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skidawgwrote a review of on June 13, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 11"
Weight: 166 lbs
Size Purchased: large

helps you move fast and more freely...I am slender 5'11" 166 lbs with a bit longer arms and prefer the large over the medium. Have had both sizes. The medium will fill out completely with a insulating layer on me. The large has better sleeve length for reaching without feeling any pull or tightness. The tail drops just a tad more too. Just one mans preference.

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skidawgwrote a review of on June 13, 2016

5 5

Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 11"
Weight: 166 lbs
Size Purchased: medium

so have owned a few 4+ pair of the Bib versions and these non suspender version are lighter. Still have the aramid cuff reinforcement but not a complete wrap hence lighter. Pockets are smoother against the leg without expanding at the base. I like that look a the smooth lightness. Sure a bit less tough but frankly I would be bored with these before I ever wore them out.
Cut is great...I am about 5'11" 166 lbs 33-34 waist not quite to the end of adjustment. Can snug em in a bit and they look just marvy. Length is perfect (prolly 32ish} barely touching the floor if at all. No super sloppy bend or bunch up on top of the foot.
Really like these in a medium and a Falkentind jacket in a large.

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skidawgwrote a review of on October 21, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 11"
Weight: 166 lbs

Ordered a large sent it back as the Lab Coat just seems to have slightly bigger cut to them. The large was noticeably big on me. Re-ordered a medium and love it. Was afraid the medium size sleeve length would be too short for my 35 inch dress shirt arms. They are money and don't hike up your arm when you reach. My stoke factor is so high the needle is pinned and just had to let someone know.
Update: so after 7 pow days including waiting in the gondi line with other locals for up to 1 1/2 hours at a time while its dumping...stays dry, no leaks, regulates temp well and looks great of course. Got it in the Night color and pair it with the Red wood colored Chemical Pant in Medium Tall.
Been pretty snowy in the PNW this past couple weeks. My mid layer is a Dynafit Vulcan down jacket over an Icebreaker 260 merino zip neck. Thats it.

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skidawgwrote a review of on October 20, 2015

5 5

Height: 5' 11"
Weight: 166 lbs

Unless half your gear and clothing have some duct tape on them the locals usually smirk at any new clothing.
Well it was a Cold blue bird foot plus of fresh kind of morning and I will be damned if my local buds didn't give me a shout out on the puffy.
I was comfortably warm and hardly felt it on. Waiting in line 40 minutes +++ for the patrol to get done so we can rock our favorite lines...you know the drill. If thats the case you need this O.R. Puffy
Bought a medium 5'11 166-169lbs and wear a 35" sleeve dress shirt. I am 62 now and have researched, owned and gotten rid of more than a few down jackets. This one is a keeper.

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skidawgwrote a review of on October 20, 2015

5 5

Height: 5' 11"
Weight: 166 lbs

Raglan style shoulders and sleeves which eliminate the "boxy" look and feel. I am 168 lbs with a 34-35 sleeve length, broader shoulders and a 33-34 waist.
I have a medium and its money. This is a perfect mid layer in my book for in bounds skiing or out. The claimed weight is 11.7 oz.
There is a fine line with too much or too little insulation in either synthetic or down mid layer jackets. I personally view this jacket
as a "midlayer" and have owned many different high end brands.
I believe for me this is the best combo of insulation first and the fit is just an awesome bonus second.

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skidawgwrote a review of on December 4, 2014

5 5

Fit: Runs small

All you have to do is try this on like I did and you will be sayin this is a must have. I sized up (5'11" 166 40 chest 34 waist) to a large for layering with a Dynafit Gorihorn insulated jacket layer underneath. I am a skier not a rock climber so the high loft and the toughness of the essentially windproof exterior fabrics mean quiet warmth. The drop tail sealed the deal for me, such a sweet design. Worth the price it will be a go to jacket and be worn more than others in your arsernal I guarantee. Just an unknown gem brand new intro from O.R.
Put your hardshell in your pack for emergencies and just wear this...

