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Travis Nesse

Travis Nesse

Cascades, Olympic Peninsula, and British Columbia

Travis Nesse's Passions

Hiking & Camping
Running
Biking
Skiing
Climbing

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Travis Nesse

Travis Nessewrote a review of on November 21, 2018

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: Runs large
Height: 5' 11"
Weight: 155 lbs
Size Purchased: Small

Bought this jacket three seasons ago and it has become my go to for skiing. I ski in the cascades and BC and this jacket has held up to everything, especially the wet. It is cut nice and big so I can layer up as needed. Last winter in Utah it was -20 with Windchill and I was able to fit a Patagonia Down Sweater hoody underneath and stay nice a toasty. The outer fabric is very burly and the jacket looks unscathed. The pockets hold everything I need, food, chap stick, pass, phone, wallet etc. I love how the chunky the zipper is. Last winter I went night skiing a lot and a layer of ice would build up on the front of the jacket, but the chunky zipper allowed me to easily unzip when it was coated in ice. I cannot easily get the hood over my helmet, but I wear a XL Poc Fornix and its pretty big. The collar of the jacket come up super high which is great we you are trying to escape the elements riding the lift. Pit zips are pretty standard, I really only use them in the spring. Internal dump pocket could be a bit bigger, but that's a small complaint. If you ski a lot in burly mountain weather and like to layer then this jacket is perfect.

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Travis Nessewrote a review of on January 31, 2016

5 5

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

I just demoed these for the second time yesterday, and was very impressed. My first thoughts upon hitting powder were, "Wow! These skis are so easy to bend!" To give some background my daily driver is a Volkl Mantra in the 177 length, but they are very demanding in powder and tight trees due to their two sheets of metal and long radius. The Soul 7s have an 18M radius in the 188 vs the Mantra's 24M radius in the 177, this makes them extremely agile in powder and tight trees allowing you to surf about.

The Soul 7 skis VERY short. I sized up to a 188 and found them to be just right. The recommended mount is almost dead center on the ski, kinda a weird feeling at first, but once you get over it not a big deal at all.

On hard snow the ski is surprisingly agile, I would credit that to the skis prodigious camber. Makes for a very entertaining ski. However, if I knew the day was going to be on the harder side then I would opt for something stiffer *cough cough* my Mantra's. But if I am going to surf glades and powder all day I am opting for the Soul 7.

Bindings: Rossi Axiom 120 on a demo set up

Boots: Lange XT 120 intuition power wrap liner

5' 10ish and 150 lbs and I ski the 188 Rossi Soul 7

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Travis Nessewrote a review of on December 24, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

*update #2*

Still loving theses skis. I have skied them on ice at whistler, powder at steven's pass, and early season groomers at Baker. These skis dominate on both hard and soft groomers, and can handle off-piste skiing to a degree. The full rocker makes turn initiation a breeze and allows you to engage your edges very quickly for such a wide ski. The sheets of metal make for absolutely 0 tip flap, very appreciated at high speeds—time for lift off!

Where these skis struggle is deep pow and in tight trees. While I love the metal on the hard pack, in powder it is a liability unless you are skiing mach schnell. Being on the lighter side I struggle to bend them in anything beyond 4-6 inches. I haven't hit any wide open bowls where I could actually get some serious speed in pow, but that day may come if am lucky. If you are looking for a ski that is better in the trees and pow and is easy to flex, consider the Rossi Soul 7. Its extra width and lack of metal make it a real strong performer in the trees and powder.


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Just got my first powder day in with this. While not a pure powder ski, the tip some how floats. The ski is nice and stiff while the rocker makes turn initiation a peace of cake. On polished groomers it is almost too easy€—like being on autopilot. Overall the Mantra's are a great all mountain ski. I will be looking to complement it with a solid pow ski, but for 90% of ski days you don't have to look any further than the Mantra.

Bindings: Look Pivot 14

Boots: Lange XT 120 intuition power wrap liner

5' 10ish and 150 lbs and I ski the 177

Skied 17 days: Snowbasin, Mt. Baker, Whistler, Stevens Pass, Alta, and Snowbird

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Travis Nessewrote a review of on March 30, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

This bag is pure luxury. The first thing you will notice when you get it is that it is so very thick. It stands at least 4 inches off the ground and I believe the tag says there is almost 2lbs of feathers in it! The bag is a bit narrow in the shoulders to promote thermal efficiency. The only quibble I have with the bag is that the zipper snags easily, but that is not surprise since it uses a thin ultralight zipper?cannot have it all I guess. The down stays dry and holds loft even in the Cascades. Of note the bag kept me warm and cozy during one of the worst storms I have ever been caught in, hail as big as marbles and a mudslide that almost took me out in a scree field.

