I came to these from a pair of Black Diamond Seekers which had a last which was funky for my foot, but moreover, was not aggressive enough of a boot.
For me, at 5' 9'' and 120 Lbs, skiing on the east coast with 22 Designs Vices, these work fairly well. I'm still getting used to them after roughly ten days on snow. The first thing that struck me was the forward lean. Be award, with this kind of lean, even in walk mode, your thighs will be firing at ALL times. This was a shocker.
When paralleling with the boots, they are great, not to stiff, keeps me forward, and I feel much more aggressive. When tele turning though, I'm still getting my bearings. The heel feels funky, (I sized down a fair amount, as I prefer a performance fit) and feels like it's pushing on my heel uncomfortably. The boot is very narrow and low volume, which is fantastic for me, and can be cranked right down.
Come time for touring though, the walk mode provides. The walk mode is fantastic, and by unbuckling a bit, these boots feel just fine for touring.
All in all, these have been a good buy. I'm still getting used to their flex pattern and how to tele with them, (not exactly a knee to ski kind of boot) and my thighs are growing as well.
Definitely a great improvement for today's wider skis and more active bindings!
To preface this, I live in the North East, am a scholarly ski bum, outdoors person and somewhat tall and fairly scrawny. (5' 9'', 120 Lbs) I'm also vaguely fashion conscience.
This is why I love these Carhartts. a 28x30 fits great, (somehow the inseam gets longer with time, as my 32's need to be cuffed to wear them). The material of Carhartts is always slightly uncomfortable when you first get them, but after about 4 months of fairly regular wear, they have started to reach that buttery smooth point of glory. The color has faded slightly, but are still that clear and genuine Carhartt Brown.
While certainly work pants at their core, I have dressed them up with Oxfords and wool sweaters or Capilenes and Down parkas. Very versatile to say the least.
My only complaint is they are the slightest bit baggy. This is a product of my very small calves, but hey, it's still annoying. Also, on a fashion note, they look a bit funky with low profile shoes- which makes sense.
All in all, fantastic product, very durable and well made. The fabric holds up, as well as the grommets, and the double fronts add great "protection" be it kneeling down in a pucker bush, mowing the lawn, hanging sheet rock or blazing your own god damn trail. These guys will be there with you the whole time.
These are stellar. They aren't a steal, but they will keep you nice and toasty. Paired with some Flylow Chemcial pants, (uninsulated snow pants) I've comfortably braved -45 degree chairlift rides, (windchill included there). Great for winter hiking, great for backcountry skiing, and great for resort.
Remember, these are not fleece pants, but instead, a PolarTech material. I prefer this, as it can be closer to my skin, and doesn't matte with time. You can also layer on top of these if you really need.
In short, I highly recommend these to anyone intending on spending time in the frigid outdoors. Great build, great durability and fantastic warmth.
I'll be upfront: I have the original version, meaning my qualms could have been dealt with in this iteration.
With that in mind, my Breezes have treated me well, carrying me through miles on the long trail in summer and winter, through farm barns, rain storms and motorcycle rides. At the beginning, they could fend of an antediluvian flood, but now, I'm not so sure. The rubber has begun to separate from the upper, and the rigid sole reinforcements have broken. The Gore Tex is in need of replenishment.
Fit wise, I threw a pair of SuperFeet in, which helped quite a lot. I have a narrow, low volume foot, and with the foot bed in, my foot felt wonderfully. They have held up, but the seams are starting to burst and the leather is begging to look pretty shabby. Keep in mind, this is after 3 years of semi often hard use, but still, these aren't built to the quality of old Limmers boots or Asolos.
I've used this a fair amount with Micro Spikes, and I will say they work quite well. The "flared" boot board helps a lot in keeping the silicon harness up. Keep in mind though, this is not a winter boot. If you are moving throughout the day, in cold temps, these will work, but if you put them on the next morning and they haven't had the chance to dry out/warmup, (a winter backpacking trip per say) you may be in for a whole world of hurt.
All in all, ok product, fair price. They have the potential to last, but they aren't going to age gracefully. Waterproofing is great at the beginning, but deteriorates quickly, all while the stitching goes to the wayside as well. Great for day hikes and light scrambles, but I would not put my faith into these for any long distance trip or heavy load.
I'll start this off simply: there is no denying this is a pricey piece of gear. You can easily make the argument, but you are protecting your head- shouldn't you sink more into that gear than your skis or board? Valid, but, $180 is steep.
With price pushed aside though, I must say this product is fantastic. I honestly forget it is on my head most of the time, which is great. Additionally, with it's seamless integration with Smith Goggles, I rarely am dealing with fogging or goggle gap. This is a huge plus.
The ear pads are nice and puffy, keeping wind off, and the back dial is fantastic for cranking down on your head.
Additionally, the lining does a great job of never being static-ey. Not sure how it's done, but my hair never feels crazy after taking it off. The vents are great, and I really do like the mid way for not to much air, but a bit.
The visor also deserves some points. The bit of wind block is much appreciated, but by being small, it also allows you to put your goggles up. (That's really nice!)
