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Ron montanaslider

Montana, along the continental divide

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Telemark Skiing
Backpacking
Snowboarding
Hiking
Mountain Biking
Alpine Skiing

Ronald's Bio

Older adventuer, like gear that works well and is comfortable.

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Ron montanaslider wrote a review of on April 6, 2014

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Some thoughts on the Katana, this was my first non traditional cambered ski, I bought the 184 cm and am 5.10 175 lbs. I was skeptical at first as much as i love to ski powder, realistically you have to do hard pack and ice sometimes to get to it. In this respect the Kantana does ok, but it is not a hard snow ski. It is not a one ski quiver. I have several Older Volkl's that are more stable and bite harder on ice and firmer snow. That being said, if it is semi soft , mushy, or powder, they rock! In powder the width floats the ski, and the reverse camber allows you to pivot quickly to change your line in the tree's. Keeping the skis flat effectively "shortens " their length. Yet magically when put back on edge they give a strong smooth carve and bite well. On soft groomers you can put them on edge and rail hard , they power right around and are a blast with a very smooth and predictable arc. Surprisingly also when you point them down to take a run out , they do not swim and chatter as you would expect with the reverse camber design,. There is some tip bounce and flutter, but they remain stable and solid. I could not find a speed limit on my local hill, and they put quite a grin on my face at speed! I made the mistake of letting my wife try them in 9" of fluff in the tree's and left over powder on mogul's, she described them as "skiing on velvet" so I guess I am looking for another pair! Highly recommended.

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Ron montanaslider wrote a review of on October 26, 2012

Very comfortable, warm, wind proof
4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Excellet parka, I prefured a large over a medium as i needed the longer arms, more shoulder room and looser collar. (am 5.10 175 lbs) It has a great collar! micro fleece lined and tall. This jacket is a little heavier than some , with reinforced shoulders and outside of the arms, and is full featured, with lots of pockets and is not a minamalist wispy down sweater, its a full on parka for windy cold weather. I use this in 20 degree weather and below mostly for casual walking and sitting around outside. Just great for this as i can throw on over a heavier sweater and brave almost anything. This jst is very comfortable wind proof and warm , feels like i am wearing my sleeping bag. ck trailspace for a full review.

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Ron montanaslider wrote a review of on June 20, 2012

4 5

I picked this up. (June 2012) on closeout @ 65% off , and at that price this jacket is amazing. I agree with some othe posts that the stoic quality is not quite up to the quality of Mtn H. Panta G, OR.and some others.....but they are very close and a better value.

This is very comparable to a M.H. compressor, although not primaloft, and does not have the non quilted design. (the quilting is easily snagged on this jacket/ sweater) or nearly as nice stitching. Just out of the bag, new, i found 6 or 7 loose threads and 2 poorly stiched seams .....but this is easy to fix. I did not find any issues with the hood as some reviews have stated? I wonder if this is a newer version? Any way the hood is large, but it has nice elastic cord adjustments around the face and at the back of the hood to make the fit very good, with or without a helmet. No issue for me. Also the cuffs have been mentioned as snug, but again fits nice on me. In fact the overal fit is awsome! I got a medium and am 5.10 175. It may be a touch big compared to other mediums i have, but i like the non binding feel and little longer arms. I would probably not layer more than a T and a warm longshirt under it, then mayby a shell over and that is exactly what i wanted it for. It can double as well as a a warm sweater/ hoody and take backpacking for sitting around at night, or wearing to bed if you brought to light a sleeping bag. (This better than down for this as it wont compress and loose its insulating value.) It has a nice fleeced lined chin guard, and fleece lined pockets. All zips worked smoothly. This is not a belay style over puffy or a heavy duty outer layer, you need to treat it gently as a insulator piece, and i think its designed very well for its purpose.

Over all very nice ! and I like the bright colors!

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Ron montanaslider wrote a review of on October 7, 2009

4 5

This is a very comfortable, warm, full featured insulated softshell jacket, Lots of pockets, pit zips, another good mountain hardwear product. I found the medium a little tight in the shoulders, (I am 5' 10" 170 lbs.) However like the M.H off width insulated jacket of last year the shell is very stretchy (Tough Stretch)so it gives a lot when reaching. Great for cold dry weather & light snow sleet or just kicking around.
Pro's Primaloft, this stuff is light & WARM love it. Stretchy, lots of storage. Smooth Tafetta lining, great for layering, and to just slip on in a hurry.
Con's Not totaly waterproof, no seam taping. Hood does not remove, no mesh fabric in pit zips for powder boarding/ skiing. Not very many color choices no seam color contrasting so it looks kinda plain to me.

M.H now makes the Sycronicity, its's a hooded syncro with pit zips & 800 fill down insulation , this might be the best jacket yet, but I have not found one to try on yet & it's pricey.

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