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Travis Nessewrote a review of on March 12, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 11"
Weight: 150 lbs

I bought these for my wife. She works with horses and walks over 120+ miles a week?often in this shoe. Other than the laces breaking they look great! We are so impressed! She has destroyed numerous shoes, but these are the first ones to last at least a year. The only drawback we can think of is that you need to rinse rocks out from around the tongue from time to time to ensure that the fabric does not get ground up. This shoe, while expensive, is our new go to shoe for her work and hiking in the cascades. A stellar product.

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Travis Nessewrote a review of on February 24, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: Runs small
Height: 5' 11"
Weight: 150 lbs
Size Purchased: Small

I cannot get over how tough these pants are. The fabric deflects everything, ski edges, branches, rocks, and snot rockets. I have used them extensively in the PNW and recently brought them on a trip to Utah and they still look new. The waist is a little small overall, with the size small just fitting me, I tried the mediums too but the waist was out of control big even with the compression straps?I have a size 30 waist. I do wish the smalls were a tad longer, but they get the job done. You cannot go wrong with these, they make other pants of similar price look silly.

oh! I will also add that I wear my mid layers over the bib portion. The bib is made of a super breathable material that fits close to skin. The most I can wear under it is a Patagonia R1. Anything else ends up being too bulky.

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Travis Nessewrote a review of on February 24, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: Runs large

I value two things with gloves; durability and versatility. This gloves has both! Hestra sells a myriad of different liners so the gloves can adapt to whatever weather you are experiencing and when the liner is worn out you do not have to replace the whole glove just the liner! How sweet is that? I butter them up with Hestra leather conditioner after wet days on the mountain and they are holding up well. Still look a little too new if you ask me! I cannot wait till they are worn in with memories of great days on the mountain.

*Update*

I've logged a few more days skiing with these and I still love them BUT for really wet weather you HAVE to make sure the leather is treated. My hands got soaked while skiing at Baker early this season, and upon close inspection I noticed the only the fabric portions of the glove are water proof. The leather has now laminate to keep water out and it solely relies on being treated with a waterproofer. No big deal, as long as you know to treat them. I guess this is why they sell all there gloves with a sample of the the leather conditioner. An added benefit is that these gloves are breaking in beautifully and the leather is getting softer.

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Travis Nessewrote a review of on February 24, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This little bugger just won't quit! It is super comfy, the craftsmanship is excellent and the pocket layout is thoughtful. I love the diagonal ski carry, but do find the straps to be a bit clunky. The pack hugs your back like no other pack I have tried and I find this makes it very adept for skiing, the pack just moves with you and you do not notice it is there?unless it is packed to the gills anyway! Get it, you will love it.

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Travis Nessewrote a review of on February 24, 2015

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Got these at an REI garage sale (brand new!) and have used them for a day of demoing at Snowbasin. Loved 'em! So much power and the were even comfortable! Well, more comfortable out of the box then my touring boots anyway. Used them on a variety of skis and they only enhanced my skiing abilities, cannot really ask for more than that! I did notice that in walk mode the power strap rides up, so before to torque it tight again when you return to the lifts.

*Update*

These boots have been excellent. I have put 8/9 days on them so far this season and I have enjoyed them immensely. I bought some intuition liners and they only became a better boot. I would love to see what the XT 130s are like, but very happy with these.

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Travis Nessewrote a review of on February 24, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I headed to Snowbasin the other day to demo a variety of skis and this was by far my favorite. Conditions were hardback and ice and I found the Mantra (177cm) to be confidence inspiring. I was able to go as fast as I wanted all the while feeling in control. The skis I compared it to were; the Rossignol Shoul 7?compentent but with a soft snow bias and the Rossignol Experience 100?I only got to take the 174cm out for a spin and it felt too short for me. I will update when I get more days on the Mantra.

Height: 5' 11"
Weight: 150 lbs
Skill Level: Intermediate/Advanced

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Travis Nessewrote a review of on November 5, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size

I have been using this hoody for a few months now and I am still blown away by how comfortable it is! Think favorite sweatshirt comfortable. I had a Patagonia Nano puff jacket before, but never thought it fit well and the material always aged super fast, but no such issues here so far. To up this pieces cred it is extremely breathable. I feel like it take a lot more effort before I start to feel the sweat build up. I look forward to skiing in it this winter and, fingers crossed, hope that I will not be shedding layers as often and focusing more on having fun with my friends.

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Travis Nessewrote a question about on September 4, 2014

Does this ski, ski short? I am looking for a stable at speed (35-55mph) side country ripper. I am 5' 11 150lbs. I have 178 La Sportiva Lo5s and 182cm Praxis GPOs.

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Travis Nessewrote a review of on August 3, 2014

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Fairly comfy, solid construction. However the lack of hydration bladder compatibility is brining me down. For done in a day pushes in summer, when water is a constant need, I am always having to stop and fish out my platypus water bottles--major pain in the butt. Especially if I am packing a helmet and various other minutia. Other than this quibble, it is really all you could ever need in a day pack--Supper light, hardy, clever lid. Note* the white shows sweat stains

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