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Ted F

Park City, Utah

Ted F's Passions

Fly Fishing
Hiking & Camping
Biking
Snowshoeing
Skiing

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Ted Fwrote a review of on December 2, 2016

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Height: 6' 4"
Weight: 250 lbs
Size Purchased: 13

I bought these to replace and old pair of Vasque Gtex hikers. I love the light weight and traction, and they do a fine job in wet conditions. My caveat is that they are built for (relatively) low volume feet. I wear a size 13 and have a medium to high medium volume foot. Found that the permanently attached lacing system requires a little extra effort to get into the boot. That's not a huge issue but it's a thing. The other and more troubling issue is that (for my feet) the interior rivet that holds the top lacing hook in place is not fully covered by the tongue and thus crated a hot spot for the first dozen or so times. That's generally broken in now but I still feel it with thinner socks. And that's the volume issue.

Do I like them and would I buy them again? Yes .... but if your foot is on the higher end of the volume spectrum I'd wear them indoors on carpet for an hour or two to make sure you're comfortable.

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Ted Fwrote a review of on December 2, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

My tenth grader had patiently used the same pack for five or six years so I was happy to upgrade. She loves this one. It's got way more options for organizing, and as a semi serious daypack it also offered good lessons in not overloading and in weight distribution. This one should see her all the way through high school. Well made with solid straps etc. a damn good book bag!

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Ted Fwrote a review of on December 2, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

As others have noted, this works great and is an awesome alternative to heavy cast iron if weight is a concern. I'll point out that I originally got the 14" option and it is HUGE! If you have a big group then it's for you. I downsized to the 12" and it's plenty big for six or so folks. These ovens are definitely more pricey than cast iron but the weight savings - for me and my needs - is well worth the extra bucks.

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Ted Fwrote a review of on August 3, 2016

4 5

Integrated pad/bag system makes so much sense. Nemo makes really sweet stuff. A match made in heaven right? Almost - make sure the pad you get with this bag fits in the sleeve deflated first. Then inflate before sleeping on it ... Do a dry run at home. The bag itself is nice with lots of sleeves for pillows and ample zippers to adjust in the night as temps change. Big weight advantage with this approach as well. Used it on a weeklong summer camping trip in conditions ranging from desert nights to high altitude temp drops. It worked and I like it.

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Ted Fwrote a review of on August 3, 2016

4 5

This is an amazing pad that is compact, warm, soft and HUGE! Honestly the 30 XL is more pad than I (6'4" and 250 pounds) really need. Love it in every way for both self propelled and vehicle supported camping. It's a bit tricky to get it folded back down and fit in the stuff sack but that's a learning curve issue. One note - I also bought the Nemo Mezzo loft sleeping bag to integrate and this pad is too big for the system. Fortunately I had purchased a smaller sized pad for for my GF and that one (25L) fits. So she gets the system and I get a huge pad to sleep on top of ... Not a bad deal

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Ted Fwrote a review of on May 11, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: Runs small
Height: 6' 4"
Weight: 250 lbs
Size Purchased: XXL

Minus 33 was an unknown brand to me but I decided to give it a shot as the price was attractive. I'm a fan now. I've bought both the mid and expedition weight zip t-necks and like them both a lot. Very well constructed and durable. Warm and attractive without any frills. I have 37" sleeves so bought the XXL to accommodate. I did find that the pieces run a bit small so was glad for the extra sizing. Good stuff at a good price!

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Ted Fwrote a review of on May 11, 2016

4 5

This little bag works great on the top tube to hold gel and power bars while on long rides. The non-zipper opening is a great feature too - kind of springs hold it shut but easy to open without looking or fumbling. Only glitch is that the bag attaches to the stem and has to be "un-velcroed" in order to put the bike on our rack (a Yakima hanger style). That's very minor and if you have a track style rack its a non-issue. Also you'll need to trim the velcro straps that go around the top tube so they don't abrade your legs while pedaling. A nice little piece ...

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Ted Fwrote a review of on May 11, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 6' 4"
Weight: 250 lbs

My GF wanted a lightweight running vest for breezy days ... she's training for her first half ironman ... this fit the bill just right. Very light and compresses down to next to nothing. But big performance in a small package. Sheds wind completely and does fine with light mist. a winner! She's 5'3" and is an athletically built muscular woman - the Small fit her just right

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Ted Fwrote a review of on May 11, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 6' 4"
Weight: 250 lbs

Gave these to my daughter for her birthday and she loves them. They felt a bit tight on the first wearing, but quickly conformed to her feet as the leather molded in and the sheepskin packed down a bit. Very warm around the house and the out soles are beefy enough for light outside wear .... of course she wears them to school so that is going to hasten their demise!

