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Benjamin R.

Benjamin R.

Benjamin R.'s Passions

Skiing
Climbing
Hiking & Camping
Running

Benjamin R.'s Bio

I love to ski big and fast in the backcountry and the resort. I also love to rock climb.

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Benjamin R.

Benjamin R.wrote a review of on June 26, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 10"
Weight: 165 lbs
Size Purchased: 44.0

It took a couple of runs for the shoe to break in and for my foot to get used to it. Now, after 200+ miles, I love it. I have flat feet, wide fore-feet, narrow heels, and multiple skier bone-spurs.

The sole is stiff, nearly like a hiking boot; this is a plus for me. I have weak, skinny ankles, and the stiff sole to support my feet and ankles wonderfully. I also have weird, narrow heels, and I have not gotten heel blisters from these guys. After long runs, 12+ miles, I have gotten toe blisters, but thats also been the case with every other shoe I have worn.

I like the lacing system and overlap system; my only complaint is that it doesn't go down quite low enough over the forefoot.

For as burly as it is, I find it lighter than my UltraRaptors.

Great shoe, and I imagine that is partly because I have a weird foot and they fit me.

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Benjamin R.wrote a review of on December 21, 2015

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: Runs large
Height: 5' 10"
Weight: 160 lbs
Size Purchased: medium

I didn't want tights, so here ya go. They have been great in 30 and 20 degree weather. They would be too warm for the 40s and above. I like that they're athletic but not tight, feel more like thin and snug soccer warm-ups. The leg is very long though; I'm a 33X32, and I got the medium because I have skier thighs. The ankles bunch up just a little bit. Other than that, I'm very happy.

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Benjamin R.wrote a review of on April 14, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Light, yet stiff. Floats well enough, but camber means great edge hold. They rip short and long radius turns. I have these in 177 mounted with dynafit speed radicals. Third day out on them I skied the Grand, and they were just perfect. Since then they've been in the North Cascades to the North Tetons with no complaints. I really hope Volkl keeps making this line.

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Benjamin R.wrote a review of on February 10, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Great ski. Light and stiff, will ski anything and make it feel good. Tho a little fat for ski mountaineering, they get the job done. And they just dominate fast turns, short turns, powder, ice, all of it.

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Benjamin R.wrote a review of on February 10, 2015

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Great AT binder. I am a former ski racer, I go downhill fast, and I have never had a problem with these guys pre-releasing, even on high-teton death crunch. They go uphill stupid fast and the climbing bars are very easy to use.

My only complaint is that the heel piece is not multi-directional like the old heels. Because of ice build-up I often have to turn the heel back the way it says not to, and I have no idea how bad this is for the binder. However it looks like this years model has a little block that prevents turning back that way. Otherwise, great binder.

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Benjamin R.

Benjamin R.wrote a review of on September 28, 2013

3 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I got this in the 177 and put Dynafit speed radical binders on 'em. Going uphill, it feels like cheating. Seriously, stupid easy. Going downhill, they felt a bit too much like skiing slalom skis; short. I am 5'10 170 lbs. I tend to go downhill fast, and these just didn't quite cut it. I wish I had gotten the 187's, and I am still really interested to see if they crush downhills in the longer length. That aside, I highly recommend these skis for touring. They did great on steeps for quick turns, enough torsional stiffness to hold their edge. If you have the means, I highly suggest you get a pair.

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