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Alex Quitiquit

Alex Quitiquit

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Dat Wasatch Range

Alex Quitiquit's Passions

Skiing
Climbing
Fly Fishing

Alex Quitiquit's Bio

Born and raised in the Wasatch, I'm a creature of rock, ice, and air.

Follow the shenanigans on instagram - @alexquitiquit

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Alex Quitiquitwrote a review of on November 5, 2018

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

One of my favorite, and truly the perfect hybrid, free-tour boot for 2019 season. These boots are not only the perfect boot for anyone who is looking for a "walk" mode in an alpine boot, but also a stiff, burly, touring boot for those wanting a do it all one boot quiver.

The tour mode on this boot is pretty unique in that the entire mechanism is internal. From the outside, looking at this boot, you'd have no idea that it is indeed a touring boot. The tour mode lever is located right below the top buckle and is pretty discreet. When the lever is flipped you enjoy 55 degrees range of motion, and when it's in ski mode - this boot is full value 130 flex!

I put a bunch of days on these inbounds last year and can say they are the a great inbounds boot, with the added ability to do a couple of touring laps when the snow is all tracked out at the resort.

I think these would be the perfect pair up with the new Shift binding from Salomon/Atomic - the perfect combination of inbounds and backcountry.

Also - they are super comfortable right out of the box, not in a sloppy way, but they are tight, comfortable liner/boot.

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Alex Quitiquitwrote a review of on November 2, 2018

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I used these tools last season for alpine objectives with some alpine ice or water ice while ski touring. Decently light, but a bit more than an ultralight axe, gave me confidence while swinging. The griprest and leash are super nice to be integrated, and the whole tool feels minimal and a "package"

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Alex Quitiquitwrote a review of on November 2, 2018

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Had the opportunity to demo these last winter and was overwhelmingly impressed at the versatility.

I've been a big fan of Blizzard skis for a while now, with the Cochise and Bonafide being legacy highlights that have never disappointed. The beauty in Blizzard's skis is the directional profiles, systematically layered materials, and the "drive" essence every pair exudes.

Being from an ex-ski-racing background, my favorite characteristics in a ski is the way they respond to skier pressure and feedback. I want to feel a ski push back when I lay into them - but I don't want them to "take me for a ride", which happens more often with skis that are predominantly metal in construction. The Rustler series has taken the profile shapes from that of the Cochise, Bonafide ETC and combo'ed them up with a more forgiving, playful, but purpose built material construction that makes them "easy" to ski.

No wishy washing with these. Press into them and they glide through the turn and with the carbon frame they seem to snap back linearly and can roll into the next turn with ease. They bite from tip to tail and respond to the transmission from the boot to the edge.

The slight rocker profile makes them seamless from chop to crud. I couldn't a spot on the mountain they didn't.

High Rustler.

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Alex Quitiquitwrote a review of on November 2, 2018

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Couple of thoughts here -
- Does everything you ask of them. Slightly forgivable, but more directive and hard charging than i thought they were going to be.
- Playful - bit of stiffness in the tail, but really nice effective running length give these skis power to be playful in a more aggressive way. Less floppy, more drive. Think Audi S4 vs Subaru WRX.

Consistent flex for the length of the ski make them predictable and stable. Really nice for essentially every condition. Not too stiff, not too soft, just a bit of goldilocks across the board.

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Alex Quitiquitwrote a review of on October 31, 2018

5 5

Height: 5' 10"
Weight: 180 lbs
Size Purchased: Large

Ohhhh man - here's the deal - I sweat like a beast when I tour. I feel like i was just born this way. It's essentially the downfall for most midlayers for me.

When Backcountry was looking to design this jacket, I made sure that it not only could handle the conditions when things got blistery and cold, but also when I start to just rage and sweat my face off. This jacket does both, and i am super excited about being able to put this thing to work.

The fit is also great, thin enough to layer with but also great on it's own for warmer days. I expect to use this not only touring but ice climbing as well. It's stretchy - which for ice climbing is clutch.

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Alex Quitiquitwrote a review of on October 31, 2018

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Alright - we may say "game changing" a bit much in the ski world, but honestly - these boots are ultimately different and unique in their design that makes for the perfect combination of tour-ability and ski-ability.

In the ultimate chase for the "holy grail" boot - A touring boot that not only is effortless on the skin track but also crushes on the down, Dynafit has done something special here with Eric Hjorleifson and the Dynafit product team.

