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Tom Grant

Tom Grant

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Tom Grant

Tom Grantwrote a review of on October 14, 2017

2 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I don't know if it was sun tan loation, bug spray, or UV radiation but these grips did not last me a season. They just kinda turend to gooo.

Also they are not very chunky, so would only recomend them for really small hands. I have a medium to large size hand.

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Tom Grantwrote a review of on April 12, 2017

50 mph winds, kinda loud...
4 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

The thing weighs almost nothing, and we pitched it at the top of Anderson Peak in Tahoe, around 8.5k. Weather forecast was for calm winds but we ended up with 50 mph winds. The tent is really noisy in those conditions, and you will want to guy it out. Also bring earplugs if you want to sleep better.

Also tent is very translucent, we had a full moon and it was like someone left the light on inside the tent.

Bombproof, and reasonably easy to set up.

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Tom Grantwrote a review of on July 13, 2015

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Fit: True to size
Height: 6' 3"
Weight: 200 lbs
Size Purchased: 11

I usually ride with SIDI dominators. However sometimes the trails are really scary and technical and I want to dab. Great for practice on tougher trails.

The shoes are sticky enough, certainly did not feel too much loss of power when climbing. Sole is incredibly sticky, like a climbing shoe.

My only complaint is when I was on an impassable section of South Leaf trail at Skeggs, I slipped on a hill. Wish these had more tired in the heel or something.

Otherwise really comfy shoe.

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Tom Grantwrote a review of on January 19, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

We are having another terrible year out here in Northern California. No new snow since December 31st, so we have spring conditions. So I needed a stiff ski that could handle the icy moguls in the morning, and plow through the slop in the afternoon. So far I am pretty happy with these, and I have been skiing way more aggressively than any of my other skis. I tried the Mantras, but found them really hard to turn in tight spots....these have a tight turning radius but still love to to stay in the fall line and go straight. I also tried the Bonafide, but found it did not have enough camber underfoot to really stick the hard snow.
I found this thing to rail GS turns and warp speed, and if you hit a bump or something you did not expect they seem to plow right through. Very damp ski...so maybe missing a bit of feed back and energy return on slower turns.

Wish the graphics were more interesting...

Don't imagine this would be my go to powder ski, but maybe at a place like Squaw were it gets tracked out by 11am, this might not be a bad choice.

This is going to be my everyday ski at Squaw now, both on and off the groomers.

I am 6'4", 200lbs and I am skiing the 190cm. Defiantly go big on this ski, the binding mount mark is very close to center and the rocker in the tip makes the ski feel 5-10cm shorter than you might expect.

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Tom Grantwrote a review of on January 14, 2015

4 5

And that is heavy. If you are looking for a binding that will work great for hard charging inbounds skiing, and once in a while let you do a tour or side country back to the main road this is it.....

I trust my knees to it...but no it is not the best choice for long tours.

If you want something that climbs super well up hill than look for a tech binding, and expect unpredictable release when things get gnarly.

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Tom Grant

Tom Grantwrote a review of on January 13, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I have been brand loyal to Giro for years. Unfortunatly they no longer make helmets that I like, so went searching for another brand.

I have a big head, and most helmets make me look the Great Gazoo from the Flintstones. This ones does not, and fits great.

Also really impressed with the weight and the airflow. I ski in California and it is often hot.

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Tom Grantwrote a question about on January 7, 2015

How do these compare to the Bonafides and the Rosi Experience 100?

Looking for a ski for hard, ice off piste conditions at Squaw. Don't care how they do in powder, have better skis for that.

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Tom Grant

Tom Grantwrote a review of on January 6, 2015

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

Pros.

Comfy, warm, easy to get on and off. walk mode is easy enough to engage, and they walk like snowboard boots. Very light weight for a hybrid boot.

Cons:

Creeks like mad, flex is soft compared to an my Lange Freeride 120...ugly lower shell. Sorry not a fan of the graphics.

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