robby miller

robby miller

Salt Lake City, UT

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Robby's Passions

Alpine Touring
Camping
Mountain Biking
Paddling
Alpine Skiing

Robby's Bio

I love to paddle, hike, and mtn. bike. I live to ski. All of which I mostly do in Utah.

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robby miller wrote a review of on December 17, 2010

5 5

Now that I have more than 10 days on this ski, I can say with confidence that this is a great quiver of 1 ski. I've skied these in 2+ feet of fresh, light pow and they float great (if it's any deeper though, I'll probably go to my Megawatts). When the groomers turn hard and icy, they rail sweet GS turns. There is a bit of a speed limit to these skis, however I rarely hit it and when I do, all it means is that I have to use a bit more steering movements rather than just hard edging in my turns. Still, they don't flap around, have a fairly stiff flex and feel like a solid pair of skis on every condition I've found so far. I definitely love these skis and highly recommend them.

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robby miller wrote a review of on June 1, 2010

5 5

I just spent 2 nights in the desert on this pad and my first impressions are all 100% positive! It packed down nicely into our densely stuffed car. At camp, it was very easy to pump this pad up to full volume. When fully inflated, laying down on this pad is truly a dream. Just close your eyes and you'd never know you were laying on the ground -- it's that comfortable! Really, the thickness of the pad and and air pressure created by the built in pump made it feel like I was back in my bed at home. I really can't wait to get back out and go camping with it again!

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robby miller wrote an answer about on January 25, 2010

I'm actually skiing my fiance's 180's on non-pow days. She's about your size and height and she loves the 180s for pow days, however that's about it. They're a bit big and unwieldy for her when the snow is packed which is great b/c then I get to ski them.

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robby miller wrote a review of on December 29, 2009

4 5

First, this is an awesome powder ski. It floats up high in fresh snow and busts through crusts and crud like they're not even there. In deep, heavy or wet pow, these are my go-to ski.

On that note however, that's where the fun stops with these skis. You really have to swing them out wide to carve down any sort of packed snow. Instead of laying trenches, you just have to make big, surfy, skidded turns on the groomers and packed stuff. In the bumps, they're a bit burly, tankish, and while you can easily get through them, it's just not the most fun I've ever had. For instance I skied about 6 inches of fresh over some decent-sized bumps in the Wildcat area of Alta and the skis just felt slow and heavy. Still, these are my first choice for fresh deep snow conditions.

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robby miller wrote a review of on December 29, 2009

5 5

I just want to say that I love this ski. I've had 4 days on them Alta and I'm simply blown away at how good these skis handle all types of conditions. These skis float in fresh pow and lay deep railroad tracks into the groomers. Even when the trails turned scratchy after being hammered from Chrismas and day-after Christmas, these skis carved up the hard pack like nobody's business.

Two exceptional notes about these skis are how well they move edge to edge and how well they absorb variations in the snow pack. They roll up onto edge super easy and they hold that edge incredibly well. I don't know if it's the bamboo or what, but these things are as smooth as a baby's bottom. This really is a top-notch ski.

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robby miller wrote an answer about on May 26, 2009

Sadly, we do not ship Burton to Finland. For a listing of brands that cannot ship outside the U.S., please see http://sales.liveperson.net/hc/s-9551721/cmd/kbresource/view_question!PAGETYPE?VisitorProfile=DogFunk&sf=101133&documentid=239527&action=view.

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robby miller wrote an answer about on May 26, 2009

Kathryn, you should be able to find a decent bladder at "http://www.backcountry.com/store/group/100000444/Water-Reservoirs.html" (sorry, you'll have to copy and paste the part inside the "").

I prefer the CameBak line as they've been the most durable for me, however, you might want to check out the Platypus offerings as well -- they're easier to fill and have cool detachable hoses and such.

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robby miller wrote a review of on March 20, 2009

5 5

I spent a weekend alpine touring on the 188 and it rocked my face off! These skis ride super-high in the pow -- whether your breaking trail on the way up -- or skiing down. The dimensions provide for super fun, surfy turns in the fresh. The skis are surprisingly stable on groomers too, however, not quite fun-enough that I'd want this as my everyday ski. Still, if I were looking for a powder/backcountry-specific ride, these would be it.

