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teleboz

teleboz

Scranton, PA. Elk Mountain, PA.

teleboz's Passions

Hiking & Camping
Biking
Snowshoeing
Skiing
Climbing

teleboz's Bio

I'm naturally a little lazy and clumsy, so I like sports that improve my balance and focus like tele skiing, mountain biking, and rock/ice climbing. I also like gear that holds up to my clumsiness. I am usually in red and black at Elk Mountain and love to improve my tele turns in the bumps and trees (and powder when that annual storm rolls through).

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telebozwrote a review of on December 15, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size

I'm 5'7" 150lbs, 39 Short jacket size, and ordered the small. Fits great. Looks great. Resists odor for at least 5 wears, which is as long as I've worn before washing. It will retain odor of cologne or deodorant, oddly, but not body odor. I've worn travelling, skiing (and sweating), after skiing, as a baselayer, and out to dinner. Functions well for all of the above. Dries quickly. Well made. I've worn it frequently for about a year, and there are no signs of deterioration or stretching, which I have had from other merino wool products. I would wear this every day if I could get away with it.

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telebozwrote a review of on January 11, 2010

4 5

Coming from the east and being light (150lb), this is a midfat ski for me that is saved for good snow conditions (the presence of regular natural snow). Having skied it out West, it does well in mixed conditions. It has a nice medium flex for the spring bumps, but is rigid enough for narrow steeps of varying quality up to hardpack. Very good on crud and chunky snow. Works well for its waist in powder with my weight at 175cm, but one thing that does disappoint me is the very low rise in the tip of this ski compared to other skis. Using it for touring is great if you're second in line. Granted anyone who is touring and breaking trail is going to have a tougher go at it than those in the back of the line, the Havoc could still afford to go about 1cm higher. Similar skis go a little higher and have a tip shape that is more efficient at breaking ground. The ability to crest above shallow windblown snow segments or a few inches of heavy powder, going up or downhill, would only help this ski.

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telebozwrote a review of on January 11, 2010

5 5

22 Designs realizes that tele skiers have completely different styles and preferences, and the Hammerhead does the best job of satisfying everyone. On any day skiing at a big mountain, one can go from skiing open bowls of powder to doing a 30 minute traverse leading to steep, tight and crusty chutes. With the hammerhead, you can use setting 2 for that free neutral feeling in the powder to optimize the joy of exploring your stance, switch to 1 for low resistance on the traverse, and then switch to 4 or 5 for the terrain where you need active response from the edges. Switching positions takes no longer than one minute (less with a pointy tool and practice), and it can be done with your skis on. Another reviewer described the hammerhead positions relative to other bindings. It's like skiing with a quiver of bindings.
They're pricier, a bit heavier, a little harder to mount than many other bindings, but their versatility is a huge payoff. You can also experiment with different styles of tele, a nice plus for anyone looking to improve their skiing. My only gripe is that the toe-piece digs in and makes a mark on the top of the duckbill. It's only superficial though, not enough to impact your performance.

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telebozwrote a review of on October 13, 2009

3 5

I don't wear these for running, but for hiking, cross training and every day use, they are great.

pros- fit narrow feet well. Great waterproofing. The lacing system gives a fast and tight fit (important in the rain and snow where your hands might slip while lacing conventional laces, or the laces themselves might freeze and slide out of a knot.)

cons- the laces, when they break, aren't very fun to replace. You could try to use conventional laces, which I'm sure would work just fine, but if you want the same convenience and order a pair of replacement kevlar laces, make sure you read instructions online and set aside a good 30 minutes. I've broken three laces (2 on this pair, and one on a previous Salomon model). Because the laces are so thin and wire like, they've ripped through two of the loops that hold the laces in place. Once that happens, you can wear them around, but you can't run or hike in them.

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telebozwrote a review of on January 2, 2009

5 5

I don't think any tele skier enjoys having to hook into a leash, it's just a manual task we've all become accustomed to that seems to take more energy than 200 lunges downhill. I'm in and out of my bindings 10 times a day doing patrol chores, so I've become picky about the leashes I use. I switch between two pairs of skis, one with the G3 leash and one with the BD leash. I can consistently get in and out of the BD leashes with my gloves on and without hassle. I spend about half the time with them as I do with the G3 leashes. They are easy and reliable. I'm replacing the G3 leashes with the BD leashes.

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telebozwrote a review of on December 30, 2008

5 5

I have these mounted with G3 Targas and using Garmont EnerG boots. I've used em on soft corn snow, a few inches of powder and lots of hardpack here in PA. They turn quickly for their length and are great at short radius turns. They are very stable at high GS speeds on hardpack, much more so than K2 skis I've used in the past. No chatter whatsoever. Because of the asymmetrical sidecut, you get the most out of the technology by driving the uphill ski. It takes a few days to get used to this, you need strong pressure, but not for as long as you might be used to. I've caught a few edges at first by driving the uphill ski for too long into the turn. Once you get the feel for it, it's a great carver. The topsheet is also very durable, No nicks or scratches after banging them into toboggans and into each other. Would love to have the powder to test them on, but great ski for 90% of PA skiing conditions.

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telebozwrote a review of on February 26, 2008

5 5

I bought this jacket for my girlfriend before the winter started. She is perpetually cold, and layering underneath a shell just wasn't cutting it. We get frequent mixed conditions (Sleet, Snow, Ice, Rain, and brutal cold) in the winter, and so always carrying a waterproof coat to replace a non-waterproof puffy coat would be annoying. I'm happy to report that she wears this coat every day, in barely freezing downpours and frigid snowy days, and absolutely loves it. She wears it skiing and has no issues with arm mobility or lower back becoming exposed, and the cut is trim enough to flatter without appearing overly puffy. The hood is very protective and eliminates the need for a neckwarmer. I wish my own puffy coat was as durable and waterproof as hers.

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