The main design element that makes this boot awesomely different is how the cuff and the lower integrate together between tour and ski mode. Using a "floating" third connector which slides up and out of the way while in tour mode - providing 55 degrees range of motion - (and also unique, is that this range of motion is balanced both forward and back, while most boots have either significant range of motion forward, or rear - these have seamless range in both directions). When the tour switch is popped into "ski" mode - the connector interfaces with the lower by grabbing the rear of the lower cuff. This "grabbing" creates a stiff connection, there is limited to no play, and you reap the full value of stiffness from the boot because of it. It's hard to explain in words - i will post a video - but this switch, dubbed "no more need to pull you pants up" - is legit. I am not only excited for this interface for this boot - but to see this type of design fade down into the more rando/race boots.

They are also a bit wide in the last, so they are roomy for people like me with burly wide feet. Super comfy, super stiff, and just rips.

This is the Freetour boot for true tech freeriding. Designed by the man himself - Hoji.

Also - the feeling when you slap this thing into ski mode is soooooo satisfying. I think it's the smoothness and the burliness of the system, but it just works like a dream and it makes me feel happy.

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Alex Quitiquitwrote a review of on October 26, 2018

5 5

If you are wondering what ski Hilaree Nelson and Jim Morrison used to ski Lhotse - the 4th highest mountain in the world - it was the Zero G 95...

Link to Article -

https://www.nationalgeographic.com/adventure/2018/10/first-ski-descent-lhotse-hilaree-nelson-jim-morrison/?fbclid=IwAR019HRs9nQKKCacoRdMg1nGz9EuK1CguuK_ck5HNKldgD3K27WwnJrtmNI&user.testname=none

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Alex Quitiquitwrote a review of on October 26, 2018

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

"That airbag is too heavy"
"I can't travel easily with that airbag"
"I never really know what it's going to feel like to pull the ripcord"
"The pack that this airbag is attached to kind of sucks"
"Where can I refill my canister after inflation?"

... Since the dawn of Avalanche Airbag packs - we've come a long way.

Canister systems have their place. They are tried, tested, and proved systems that are often more affordable and are locked and loaded ready to go.

Electronic fan bags with lithium ion batteries are great for those who travel, guide others and want to demo, or are in areas were canister refill stations are few and far inbetween. More self reliant, but overall these systems are HEAVY.

Then, as if from the story line of a hollywood film, we see the "SUPER CAPACITOR" - The Alpride E1 system that is the airbag system in this pack.

Since some of us slept through High school physics - a quick refresh. I do not have a doctorate in physics, so please feel free to correct me. It's about to get real nerdy.

A super capacitor is often used in applications in which rapid charge/discharge occur (see: cycling a fan to inflate an avalanche airbag quickly). This charge is stored in an electrical field between two plates - this is different from lithium ion batteries which store energy in a chemical form. Batteries also are slower to discharge their energy than capacitors. This is the reason why fan bag systems with lithium ion have larger batteries - the size of the battery must be big enough to allow for the correct amount of voltage to be reached to activate the fan. A super capacitor can achieve the high voltage necessary at a much lower volume/weight.

Capacitors can also be charged and recharge quickly, and a vast amount of times (essentially for this pack, you can recharge it more times than the life of the pack). The slight downside to capacitor for this function is that the charge will eventually dissipate over time. The way this pack helps mitigate this is the use of AA batteries. I will get into that in a sec.

What does this all mean for you the backcountry skier/boarder?

Less weight than other conventional fan bags, recharge capabilities, testing and demo-ing, limited change in activation due to temperature, and did i mention ... WEIGHT.

Recharge - this is where this bag begins to bewilder me. You can charge this pack using only two akaline AA batteries. YES, you heard me correctly. The way that this pack's capacitor holds a charge - you can reach the voltage using two AA batteries.

Yes, you can recharge the pack using the micro USB cord included. The charge cycle takes roughly 30 minutes.

To maintain charge for up to essentially the length of a season (around 4 months) - charge the pack via USB until the green light, the pop in the 2 batteries, and leave the pack off until it's time to hit the skin track. And make sure to turn the pack off after your tour.

Or do what i have been doing and "party tricking" it in my living room during dinner parties once a month. Recharge.

If you do forget to charge with the USB - pop in two batteries, turn the pack on and it will automatically begin to charge off the batteries.

For a full recharge the bag is marketed to complete one full inflation. I have been able to get 3 full inflations without recharge so the capacitors are clearly big enough for wiggle room.

TLDR: If you have been waiting to buy an Airbag because you "want to see what's next" - guess what? it's here.

