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I've been filling my life with extremes as long as I've known.
Once a addict\alcoholic to a endurance biking, backcountry snowboarder.
I live\work at a ski area year round, I also ski\ride year round on the glaciers of the PNWSplitboarding changed how I look at summer time. Skiing is just something to pass the time til powder days. Shoulder seasons I can be found riding single tracks and bike parks or scrambling up mountains and pebble wrestling. I don't like water unless its frozen, hot weather, things with engines, romantic comedies...
A nicely sized day pack, about 35L when compared to my 40L and 30L ski packs. Some of the key features I noted right away were some really tough fabrics and a unique zipper configuration! The pack was simple to adjust to my torso size after watching a quick video. Basically there is a plastic piece behind the shoulder straps that can be removed and used to separate velcro that holds the yoke (shoulder straps) down. Once fit the pack feels great with all manner of weight in it! I'd filled up all my water bottles and filled it up to 30lbs and it felt pretty good. I'd heard a lot about these packs while skiing at Big Sky Montana where Mystery Ranch is based out of, stoked to get one! There is 2 pockets in the lid, one big enough for a phone and keys and the other large enough for a book, head lamp and sunscreen. With a mesh backing I assume is to keep the pocket ventilated(?). Water bottle holders on each side are big enough for Nalgene size bottles yet can hold small items loosely. 2 hip belt pockets for sunscreen or chap stick but not much else. Full zipper on the front, different and awesome!
Pros: The zipper configuration is awesome! Using it like a top loading pack is cool, but when you need that thing at the bottom BAM! Front zipper goes nearly all the way to base of the pack making those normally hard to reach items a cinch!
The harness of the pack is burly, it feels like it could handle more gear than the pack can actually fit inside. I think the fabric will last longer than I will, its so tough! This thing is comfortable, with just a camera and water bottle to a full days worth of climbing gear it will feel the same.
Cons: The hip belt pockets are too small for snacks or a cell phone. Compression straps for me would be better on the side (for carrying skis) yet very functional for clipping gear like climbing shoes and a jackets. Its a little heavy for its size, yet that goes with a tough built pack meant to last a lifetime.
All in all I really like this pack. I plan to use it on a few light overnights if it ever warms up. It would be a great "do it all" pack for hikers, climber, photographers and even backcountry skiers.
**** I have the Scree which is the men's version of the pack.
After falling in love with the activeice fabric in some OR sun sleeves I wanted to get a pair of these for trail running and spring glacier travel. Replacing cycling I used for the last few summers.
Very light breathable fabric feels good on hot days. They compress down to shove into a pocket. The palm fabric keeps my hands from sweating and grips ski poles very well.
Con: Only worry about the long term durabilty but thats cause I'm using them for something they aren't intended for. The closer system makes them a little bulky so I can't fit them under my ski gloves when temps drop.
Overall these are perfect for trail runners, hikers and spring skiers!
Fit is along with OR's size chart
After searching for the perfect ski\splitboard mountaineering axe I believe I may have found it.
Its light, but not too light that its useless when you do have swing it into ice or chop a step. The head is very ergonomic and smooth with all manner of gloves from cycling to expedition mitts. Its just "tech" enough without being useless as a piolet.
Lastly the grip helps hold on without a leash than non rubberized shafts while not compromising the "plunge"
The bad: Only trepidations without merit so far but I fear that when being used as a T- anchor that a sling could slip down along the shaft due to the shape and the bend.
The rubber on the handle can only last so long, I wonder how many hours of baking in the sun and being stabbed into ice it will take before it wears off.
Overall I think this is the best standard(ish) axe I've used, other excel for certain things but generally.... Anyone looking for a ax to back iup a tech tool or to balance a ultralight ax this could be your guy. For the general Mountaineer it might be a little overkill (given the price tag also). But for the ski mountaineer, or the budding climber that will eventually get into more technical routes this is a great start
I do love this style of piece, breathable where ya want it and insulated were you want to retain heat. The hood fits nice, not quite under a ski helmet but good for a transition and on the uphill. Thumb loops are better than some older OR piece I've had. I got this piece as a replacement for an OR Acetylene jacket (my favorite midlayers ever!) and I'm a little disappoint in the warmth of the Deviator compared to it. Much more breathable and more like a baselayer with insulation in the front.
Now some folks might prefer this piece for its warmer weather versitility but I'm left wanting more.
Pros: Fit is awesome with great mobility. Chest pocket is big enough for a smart phone. Body mapping is down very nicely. The Polartec fabric is soft and breathable.
Cons: Thinner fabric than I'd like. No zippers on the hand pockets so they're only good for warming hands. Also would prefer no hood to prevent "hood stacking. Because of its thin, close fitting nature its prone to odor after a few tours.
All in all, this is a well built jacket with quality materials. It can be used for cycling, climbing, skiing and running. I'm just missing the Acetylene.
If this jacket were made of Wool and functioned the same or had a bit more thickness and looser fit I'd rate it a 5.
Are these still crampon compatible? Semi auto style, not strap.
At first I figured this would be a nice mid layer to use while backcountry snowboarding. The wool in the fabric and Euro fit was what I was after. Features like thumb loops and close fitting hood was what sold me.
