joshua moran

joshua moran

new england/the berkshires/the wasatch

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joshua's Passions

Hiking & Camping
Running
Biking
Skiing
Climbing

joshua's Bio

dominating life since 1982

joshua moran

joshua moran wrote a review of on January 30, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

got the xs messenger for my girlfriend as an everyday purse. perfect size for a nalgene, small wallet, camera, etc. all while being hands free.

a nice waterproof flap and typical timbuk2 bomber construction will make sure this messenger will last

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joshua moran wrote a review of on January 30, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

sweet vest, use it for mostly canoeing rivers and lakes. this is my first real pfd, it's so comfortable i no longer fuss with taking a vest on and off, leave it on for the whole day.

great fit and best of all keeps you floating without riding up and putting you into a wwf style headlock.

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joshua moran wrote a review of on January 30, 2013

5 5

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

first impression of this boot is how light it is. feels like a day hiker, yet burly enough for crampons.

so far have only taken it on shorter hikes (less than 5 miles) in new england snow. i have been in these boots with little break in, pretty much laced them up and out the door for some shorter hikes. heel cup felt a little weird at first, a little tight, but got use to it quick and best of all no blisters.

they are definitely stiff enough for crampon work, but wouldn't necessary try any vertical ice with them. however they are light enough that i will use them a daily hiker in the summer when my pack loads are up and trail runners wont cut it.

size was right on, and they have a multi layered footbed, which allows for expedition style socks as well as thinner socks for summer use.

update 8-27-13
took these boots on a 5 day sierra bender and will no longer be wearing them. the heel design has made for a very uncomfortable pressure point on the back of the achilles, to the point of thinking I had strained it. wanted to love them, but unfortunately too much pain. blister free yes, pain free no.

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joshua moran wrote a review of on January 30, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

i am 5'7" 150 lbs and this is my east coast touring ski mounted with marker barons. I went small with the 163's for tight new england trees and mostly icy conditions. i was a little concern with the length coming from a 174 salomon czar, however with only slight tip rocker they ski very similar in length (just not as much tail).

So far i have about 15 days on them, skiing them in low snow backcountry conditions and variable resort snow. i am extremely impress by their ability to hold an edge and they are super light which allows them to billy goat through trees and bare spots. definitely not as stiff as the mantra, but at a buck 50 i really didn't need the stiffness, and enjoy the lighter weight.

would recommend to lighter male skiers and or females. a great backcountry tool that will handle all but the deepest of days.

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joshua moran wrote an answer about on March 1, 2012

i am 5'7" 150 and rode the 178 night trains for a full season last year at snowbird. i would not hesitate to recommend the length of 178. the ski has a forward mount (not quite center) with the flat camber and rocker tip and tail makes these ski short.

they actually rip on groomers for their girth (roll edge to edge really well). as for the flat camber super fun, you can turn on a dime and float with ease. this skis is amazing. cheers.

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joshua moran wrote a review of on October 17, 2010

5 5

if you are going lite this is the sleeping pad to use. it is not the most comfortable but adds some much needed padding between you and the ground. multiple uses and wont puncture. pad also works great for taking a seat for lunch or just resting, and then you can be on your way with just a simple fold up.

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joshua moran wrote a review of on October 16, 2010

5 5

my girlfriend rides the 170's (5'4" 120) and loves them. mounted +1cm and she can rip powder to groomers all over the mountain. with the rocker tip and tail they ski a shorter than what they are. mounted them with last years dukes (which look sick with the new goat graphics) and they can really be a quiver of one.

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joshua moran wrote a review of on October 16, 2010

the watts
5 5

mounted them +3cm to make the more agile in the trees and varied terrain. almost feels like cheating when it's deep, feels like you are on a mini trampoline bouncing in the deep powder. buy these for when its deep and ski them all day even when the resort gets chewed up.

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