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natkidder wrote a review of on May 24, 2013

Nice Kitchen
4 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

Light and sturdy shelter when properly staked--You'll need snow stakes for snow (duh). Makes a great kitchen when snow camping. This thing allowed us to cook and eat in relative comfort while winds raged outside and served as nice place to get out of the sun. Only complaint is that it when set up with the sides taught, it was impossible to completely zip the door shut.

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natkidder wrote a review of on September 14, 2012

4 5

Being well over 200lbs and used to skiing high DIN bindings, I was leery of investing in the TLT's since they only have a high setting of only 12--especially since I knew that in most situations I would be adding the weight of heavy pack. But, after reading pretty much every review on this site and others and taking into consideration that fact that I would never be skiing these in the resort, I decided they sounded like the way to go.

The dh performance is indeed solid and the weight of the bindings is great when going up. My only issue is that I found toe piece releases very easily in skinning mode with even the slightest twisting movement. Because of this, some sort of leash is critical. Even after making sure the boot holes were snow-free and secure--toe piece as tight as it would go/wiggling the ski back and forth to test--they seemed really easy to release. My introduction to the binding was skinning up the icy, runneled, sun-cooked west face of Mt. Shasta and there was a lot of slipping and torque on that toe piece so that played a factor but something to be aware of.

Overall the setup seems good. Downhill performance is on par with an alpine binding and I can't wait to put more days on them. I have these mounted to 188 Salomon Guns and have the Dynafit Zeus boots.

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natkidder wrote a review of on September 9, 2012

4 5

I wanted something to fill the gap between my pow skis and a full-blown GS ski and I got a great deal on these. I wanted a fairly tight turn radius and went with the 184 and I like the ski a lot. They are basically built like a GS race ski, only fatter and with some tip rocker and that's just how they ski--a relatively stiff, quick turning and precise carving machine that can hold it's own in fresh snow due mostly to the fact that with the slight rocker, the tips don't dive easily.

These were the only skis I brought on a trip to Aspen last February and it dumped. I was wishing I had my fattys for sure but the Sentinels performed admirably from steep powder bumps and chunder at Highlands to high speed groomers on Ajax and pretty much everything in-between. If I knew I was going to be skiing pow, I'd bring something else but for those situations when you need one ski to cover you're bases, these work pretty well.



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natkidder wrote a review of on September 9, 2012

AWESOME!
5 5

I'm 6'2" 220 and been on the 192 swallow tail for 2 seasons. At 135 under foot with a rockered tip I figured flotation wouldn't be a problem, and it isn't. But, what surprised me most about these skis is how maneuverable, lively and versatile they are. There's considerable "pop" in snappy short fall line turns, no issues turning in the tight trees and I've never felt them flutter at speed. They absolutely dominate crud and softer variable snow. The swallow tail is noticeable when arcing on harder snow but it doesn't really detract from the ski's carving abilities.

If it hasn't snowed in while, I'll obviously pull something else out of the quiver but when it starts piling up, I want my Comi's.

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natkidder wrote a review of on September 7, 2012

2 5

I bought these last season and really liked the optics, fit, look and the easy lens changes but found them to be fatally flawed. On storm days days snow would get inside the goggle lens at the bottom on either side of the nose. The lens is basically only secured at the sides and thus allows for a less-than-tight seal between lens and goggle frame--fine for bluebird but no good in storm conditions.

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