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jshc wrote a review of on September 10, 2008

5 5

I was first introduced to this ski last Feb in Revelstoke, BC. as I was riding up the gondola, and I look over and see these wiggly edges. At first, I thought I was seeing things, but found out they were the "magna traction" edges on a ski made by a snowboard company. Evidently these were 06/07's all white, and were test skis. The guy was a ripper and loved the sticks. I did some research when I got back to the states as I was impressed. The guy also had over 100 days on them, so I felt comfortable they weren't going to blow apart on me . I would up buying the 07/08 188CM. FYI, one should note that while 188CM, with these twin tips, there is only 150CM of contact surface, which was why I went with the longer boards. (which is what I usually prefer anyway) I'm 5'-11, 185, 52, and when on skis, still think I'm in my 20's, lol. From what I have heard, there are no changes except graphics for the 08/09 NAS. (Narrow Ass Snowboard)

I mainly ski in bounds or wander OB if it's not too much of a hike. I guess if I still lived out west, things would be different, so I mounted them up with Salomon 12 Ti's, which makes for an extremely light setup. Almost as light as my Atomic SD's. Once mounted, I immediately booked a trip to Summit Co. The Back bowls at AB were smooth windblown, w/light snow. These skis carved perfectly! Full control. Glad I got the 188's as they do ski short, at least to me. They turn on a dime with the extreme sidecut. Awesome at AB far right in the stubby trees on the steeps, which was chopped crud. The magna traction or wiggly edge really grips the hardpack as well, making these skis perform quite like a racing ski to some extent. I have always like the action of a wood core ski, so this ski was perfectly suited for my tastes. Then got 16" overnight at BC, and took the drive. Started out on Birds of Prey to get used to the pow. Conditions were low 20's, windy, snow heavy pow. The skis really want to come around on you. Tooks some getting used to and once i came out of my weight a bit earlier, things were great. Spent the remainder of the day far right trees OB. Was a fantastic day. I was really glad I left the SD's at home. I highly recommend these skis. A great idea from a snowboard company. After 2 big thumbs up, my cousin bought a pair. Hope this helps.

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jshc wrote a review of on January 2, 2008

5 5

Let me start by stating I have experienced several bouts with frostbite leaving my hands cold and sensitive. I was looking for a mitt for the weather below 10 F. (Gloves do fine above 5F) I read up a bunch and decided on these prior to our Utah trip over the Christmas holiday. I really like the trigger finger liner and the fact that the removable liner is held in with a continuous hook-and-loop strip. They do not bunch up or come out very easily and dry very quickly. Thicker on the top than the palm. Awesome design bar none. After I received them, I was actually a bit apprehensive about these mitts being too warm, but at 5F (top of Alta Supreme lift) they were fine. At -5 (top of Strawberry Gondola - Snowbasin) with winds in excess of 40 MPH and total whiteout, they were perfect. While in SLC, I stopped by the warehouse (HUGE!!) and bought a pair each for my wife and son. It made a big difference in their comfort on the mtns. Awesome product and the people at your company are fantastic, friendly, and very helpful. They were also open at 8:00AM, (on Christmas Eve) so we still were able to made it up Little Cottonwood Canyon w/o loosing too much "hard core" time. One final word of advise, a mitt is supposed to fit like a car in a garage meaning you want these roomy. I wear a large in all gloves/mitts. These at first seemed too large, but that's exactly how you want them to fit. The mitt doesn't keep your hand warm, the hand heats up the air and the mitt insulates it. Hope this helps!

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jshc wrote a review of on December 19, 2006

5 5

I did a ton of research one day when I had the time and decided on these for multiple reasons; the fit, the warmth, I know and trust the MFG, they are the lightest boots in this class, and are not too bulky. And to top it off, you simply cannot buy from a better store than backcountry.com. They also had the lowest price. You will be pleased with these boots and backcountry.

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jshc wrote a review of on December 12, 2006

4 5

The Marmot Reactor Zip is a lightweight fleece pullover that's intended use is as a midlayer for sking. But it sure looks great out and about around town as well. This is probably the softest fleece I own. I mean soft soft fleece. My wife can't keep her hands off me, and I'm butt ugly, lol. Seriously, it is the softest. The fleece should hold up well to piling based upon the tightness of the material, and the seams and stitching seem well made. I would have liked to see Marmot include elastic wrist and waist cuffs in lieu of a loose shirt fit, and why it received a 4.
In so far as Backcountry is concerned, I highly recommend them to anyone and rate them as BEST IN CLASS for customer service, pricing, and return policy. Simply awesome. A++

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jshc wrote a review of on November 14, 2006

5 5

Soft as it gets and warmth to weight ratio is superb. Excels under a shell. This is a definite piece to add to your winter attire. Word of advise, these run large, you may want to go a size smaller. I'm usually an XL (44 R) and this XL was too large, at least for me and I was looking for a third layer. I would highly recommend this.

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