5.8 lbs roughly. Lighter than any other fan bag, and goes toe to toe with even those lightweight canister packs in its pack size.

Stay on top!


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Alex Quitiquitwrote a review of on October 26, 2018

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

DPS skis are synonymous with deep snow. Founded here in the Wasatch where we get arguably the "greatest snow on earth" - there is a reason the skis built by Drake and crew are shaped and designed the way they are.

I have been an avid skier of the Tour 1 series for a few seasons now. I am a huge fan of how the profile of the ski glides through soft snow - and they are absolutely light and great on the skin track. In my quiver, my Tour 1's are my "powder touring" skis. When it's soft and deep, i reach for them. But when i expect the snow to be variable, or the conditions to be firm or a bit technical, I usually turn to my more stable, damp and "heavier" skis - like the Alchemist series. I just appreciate the fortitude a bit more than the joy surfing that i get in the Tour1's in powder. But I love the weight of the Tour 1 on the skintrack. They are what I could consider, featherweight for their class.

Enter the Nebo. Designed essentially off the chassis of the Tour1 Wailer 106 profile with lightweight carbon capped construction, BUT with the added dampening materials found in the Alchemist series - this ski is the blend of both the best in the DPS line up. And the beauty of this ski is that with this combination, the overall weight stays down and so I no longer have to make the choice to reach for either my Tour1's or a heavier ski - I can love the weight of these on the way up, and enjoy the added stability and dampening of the ride to charge down. Overall less chatter when the snow gets firm and choppy, but no less "soul surfy" in the soft deep blower.

For the 178cm they weight about 1500 grams (3.3lbs) per ski - heavier than the Tour1 but lighter than the Alchemist - the ideal blend for weight efficiency.

I put about half a dozen days on these late last year and they fill the gaps in my quiver. I coupled them with a lighter weight binding - the Salomon MTN binding, and ski them with my Tecnica Zero G boot.

I won't go as far to say that it's the holy grail "best up, and best down" - but it most definitely is my new favorite ski for all around touring - when I don't want to worry about what the snow will be like, or how the top of that couloir is firming up.

Note - named after the tallest peak in the Wasatch. With a northwest couloir to dream about - check it out.

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Alex Quitiquitwrote a review of on October 25, 2018

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Built off the amazing carbon drive chassis as the rest of the Zero G series - these are the go to for longer days where you expect to encounter any spiciness. Handle extremely well on variable snow and do the deed when it comes to long approaches to the far off couloir. I know it says "Women's" but i am a big fan of the blue color and don't care what the title says.

Also my favorite spring corn ski!

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Alex Quitiquitwrote a review of on October 25, 2018

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

These things are great to round out the ice rack with - a nice full setup for when you just want to punch something in quickly, clip and move on. I have one in each size and i seem to always find a place to use them. The setup with the draw and cap attached is awesome - makes racking simple and reduces each placement by one extra movement.

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Alex Quitiquitwrote a review of on October 11, 2018

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

So much in such a nimble and perfectly well rounded ski.

Built uniquely off of the chassis that is the vantage series, with a hrzn tech tip (Atomic's specific and fantastic rocker tip profile/contruction) and titanal enforced material construction - this ski is at the upper end of the vantage line, in a NICE grey area where they bump inspirations with the Bentchetler.

When you want to lay a hard edge on groomers or hardpack, they bind up - responding super nicely to pressure and feedback - with a manageable 18m turn radius that make them energetically agile.

Where they truly shine is when the conditions get rough - the glide between snow types, sun surfaces and snow depths they are just beastly. unforgivable in their performance - stable, yet FUN. The notion, in the back of mind that you can just apply the pressure at any moment and have the ski roll on edge makes them one of my favorite all around skis this season.

I'd say that they are best described as an all mountain upgrade for skiers who've grown up perhaps on softer skis, but like hard charging and want something that will provide that feedback without being overwhelming "full metal" feeling.

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Alex Quitiquitwrote a review of on October 11, 2018

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Gram for Gram - these skis are stiff, light, and have a very nice progressive rocker, camber, rocker profile that makes them the perfect any day pow touring ski. Their float and glide is synonymous with what Voile is known for and they don't disappoint. The are shifty, light for their waist width and have a nice flex pattern that is predictable yet playful.

For any day over 10 inches, these are my go to. They float like a dolphin in and our of powder pockets and can be thrown to the side effortlessly.

Voile has really stepped their game up with offering something, especially in this featherlight weight class, that is not only extremely skiable but is built with purpose and function. I am beyond happy with their performance.

The working man's pow touring ski.

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