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Nawrockiwrote a review of on November 23, 2016

4 5

They work well, last longer than the resin pads which are also good. A smidge more noise and maybe a bit less modulation, but it's not real noticeable in dry conditions - I haven't used them in very wet conditions, being in Utah. Just to add, they are also compatible with the M8000 XT brakes; in fact, the M8000 XT brakes come with this pad stock. It would be helpful to add that compatibility to the list.

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Nawrockiwrote a review of on October 24, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This is for the 27.5x2.25 Racing Ralph, Snakeskin (describes the level of sidewall protection) Pacestar (tread material. This is faster, but less grippy compared to Trailstar) TL (tubeless easy). These seat easily and seal completely with Orange seal. I'd say the 2.25 has about the grip of a Maxxis 2.35 Ikon and rolls much better. Wear is fast, but they roll fast as well. I'd say 300 miles of northern Utah riding is about what you'll get out of them, but you'll be leaving your friends in the dust in the process. On a typical buff Park City climb of about an hour, I'm usually 3 minutes faster on these than a similarly spec'd Nobby Nic or even an Ikon. I wouldn't take them to Moab, though, as the rock would wear them down fast. I run them at about 24 PSI rear on an SB5c with 23 MM internal width rims.

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Nawrockiwrote a review of on September 19, 2016

Delivery problems
5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

They roll fast and grip well, both front and back. I've enclosed a picture of the Trailstar tread after about 450 miles of riding in northern Utah for reference. These are the 27.5, but I bought some for a 26 as well. The tread wear is pretty good, especially compared to pre-2015 models.
When you order, I'd advise to avoid "Ontrac" delivery. They are not reliable. Use UPS. My package showed delivered....but I have no idea where it might be!

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Nawrockiwrote a review of on September 6, 2016

1 5

Familiarity: I gave it as a gift but have feedback to share

I got these for my wife, a 63 year old 135 pound woman who bikes in northern Utah. Apparently that is too much for these tires in a 26x2.4, as she is beginning to tear knobs off after about 50 miles. The only reason I'm hanging on to them is that, on the good side, they roll with very low resistance and they hold air well, tubeless.

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Nawrockiwrote a review of on March 19, 2016

Review of buying this bike
5 5

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

This is a review of the process, service and build quality. Kudos to Scott Gartman, the others who helped me out and the person or persons that built up the bike for me. It's a modified build Medium size with a Pike Dual Air 160 and 2.4" Ardents front and back. I'll post the complete details when I've had a chance to "put it through the ringer" and submit a review. I've included a picture of the wheel/tire just because they had the attention to detail to mount each of the 2 tires at exactly the same spot on the wheel. Also, unlike with some wheelset purchases, they put valves on with removeable cores so that replacing the tires is a breeze. These may seem like minor things, but they are indicative of the other aspects of the build quality. I went through a few build options and changed some things in the process and everyone was very patient with me. BTW, with this build, the Ardents on and Time pedals, it tips the scale at 26.04 pounds. With my other tires, Nobby nic 2.35 front and Racing Ralph 2.2 rear, 25.4 pounds.
I picked the "Used it once or twice option" but have very little time on the bike yet, hence no review of the bike itself.

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Nawrockiwrote a review of on February 3, 2016

Pluses and a major minus
2 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 9"
Weight: 165 lbs
Size Purchased: Medium

I bought these at the beginning of the season in Utah. I now have 46 days of skiing on them.
First the good. Hyvent works well, they have a nice cut- they look good and they work from -5F to 40F with no base layer, but I'm fairly warm-blooded.
The bad. The additional material that protects against wear on the inside of the lower leg is only behind the vertical seam. The seam is exposed and is very vulnerable to ski edges. I won't get a second season out of them. I expect that they would be fine for snowboarding, though.
Size wise, I wear 34x30 blue jeans that fit loose for comfort. These are mediums, which are advertised 32-34 waist and they fit just like my blue jeans, just a bit loose.

