The rubber sole is basically the thickness they pack down to since the down squishes into almost nothing. I'd guess the rear part of the sole is 2in thick.
I used these at base camp for 10 days and wished the whole time that there was more warmth in the toes. Granted the temps were around -10f. Even doubling up on socks didn't do the trick. As for ease of use and comfort they were great. I would recommend these for hut trips, after skiing or light outdoor use in dry snow since they aren't waterproof. They are super light and pack well.
These are the best liquid bottles money can buy. A friend of mine introduced me to these bottles saying, "I have to get you one, they are the best." I had my doubts... then I got it. The beauty of these bottles is, they don't have any extra bulk like most insulated bottles/thermoses, which allows you to save space and weight for hydration. Put whatever you want in it, hot or cold, and it keeps it that way all day. Even though the walls of the bottle are thin in comparison to a thermos, the outside doesn't change temperature due to what's inside. I Love these bottles!
I've used these pots backpacking, standard camping and camping in April in Alaska. They pack well together and the handle folds over the top and locks onto the rubber nub on top, which keeps it secure. I usually pack most of my kitchen supplies inside of them. The pot accommodated food for 6 hungry dudes. 2 thumbs up
I'd go out on a limb here and say the Barons will be a bit low on the din side of things. You sound like you want something to keep you in. Go with the Duke's.
Mounting your skis in the right position depends on what you want to do with the skis. I have found that mounting them 1 to 2cm's back from true center is right for me because I like to ride the mountain like a park, catching as much air as possible, riding through tight trees, making small aggressive turns through bumps, smearing high speed turns and ripping switch. Among a variety of other turns, techniques and snow conditions, this ski is able to excel at almost everything at the -2cm from dead center. Deep powder skiing is a bit more challenging when mounted here, so if you are concerned about that then grab the Marker Schizo's. The Schizo's are designed to allow you to change the position of your binding depending on snow conditions. Move them back for powder and forward for everything else.
I'm pretty new to fishing but have been going out every chance I get. I was going to get a vest but sent my list to a friend who is a guide and he suggested a hip pack. I couldn't be happier with my decision. I have plenty of room for two fly boxes, snacks, water/adult beverages, attachments for nippers and forceps and it's out of my way. Now that I'm gaining some experience and tying flies frequently, it allows you to rest your rod on it to tie your flies so you aren't holding your rod between your armpits or legs. I recommend this pack to everyone!
These belts are the bomb. After using one for a day, it's the only belt I will use on the slopes. It's comfy and does it's job.
If you're up early and out for a ride in cold weather. The toe protectors are a must! They are easy to get on, protect your itty bitties from the wind and are one more layer for when it's a little wet out. Being a skier, my toes are very susceptible to getting cold so these are a must for me.
I travel all the time and love taking photos of my travels. I carry a 7d, 70-300, 17-40, 50, 10-22 and a 28-135, plus three hard drives, cords, eyepiece for when I shoot video, all my nd filters and other stuff I'm probably forgetting. I also bring my computer, iPad, pens, note pad and it still has room for snacks, water, sunglasses and more. Not to mention, when you ride, you can strap up your boards easily on the sides. It's comfortable and just fits in the overhead bin. It's also pretty handy when you go somewhere skethy and don't want to bring your camera, just take out the block and you're good to go. I obviously highly recommend this pack!
Agree with Hayden. I typically ride 179 and I've got 15lbs on you
I somewhat agree. I say you get the 169 and mount them a little forward of traditional. I always ride the Obsethed -2 from core center which I believe is about +5 anyway. The way the ski is designed puts the sidecut nearer to the center of the ski which is where you want to be to have as much control as possible. If the place you demoed these skis mounted them with schizo's then you should move them to +5 and try them again.
I'm not sure what you're talking about Andrew. I grew up skiing bumps and must say I still shred bumps on my boards all the time. You may not want to take them to the Olympics but they still shred the bumps.
If you are only doing 5 days of side country a year, weight should not be an issue. I personally have not weighted them but I'd say they are about mid-weight for a ski. What it may lack in weight, it makes up for in durability and performance. I've used them for sidecountry and think they are great! Go to http://www.k2skis.com/skis/twin-tips/kung-fujas#pr-header-kung__fujas for more info and consumer reviews.
I guess it depends on if you want to a ski for quick pow tree skiing or for when the snow is a bit variable or packed. 179's are certainly the way to go for you considering your height and weight. I'm obviously going to recommend The Kung Fujas. It is a perfect all around ski that is quick and agile in variable snow and on groomers. I grew up a bump skier so I still dig having a ski that I can maneuver quickly but can wash em out when I get in a tricky situation. Throw some pow at them and they can handle that too. These boards do not disappoint. To be honest, the Prophet is almost identical to my ski, it's just a bit narrower and thus can't handle the deeper snow as well and I can't tell you anything about the Shoguns. Have fun on whatever you decide.
Love this harness. It's light, has everything I need for sport climbing and is small enough to go underneath my ski pants when I'm shredding Alaska. It's about as versatile as I am.
These are the boards I've developed for the past 6 years and am very proud of the way they turned out this year. Each year they are always improved upon and in my mind are the best ski if you are going to have a one ski quiver. These skis will do it all. I mean they aren't going to do everything amazingly, that's why there skis made for every different condition, but these skis do everything and that's a quality I cannot say about too many other skis. They can handle the hard pack, chop, chunder, park, pipe, powder and everything in between. Matched up with schizoFrantic binding from Marker and there is no comparison. Carry a dime and change your stance in an instance if the conditions change. Happy Shredding!
Showing even more versatility!
I've had this burner for 2 years now and absolutely love it. It's fairly compact and packs decently. Plus it comes with all you need to whip up delicious meals while you're camping. The pot and pan never take more then a couple brushes to get clean. To top it off the burner boils water faster then any other stove I've ever used or come into contact with. It was a purchase I will not regret.