mtn maniac

mtn maniac

Greenwood Village, CO

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mtn maniac wrote a review of on November 15, 2010

5 5

It's stiff. It's light. It's got an early rise tip. It's fat...enough. It's turn radius is perfect. IT's perfect for what it's made for.

"Bwwaaaaah hahhhhhhh hah hah haahhhhhhh!!!" is the sound echoing off the mountains everytime these tips get pointed downhill. This ski makes me cry from pleasure...or speed...or both. This is one of those skis that you just point downhill and just go along for the amazing ride. Turns in big powda are nirvana, and it's stiff enough and has the right geometry to bomb thru/over crud, and right over crust and ice. Keep em pointed straight down on those sections and they will take care of you. The tips create beatiful turns in tighter trees as long as there's powder, but the ski demands a lot of muscle and fortitude to handle technical situations on anything less than soft (can be managed though). So do your squats at the gym, get some stiff bindings and boots, and let er rip!

I can't recommend these for anything inside the ropes unless a) it's an untracked powder day b) you're expert enough to control a fat, stiff, straight-down oriented ski; enjoy bumpy rides; and enjoy choking back a ski that needs to go fast. c) you can afford paying for a lift pass that will get revoked in 20 minutes, or lawsuits from others you can't avoid, whichever comes first

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mtn maniac wrote an answer about on October 7, 2010

Totally! outdoormoron, you've put my thoughts into words absolutely PERFECTLY. It's like poetry for my outrage. Seems like all the brands are heading that way. I tore my sleeve on my 7 year old MHW shell, and now they only sell this crap. I guess I'll just send it in to be fixed for $100... Hopefully they make the left sleeve the same size as the right...Or it's time to switch to European brands.

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mtn maniac wrote an answer about on October 7, 2010

A Carhartt sprayed with DWR... Even though it looks it, mine's lasted 13 years now, through framing, ranching, drilling, working under my vehicle, CHOPPING FIREWOOD, etc. Unless you're saying you cut firewood under a dripping icicles to get the effect of being on waterfall ice, or maybe just while it's dumping soaking wet slush or rain even...rrrrrriiiiiiight... Or maybe you sleep in a snow cave in your back yard (do you have a back yard or just an apartment patio?) sometimes just for the mountaineering effect...even then you could get by with a carhartt sprayed with dwr...it's your sleeping arrangements that would need some forethought.

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mtn maniac wrote a review of on November 30, 2009

1 5

This two vise unit does not work. You can't access the edges, or run waxing equipment across the base of the ski when it's sunk in the vise. Which is a problem- since there're only two vises, you have to remove each end of the ski from the vise and place it awkwardly on top of the slippery metal part of the vise when it comes time to work on that specific end. Then you have to switch when you get to the other end and so on. I spose one could jerry rig a block into each vise so the platform is more stable when the ski end has to be placed on top of the vise, but then again, I bought this overpriced setup so I could stop dinking around with jerry rigs. Too add to the crap, this vise doesn't even fit all that wide of skis. About 1/3 the length of my Zealots won't even fit in this stupid thing. I'd be completely SOL if I owned the Megawatts. Back to jerry rigging for now. Maybe I'll consider a more traditional 3 unit vise in the future after I get over spending this riduculous amount of money, plus return shipping for such a simple design, or not.

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mtn maniac wrote an answer about on November 30, 2009

For jet boil cans just pull the elastic cord through the strap on the other side and double it back over the canister lid. It's tight but works. If you don't have a non-stick surface in your pot, just save weight and eliminate the pouch anyway by throwing it in there. This is the Crux btw- not sure if the Flex has the same pouch.

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mtn maniac wrote a question about on August 31, 2009

I'm 5' 9" ish and a fit 175-180lbs. This ski will be strictly for backcountry touring- both below and above treeline. I'm leaning towards the 170's thinking it'll be easier to make turns in the trees that pretty much exist everywhere touring, but is 170 enough ski to float me in the powder and stay stable on high speed straight lines above the trees? Or should I get the 180's. FYI: I'll be using these in the CO Rockies and Southern WY snow. Any help is great- Thanks!

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mtn maniac wrote an answer about on March 6, 2009

My wife is 5'4" and 113#. Marmot small and MHW small are perfect proprotions for her. Extra small jackets are too short on the arms, too tight in the shoulders, and too tight right at the hips. Marmot seems to size very similar to Mountain Hardwear, but Marmot is cut more "lady-like" through the mid-section, therefore eliminating that "pouch" in the front she always complains about with many other brands. Also worth noting, her torso is shorter length.

