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rlyon799819 wrote an answer about on June 4, 2009

I can never decide which is my preferred all-mountain ski - Rapids or el Hombres. If I had to pick only one it'd likely be the Hombres because they work better in crud and chopped-up powder. But I'm a big guy and don't have any trouble carving with the Hombres, and the Rapids are lighter weight. G3 has a new ski for 2009-2010 that's basically an Hombre in a lighter weight. For lighter skiers that might be the all-mountain master. You can't go wrong with either.

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rlyon799819 wrote an answer about on April 21, 2009

I have this jacket and a Mirage SE (special edition made for Backcountry.com), both size XL. I agree with Jason that the Vapor is longer in the torso, which is appropriate for a skiing-oriented jacket. Contrary to the specs listed here, the Vapor does have a sewn-in powder skirt and pit zips, also very useful for skiing. But the Vapor is considerably baggier than the Mirage SE. The Mirage SE fits snugly over a mid-layer - not constraining, but not much wiggle room either, while I can wear a heavy sweater under the Vapor and it's still a bit baggy. That's a good thing for skiing, which involves more arm movement than hiking. The Mirage SE is more suitable for summer hiking - lighter weight, no powder skirt, no thumb holes. Both are terrific jackets, thanks especially to the eVENT fabric.

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