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skidawgwrote a review of on December 17, 2013

5 5

My Giro Helmet head fits in a Smith now...amazing! Most comfortable Smith to date. Don't know what smith did but with their Vantage and Variant i had to go to a size large not to have serious gaper gap and enough forehead room so as not o create pressure. Problem was the sides had big wind gaps. So I just stayed with a Giro seam in Medium but never really cared for that look so I just wore my beanie. Now no Gape gap with snug sides and no forehead pressure in a Medium in a Smith. Thank You Smith for building a helmet that fits my weird mug. This is a keeper. Got the Prospector color and Love it.

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skidawgwrote a review of on November 8, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: Runs small

bought another pair of this coming seasons and sized up. I can go either way in a medium or a large but will be staying with larges moving forward fom Norrona. I am 5'11" 163 lbs with a 33 inch waist and a bit longer legs (not long waisted). Have skied this model bib for a few seasons and have purchased at least four different pair as colors have changed. My reason for size large is maybe my waist is a bit bigger now 33-34 probably vs 32-33 prior. I like the longer length i get out of the current run of size large. I do not have to extend the bib straps all the way down practically to get the length with the large like I did the mediums. In fact not at all and the size large still looks svelt by bringing in the side straps a bit. Happy with my new sizing. nothing more geeky than pants that are too short imo.
The pants are definately all time in my book too. The upper bib portion is not baggy but more conforming. Just look and or try on
other brands and you will see and feel the gunny sack opening that some of those have. These are made tough and yes gore-tex hardshell pants are a bit noisy when walking but such a minor bitch for such an awesome pant. Highly recommend these.

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skidawgwrote a review of on November 8, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Fit: Runs small

this mid-weight merino is very much like Icebreakers GT in terms of weight and feel. I like this more because the way the collar lays and wraps my neck more comfortably without being too high.
I am 5'11 163lb with a 33" waist 34/35 sleeve length in dress shirts with broader shoulders. Anyway a large fits me perfect and is not baggy but very conforming without being too tight. Note: I wear a mediums in Smartwools NTS Light 195. Thanks to other reviewers I rolled the dice on size large in this model NTS Midweight and nailed it.

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skidawgwrote a review of on October 25, 2013

5 5

glad I made the leap. I can already tell it will be an all time piece. This is almost a full time quiver fleece. I sized up and if you are somewhat lean with long arms broad shoulders you may too in relation to weight and height. I am 165 and 5'11" with 34/35 dress shirt sleeve length. I went with size large. Wearing this over a merino wool Icebreaker GT top and of course a shell over it all. It is a sculpted look on me for being a large and would rather have a little too much sleeve than not enough. Running about a 34 waist now that I am 60 gravity is taking over. Hope this helps you fellow slayers but do decide to add this to your collection. It may very well turn out to be a collection of one. For the more bitter days I have the Warm2 in the Trollvegen line. -also- size large.

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skidawgwrote a review of on January 16, 2013

5 5

skied the 184 and was wowed by the ability to change directions in a nano second whilst charging through afternoon rubbled out bumped out groomers. They hold a clean edge, scribe clean lines of a radius of your choosing. Felt like a World Cupper thats just a freeskier. Plenty stable obviously. As previously mentioned hopefully you don't have to carry these very far. Old world construction and feel that I have missed dearly. Made me feel younger.

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skidawgwrote a review of on January 16, 2013

5 5

The Space Blue color is a bit muted from what appears on my monitor which is perfect. The high collar is floppy for sure but built that way for a reason. You can leave it a couple inches unzipped and it is not flopping open like you think. Keeps me warm. Cut is definately Euro or athletic and I sized up to a large. I have a Narvik Goretex jacket in medium that I where this under and nothing hangs out or under.

