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 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 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 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 7, 2006

4 5

I forgot to say that I have used this shell on several AT outings. Going uphill, it opens up very well/easily to ventilate. It's like turning the AC on when the extra long pitzips get opened up. I've also experienced some pretty violent blizzards with it, and it seals up awesome and won't flap around in the wind. Just cinch the hood and bring on the blizzard b/c it cinches perfectly around your head so you can turn your head and still see out- instead of seeing the side of the hood. I got this thing a week before going up into the Tetons, and it was a very wise choice. The only buyers remorse I have is not being able to wait b/c it went on a drastic sale barely a month after I got it.

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mtn maniac wrote a review of on October 12, 2006

4 5

Bomb proof materials and construction as always from Mountain Hardwear. I've made several rough runs through the trees and the jacket shows no signs of wear, except for some green stains. All the details show a lot of thought was put into the shell. Only one item is not well-planned for the true backcountry enthusiast; the jacket is jacket length (short) enabling use of a harness, but the pockets are not the usual Mountain Hardwear chest high slanted pockets, so they are not accessible beneath a hip belt, and actually rub like crazy underneath one. Otherwise the jacket is perfect. It's an efficient fitting cut, with enough room for a mid and base layer. In the pow, even with the skirt zipped in, you'll need some high back pants or bibs to keep out the cold stuff.

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