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Skier, Biker, Hiker, Climber, recreationalist.

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pnw_peter wrote a review of on May 31, 2012

5 5

After doing some research, I decided to buy these sandals to satisfy the technical non flip flop sandal that I my footwear quiver was missing. The sandals were a bit uncomfortable at first as the sandal was breaking in, but after a few weeks, they are super comfy. I have used them for up to 6 mile hikes with rocks and they performed superbly. The big toe loop adds a lot of functionality especially on steeper trails. The soles look a little bit clunky, but that's ok for me because they protect my feet from rough terrain.

Protip: tighten the toe strap and then you have the Z/1.

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pnw_peter wrote an answer about on January 10, 2012

Hey Sid,

The pants are cut so that they flare out at the bottom. I have had no problems fitting them over 28.5 downhill boots (Dalebello Rampage) or my AT boots, 28 Scarpa Maestrales. I have noticed snow getting past the gaiter in deeper snow because it is not extremely snug, although this is more of a problem with my AT boots which are less burly. The pants come with suspenders which are removable. I think XL will be too big for you, and recommend the large based on the dimensions you give. For reference, I am 6'2" (inseam 32"), 175# (waist 32") and the medium long fit me very well, and also give enough room for a thin pair of fleece pants or medium weight merino base layer.

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pnw_peter wrote a review of on December 22, 2011

5 5

Comfortable, lightweight, fitted. What more can you ask for from a piece of down clothing? I own the vest in pomegranate and the color really pops in person. I am 6'2" and 175# and I bought the medium and that still leaves room to layer a fleece underneath. Well thought out waist draw cord that hides the extra elastic cord when a more fitted look is desired. This vest is a great layer in cool and dry climates.

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pnw_peter wrote a review of on December 22, 2011

4 5

I bought these pants as a hybrid BC and lift ski pant. They have a slightly more athletic fit than many of the steezy ski pants out there on the market, which makes them practical for active usage. I have a 32" inseam and went with the Long (34") inseam to get the fit I wanted over my ski boots. The 3/4 zip is crucial for hiking when I need to dump heat and the pants have held up well to the elements so far. I have been happy with the DryQ Elite membrane and it seems to be a very breathable waterproof membrane. The pants have a brushed interior that is comfortable on bare skin, although it provides minimal warmth. The suspenders are a nice touch to help keep the pants up if you take a spill. I own the pants in Grill and was stoked to finally own a not-black color of ski pant. My only suggestion for making this pant better would be to increase the size of the scuff guard as they are intended as a ski pant.

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pnw_peter wrote a review of on December 22, 2011

4 5

Got these gloves after my hands froze on a day of skiing in mid teens temperatures. Super warm fleece and wool lining that is incredibly comfortable. The natural color looks really good in person, and I am excited to test the durability of the leather palms. The elastic cord for tightening the cuff of the glove is attached by a semi-flimsy looking nylon loop and doesn't provide great adjustability. I am concerned this area of the glove might fail after really yanking on the cord.

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pnw_peter wrote a review of on December 22, 2011

5 5

This jacket fits the old adage, "you get what you pay for." I have been looking at softshell jackets for some time and decided to pull the trigger on the Arc'teryx Gamma MX. The jacket excels in highly aerobic activities where it breathes well and has a good amount of stretchiness making it extremely comfortable. I am 6'2", 175# and bought the medium to have a more athletic fit. The length is perfect and the back drops down to cover your butt. I wear this jacket around town because it has a very clean appearance and a sweet color (I have it in cardinal). However, I am more stoked about the jacket for BC skiing. I layer it over a wool base layer and have been comfortable in temperatures ranging form 10-30 degrees. The pockets may appear overkill, but they allow some to be used for venting while others are used for storing gear / food. Huge hood that can cinch down if you aren't wearing a helmet. Last weekend, I was able to skin up in heavy snow with the jacket, then cinch down the hood and take off down hill without getting wet or cold from wind. My only complaint about the jacket so far is that the wrist elastic is very snug and can be annoying to get over a watch when taking the jacket off.

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pnw_peter wrote a review of on July 25, 2011

5 5

Pros:
-3 different modes of carrying: shoulder strap, back pack straps, and handles.
-3 pockets + 1 laptop pocket.
-Very useful internal organizer with 3 pockets in the largest pocket that holds clothes down.
-Large pocket zips open so that it can lay flat like a suit case and be packed easily.
-Very durable construction (zippers and fabric).
-Sternum strap on backpack straps very useful.
-Fits in any airlines boxes, even budget european airlines like Ryan Air, and Easy Jet.