I found I wear it all the time now, it looks good enough to be worn into town without looking like I'm in baselayers yet. While its warm enough I use it to hike in with a light baselayer underneath and slap a shell on for the way down.
My favorite fleece\midlayer or whatever you want to call it.
The large fits longer but slender for tall athletic builds. Some might think its tight in forearm but its perfect for me!
With a lot of insulation and goretex topped off with a loose "freeride" fit, this was the jacket I'd been looking for. Cold days riding lifts are no problem.
Nice features that Norrona is known for, wrist gaiters, powder skirt that snaps to the Lofoten pants, goggle wipe in the chest pocket and ski helmet compatible hood.
The fit is nice and long without being very bulky in the body.
I'm a taller athletic build and the Large fit me perfectly.
The jacket is warmer than I thought and hiking in is sweaty.
I'd like to have some ventilation either in the arm pit or via a mesh backed pocket. That would make the piece perfect!
There are some merits for these pants to work great for some for climbing and mountaineering. The quality of the fabric is top notch and features are what we are looking for in a backcountry ski\snowboard and mountaineering shell pant.
But who were they made to fit? I'm a solid 34x34 and OR Large in every pant I've had, so I bought these online.
They don't fit around my alpine boots or any snowboard boot. But did around my AT boot but getting to the buckles and power strap required unzipping the cuff. The avlanche beacon pocket sits very high when crouching (tightening boots or tucking knees) the beacon will smash into my hip. The clip is good for keys though.
The waist is tight, the legs are tight and the crotch is cut high. Anyone with muscular legs will have a problem.
Its subtle but important that the fly zipper is tiny and difficult to use wearing gloves, its the only zipper you're guaranteed to use and hardest to grab.
Can OR just make the Vangaurd Bib or the old Access pant with a bib please? Please stop trying to reinvent the wheel every 3 years.
These are my goto Uphill glove. The backing breaths nicely while the leather palm and fingers are perfect for some detail task you might have to remove a larger glove for. The leather works with touch screen smartphones too!
The fit is tight!!! For my next pair, I'm sizing up.
Why the bad rating? Well, my 3rd pair and they rip in the same spot, single stitching along the elastic cuff to the palm isn't enough! The rip doesn't effect the function of the glove until its all the way around the wrist. I'm bummed this 2nd generation of the glove has the same problem, its the only defect. Perhaps sizing up will stop this for me since its only when I pull them on through the narrow cuff.
I picked up this jacket to replace a totally shot Vahalla jacket.
The features were alright, close to what is needed for a solid backcountry skiing softshell. Although the inside pocket was way to small to fit skins. I was hoping for the same size as every other "shove it" style pocket OR has. The Transcendant\superlayer\Choas\Havoc\Inertia all were perfect size for skins. The Linchpin could maybe fit some 90mm skins but not 115mm or my splitboard skins.
But whom ever OR used to size this jacket is... unusual.
Every OR Large fits me the way it should. This fit like a medium. The arms too short, chest tight and short in the center so my baselayers hung out the bottom.
I wish OR could just make the same jackets for years instead of changing them every 3 years. I was very disappointed in this piece. The XL fit me like a very boxy large. Not well enough to warrant keeping.
Well designed and just enough features for the perfect midlayer jacket. The side panel and under arm are very breathable and keep some air flowing. Fit is spot on with OR's large. The hood is low profile and fits under the collar of a shell jacket just fine.
A little too breathable to wear as a stand alone jacket in the mountains but layered over a wind shirt (the Transition hoody!) its perfect for dry cool days in the backcountry.
I love that the pocket design makes a "stuff it" pocket on the inside, just too bad its too small for climbing skins.
I'm a snowboarder, I like to ski pow and maybe ski backwards from time to time. All the skis I own are fat twin tips.
Then I demod the E100, This thing rips!!! Its a hardpack crusher, that doesn't throw you into the next turn like other carving skis. The fat waist lets the ski go over anything without jumping to the next turn. But you've gotta be on top of it or this ski will be skiing you!
Great for laying down hard carves but crushes off piste too. Its heavy and bust crud and holds an edge. So it can hook up, be on top of it. Its not a great ski for tired legs.
Solid quiver ski or could be an everyday driver for folks that like the feel of a carving ski but want to take a powder lap or 2.
Very stiff and powerful!
I've been looking for that perfect balance of "go anywhere, do anything" style ski. After hitting up several large demo events and testing out 20+ different skis I found the Whitedot Director to be that one ski to do it all ok.
Its not the best carving ski with its 20M sidecut, but it will carve!
It won't float like my 130mm waisted powder skis, but it will float.
I'd say they won't hit jumps, spin and ski backwards like my park ski, but they do. Better than my crappy park ski.
They like to jump, they'll hold an edge on ice and charge off piste.
I had great days in 8" of PNW fluff on these and still made it feel deep!
Sizing, I'm 6'2", 190lbs. Advanced skier in the PNW and I have the 181cm. I'd taken out the 191 and felt much less playful but very powerful. Size up for a GS turning floating charger, or down for a great all rounder.
This ski is replacing some Lib Tech Freerides and some Rossignol Soul7 to give ya an idea of the style.