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robby miller wrote a review of on March 20, 2009

5 5

So, I've skied the Black Diamond Verdict (mounted w/ Freerides) in a variety of conditions and I must say, this is a fun ski. In fresh pow, they float right to the top. They're quite stiff and do an excellent job punching through the crud, yet, are agile enough to hop from bump to bump when the moguls pile up. On the groomers, this ski is fast and stable (though it definitely prefers long radius turns to short). I like this ski so much that it will become my new go-to ski for pretty much everything.

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robby miller wrote a review of on March 20, 2009

5 5

I'm 6', 220lbs and these bindings have worked quite well for me. On the skin track, the bindings have performed great for me -- the climbing wires are easy to change on the fly and there's no twisting or flexing when traversing the fall-line (unlike my naxos which twist as much as half an inch). Locked down, they provide a solid ride that lets you feel the ski just like any other alpine binding.

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robby miller wrote a review of on December 29, 2008

5 5

This camera is awesome. It's lightweight enough that when mounted to the elastic band on my ski goggles, I don't even know it's there! The video recording quality is incredible in just about all lighting conditions. The wide lens ensures that you capture a large portion of your eye's natural field of view. The LCD screen is great for reviewing your footage in the field or on the ski lift and fits easily in a jacket pocket. The user interface is super easy to use. Also, battery life in this camera is actually super impressive -- I was using it on a 10-degree, overcast day and all I used were 4 AA rechargeable batteries. Oh, did I mention that it's super rugged too? I brushed a few tree branches while filming and it didn't even affect the video or the camera itself. This thing rocks.

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robby miller wrote a review of on December 29, 2008

5 5

These skis are truly amazing in powder and fresh snow and yet stable enough to blast down the groomers. The stiffness of the skis is tricky to pin down. In soft snow, these skis feel really soft and reactive, but on hard-pack, they're stiff stable. As others have said, you simply can't sink these skis (I'm 6 foot, 220 lbs.). They ride high, on top of the snow and never really get into it. The result is a soft, floaty ride that makes skiing pow way too easy. In powder, these skis turn on a dime- just pressure the boot a little and they'll snap right around. As the snow gets chopped up and manky, these skis continue to perform great- they bust through the chop and float incredibly on the remaining piles of soft snow. And on the groomers, these skis will get you back to the lift line w/ no problems at all. They don't turn all that quick on the hard pack, and it's really tough to get the skis to bend, but they'll be plenty stable enough for some high speed Super-G turns. All in all, this is just an awesome ski that I'll be sure to go to once there's a dusting or more of fresh snow.

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robby miller wrote an answer about on August 26, 2008

I have VERY WIDE fee and I love my Garmont Endorphin AT Boots. If you have to get any modifications done to your boot shells (like blowing out the 6th toe area like me), then you'll most likely have to go with Garmonts -- my boot fitter wouldn't even work on Scarpas b/c of their use of multiple types of plastic in the shell design. Garmont uses 1-single type of plastic (as opposed to Scarpa who uses 3), thus providing a single melting point that's much more favorable to modification. Now, if you have wide feet, but don't require custom boot fitting, then you'll probably want to go with the Scarpas as they tend to run bigger out of the box than Garmont.

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robby miller wrote a review of on August 19, 2008

5 5

I just returned from a trip down the Green River through the Gates of Lodore. This boat did an awesome job through every single rapid -- including Disaster Falls, Hell's Half Mile and Triplet. The boat is pretty maneuverable, even with a lot of gear (just make your moves sooner). It's also super stable. Even though we hit a few holes and big wave trains, this boat just plowed right over them without any stickiness at all. It also drives through eddy lines like nobody's business. There was also an impressive amount of space on this ducky -- including room for 2 dry bags, a medium-sized ammo box, bocce ball kit, tripod, drag bag and 2 total passengers. All in all, this boat was super fun and very safe and it was the envy of the entire rafting party -- everyone wanted a turn in it.

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