Cons:
-No stiffness, so you need to pack accordingly.
-Back pack straps uncomfortable with loads >25 lbs.

Bottom line:
I used this pack for 1 month traveling in Europe and it worked very well. My travel included trains and planes and other forms of public transportation. This bag is superior to other more camping inspired backpacks because it can be carried on all airlines and because it has good pockets that are easily accessible for organization on the fly. I look forward to using this bag for my future travels. Wheelie suitcases are way too difficult to deal with if your travels take you off the beaten path or involve lots of public transportation or trains.

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pnw_peter wrote a review of on April 14, 2011

5 5

I have been using the Black Diamond traverse poles for 8 years and have been very impressed with how reliable the flicklock adjustment mechanism is. I have seen many other poles break or fail at the adjustment point, but my traverse poles have been bomber. Recently purchased the newest model of these poles and I really like the new rubberized grips on the shaft of the pole. It is very useful when traversing (thus the name of the pole) when I want to shorten the effective length of the pole. The rubberized grip on the handles are also a nice touch. Big fat baskets do well in powder, however I liked the old, asymmetrical baskets. I use these for skiing, both in bounds and backcountry and hiking.

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pnw_peter wrote a review of on April 3, 2011

4 5

I've only used this pack once so far, but it worked out very well. Brought the pack on a day in the back country and it fit a 2L camelback, extra layers, avy gear, snacks, and skins. The straps for the waist belt are extremely long and I trimmed mine much shorter. I really like the hip belt pockets for storing a camera and energy bar. The separate pocket with spaces for probe and shovel is a convenient way to organize avy gear. The strap system is pretty complicated and can sometimes get in the way when trying to get items out of the bottom of the pack.

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pnw_peter wrote an answer about on March 10, 2011

Shoguns look to be a better powder ski than the Mantras. Also, the shoguns have a twin tip while the Mantras only have a raised tail (not full twin).
Shogun Dimensions: 130 / 101 / 120
Mantra Dimensions: 133 / 96 / 116

The mantra's have more side cut so they will perform better on groomers than the Shogun. Mantras are stiff responsive skis with two titanium layers while the shogun looks to be softer with a bamboo core. This will give a more playful ski feeling, especially in deeper snow. I would recommend you buy a ski that fits what you kind of terrain / snow that you enjoy skiing the most. If you really like powder skiing, the shoguns look to be a better fit, especially with the rocker. The mantras are a great all around ski and I have a lot of fun with them in all but the deepest of pow days. Most of all, I would recommend demoing the skis to try them out!

I ski 177 mantras and I am 6'2" and 180lb. I like the control I get with a shorter ski, however on deep snow days (can you tell I like the pow pow?) they are a little short for me.

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pnw_peter wrote an answer about on March 3, 2011

The jacket (I have black) is somewhat shiny but I wouldn't say its too shiny relative to other black down jackets I've seen. I have the jacket in Large and I'm 6'2" and about 175 lbs. It rides a bit below my waist and has plenty of room underneath for layering. The elastic drawcord on the bottom hem allows nice adjustability to the jackets overall fit and where it sits. The jacket isn't excessively baggy, but I think that is a good think because it prevents drafts of air from cooling you off.

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pnw_peter wrote an answer about on March 1, 2011

Check out the Salomon Sentinels. Very similar dimensions with a slight tip rocker for extra floatation in powder. I personally don't think too much about bindings. But that being said, I have the marker griffons and I see a lot of other people with the griffon + mantra combo.

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pnw_peter wrote an answer about on March 1, 2011

KeyT,
I'm 6'2" and 175 lbs and I ski the 177cm 2009 Mantras. I primarily ride in Washington so heavier snow is the norm for me. I get plenty of float on my Mantras on all but the deepest of days. For example, today there was about 2 feet in new relatively heavy snow and I had some problems floating on less steep terrain, however powder days like this are pretty rare unfortunately! The 177 is a great balance of agility and speed. However, If I was going to buy another pair of Mantras I might shoot for 184 because of the extra float from the length and the increased stability at speed. As many of the other reviewers have said, the Mantra is a great one-quiver ski that excels on groomers, bumps, chopped up pow, and the untracked deep stuff. Only in very deep and heavy snow do I wish I had more than 96 mm under foot.

Bottom line: you should demo the Mantras and find which size is right for you.

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