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ryan dittmar

ryan dittmar

Cedar Hills, UT

ryan dittmar's Passions

Snowboarding
Skiing
Hiking & Camping
Biking
Climbing

ryan dittmar's Bio

I'm a die hard gear junkie. I've taught skiing and snowboarding for over 20 years in the Wasatch Range. I'm a PSIA examiner (if you don't know what that is . . . I train ski instructors) in the Utah region. I started back country skiing/boarding in 1989 and now take my kids with me. I've worked at retail ski, climbing, and bike shops throughout the years, but now I'm a mechanical engineer with a small consulting firm in Salt Lake. I'm a volunteer coach for the local high school mtn bike team that also happens to be the biggest team in the nation (go Knightriders!). I tour several times a week when my work schedule allows time for dawn patrols. I ski Sundance and Snowbasin with my family on the weekends and powder days, because I like the feel of the less traveled resorts and I have both the northern and southern storm cycles covered. I've met my best friends and my wife (also one of my best friends) skiing. My life is focused on the mountains and it's were I go feel alive.

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ryan dittmarwrote a review of on December 8, 2016

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I have mixed feelings about this category of boots. It does exactly what it's supposed to do, but I always want more. I ski a 140 flex race boot (plug) as my alpine ski boot. So I want that kind of performance out of a boot I can hike in for 6 hours, and I want it super light so all my buddies don't have to wait . . . AND, I want it on a tech binding so it hikes well with a rubber soul for rocky ridges. Reality is, that boot will never exist. You can't make it that light and still perform, but this Scott boot comes as close as anything I've found. This boot hikes really well, with good mobility in the ankle while still giving lateral support for side hills and techy ascents. It's a simple boot that isn't difficult to use and the weight is probably half of my alpine boots (I'm not so nerdy that I measured). You have to ski a true touring boot different than an alpine boot, but once you adjust your stance and ankle flex (you rely much more on ankle strength in a touring boot), this is a really nice performing boot. The lateral stiffness and fit in the boot cuff makes the boot predictable, but you really have to stay in the center of the boot cuff in the fore/aft direction. What you gain in hiking you sacrifice on the descent. I like this boot because I feel like I'm not sacrificing as much on the ski-ablity as I'm gaining hike-ability. This is probably the 8th touring boot I've tried and the only one that I haven't sold after the 1st or 2nd use. The liner is pretty small and I've had to cut out a good bit of the toe box to relieve pressure on my toes. The shell fit is good, but if you like your boots snug, be prepared to do some work on the liner and definitely get foot beds (I firmly believe everyone should have a custom foot bed in their ski and board boots, especially if they are going to be spending a good amount of time in them). Finally, a touring boot I can live with.

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ryan dittmarwrote a review of on December 8, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I've been skiing this ski for the past couple years. Goes everywhere and does everything. It's not super powerful and it takes some work to get the 115mm waist up on edge for the pure carved turns, but once you get it there it rewards you with crazy, locked in power. This is a really consistent ski no matter what phase of the turn you are in. It's really easy to get it flat and float in the powder. Unlike some twin tip skis the tip of the Cyclic floats really well in the deep fresh Utah powder. I have probably 30 - 35 days on this ski during the 15/16 season and it's still one of my favorites unless it's just groomers, then I'll pick a ski that's easier to get up on edge and not so rough on my knees and ankles for a day of carving.

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ryan dittmarwrote a review of on December 8, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

To be honest, I stopped skiing Rossignol because I didn't really like the choppy feel of the old Soul7. The old ski was good in fresh, untouched powder, but the soft tip was terrible in the chop or at high speed (although turn initiation has always been easy with this ski). The change in core design has made a huge difference. I got to ski this last year at one of the website ski tests and fell in love with the added stability and response of the tip. It stayed light weight so I put a tech binding on it and it's my new touring ski. You won't find a ski that is more versatile than the 16/17 Soul7. Skiing variable terrain and no matter what your skill level, this is a solid bet. I'm 185 pounds, 5'11" and I ski the 188cm. Because of the twin tip, rocker, and a slightly forward mounting point, this does ski a little short.

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ryan dittmarwrote a review of on December 8, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I have kids that I'm teaching to tour. We periodically have competitions to see who can find a buried beacon (for practice on how to search). They all want to use the Neo because it's so much easier to use. I have collected several different beacons over the years and this is the one I want the newest guy to have on, because he may be looking for me . . . and because it's so easy to get beginners started. I've had to use my beacon in real life and I can tell you that the easier it is the better. Everything is going so fast and time is so critical when a friend is buried, the simplest and quickest beacon is worth every penny. They are relatively new to the game here in the US ,but so far I'm impressed with the ARVA lineup.

