PFD and I want to make sure it will keep me afloat through the sh*t. Thanks!

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