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Ted Fwrote a review of on April 1, 2016

2 5

Familiarity: I returned this product before using it

I had high hopes as the old Garmont Synergy was my go to tele boot 10 years ago. Alas, the Scott model is just too soft for me. I was skeptical of the three buckle format, but ordered it up anyway based on a lot of reading.

I never skied in them as my "walk around the house" test left me feeling like they were just not gonna work for me. I really cannot believe that they are a 130 flex as advertised. felt more like a 90 or so. Now - I am a big guy (6'4" and 250 lbs; mondo size 30) and have been skiing on BD Push boots for the last ten years. 22 Designs Axls and Vices on various big stiff skis ... The Voodoo just did not "doo" it for me.

I think these would be nice touring boots for a lighter set up, but I wanted them for inbounds use.

Sent them back and got the Scarpa T-Race instead. Just skied on them for the first time today ... will review after a few days on them.

Editorial comment: I sure do wish BD hadn't bailed on tele ... I think the Push is the perfect boot. I've got too many $$$ invested in 75mm gear and the cost of entry to NTN is too high as i would need to buy new boots and replace binders on four (at least) sets of skis ......

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Ted Fwrote a review of on March 6, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I have medium width feet, wear a 13 street shoe and got these in 29.5. Added custom footbeds and they fit great. Toe box is largish ... I still have room to wiggle my toes which helps with warmth and comfort, but I have had no issues with slop.

I get very precise control (Soul 7 ski in 188 and Rossi binders) with these boots. My two complaints are 1) the WTR walk mode is a joke with basically no pivot and 2) they are not easy to get on and off. The latter is understandable as that's part a Rossi thing and mostly the 130 flex.

One caution - I've also used these on rental skis and the "Walk Mode" toe and heel pieces are thicker than what rental bindings will safely accommodate. So I took them off and put on the thinner ride mode pieces and switched my own bindings to "ride" That's an important thing to do with any WTR boot if you are going to rent skis

Great boot

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Ted Fwrote a review of on March 6, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

accidentally deleted my earlier review and could not recover (hey BC how about an "undo" function!)

Anyway ... I've skied the 184 length extensively this season and i love them. Intentionally sized down a bit on the advice of my expert gearhead Kyle Livingston because I wanted to use these in tighter trees and bumps. I am 6'4" and 255, ride 22Designs Vice with a size 30 BD Push. Its a great setup and I am really amazed at how well these carve, as well as pivot and smear. They have a serious rocker in tip and tail but are not at all squirrely. I am really glad I went this way.

Previously was on 2014/2015 Blizzard Bona Fides in 187 but found the tails a bit too stiff for tighter situations - I still love that ski too but the Mantras are much easier to turn

Note to Alex Margulies on length .... I size between 180 and 195 depending on the ski and my use of it. For these I went slightly shorter because I wanted to use them in bumps and trees. (My longest boards are DPS Wailer 112 Carbons in a 192) I think the 191 Mantra would probably ski just as well, but I had a specific use in mind ....

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Ted Fwrote a review of on February 5, 2016

3 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 6' 4"
Weight: 250 lbs

I love Sorel ... great stuff. that said, this one is more a nod to fashion than function. Heel is soft so every time I put it on I have to insert a finger to hold it in place. Cute felt around the foot is a tip of the hat to Sorel's serious cold weather boot heritage, but its only a trim piece, plus its floppy and again I have to use a finger to make sure its all in the right place. Soles are not terribly aggressive for snow - I've slipped around where my Merrill or Keen snow clogs would power through. They are comfortable and waterproof .... as billed

Bottom line - fashionable for light use (like flying coast to coast) but not a go to shoe for serious winter wear (like in the back of the car for an apres ski shoe)

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Ted Fwrote a review of on February 5, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I upgraded to the Smith IO/X this season - I wear glasses and it works well with them (though I still fog up when working really hard or when over-dressed or both). Coupled these with a Smith Vantage Brim helmet. Great fit with the helmet naturally and they work well with glasses.

I played around with a couple of lenses (red & blue) for bright and lowlight conditions - then my expert gearhead Kyle Livingston steered me to the photochromic lens. Wish I had just sucked it up from the get go and bought them. Got the red Sol-X. They really work great across all conditions. Dark in bright sun and they lighten up quickly when the light goes flat. I think for flat light the blue sensor is a bit better - but the tradeoff to photochromic is you don't have to carry extra lenses and swap out.

So my advice is go with photochromic - yes it costs a bit more but the versatility and no hassle factor make it well worth the price!

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