ADK's, Green's, White's, Rockies
I have a sidewinder SV (with the offset zipper) and I wanted a jacket with a little insulation but one that would let me layer underneath. This jacket fits the bill perfectly. The jacket has just enough insulation so you can remove one of your underlayers and still stay warm, all without adding weight or bulk. I am extremely satisfied, having used this jacket in rain, snow, and down to single digits. Here's a quick comparison to the Sidewinder SV.
Goretex: both pro shell, but the Modon is much more pliable/manueverable than the Sidewinder. The Sidewinder is def more stiff.
Pockets: very similar in their simplistic design. Most notable, the Modon does not have the napolean pocket on the chest, and only has 1 inside zipper pocket
Sizing: this was an issue for me. I'm 5'10" 165lbs, 40in chest. Typically a medium in everything, but i had to get a small in the Sidewinder cause of its 'relaxed' fit. The modon is an ATHLETIC fit, despite what it says on any website (include Arcteryx website- i contacted them directly, and also there is a Q&A on their website where they acknowledge that the Modon is athletic fit). So i fit perfectly into a medium in this one.
Color: scorch is def bright but not obnoxious. It is brighter than the red Sidewinder but again, not to the point where it's overkill.
All in all, I would highly recommend this jacket for skiing etc, hiking, anything outdoors in the cold. Last note, jacket folds nicely and packs down small.
Was lucky enough to try these in just about every condition. For an all mountain ski, i thought this ski was a bit light and fragile. I thought it was more of a powder ski than an all mountain. I was never really comfortable on groomers, thought these skis were hard to turn and thought their lightweight provided less stability and it certainly resulted in a lot of chatter. Having said that, in some fresh stuff, they were pretty good given their rockered tip. The dimensions are very similar to the Volkl Mantra and i would take the Mantra as an all mountain over the Hell and Back. I know the reviews below are very positive so i don't want to turn anybody off to this ski, so would recommend demoing first.
Skied a pair of Enduro's in Austria, mainly on groomers. The ski is a joy- turns are very easy, the ski is heavy enough to blast through anything, and you can really go mach 3 with minimal chatter. The do have just a touch of rocker in the tip and i did use it in just a little bif of fluff and it was ok, certainly not great, but it did manage to do the job in a few fresh inches. Would not make it my 'one ski quiver' but if you are looking for a hard charging yet fun ski, would def check this out.
I think Ingrid's review hits it on the head. This ski is a do-it-all and will get you thru everything from ice to powder and everything in between. I like that they are relatively stiff and can bust through crud when needed, but still playful enough to keep you up on the soft stuff. As far as mid-fats go, I have skied many pairs and I think this is the best. Sure, there are better options for the east and better options for Alta's powder but for a 'one ski quiver' this will do the trick. Mounted mine with a pair of jester's and am very happy.
Great lightweight helmet. You won't feel like a bobblehead. Fits nicely with my Oakley A-frames, other smaller oakley frames, as well as my gf's Smith's. The matte black is not shiny and is nicely muted. I like it much better than my old Giro G10. Have skied in all conditionsand haven't had an issue with overheating. Also, can fit a balaclava under with ease
Great 3 season tent. Spacious for 2 normal sized people and having 2 doors (vs. 1 door on the Fly Creek) is a convenience worth the extra weight in my opinion. First time used was in constant rain and inside of the tent never got wet. I amconfident this could stand up to just about anything 3 season weather would throw at you. If it's not raining, sleep with the fly off and enjoy the all mesh upper (which also provides great ventilation). Highly recommended
I like MHW, I think they make quality products that last. However, there are some pieces of gear that they make that just do not fit me, be it too short, arms too tight, waist too tight etc. So when I find a piece of MHW gear that fits, I buy it. I am 5-10, 165, athletic build. This jacket fits in a medium, and I would even say it might be slightly big. The best part- the arms give you ample room, unlike many other MHW jacket which nearly cut off circulation at your armpits.
650 fill down. It's warm, it compresses, and it's light. The jacket comes with a stuff sack, I would say about 6, 8 liters, so stuff the jacket in for backpacking etc, but you can get the jacket into a smaller stuff sack with a little work. My system: I put my marmot atom sleeping bag in its stuff sack, then stuff this jacket on top.
Hood is big and removable but super warm. There is a cinch for around your face, but one thing this jacket is lacking is a cinch around the back of the head. A small complaint, if any. There are also cinches around the waist and at the bottom of the jacket.
Blue color is accurate to picture.
It is water resistant. You'd be ok in a drizzle, but it is down, so once its wet, its useless. Also, remember to NOT store it in the stuff sack. Store it like you would your sleeping bag.
On my second pair since my first pair got stolen. Great for all kinds of activities: running, hiking, skiing, biking, and definitely cool enough to wear around town or to work. I have a small to medium sized face and found that these fit better than the Half Jacket frames. Taking out/cleaning/changing the lenses is extremely easy. When I bought them, the Oakley rep said that the rubber on the nose and temples actually get gripper when they are wet (ie sweat). I don't know if she was giving me a load off nonsense but I will say that the grip is very good. Make sure to only use the cloth bag to wipe the lenses so you don't scratch the lenses.
The wind blocking layer really works and the jacket is quite warm. i would call it more of a casual/around town/maybe a day hike fleece. It's not the most packable, i wouldn't take it in the backcountry with me. i could see wearing it as a thick midlayer under a shell on the ski hill tho. All in all, i bought it for casual wear so i am happy with it. The vest is a good option too.
one pair of gloves rarely last me an entire season. these are the first pair to last through an entire season on the slopes. They are soft/flexible but waterproof. I had no problems with the waterproofness, and also i had no problems overheating. I found them actually to be warmed than the well-over-$100 MHW medusa's i bought last season. The forearm doens't come up very high, but still high enough to get ur jacket tucket in and there is a cinch on the wrist strap and a compression strap at the bottom of the hand. Overall very easy to use with ski boots, zippers etc. One thing to note- the liner is not removable, so you might need a hand dryer to get them dry for the next day. Very satisfied with this streamlined, fingers-easy-to-use glove. 4 stars cause it is a bit pricey, but, they are gore-tex lined.