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Nawrockiwrote a question about on January 3, 2015

I've been on 185 JJ's, telemark (NTN), mounted on the recommended boot center point for about 6 years. I think that is pretty close to ski center. The JJ seemed to have symmetrical rocker front and back and the 2.0 sounds as though it has shortened the back rocker relative to the front rocker ... is that correct? 2. Will this change the recommended mounting point moving it back a bit? Also, it sounds as though the running surface length has increased in each ski length relative to the JJ. (My older 185's have about 42"
of running length on the snow.) At 5' 9" and 160 pounds on telemark gear, could I get roughly the same flotation on 175's?

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Nawrockiwrote a review of on September 21, 2013

Binding pictured is Freeride.
5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

The binding pictured is the Freeride, not the Freedom. Here's a picture of the Freedom...At the front of the binding, at the pivot point, you can see there's a "Torx" style screw (on each side). I've found that this screw tends to back out. Once I applied some locktite to it, the screw stayed in place very nicely. It has a greater range of motion than the Freeride, both in the tour mode and in the ski mode, so it feels a little more like a classic telemark binding. I love the way it skis, the convenience of step in, and the ability to release - an ability I've used! The way in which it attaches enhances edge control. I have 80 days on 2 pair with no issues. In one season, I broke 2 toe pieces on the Freeride, however, which has a more active feel earlier in its initiation (it takes a bit more forward pressure to "break the bellows", on the Freeride) which takes a while to get used to. There was no "getting used to" the Freedom...it was easy to ski on the first run. If you are inclined to parallel turn, or turn flat footed, like on a run out if you're just too lazy to make every turn a tele turn, for instance, the Freedom has a slight "pitch up" on the toe piece that makes skiing flat footed a bit easier, as well. I have them on a pair of Armada JJs and a pair of Rossi S3s. Also, the ski brake on the Freedom seems easier to bend to fit the width of your wide skis than the Freeride's brakes, which means you may be able to make the brakes work on a wider range of widths.

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Nawrockiwrote a review of on August 26, 2013

2 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

The design is good. You put the neoprene knee pads on and the knee/shin guards are held in place. The guards are good. The underlying knee pads wont last two rides as the stitching will fail almost immediately. I like them enough that I'm not returning the second pair, just sewing them up myself, but this is pretty bad manufacturing quality.

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Nawrockiwrote a review of on March 29, 2012

The Good, The Bad, The (not) Ugly
2 5

The good: I love the way this skis. Great edge control, great feel, easy in/out. The good is really good.

The bad: After about 20 days, I cracked both toe pieces. Now, today, on day 66 (46 on the replacement) I've cracked another.

The (not ugly): Thank goodness I bought these from backcountry. I will be returning them. I have the Scarpa TX boot, which I'll hold on to until next season when I'll try next year's model. I don't want to give up on this set up, as I do love it, but I may be forced to. I'll stick with it for a while, but I can't say I recommend someone else pull the trigger due to durability issues. Having said that, if you get them from backcountry, at least you know you'll get full satisfaction if things go wrong! I've included a picture of the damage I've been getting.

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Nawrockiwrote a review of on September 1, 2011

5 5

BTW, I just got my 2012 JJ's. The recommended mounting position (-5 cm) is, on these skis, 1 cm forward of the recommended mounting position (-5 cm) on the 2011 JJ's that I have. The new position seems more accurate, but I'd have the shop measure any ski with a marked position before having them mounted. If you are a strong skier over 140 pounds, the 175 would be too short...these ski short due to the rocker, and are stupidly easy to turn.

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Nawrockiwrote a review of on April 16, 2011

Highest possible recommendation
5 5

This ski is the biggest increase in fun and performance of any ski I have skied in 45 years of skiing. I'm using them for Telemark skiing, mounted with Axls, on position 2, and using the Scarpa T-2 Eco...not a hard driving boot...and they are waaay easy to ski on these boots. I'm 5'9" tall, 160 Lbs. Most reviewers have a weight of about 135-140 for the cut off from 175 to 185. They ski short.

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