I've taken some diggers in this, but nothing serious, (i.e. GS speeds into tree, drop to rock, concussion, etc.) It definitely feels safe, but I haven't been in a terrible situation where I can comment on any effectiveness.
All in all, great product, highly recommended, but scout it out for a lower price than MSRP. Keeps you safe, keeps you warm, keeps you stylish, (I guess).
Great glove for hiking, yard work and warm skiing. I have cold hands, and don't like to go in when I'm skiing and am often teaching. This means that I'd rather have sweaty hands that numb ones, and don't usually break these out on sub 20 degree days.
With that said, for skinning or hiking, these are great for sub zero. Also fantastic for driving, yard work and more.
My chief complaint though is that the leather on the palm, (of my gloves) is incredibly thin. Like, I could tear it if I wanted to thin. This is concerning, and disappointing. I'm guessing it was an oversight, but it's still a bit sloppy.
The Sno Seal is excellent, (especially when compared to my leather gloves that haven't been treated). Definitely improves durability and waterproofing. With that said, roughly a year after getting mine, they are due for another treatment.
All in all, great product, highly recommended. Just look out for the leather quality on the individual pair.
Let me preface this with some quick words of wisdom. Follow the instructions.
I got these to revive some old Ascension skins, (the old purple ones) that are about 65 mm wide. Thinking I was being intelligent and cheap, I bought the 130mm glue, cut one of them in half, and then used the two halves to revive my skins. This was a terrible idea.
Assuming there is NO glue on your skins, (or you are cool with the idea of slowly lifting the old residue off with ironed on paper bags and Goo Gone) and you place the properly sized, precut glue renew sheet directly on and follow the instructions, this would go swimmingly.
Please, learn from my mistakes- follow the instructions.
It should be noted that after nights of dreadfully cutting these, removing residue and then adhering new surface, my skins worked just fine. Grippy, flexible and reliable. What I will say though, is that, unless you are dedicated to those skins, and know you will be using them for years to come, I may question putting too much work in, if they are bound to be obsolete by the next season with the new fancy skis.
I wish you the best!
Using these on my Rossignol 178 S3's with 95 underfoot. By following the directions for length and buying the 130's, I now have excellent fitted skins. It is worth noting, it takes no technical knowledge to trim these skins.
I really like the tail connector, as opposed to the BD tails that I was more acquainted with. These tails go on very easily, are quite simple to adjust, and with a simple pull, come right off. They sometimes go a little cockeyed on the tails, (as they are twin tip skis) but this is to be expected and easily fixed.
Skin wise, they have great traction, while maintaing a fair level of glide. This pleasantly surprised me, as I am used to incredibly grippy skins. With that said, these had no trouble going up hill.
Finally, I would just like to say how the tip, while slightly unconventional works quite well and does not come off the ski as one might expect.
The graphics on the bottoms draw compliments, the skins are grippy enough, but still easy to get off, and are flexible and thin enough to stuff in a jacket pocket, even on a colder day.
Recently got this as a Christmas present, and promptly put it through its paces. I love the length, and having the option to either wear it folded as a face mask or long to protect my ears and neck.
I have found I prefer wearing it up on my head, with the option to pull it up over my chin and nose when I need it. The thin fabric blocks wind quite well, but is not a great thermal insulator. This is to be expected, and can be fixed by using a wool or Polartech Buff. I love the thin nature of it, as I can pull the material in under my goggles, providing full coverage of neck, ears, nose, cheeks, etc.
While it certainly does get moist and frosty, like any neck warmer will, it dries remarkably fast. Put it on top of a heater or base board for five to ten minutes, and it will be damn near dry. Makes wearing it all the more enjoyable.
Bottom line- saved my face from windchill temps in the -40s, in style at that.
Before I begin raving about this product, it should be noted that I bought my Cosmic used, and I believe it is from the winter of 2012. The differences include fabric treatment, powder skirt, (or lack there of) and zipper type. Additionally, seeing the attention to detail Trew puts into their products, I can't imagine that the Cosmic has gotten any worse.
I am 5' 9'', 120 Lbs and wear a Small. The size is very well proportioned, but may come off as slightly baggy. This is a god send. I can easily fit multiple layers or Capilene (or equivalent) a flannel and a down or Primaloft jacket, and not feel like the love child of the Pillsbury Dough Boy and the Michelin Man.
The membrane on my jacket is Gelanots, (different than what is currently used) but has been quite impressive. Very waterproof, hyper windproof. Straight up burly jacket.
My two complaints about the jacket seem to have been addressed with the newer versions. For one, the new YKK zipper uses a wider tooth, meaning the zipper is more likely to actually work. It is sometimes difficult to start my zip. Also, with a powder skirt, I imagine there are possibly more internal pockets, which would be nice. My jacket only has one skin pocket, which is difficult to fit everything into.
Finally, the hood is a tad small for pulling over my helmet. I used to ski in a Flylow Higgins which had a MASSIVE hood, so this was a bit of a disappointment. The collar though is hardcore to say the least. Nothing is going to mess with you when your wearing that all the way zipped up.
