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Alex P.

Alex P.wrote a review of on November 12, 2015

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Fit: Runs large
Height: 5' 10"
Weight: 180 lbs
Size Purchased: Large and Medium

So I'm 5'10/180lbs and I initially ordered the Large--I actually like a baggy fit but it was HUDGE...I was swimming in it even with a layer under. Returned for a medium, which I'm keeping, but it's a little less baggy than I would like. Great street fit but if I get a down jacket underneath starts to get a little snug/short. 4 stars for now because it's definitely stylie--but haven't tested in weather but looks like a solidly built jacket that won't get you wet.

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Alex P.wrote a review of on July 21, 2014

5 5

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

(well, to my balls.)

No gimmick, no joke. The side panel ball-leg separators are amazing and do their job (read: Duck Butter Prevention) exceedingly well--both in everyday use and in backpacking/climbing/outdoor situations. In the process of replacing my entire undie stash with these. Your balls will thank you!

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Alex P.wrote a review of on October 14, 2013

4 5

Fit: True to size

Haven't skied in it yet but seems completely bombproof. Love the cut and of course the materials are all 5-star and I know they'll do just fine out there. My only complaint is you can't zip the jacket all the way up with (certain) helmets. With my Smith Gage, I can only get the zip to my chin which I imagine could become a huge pain in the a** on the windy/wet/cold days...just kind of bummed that a "helmet compatible" jacket doesn't easily fit a helmet inside. I should add that I'm 5'10 180--a M fits me pretty true to size. If I went L I'd probably fit the helmet but I'd be swimming in the jacket

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Alex P.wrote a review of on December 22, 2012

3 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I was loving these skis for what I bought them for--big mountain/pow performance. But the base material and whatever adhesive was used was a major issue with me. Had ARVs, ANTs, JJs, and then this pair. Skis get coreshots-I know this and I repair them myself 98% of the time. but on this pair, a rock would ROUTINELY tear out/peel back massive chunks of the base-like 6" long PLUS every time. Upon closer inspection, the base material seemed WAY thinner than my burly ANTs as those could take way more of a beating. The fact that I was having to professionally repair them constantly was getting really old, I probably spent $300+ just repairing the massive damage to these sticks. Luckily, BC.com is AWESOME and hooked me up with their amazing return policy. Hate to say it but after years of being totally Armada brand loyal I am moving on to a different brand of ski :(

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Alex P.wrote a review of on November 9, 2012

4 5

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

Don't really understand all the negative reviews, these actaully fit really well on me (5'10, 175, 33W). Great range of motion for climbing, great fit with a harness and the cinch cords are an awesome touch for when my shoes are on and I don't want them catching on my heels. One star off because the cinch cords could use a pocket or something to stow the slack. They just kind of hang loose which hasn't been a problem yet but could be if they snag a branch or something someday. Plus these look great as an everyday pant. Got em in grey and I wear them to work, going out and they're happy everywhere

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Alex P.wrote a review of on June 13, 2012

3 5

So I'm 5'10, 165 and thought these would be the perfect fit for me as a playful, competitive big-mountain freeski...I love the 185s and thought that 10 extra cm would make for a more stable, stompable ride with less tip dive in powder. It does do all of these things, however for a skier my size I think that I did lose a bit of the playfulness I loved in the 185. Would definitely recommend this ski for anyone who might be a bit bigger though--flotation is nice and they are highly stable at speed.

That said, the durability of the bases is driving me crazy. I am used to putting core shots in my skis and repairing them, however the repairs I've had to do on this ski required expensive shop repairs multiple times last season. what would be a small core shot on another ski, is a massive one on this ski due to (IMO) really thin base material used. I've had whole sections of the ski peel away, maybe 5-6in long, multiple times last season. Big mountain skiers hit a lot of rocks--would expect a bit more coverage for a ski built with this purpose. The ANTs I had before had practically indestructible bases by comparison. Super disappointed with the corner-cutting that happened here with this ski.

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Alex P.wrote a review of on September 2, 2011

5 5

The original fun as hell, tapered, multi-dimensional ski. Mounted some brand new 2008s in 2009, I loved em so much I just turned them into a touring ski, and am buying a pair of AK JJs for resort shredding and big mountain comps. LIGHT, playful, makes you want to pop off of every little feature on the mountain. Armada nailed it with this design--Something tells me a stiffened up, longer, slightly fatter underfoot version (the A to the K) will be even more fun for my purposes.

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