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skidawgwrote a review of on January 11, 2013

5 5

after two days testing the 192 length in some seriously variable sketchy conditions I could not be happier. I am 5'11" 164-167lbs plus gear. These skis are light in the tips and tails which reduce swing weight. They are stiffer in the forebody with the tail being a touch softer. I find that better for charging through chop or broken snow conditions. It took about 1/2 a run to figure out the sweet spot then wow. They roll up onto edge easier than the Pettitor and have an incredible grip for a 123mm waisted ski. They can change directions quickly like the Opus (118mm waist) and hold at least as good. Skied the Squad 7's a couple of days and the Chetlers are better in every way imo. Just plain fun...Skied these the second day in 6" of pow over a frozen wet and in some aspects a crusty layer underneath. Have confidence these get it done. Flying on top of the pow you can smear or adjust your turn radius and not feel locked in like on the squad or Pettitor. Stoked! Mounted mine one hash mark behind the "factory team"line meaning 3cm behind true center. Have a 306mm BSL if that helps.

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skidawgwrote a review of on December 31, 2012

5 5

more people than appears in black and white. I have a narrow heel and wider 6th toe area. Basically a duck foot with a higher instep. Actually sized down from a 27.5 to a 26.5 with my street shoe size being 9-9.5...the stock liner is very good with the best stock ankle pocket I have been in. However I went with a "Conformable" foam liner and most important a foamed tongue. This gives you extra finesse and power at the top of the turn. Currently running a small bit of wedge or lift under the conformable on the zeppa footbed. The power strap should not scare you as it aids smoothing out the flex and gap in lost sensitivity again at the top of the turn. You feel the terrain better this way and it is more absorbive or compliant. Progressive power now with a nice vibram shock absorbing heel and toe piece for walking. FYI I am 165lbs

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skidawgwrote a review of on December 25, 2012

4 5

but this ski after two powder choked days left me wanting or a bit confused. The good attributes are: Turns very well and can be super quick with the the way the tip is designed on this ski. Rolls up on edge with absolutely no hesitation compared to lets say a Pettitor. Great grip. Its also able to make big round carved turns I found when screwing around on groomers too. Very fast bases or my wax was perfect :) Floats well but a bit too turny in pow for a ski with a 29.5m turn radius...weird. Felt disconnected transistioning from or trying varying turn shapes in the pow. Stability wise these are def all that although just not a fan of Rossi's core maybe. Has this kind of stiff skittery feel that is a bit too bouncy. The Pettitor in a 189 was way more damp and connected to the snow with a better kind of stability for me. Was not affraid to point the Pettitor at a pile of junk snow at speed while GS'n or super G'n while on edge. The Squad does so many things well and is a ripper for sure but just lacked that fun playful factor for me and found it rather boring. So many awesome skiers however that connect with this ski and I get that. Demo if you can.

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skidawgwrote a review of on December 17, 2012

5 5

Absolute blast down a steep pow line at speed or scrubbing speed in a nano second to duck into a tree line. These are too insanely fun to give up. They actually carve a turn on top of the heavier pow we get in the PNW. You still get face shots on the uber deep days. Have tried sooo many pow skis looking for the holy grail. These and the Volkl Kuro should be on your ultra short list. I am 5'11" 165lbs plus gear and mount my 179's +6 Cuz Seth said to previously. He was right on imo. Nailed the sweet spot and way balanced. BTW these will increase your run count by not wearing you out. It's o.k. to have fun skiing.

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skidawgwrote a review of on December 14, 2012

5 5

She has a 58.20 cm head with a very slightly loose tape measurement. The M/L fit her round head and flat forehead very well. Reduced only 3 clicks from max adjustment. Strong Blue color is one of the best looking helmets too! I am oval headed and look like a dork with any POC. I am a Giro head.

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skidawgwrote a question about on December 11, 2012

Just a heads up on dim's...
Have not purchased these yet but had a pair of 93's in my hand and love the not too stiff flex. If were deciding on a pair of skis and saw what Backcountry has posted for dimensions I would pass these by. Here are the correct dimensions:

DIMENSIONS
LENGTH (cm) 179 186 193
TIP WIDTH (mm) 139.5 140.5 141.5
WAIST WIDTH (mm) 117 117 117
TAIL WIDTH (mm) 128.5 129.5 130.5
RADIUS (m) 18 19 20

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