troopah43

troopah43

Ashland Oregon

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Ben's Bio

Bike, Hike, Ski, Climb, Snowboard, Tele. I dig the lifestyle associated with living so near a locals only hardcore downhill scene.

troopah43

troopah43 wrote a review of on February 25, 2013

5 5

Overall, stoked on this binding. A lightweight touring binding that can handle free ride skiing? Sign me up. After the Frischti's and Duke's I'm used to, this binding is amazing. My only comment, is that from my understanding you can't change to touring mode without releasing your toe piece, which is annoying. Anybody have an opinion on that?
I still really like the ski regardless.

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troopah43 wrote a review of on February 25, 2013

5 5

Just got this ski as a backcountry set up with the Dynafit Radical TLT FT. I was concerned that it would be too soft or otherwise feel 'touring specific'. However, the ski rocked all the conditions I've put it in so far. The rockered tip did great in the powder, and crud. It even did OK on the groomers! I'm using the tecnica chochise which is an aggressive boot, but overall I'm impressed with this ski. Closest thing to a quiver killer I've found yet.
I'm 5'9", 200 lbs an aggressive skier and got the 176's which seems to be the right choice.

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troopah43 wrote a review of on May 9, 2009

5 5

I love these skis. LOVE. I knew they would perfom well in powder, but was unsure on hardpack. That's the questions everyone has about wide/reverse camber skis, will they perform well enough on hardpack or groomers? The answer is unequivocally, yes. To understand, I used these at Mt Bachelor with my racing coach friends, and I spent more time waiting for them at the bottom of the hill on an icy day than anywhere else. They said they never thought someone could go that fast on skis like that. If you are a competent skier, you can use them anywhere. I hit rails in the park, spin drops, jib all over the mountain and kill the groomers. They are so big and stable that the rocker doesn't affect performance at all. And I don't even need to mention the powder. Floats on anything. Crud days become the best days, and two inches of snow becomes a whole new ball game because you are the only one who can float on top. If the graphics don't scare you, then you are set. I will never own another pair of skis again

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troopah43 wrote a review of on February 17, 2009

3 5

I love the weight and waterproofness of these gloves. However, the stitching on the index finger came off the first day on my first pair. Warrantied them with BC.com and the same thing happened on the second pair! Can someone say design flaw? However, I duct taped the heck out of the index fingers, and now they are good to go! Bottom line, if you have hot hands and duct tape, these are the gloves for you!

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troopah43 wrote a question about on February 8, 2009

I am 5'9" and 200 lbs and a super aggressive skier. What size should I get? I have 169 nothing but troubles but occasionally I go over the tips in deep powder, will the width prevent that? Or should I step it up to the 179s?

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