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l2ob wrote an answer about on October 23, 2013

No worries Sigurd. I have a reasonably "normal" instep height, I can get in and out of the boot reasonably well at room temperature. Haven't had a chance to try it in cold temps... The boot fits snug over my instep without having to clamp the lower buckle down really tight, no excess room, but no pressure either. Don't just take my word for it, but unless you have a ridiculously high instep I don't think you would encounter a problem that couldn't be easily resolved by a bootfitter.

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l2ob wrote an answer about on October 14, 2013

I can't help you in relation to the Ghost/Dobermann comparison, however, there are a few differences between this and last years Ghost.
-360 lower custom shell
-slightly bigger toe box (personally I didn't notice]
-altered forward lean angle
Despite what others have said, I don't think they are a true 130, more a 120 and comparable to last years Ghost.

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l2ob wrote a review of on September 14, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Have had this helmet for several seasons now, has a few scratches and dents in it but it has protected my head from the weather and more importantly, impact. Stacked a drop, tomahawked down about 20 metres, resurfaced still in one piece, and so was the helmet.
The Smith Fuse's I use integrate perfectly with the helmet, vents on top keeps your head cool on a warm day, and the snow out when its dumping.
What more could you want from a helmet?

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l2ob wrote a review of on September 14, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

There are no poles that I have used that come close to the strength, durability and light swingweight of the team issue. People rave about the swing weight of carbon poles. When I use the team issue, it feels like half of the time there is no shaft attached to the grip!
They are super durable, able to withstand the toughest of impacts...having said that I did snap one off about a foot below the grip in a reasonably hectic stack.
However this pole is so sick I immediately bought another pair without any consideration of other options.
Solid pole.

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l2ob wrote a question about on August 19, 2013

hey there, I'm tossing up between the 174/181 K2 sidestash and the 182 Zealot. After a powder ski that can do tight trees/lines if necessary. Not overly concerned about on-piste performance, however being able to handle variable snow/crud is important. I'm 5'8", 165lbs compact/muscular build, and like to charge, but occasionally hit up some chilled tree skiing. Any advice on which one you think would be more suitable would be great. Thanks

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l2ob wrote a review of on August 10, 2013

2 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Had these professionally fitted a while back, needed a bit of lateral toe punching. A stiff, powerful and responsive boot with an aggressive forward lean angle, great heel retention, and good lateral stiffness.

The upper cuff sits low relative to other boots I have used which causes me some degree of shinbang on landings and when zipper-lining. Putting the powerstrap under the shell in contact with the tongue of the liner[as you would a booster strap] helped but did not totally eliminate the problem. Will be switching to a new boot this season.

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