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Max R.

Max R.

Evergreen, Colorado

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Filmer and photographer. Shooting photos and film from the city to the backcountry.

Max R.

Max R.wrote a review of on October 23, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Hands down this is the most comfortable helmet I've ever skied in. Over the years I have skied in Giro, Bern, Shred, Smith, Pret, and Poc. I always liked the POC the most, until now. The Count Amid offers great protection and an amazing fit. Nothing more to really say!

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Max R.

Max R.wrote a review of on October 23, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I put about 60 ski days on the Backland 107 last year and man was I impressed. I come from a ski racing background, so it's crucial for me to ski on something that can arc some turns and that is exactly what this ski does. Mounted with shift bindings I skied this ski almost everyday from the mountain to the backcountry. I skied the 189, I am 6 feet tall, and the 19.5 meter radius allowed me to rip groomers better than any other ski ever has. The ski is not super stiff but has loads of pop. The horizon tech gave it a surfy feel in the powder and the 107 was more than enough for any deep day here in Oregon. Can't recommend enough. The only thing I didn't like about the ski was how it cut through super choppy terrain at high speeds. Due to the light weight, which is great for touring and pretty much every other aspect of skiing, the ski would deflect off of chop instead of mashing through. Obviously if you want a super hard charging ski Atomic has the Backland 117 and the Vantage 107 Ti, which I am very excited to try out this year.

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Max R.

Max R.wrote a review of on October 23, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This boot is the true quiver killer of boots! I skied the the 2018/2019 version of the Hawx Ultra XTD 130 everyday of my season last year and it was exceptional. I now have a few days on this years Hawx Ultra XTD 130 and Atomic has made some minor changes that have a huge difference in the way the boot performs. The liner is more comfortable, the strap is now a booster style strap which helps dramatically with stiffing up the boot, and there are now holders on the cuff buckles that keep the buckles in place when they are open during touring. Having the top buckles stay on the setting that you prefer makes switching from hike to ski even faster at the top. All you have to do is flip from hike to ski and clamp the buckles down. No more fiddling with buckles at the top of a descent. This boot is a 10/10 when it comes to a stiff charging boot that is still super light and has great range of motion for hiking.

I wear a 9.5 or 10 in street shoes, so typically I am a 26.5. However, the Atomic boot sole lengths are a little shorter than most so I found the 26.5 to be too tight. I upped to a 27.5 which is perfect for someone that is in between sizing like me. It's smaller as 27.5 boots go with a 312mm BSL. If you are on the bigger end of a size I would recommend sizing up.

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