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mtn maniac wrote a review of on February 5, 2009

4 5

I bought these for my wife. We do a lot of skiing in and out of bounds and I hope to get her into overnight winter backcountry. Her hands are endlessly cold despite proper hydration and calorie intake. Bottom line is these gloves are PACKED with insulation. If your hands are still cold with them on, you have issues other than the gloves. No other glove I've seen packs in insulation like this. If you're still cold, buy mittens because gloves just ain't gonna cut if for ya. The only reason they got 4 stars is because of the lack of wrist strap... However she says the elastic wrist feels plenty snug and secure.

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mtn maniac wrote a review of on February 5, 2009

4 5

I bought this shell for my wife. I'm a huge Mountain Hardwear fan for my own outerwear, but their women's line just wasn't fitting my wife. She's 5,4 115 and in great shape, but MHW outerwear was always either baggy in the stomach, and/or too tight in the hips and shoulders. This jacket is very form fitting with just enough room for a fleece or primaloft mid-layer, and delivers outstanding technical performance. The front pockets are high enough to fit above a pack belt or harness, all zippers are water resistant, and the hood is full coverage. The pockets are all a tad small and there is no interior water bottle pocket. The hood does not roll up, and it has a funky cinching system. The wire brim is also kinda funky and I'm a little concerned it will end up breaking or poking a hole through. There is no waste drawstring, but then again the fit is very trim. The velcro closures seem cheaper than MHW as well but work fine so far. Overall a great shell if you find on sale like I did, but it seems to lack a lot of bells and whistles MHW has for the same price range when at full price.

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mtn maniac wrote a review of on May 4, 2007

5 5

This baby's got enough light to find junctions to unfamiliar, seldom traveled trails, but is "light" enough to have no excuse for leaving it behind on an overnighter. The 06 model came out even brighter (30-some % ?) than the 04 model, so I upgraded, and it made a huge difference. Since most wear a hood when it's raining, the water resistance comes in handy if your pack gets wet in the daytime, or if using during intense wet snow. I wouldn't drop it in a creek, or use it for night scubadiving though.

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mtn maniac wrote a review of on April 24, 2007

4 5

Used for so far: Twice at 12,500 dry windy base camp in Rockies at -0 at dusk, night, and pre-dawn.
Performance: 650fp kept me comfortably warm. Can feel the heat retention almost as soon as it goes on. Can't wait to test in some extreme snowier even colder weather. Pockets are placed correctly for use with pack if needed while pack is in use- ie. this is a jacket for non-active moments, except for crazy places like Everest, etc. There is not a shortage of pocket space in this thing, inside or out. Zip-off hood very warm and shapes to face nice. Draw cords really keep out the breezes. Appears down not quite 650fp in last two sleeve baffles, but this works good for fitting inside glove gauntlets. Never noticed any cold down there anyway. Thing could weigh a little less and pack smaller, if made from PacLite, but this is the best down/waterproof exterior combo out right now. A true waterproof down jacket would have welded baffles- this doesn't, but consequently is more breathable. Stay in your tent if it's a wet blizzard. The less weather resistant, yet much lighter weight option would be the Phantom, but it had no hood, and appears to have less drawcord options. The Tiger color is definitely a great emergency color if SAR is trying to find.

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mtn maniac wrote a review of on November 10, 2006

5 5

I think only one other piece of clothing ever got a perfect from me. Windproof and lightweight it's a perfect supplement to a Capilene midweight long sleeve on really early/really late season backpacking when the temp dips or it gets breezy on exposed terrain. It works to keep you warm at dusk/sunrise too, but I also keep the compressor PL for really chilly, non-active moments. It's trim fit is designed for the 33% of U.S.A. that's not overweight, and aids in efficient body heat retention and layering under a trim fitting superlight rain jacket or Gore shell. Props to the proper placement of hand pockets on this jacket, which is one area a lot of jackets/vests flunk, and the last deciding factor for 5 stars.

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mtn maniac wrote a review of on November 10, 2006

4 5

This is the best vest out there. Windproof and lightweight it's a perfect supplement to a Capilene midweight long sleeve on summer backcountry overnights when it get breezy on exposed terrain, and will keep you warm at dusk/sunrise. It's trim fit is designed for the 33% of U.S.A. that's not overweight, and aids in efficient body heat retention and layering under a trim fitting superlight rain jacket. My only complaint is the placement of the hand pockets. The zippers end up under a hip belt. This is a bad thing access-wise and comfort-wise. (See the tech jacket for proper placement of hand pockets.) The Michigan skier in the first review nailed the other use of this vest too- high aerobic activity where you want the nips to stay thawed but need some real estate to evaporate moisture.

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