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Chris W.

Chris W.

Sugarbush, Vermont

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Male 40, 5'4" 150 advanced skier who loves the trees, bumps, and powder. Skiing is my passion.

Chris W.

Chris W.wrote a review of on March 2, 2010

3 5

After recieving this jacket, I determined that the collar was a little too big for my liking. The way the zipper comes sidewinding up the neck for me was a con. Sometimes I like to have the zipper unzipped a little ways; with this jacket doing so is awkward and looks foolish. I ended up exchanging for a Theta AR and will see how I like that as soon as I get it. Easy returning items with Backcountry and Arc'Teryx is certainly top quality. If in between sizes, go with the smaller one as they are a little roomy for layering.

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Chris W.wrote a review of on January 13, 2009

5 5

For the money, this is a tough ski pant to beat. These pants are not the warmest you can find, but are not bad either. I see this as a pant you can wear in 25 degree weather or warmer. It is very lightweight and has plenty of vents, which make it a great option for spring skiing as well. The zippers and snaps work great and the pockets are in good places. So far, these seem to be waterproof too.

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Chris W.wrote a review of on January 13, 2009

4 5

If you like vests, this is your huckleberry. I'd rate this 5 stars, but for $130 for a damn vest is too much. With that said, it's a great mid-layer for 25-35 degree days and a good outer layer on spring days. It is also stylish enough for apres. The vest also sports good pockets, the one on the breast is perfect for an ipod.

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Chris W.wrote a review of on January 4, 2009

5 5

I live in Vermont and ski about 50 days per year. I'm 5'4" 150 and ski the Bridge in a 161. The ski has a big side cut so can turn on the dime and holds a nice edge on hard pack. Because the Bridge has a wide shovel and a decent size waist at 92mm underfoot, it also is very good in powder. This is a very ideal for the conditions we get on the east coast and if you did not want to invest more money in a true big mountain powder ski would be a fine choice for skiing out west once per year. The one aspect about this ski I was most truly amazed about was the pop it gives you in jumps. This ski absolutely flies in the air and is like butter on landings. In fact, I like its pop and butter better than my park specific ski, the K2 Extreme. This ski is also super fast. You step on this thing and it will really reward you with speed and stability.

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Chris W.wrote a review of on December 22, 2008

5 5

I like a sock that connects my foot to the boot for optimal performance. This sock is about the best one I've ever worn. I've tried smartwool, fox river, and others but the Euro Supreme seems to put padding in all the right spots without being too bulky. You may find warmer socks, but this one is comfortable and performance oriented.

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Chris W.wrote a review of on December 22, 2008

5 5

This is a great ski. It has a nice even flex which is great in all snow conditions and excels in all terrain. It is fun to carve on the groomers, kicks butt in the bumps, and is fun for jumps. The turn initiation on this ski is so easy it seems like you are skiing on autopilot. The only reason I haven't sold my other skis is don't wish to wear out my Extremes this year. I could easily ski these every day!

I'm an advanced skier who skis in Vermont. This ski will be versatile enough to take on trips out west. I mainly ski in the trees and bumps and the Extremes rock. If you are between sizes on this ski, don't be afraid to take the longer size. I mount mine as an all mountain ski toward the rear of the mounting zone. If you ski mostly park, you probably should center mount.

By the way, there is not a better top or bottom sheet graphic on any ski this year!

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