All in all, great product. Just wore it in -25 degree with 45 MPH winds, and was honestly toasty, (with multiple layers of course). Can only imagine it has gotten better.
Great for skiing, winter hiking and inclement weather in general. Great cuffs, seam taping and incredibly durable fabric. Recommended for sure.
Planning a ~35 mile day trip for this summer on the Long Trail and am looking for footwear to start training in, and ultimately do the trip in. The big question is are these a narrow last? I have a very low volume foot, anyone else have this and had success with the shoes?
I ski these with 22 Design Vices and Scarpa T1s, (formerly Black Diamond Seekers). While a beefier boot has definitely made my experience a bit more desirable there are still some issues.
For one, this is not an advanced or expert ski. I ski on the East Coast, where while powder does exist, it is the exception. I like to go fast, in both tele and parallel turns, and find these skis scary at speed, especially in death cookies or moderate ice. The tips get quite chattery, and you can never be sure if the edges will grab, even with a good tune. They will rip on fresh groomers, but don't most skis?
The issue for me, is they aren't stiff. In the bumps, it feels like they are flopping around, and its hard to make assertive turns when edging isn't your best option. The tails feel spongey, which while nice in soft snow, isn't great for much of the time I'm skiing them.
I've made it sound as if this would be a great ski for powder, but alas, I'd pass. The rocker is nice for chowder, (too bad the ski is so soft) but the waist width doesn't provide that much float. They are ok on storm days, as they float a little below the surface, (usually) but come the next day, or blue bird days when you get a bit of windpack, there is no telling what the ski is going to do resistance wise. It's like riding a bucking bronco going between drifts, windpack and fresh as they level out.
The S3's are fun skis, and have a nice level of pop. I wouldn't say they are the most durable, (my tips are very chewed up, exposing the dampening rubber) but I appreciate the sidewall construction.
If you plan on skiing soft snow and fresh groomers, these would be fine. If you want something for deeper snow, I would say there are better options. And if this is what you want as your one ski quiver, I would invite you to reconsider.
In turn, they do the job, but I'm confident there are better tools to get it done.
Also, I ski the 178's, am 120 Lbs and 5' 9''
So I see everyone raving about this ski, but I have a few questions. First off, I ski the majority of the year in Vermont. So basically a bunch of hard snow, dust on crust, and tight bumps and tree lines. It seems like the Verdict could do this, but could it do this with ease? The reason I'm so curious about this ski is I usually ski out west for about a week each year and would love to have a ski that could take some pow. Finally, what are the differences between this ski and the 2011 ski? Does the 2011 have rocker? Is the 2012 worth the extra $130? And finally, for a 5'9'' and 120 Lbs "kid" would 170 work? Thank you guys so much!
I am looking at these skis for next year and was wondering what people's opinions are on them. I tele in Vermont were we have a bunch of ice and carving is crucial but spend 6 days in CO every year where we usually get at least one dump of a foot or more. I am looking for a ski that can carve like nobody's buisness yet float pretty well. Would the full camber and 95 underfoot achieve this? Also, does anyone know if a smaller guy, (5,8'', 110 Lbs) be able to get this ski around at 168 or is it pretty stiff?
Any responses welcome, thanks!
Anyone know how this compares to the Black Diamond Mercury Mitt (http://www.backcountry.com/black-diamond-mercury-mitten-mens#question_269114)? I am looking for the warmest and longest lasting mitten to keep my VERY cold hands warm. I love to ski but my biggest obstacle is keeping my fingers toasty. Or does anyone have any other recommendations for warm mitts? Also, I have seen the Hestra leather balm, but is it possible to use Sno-Seal with these?
Anyone know how this compares to the Hestra Heli Mitten (http://www.backcountry.com/hestra-heli-mitt)? I am looking for the warmest and longest lasting mitten to keep my VERY cold hands warm. I love to ski but my biggest obstacle is keeping my fingers toasty. Or does anyone have any other recommendations for warm mitts?
I use these whenever I telemark and I forget I even have them on almost immediately. They never come off, are super comfy, and in case I hit my knee on my ski or the boiler plate ice of Mad River, I ski away just fine. Only complaint is that on super warm days, my knees can get a bit sweaty, but something pretty minor. Recommend them to ALL my friends!
I'll be your slave for a month if i can come too!
Lets just say it gets the job done. Certainly isn't five star comfort, and three star might be pushing it. I've used it on numerous trips and my biggest complaint is its just to damn big and not comfortable enough. I have found the only way to carry it is on the bottom of my pack which can be a pain. It is possible to sleep on light gravel, somewhat comfortably, but if on ANY sort of uneven terrain, it will not mitigate the contours what so ever. I would only recommend this to ultralight hikers, but its just a bit big.
I know the Chemical Jacket would seem to be, at 5' 8'' and 110, a small fits well. Pants on the other hand a baggy, like park rat baggy, but once you have some ski boots on and a layer or two underneath, they don't look too awful.