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joh4474180 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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joh4474180 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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joh4474180 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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joh4474180 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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joh4474180 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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joh4474180 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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joh4474180 wrote a review of on November 15, 2011

5 5

I demo'd this ski two days in a row at the end of last season in Steamboat CO. They might look like a joke but they totally rip!! the ski really makes you feel like you're surfing. its a feeling unlike any other i've had skiing. Their turning is quick and responsive, my first few runs through trees with these guys was tricky b/c when i told the ski to turn, it turned too much and took me off my like. It didn't take me long to adjust for it and soon enough i was rippin through trees faster than i ever had before! Nutshell: uber responsive, float-ability, chops through crud, and taks down groomers.
I just bought a pair.

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