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robby miller

robby miller

Salt Lake City, UT

robby miller's Passions

Hiking & Camping
Biking
Paddling
Skiing

robby miller'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 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 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 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 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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