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timdonaldson

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timdonaldsonwrote a review of on December 30, 2014

almost perfect
4 5

Have now used my Safe Passage sling a few times and I really like it.

Pros: Sling is best possible design when compared to chest packs, waist packs, etc...easy to access but completely out of the way when not in use. The Safe Passage has zingers with magnets so your nippers are always where you need them, and a great attachment for a tippet spool (not included). Maybe the best innovation is the magnetized hemo pocket on the chest. The black/grey camo is subtle (the image above shows last years colors).

Cons: so far my biggest gripe would be a lack of a second pocket, or a divided pocket, so I can put keys/wallet/phone away for good while fishing. I like to keeping fishing gear separate from non essential items, so a small flat pocket to accommodate these items would be great. I also wish this bag was 10-20% larger, to handle a few more items. That said, I tried on the Guide sling and it seemed a bit too much volume.

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timdonaldsonwrote a question about on January 8, 2011

Question for someone who has skied these bindings -

I love my Hammerheads for the resort, and today I got to try the Axls for free thanks to Mammoth Mountaineering's Telebration. I skied the Axls in the middle position and they seemed veeeerrrryyyy stiff. I'm 6'1'', 195 LBs and I usually ski the Hammerheads in the second stiffest position. I'm worried that the first position on the Axls will be too soft and the middle position will be too stiff. I was skiing G3 Tonics, which in my opinion were pretty squirrly, so it wasn't the ideal evaluation. Any thoughts about the 3 different settings on the Axls? I want to get these based on how much I love the hammerheads but I'm worried about the range of stiffness for the descent.

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timdonaldsonwrote a review of on February 21, 2010

4 5

5 years ago these skis would have been laughable. 5 years ago Gotamas were HUGE. Now when I look at my Gotamas next to my Kuros its almost a joke. If you've been skiing fat skis for a while now and they don't feel so fat anymore, these may be a great option for you.

Pros - Sick in powder (duh). I only have two days on them and haven't had a chance to fully open them up, but they are a ton of fun once you get in the fluff. They simply devour the loose stuff. They also perform well on piste...in fact my first day on these was spent mostly on soft sunny groomers and they make nice GS turns. You won't be carving trenches but you're 100% in control. Anyone who says they are terrible on the "get back" doesn't really "get it". You slide a bit more than you carve, and you blow through push piles and chop. They are stiff like a Volkl and they turn like a Volkl. I thought these would only be for big storm days but they are more versatile than I thought. I got bumped coming fast out of the trees and landed super backseat and was able to muscle out of it...no soft ski would have done that.

Cons - Anything wind blown or crusty is a challenge. But you knew that when you bought them, didn't you? The main negative is the price...they're on sale today (I could have saved $100 but who's counting?) You won't be mounting these with anything less than Jesters, so this is a pricey package. If you can get a bro-deal go for it, but this is like the Ferrari you keep covered in your garage, just waiting for that day when the roads are dry and empty and the weather is nice. Also, while they don't ski heavy, if you hike or tour or just carry your skis often these are not light. But if you have a chairlift or cat or chopper or sled getting you your vert than who cares?

I'm cat skiing these in Canada in 10 days and will amend this review if need be. Bottom line - if you've been on fatties for a while, live west of the Mississippi and can afford them, get them.

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timdonaldsonwrote a question about on September 9, 2009

you know what instantly strikes me as nice about this jacket? the fact that it DOESN"T have 37 pockets like my Spyder jacket does. If i need to carry a bunch of stuff I'll wear my pack...all i need it two handwarmers, one chest and maybe one interior, and I'll rarely use them.

How's the fit? I'm 6-1, 190. My biggest problem with jackets is usually sleeves not long enough and way too much room in the waist.

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timdonaldsonwrote a question about on July 9, 2009

question about size...I typically wear a size 10 but sometimes 10.5 depending on manufacturer. I have a brand new pair of SeeThe 27.5s feel like the right length, but maybe just a tiny bit short. But they are killing the tops of my feet. should i get the Push in the 28 instead? BC.com doesn't have many boots at all in 27.5 in stock

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timdonaldsonwrote a question about on November 10, 2008

I'm 6-1, 185. Fairly aggressive skier that prefers Powder but also likes to open it up on groomers when there's no fresh. I ski the Gotama 183 and I love it, but sometimes I feel like i could use a bit more length when I point it and get up to higher speeds. You think I should go all the way up to 191 with these? I went into my local shop and they said they don't even stock that length.

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