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ryan dittmarwrote a review of on December 8, 2016

When it really matters
5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Last year on a full day tour one of the guys in my group was caught in a slide. No question . . . the airbag he was wearing saved his life (not an ARVA pack) and the rest of us a panicked effort to try and save a friends life. This was the first (and hopefully only) slide that someone in my party has been caught in. He walked away injury free. The bad news is it took nearly 30 minutes to deflate the airbag and get it back in the pack so we could get off the mountain. It was a bitter cold day and nearly a year later I still have no feeling on the bottom of my right foot because of how cold I got trying to get the airbag back in the pack. The ARVA system is great for quickly getting the pack back into ski mode and getting you back in motion (instead of trying to lay on the bag to try and deflate the air bag). With plenty of room and good fit system if you have a choice on air-bag systems, this has become my favorite for it's usable features. Easy to use, snug fit, versatile, quick inflation, and simple to deflate after use.

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ryan dittmarwrote a review of on September 25, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I have never come out of these bindings while I was still on my feet. They always stay on and give me a shot at sticking tough lines or off balanced landings. They are heavier than most bindings but they put your boot closer to the ski and keep you there. Be careful setting them up . . . heavy springs and fingers don't mix. Never met someone that had these bindings and didn't like them. I was stoked to see Rossignol put these back in the lineup a few years back. I dig the orange!

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ryan dittmarwrote a review of on October 24, 2011

5 5

Easy rider! The shape of this board, combined with the softer flex (compared to the experience) makes it great for tight trees and soft landings. Compared to some of the big mountain boards that require work and precision, this board lets you relax and is still there when you need it. Magne-tractions gives you the extra grip and edge hold without making you crank on the egdes. Amptek makes turn initiation effortless, giving this board a the unique abilty to be a big mountain rider with street smarts. This is like the AWD sports car of snowboards.

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ryan dittmarwrote a review of on October 20, 2011

4 5

This is a great DV ski or perfect for anyone that loves the groomed and hard pack. I love the graphic with the bull nose tip. Lots of shape and power for those of us that like to make a ski work. It has a nice damp feeling and super clean edge once to get it into the turn. This takes a little more work to get into the turn and be sure you detune the tip and tail if you plan on trying to do anything but carve on these.

I would have given this 5 stars, but I wish it was a bit more like the Classic 80. It's nice and damp and a little more fogiving than the Classic 80, but I like the rebould and responsiveness of the classic 80. I really like the Avenger 82, but I wish it gave back just a little more - I'm picky

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ryan dittmarwrote a review of on October 20, 2011

5 5

I've been teaching skiing for many years and I need a boot that is comfy all day, but is ready to crank it up when it's time. This is my boot! The 97mm last is wider than most boots with a 130 flex, so my feet aren't going to sleep from the second I put them on (compared to race boots at 92mm). The love the power you get from the 130 flex and control, compared to wider recreational boots. The rubber soles are great for parking lots, tram decks, and boot packing the ridge tops. The comfy liner is good for dawn patrol touring before work as well.

This boot brings the best of all the catagories together -
-stiff, but not race boot stiff
-not too wide or too narrow
-comfy liner (rare, out of the box fit)
-rubber sole so I don't slip and wear out the plastic sole

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ryan dittmarwrote a review of on October 20, 2011

5 5

Great do it all ski. I skied this a few days at Park City in the spring and was amazed with how easy it skied. Also took a few runs at the Snowbasin demo. Think about turning it and it takes off. The shape makes it super fun to set an edge, but the most impressive characteristic was the stability. Groomed, crud, powder, ice (what little we have in Utah) . . . this ski is so solid under foot that it put a big grin on my face everytime I skied it. Crank it up to speed and it only gets better, but still so easy to ski when you want to relax and just cruise. This ski is on a short list of skis I must have.

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ryan dittmarwrote a review of on October 20, 2011

Recommended (very highly!)
5 5

I've been teaching skiing for 19 years, I have also done a few magazine and website ski tests the past few seasons and this is my go to ski for everyday (I went out of my way to get it, and even paid for it). I'm an x-racer gone powder junkie that can hold my own in the park (for an old guy).

Best thinig about this ski is the versatility. Flat camber (rocker) makes it easy to initiate a turn, but it's stiff enough to put on edge and set railroad tracks. Wide under foot for float, but with some shape to make if fun on the packed snow. I love the twin tip for jibbin around or when I'm in the park.

Just wish I had my touring bindings on these

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