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scop167840 wrote a review of on February 26, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Rarely do I buy a product that not only meets the hype, but exceeds it. But, the Soul 7s do. I have skied them in everything from 1 ft. of fresh powder to icey steep moguls in the PNW and they never cease to amaze. I'm 6' 190lbs and have the 188s (thanks to advice from commenters on backcountry) and they are perfect. The light swing weight and 5 point design makes them feel so quick edge to edge, they lay down big GS turns like butter and are just a blast to ski. They are now my 1 ski quiver. They are damp enough that they forgive mistakes and unlike my Wailers 112s, never throw me in the back seat. They are great on double black steeps, fresh powder, and even groomers. I have them paired with Tyrolia attack 13s, with a low ramp height and light weight. I do agree that if you are power skier - they may not be for you as they are not super stiff. But, for everybody else - you will love them and then some.
Thanks Backcountry!

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scop167840 wrote a question about on December 18, 2013

I'm 49, 5'11", 188lbs and am a single black diamond skier for the most past in the PNW and Whistler. I ski all over the mtn, from groomers to bowls to short, tight chutes. I just sold a pair of dps 112s carbon in a 184, which were too stiff for me and I didn't like the feel of the carbon. Soul 7s sound perfect, but not sure of size or mount point. 180 or 188s? 184s were perfect size for me in the 112s. Will mount the attack 13s, also what about mount point? Thanks so much for any help!

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scop167840 wrote a review of on January 1, 2013

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I purchased the xplodes to replace my worn out xcell gloves. The xplodes are a little bit bulkier than the xcells and a bit warmer. Though, when riding the lift with a decent wind, my fingers still got cold. On a really cold day at Whistler, I did slip a heat back in the back of the glove and my fingers stayed toasty. I have a jacket from Strafe with bigger sleeves, and the gloves fit under the cuffs.

The fit is a little different than the xcells, with the fingers being a bit longer. I treated these initially with sno-seal and they stayed dry in some heavy snow. As far as warmth, they are really good but not perfect. I have a buddy, like one of the other reviewers, who swears by those Costco head outlast gloves.

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scop167840 wrote a review of on January 1, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I love this helmet, a great low profile fit, super comfortable, the venting is extremely adjustable and the fit is spot on. I paired it with the Julbo Orbiter goggles and had no fogging issues at all, and even on a powder day with some hiking at Whistler. It is one of the pricier helmets out there, but well worth the money.

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scop167840 wrote a review of on January 1, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

The Julbo Orbiter's with the Zebra light lenses are fantastic. They are large, but not oversized, and the lenses work well for skiing in the PNW. The lenses transistion well from light to dark and back and are excellent in pretty much all light conditions. I used them in whistler on a powder day and they resisted fog well. I have them mated with a Smith Vantage helmet, and the two are perfect together. If you live in the PNW or NE,these are your googles.

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