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pburton16 wrote a review of on April 24, 2014

3 5

Familiarity: I returned this product before using it
Fit: Runs large

At 5'11", 160lbs, I typically wear a medium very comfortably. This jacket felt like an oversize trash bag. Tons of room for layering ... As in, enough room to wear medium-weight puffy down jacket underneath. Sleeves were a little long. The tail was also a little long.

Marmot makes great products, but I fail to see how this is an athletic cut. Superb construction and features. Just runs very large in my opinion.

Worth noting that I tried on a Small in a retail store. Which fit exactly the opposite.

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pburton16 wrote a review of on January 30, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Skied with these gloves (in tan) for about ten days now. Temps ranging from -10 degrees to 48 degrees and in conditions from dry (Tahoe) to downright wet (Cascades).

Overall, the best most dextrous glove I've owned. I rarely get cold fingers but these gloves kept my hands warm down to zero and dry even on the warmest days.

Just like any leather glove, you will get some saturation even after treatment. This is just the price you pay for dexterity. If you hang them to dry, they should be ready to go tomorrow. Quality is fantastic.

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pburton16 wrote a review of on November 5, 2012

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

This is a terrific sweater jacket and one of the most stylish pieces of outer wear in my closet. As a couple other people have noted, it quite literally looks good with anything.

I'm 5'11'', 155 lbs and wear a small. This leaves plenty of room for layering, including wearing a rain-barrier if necessary. The jacket is warm, but it's worth noting that the wool fabric isn't terribly thick. And it provides little protection against a stiff wind - The (very) high collar is fantastic. I wore this in Minnesota recently with temps down into the mid 30's and was comfortable, but not toasty warm.

Sizing note: It is truly an athletic fit. If you have extra padding around the waste line or sport massive biceps, you may find the fit a bit on the restrictive side.

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pburton16 wrote a review of on November 21, 2011

4 5

I have yet to ski with this helmet, so I'll just post a comment about fit and look/feel.

Fit:
I wear a medium in the Smith Variant. With the POC SL, I wear an XL (59cm).

Measure your head. Their measurement chart is accurate to the CM with almost no room to spare. Due to the fact it is a hard shell, there is no means of customizing the fit beyond manually adding padding.

If the shape of your head is on the roundish side, look at another manufacturer. The POC SL is designed to fit oval shaped heads.

Feel:
The helmet is snug, but not uncomfortable, with thick padding. The chin strap is one of the better designs I've ever seen on a helmet, although it doesn't cinch down as much as I'd like it to.

The best feature are the ear pads. Not only are they easily removed and reinstalled, but they have a deep pocket for your ears. No more of that awful crushed ear feeling at the end of every day. The ear pocket also helps make the helmet feel light as air.

Look:
It's a good looking helmet. Simple and stylish. But it isn't small. It's bigger than my old Variant by a good margin - Enough that it barely allows me to pull over the hood on my shell (for those blizzard lift rides). It is a low-profile helmet, that much is true. Low-profile meaning it doesn't rise off the top of your head very far. However, it is wide, very wide. Kind of makes my head look like a watermelon on a tooth pick.

Build:
Compared to my old Variant, the build quality of the POC is simply outstanding.

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pburton16 wrote an answer about on July 27, 2010

I'm 5"11" 150 and ski the Mantra in 170cm length. 7cm won't make any difference whatsoever in deep snow. If you are adept in powder, you are adept in powder. The length of the ski won't make you float better.

Now, 7cm will make a difference in tight terrain (bumps, trees) etc. I skied these boards in deep snow, trees, bumps, chop, over logs, you name it and at 170cm ... I couldn't have asked for more. 14cm will make a huge difference in terms of the effort you have to exert to force the ski to do what you want. Going shorter is NOT going to detract from performance, but going too long will. If you have the technique, shorter lengths will allow you to ride far longer and exert less effort.

Volkl traditionally makes very stiff skis. You need to be aggressive to ride them to their potential. The difference is that if you ride them too long, you can rest assured your shins will be feeling the bang within a few hours. I skied hard for four days on the 170's before I started to feel pressure on my shins.

It's your decision, just don't buy into this "longer skis make you float better" crap ... were talking centimeters here, not inches.

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pburton16 wrote an answer about on April 8, 2010

I'm 5'11", 150 and skied a 170 length in deep snow, crud, trees, bumps, and carving long high-speed GS turns down groomers. 7cm will make little difference. 14cm will make a big difference.

I've been skiing Volkl Vertigos for nearly 10 years. Stiff fucking ski and at 184, despite my being a very aggressive skier, I still have to muscle the shit out these skis to get them to perform. They are also much narrower than the Mantra's and I can say from many days in deep snow that the narrower width is no impediment to powder. If you can't ski powder on narrow skis, wide skis aren't going to help much. Unless, you buy a pair of rockers - I hated the Rossi Rockers I demo'd - hated them -may as well have strapped water skis to my boots.

That said, the Mantras felt like butter by comparison. Sleek, fast, charging, responsive, floating, and forgiving. I simply rocked these skis. Loved every minute ... and my new pair arrived on my doorstep this afternoon.

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pburton16 wrote a review of on August 30, 2008

4 5

I carry around a mellon that is really tough to fit into helmets. The fit adjustment feature on the Variant solved my problems. Very comfortable, good venting (although I did experience some fogging on occasion), and it proved to be toasty warm during ridiculously cold 60mph winds at the top of the world on a recent trip to Chile ... which is especially important because the storm hood on my over-priced shell won't fit over the helmet.

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pburton16 wrote a review of on August 30, 2008

5 5

As small as this sack is, it still fits a lot of gear. I purchased this pack for one main purpose, to carry a large DLSR camera (Canon 20D without battery grip and two good sized lenses) when skiing. That said, I also sewed on two extra plastic loops onto the shoulder straps to create a mobile camera support structure. I jammed an extra fleece and spare pair of gloves into the bottom of the main compartment with the spare lens. Put a padded my camera in Domke insert and put that on top. A small 45ounce water bladder went into the hydration pouch. In the front pocket, an assortment of gear and lunch, including a walkie and beacon. All this with enough room to spare for a shovel or additional gear.

Performance: Compression straps worked well and stabilized the whole load. The ski carrier worked flawlessly on our off-piste and short backcountry hikes. With the exception of the extra weight, I never really noticed it when in motion. Even took a couple nasty cartwheeling falls down steep pitches landing directly on the pack ... no damage to my camera whatsoever (thanks to the insert). Great fit (I'm 5' 11", 150). The hydration bladder worked superbly.

Cons: The only improvement would be a full zipper on the main compartment. Even though they thought to include half-zips on the bottom part of the bag to access items in the bottom of the pack, it is still a little hard to reach those items.

Conclusion: Excellent pack for day use at a resort and shorter off-piste or backcountry hikes.

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