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Maxwrote a review of on April 9, 2015

5 5

Never written a review before but this ski deserves one. I was heading back to AK this year after skiing Haines in 2010. This time it was the Northern Chugach with Silverton Mountain Guides. I grew up in the Alps, so I am more used to ski steep alpine lines but I live and skied in the US/Canada for the past few years. My typical weapon of choice is the JJ. when I hit BC for cat skiing or something I take a Magic J. The latter I brought to AK but I wanted to bring a second ski just in case. Something a little stiffer, more directional, long radius. So my buddy recommended the Renegades. He sells them in his shop (sells JJ etc too).

Initially I was skeptical due to the full rocker profile. I haven't skied a full rockered ski since the Armada ARG which skied like a banana (a fun one though but ski technology definitely moved on since). First thing you notice, the ski is beautiful. Just having it in your hands tells you instantly that this is a piece of craftsmanship. It's stiff for sure but not a plank. It looks and feels heavy but we put it on a scale in the shop and it was actually lighter than the 2014/2015 JJ.

The season started slow for me. No pow on Christmas in the alps. So the only time I could take the Rens out was for two days in Jackson in January with questionable snowpack. First day was sidecountry with high avi risk. They skied fun but couldn't open them up really. But it was instantly clear that the full rocker profile didn't feel odd as I initially feared. Second day was touring the Teton pass (yes I know, heavy setup, I have beasts on them). Avi risk increased to high so again, very mellow runs and not much vert. Again, they felt good, surfy feel, but couldn't tell much other than they seem to work in the trees as well. I like the JJs for tree skiing and woudl probably still prefer tehm at this point but need to spend more time on the Rens to say.

Then I took them to AK. And boy are they good!

The Chugach isn't particularly blessed with snow this year. Snowpack is variable, mostly firm pow with rare deep pow and also occasional hardpack. I skied the Rens on the first day and man were they fun. Then I took the magic Js out the next and instantly regretted. The magic Js where chattery and I got pushed around, skiable but definitely more work. But the rens were just fun. Tight couloirs, check. Dropping the occasional cliff into a 45 degree chute and the need for a quick turn, check. Going Mach 1 on long steep lines, check. Most importantly, they are confidence inspiring. I injured my ankle this year and thus couldn't drop anything big. I don't know how the Renegades would perform in this case but can't wait to find out.

I plan to go again next year and I might just get a second pair of renegades and leave everything else at home.





Maxwrote a question about on October 11, 2013

Hi, I know this has been asked previoulsy in some form but didn't fully answer my question

I do backcountry touring (or I have to say, more side/slackcountry, tyically 30min - 1h hikes several times a day). So I change from hiking to skiing a lot. My layer system looks like this: thin merino wool base layer (icebreaker), a mid-layer and a gore-tex pro shell jacket (no insualtion, just the shell). I also wear a back protector and a backpack, that typically can lead to increased temperature when hiking.

I am looking for a base layer which I can wear under the gore-tex shell, and then for the hike simply take the shell off. Ideally the mid-layer is warm enough to ski, but doesn't get too hot when I hike, breathes really well (the atom under arm vents are genious) well and has some water repellent qualities (when you touch the snow) and wind repellent qualities. I also like it to have a hood and the fabric should stretch.

So far I used either a fleece (not arcteryx) or something similar to the atom hoody. the atom-like thing is simply too warm to hike for me. The fleece on the other hand is not really water or wind repellent, lacks the strechatbility and can get too warm too as it is not as breathable.

The Epsilon SV Hooded seems to have all these qualities (does it stretch?), so I wonder whether this is the piece I am looking for. Do you recomment using the epsylon that way? Or is there a better piece, maybe a fleece that has better qualities than what I use so far? (I looked at the strato hoody as well, and the Hyllus, but the Epsilon seems more wha tI look for)

My concern is also that the water / wind repellent properties would cause water droppletes to build between the gore-tex sheel and the epsilon? Or does it maybe affect breathability when combing the epsylon with gore tex pro shell?

Thanks for your help