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watermelon1523965

Live in Telluride and typically recreate in San Juan Mts, east Utah desert, other parts of Colorado, northern New Mexico in that order

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Justin's Passions

Alpine Touring
Backpacking
Camping
Snowboarding
Alpine Skiing
Sport Climbing
Bouldering

Justin's Bio

6'0", 155 pounds without gear.

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watermelon1523965 wrote an answer about on January 5, 2013

Bear, I haven't skiied these myself but a number of my friends use them as their everyday binding at Telluride. They're too heavy to do full touring but they're not really built for that. They're truly a sidecountry binding. Great for everyday resort skiing with some hikes or shorter tours. They are raised off the snow a little more but you get used to it and the advantage gained in versatility makes up for the different in height. You can stomp in these just like a regular alpine binding. I've seen it. You certainly can't tour in these like a Dynafit or Fritschi though so don't buy these expecting to tour more than an hour or two at once.

One thing to add to KC's recommendation is that (from what I've read online and been told in local shops) this binding can work with either an AT boot sole or a DIN-sole and the boot brand does not matter. I'm looking at buying a pair for that reason. In contrast, according to the manufacturer the Salomon/Atomic (same binding just different sticker) only works with certain boots (of course made only by Salomon/Atomic). I have not seen torque tests on the Sal/Atomic binding with any boots so I can't tell you if this is BS or true. It's probably similar to Fritshi saying you can't use a DIN sole with their bindings but I've seen plenty of people do it. But just beware. It has to do with the release range so even if the boot-to-binding looks good to the eye it may fail a true torque test and not release reliably. As far as the new Tyrolia this is their first year. I would let them get some of the bugs out for a season before investing $400-$500 in something that hasn't been put through a winter of consumer use.

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watermelon1523965 wrote an answer about on November 25, 2012

Thanks for the input. They shipped the other day and I'm happy to say they feel great out of the box. Very, very comfortable for a stock boot. Jan 5, 2012

UPDATE: I've put a few days on these now with fully stock equipment and they are great. Really comfortable and great performance. I'll probably get custom footbeds still just do they're made to my foot but these could work completely stock.

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watermelon1523965 wrote a question about on November 7, 2012

Just ordered a pair of these online. Before the snow falls, I want to figure out if the new liner is worth keeping or should I get an Intuition liner? We're looking at around $150 extra so I'd rather use the factory liner but would pay for the upgrade if it's worth it. Thoughts from other Cochise owners???

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watermelon1523965 wrote a review of on October 8, 2012

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

This is a great, lightweight boot. The range of motion in walk mode is awesome and the boot is really light for how stiff it is. I ski on a 107mm underfoot and this boot drives the ski just fine with a Dynafit binding. It's my first AT boot so I don't have a whole lot of comparison but my more experienced friends love the weight, features, and design. If you're looking for a side-country boot I'd go stiffer ie Mobe or Snookum. But this is a great boot for full-day or multi-day tours.

My only issue is a comfort one that might not affect other people. I had these boots custom fit but this issue isn't a liner/footbeed issue I don't think. I just can't seem to get the buckle above my arch to a comfortable setting, even with the micro-adjust. It's either too tight and hurts my feet or it's too loose and doesn't feel very secure. I seem to remember it on both uphill and downhill. I'll continue tweaking and try to remember to update this come winter. I have a higher than average arch but nothing crazy. Just a little higher than average.

Used with Volkl Nunataq and Dynafit bindings. 6'tall, 160-5 pounds with gear, and ski in the San Juans around Telluride

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watermelon1523965 wrote a review of on September 11, 2012

5 5

I've had great luck with my pair of Nunataqs. They are super lightweight (great for uphill) but on the hardpack they still hold their edge like Volkl's always do (great for downhill). The moderate rocker keeps you afloat but still gives you enough edge contact to feel great in harder conditions. I even took these on a few groomers when I first got them and they seriously carve like the Mantra I've been on the last few years. Without metal and with a hollowed out core these are super light. Not sure how long they'll last without much backbone but I didn't feel any loss of snap/response throughout 25 days on them last season.

Not sure why BC.com says they're twin tips because they certainly are not. There is some rocker on both tip and tail, but again, not a twin tip by any means. You can easily bury the tail for an anchor

I did not get the Volkl skin but these work fine with the BCA skins I bought and cut. I'm using this ski with a Dynafit binding. It's a great set-up; super light weight and people drool when I take them out.

I ski in San Juan's outside Telluride and this ski has been great (too bad I can't say the same thing about our snowpack last year) for the winter I've put them through.

I got the 178 and I weight 160-5 with gear and am 6' tall. This was definintely the proper size for me

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watermelon1523965 wrote a review of on September 11, 2012

5 5

I bought these sandals last spring. I was a little hesitant to pay so much for sandals but a girlfriend of mine at the time swore by hers so I tried these out. They're wonderful. They are pricey but worth the money because they're so sturdy and you can use them so often. I use mine to walk around town as an every day shoe and on easier approaches to the rock. I also used them on a three week backpacking trip in the Carribean, even when carrying my 40 pound pack. Very solid, very comfortable, and no signs of breaking down after the backpacking and a full summer of regular use.

I was a little hesitant about the strap going around the big toe because I don't normally like that kind of thing but I don't even notice it except that it really holds my foot in place on hills/talus slopes. I would highly recommend this product. Thank you Chaco!

I wear a 10-11 depending on brand and got these in a 10. Definitely recommend going down the half size if you're wondering.

Also, these did have a break-in period of a couple days where they weren't as comfortable. They rubbed my big toe and the bottom of the side of my foot under my ankle bone. I put some mole skin on the sandal for a few days and never had issues again

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