I skied the adult version but couldn't find them on BC so i thought i'd throw the review on the shorty's link. I skied these in 6 inches of powder in Breck. The ski itself is rockered in the tip and tail and floats well in the pow and over packed pow. I did find it to be a little chattery at high speeds, but that's not what this ski is for. This ski is best in the soft snow, not for going mach 3 down the hill. I skied with a true center mount, which was a first for me. It felt like I was just throwing around the tail of the ski. I would have liked to try these mounted a little further back, but that's all the ski shop had. having said that, they were surprsingly nimble, and due to the rocker in the tail when u go to stop it's like putting on the breaks. final note, the design is really cool in person.
def smaller than the crowbar and splice, and i would even call them a little smaller than the a-frame. Great fit for small faces. The HI yellow lens is great for low light. fits well with my Smith Maze helmet. Peripheral vision is not an issue for me.
i know these have gotten mixed reviews but i just tried them in a foot of fresh in Breck and i loved them. They are the fattest skis i've been on but they are not difficult to swing around by any means. I skied the 178's and they skied more like 170s given the rocker. Took them on cruisers, steeps, and trees and was very satisfied. I usually ski the s86's as i live in the east but i really did love the s7's in the powder.
surprisingly big. you can fit alot of stuff in there. i put a snowboard, boots, and all my clothes for a weeklong trip. clothes go under the board for protection, then on the tail and nose. boots go in the middle between the bindings. Outside pocket is nice for little, unbreakable items. for the money, its recommended. For a little more $, you can get the wheelie gig bag which makes travel a little easier.
here's what i put in for a week long trip to CO: 1 pair of skis (rossi s86, 170cm) and poles, 2 helmets, bootwarmer, and all my clothes for the week (ski pants, jacket, insulating layers, fleeces). underwear and socks went on the outside pockets. I did not include my boots as i carry them on board. I think it would be difficult to put a pair of boots in there, even with 1 pair of skis. you def would not be able to put much clothes in if you were able to put in a pair of boots with the skis. U could put 2 pairs of skis, but adding boots would be an issue.
quality materials, had no issues with tearing or anything. The wheels are great and making rolling around the airport a cinch. This bag is similar to the burton wheelie gig bag for snowboards.
i'm a big MHW fan but didn't love these gloves. I rarely get a full season out of a pair, and here's what i found about these:
waterproof. never had an issues with water getting in, even skiing in 40 degrees and rain.
length. come way up over your forearm and have the cords so you don't lose them.
I found the liner to make my hands sweat extensively, in turn making my hands cold. I did, however, take the liners out and replaced them with a pair of cheapo-s i picked up and there were much better.
not great if you need to use ur fingers alot. the fingers are bulky and make even relatively simple tasks, like buckling ski boots, difficult.
fingers started to tear at the seams after approx. 3 months of use.
Good pants for the price. I picked up a pair after looking at the forecast for a recent trip to Breck where it was single digits and wind every day. I'm normally a shell/layering person, but these pants performed well. I wore them with just a thin long-john/wicking layer underneath and they were warm into the negative wind chills. There are adjustable velcro waist bands so u don't need to wear a belt, though u could cause there are belt loops. The insulation is not bulky but it is warm. The velcro cargo pocket is good for quick easy access (trail map etc) and there are two zippered pockets for valuables. The HY Vent was waterproof enough through general front and side country skiing. Are they the warmest, no you can get marmot down pants which would be warmer, are they the most waterproof, no you could get arcteryx pro-shell pants, but for the price these are good pants. Recommended for the price.
Have 2 pairs of these and am very satisfied. THey are the first goggles i've worn that havent fogged. Even if you breathe into your facemask and fog up your goggles, they clear up nearly instantly. They are def made for smaller faces, not nearly as big as the crowbar. Integrates well with both my Giro G10 and Smith Maze helmets. Black iridium for sunny days, HI Yellow for low light.
I have the nanopuff pullover and vests and i love both of them. I had some hesitations abut how warm this jacket would be but was pleasantly surprised once i got it. The jacket is low bulk but it very warm. I wore it in Breck in a 0 degree whiteout with an underarmour and a shell and was warm. A great insulating layer for skiing or outdoor winter activities. Also double as a casual around town jacket. Admittedly I had relatively low expectations given its lightweight and (what feels like) minimal fill but the primaloft exceeded my initial expectations. The black is a matte finish (no trash bag look at all) and they give you a stuff sack which is more than ample in size. The shell has a finish which is surprisingly water resistant. by no means would i wear it in a rainstorm but in a light drizzle its fine
Demoed a pair last year at Steamboat, like them so much i rented them for the next 3 days and eventually bought a pair. First day i skied them was on a foot of fresh powder and they performed wonderfully. The rocker and wide underfoot keep this ski on top and floating very well. Super easy to turn. I skied the 178 but they actually ski like 165-170's due to the rocker. They float right over bumps and crud as well, and are easy enough to turn on groomers as well. I did find them a bit soft however, these are not really for you if you're going to be going mach 3 the entire time. Would definitely recommend for powder, and it could easily serve as a "one-ski quiver" if that's what you're looking for. Another great ski to try if you ski in the east- the Rossi S86 (this year they are called the Experience line).
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