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pskihiker wrote a review of on March 16, 2014

2 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

As far as holding your boot securely on the ski and safely releasing, these bindings are fine. But trying to get them on in deep powder or loose snow is a real problem. I used them while heli-skiing and found them extremely difficult to get into each time I got out of the heli into loose snow. It takes a lot of force on the heel to snap into them (and I weigh about 200 lbs) and the toe piece is really prone to getting clogged with snow. I was very disappointed. Everyone else on the trip had very few problems getting their skis on - while I required assistance several times. Not recommended. I am going to switch them out for Salomon bindings next year.

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pskihiker wrote a review of on January 18, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size

I was a little wary of straying away from gore-tex and also from the "big name brands" like Patagonia, Arcteryx, North Face, etc. I took a chance on the Flylow Lab Coat to replace my old North Face gore text soft-shell ski jacket. I was pleasantly surprised.
The jacket is well made and fits me perfectly - a little loose is the way I like it, with plenty of room for layering. I am 6'2", 200 lbs and the XL fits great. The jacket has lots of pockets - and the interior pockets include two huge ones that you can stuff lunch into - awesome in a ski jacket. With all the pockets, you would think the jacket would be super heavy, but it is not. I would say it is on the light side considering all the features it has. The adjustable hood works great - with or without a helmet.
The material - Polartec Neoshell - is definitely more breathable than my gore tex soft shell - and more breathable than a 3-layer gore tex mountaineering shell I have. I wore it on a pretty warm day and was skiing some hard laps that would usually leave me damp inside my jacket. I was almost completely dry in the Flylow jacket. Awesome.
The material is kind of soft to the touch, yet seems pretty bomber. I also like the extra length in the back - I think it is about 1.5 inches longer in the back. The powder skirt is removable - which is great when you don't need it.
This is a great, high quality, high-performance jacket that I expect to last a long time. Highly recommended.

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pskihiker wrote an answer about on January 3, 2014

Definitely go for the 190s! I weigh a little more than you (6'2", 200 lbs), and I am older (57) - I just got the SFB in the 190 after trying the old wider model in the 184. These new ones are amazing - very agile and quick for a 108 width, easy turning and they also float in powder! They will become my every day ski. I think they are game changers - unless you only like to ski at mach 2 speeds. They are a super fun ski - even an old guy like me can enjoy them. I was worried about the almost center-mount position since I am used to a more traditional mount - not a problem! They felt great from the first run, even holding an edge pretty well on hard pack. Great ski.

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pskihiker wrote a review of on June 26, 2012

5 5

This jacket delivers as promised. It is a no-frills jacket (three pockets, no pit zips, no fancy internal gizmo pockets) and it is superlight and packable. Even though light, the new goretex active shell seems pretty tough - especially compared to some other waterproof-breathable superlight materials I've seen.
I've done some hard uphill hiking in it and it seemed to breathe really well - at least as well as my goretex ski shell. The two main pockets are well placed, not too high like some of these technical shells.
This is a jacket you can make your go-to piece of mountain clothing for everything from backpacking trips to mountaineering adventures. The zippers and finish work seem top-notch. This is the jacket I've been looking for - under one pound and totally protective. Great product.

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pskihiker wrote a review of on September 20, 2007

4 5

Upfront I have to say I am a novice whitewater paddler. Before the Seven 2 paddle, I was using a hand-me-down paddle - a basic model. This paddle has definite advantages. The hand grips really help me control the blade. But the biggest difference is the floatiness or buoyancy of the blades. I use a c to c roll, and having a buoyant blade helps the paddle get to and stay near the surface. It really boosts my confidence. I am very happy with this paddle.

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