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William

Williamwrote a review of on April 13, 2016

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Have two pairs of these on different skis set up with the CAST system for touring. Have performed just as you would expect from an FKS binding, flawlessly! Haven't had any problems with unwanted ejections, but have released consistently when needed. Only minor issue, and the reason I only gave 4 stars, is the plastic of the heel piece isn't the sturdiest and is getting chewed up a bit with boots/poles when stepping out of the skis. Not really an issue for me, but does detract from the aesthetics a little.

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Williamwrote a review of on September 25, 2013

Great shell!
5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size

Got this coat as a lighter shell for backcountry use, but it has become my primary coat. I got it slightly larger than I usually would for easier layering, and it fit great. Comfortable with or without added layers, but not too big. It has worked great for backcountry, it is not the lightest shell around, but has good underarm ventilation and has been good weather protection while skinning. Waterproofing has been good so far, even in a couple stormy days bordering on rain with heavy slush underfoot. It has been surprisingly warm with normal base layers, and I have only resorted to adding a down layer when the temp really drops (although I am quite used to cold temps, and often wear less gear than others, so my experience might be slightly different). Has plenty of outside pockets, inside pockets are limited but its not a problem for me as I rarely use them. Durability has been great, no issues despite a full season of heavy use, both backcountry and inbounds. Even took a pretty good digger into a tree stump, but the coat came out with barely a scuff! Great coat and no complaints!

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Williamwrote a review of on September 25, 2013

Weapon of Choice
5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Picked up a pair of these last year and have loved them. I am about 5'10" and went with the 192s for a more big mountain ski. Obviously, these skis are the bees knees in powder, but they are equally great in chopped up snow and less than ideal conditions. They can plow through chopped up powder and crud almost effortlessly and can take big landings and high speed straight-lines with ease. While I wouldn't reach for these boards on boilerplate days, a hint of camber underfoot makes them more than manageable on hard snow and there are not many days on the West Coast I would not feel comfortable with these on my feet! Despite their length they are quite maneuverable in the trees and tight spots. These skis do have substantially more tail than my bentchetlers do. Spinning while airborne is surprisingly easy for a ski this big, an attribute I attribute to the light tips and tails and a more foreword mounting point. I mounted them at -2.5cm, or one mark in front of the recommended line, which I had heard from many sources was the sweet spot. I encountered a hint of tip dive my first day on these boards, but only on flat powder heading back to the lift, and I have not encountered this since. I definitely would not mount any farther foreword and would seriously consider moving back to the recommended line, but so far I am satisfied with the mounting point. Overall I am stoked on these skis and look foreword to slaying some big lines with them this season!

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Williamwrote a review of on September 24, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Got the Fall Line Double for a recent summer ski trip to Chile and the bag worked great. I got the 190 length and it had plenty of room for my 183 Bentchetlers and all my clothing and gear. Although I only took one pair of skis on my trip, the bag easily fit both my 183 Bentchetlers with Dukes and my 193 Rocker 2 122 with some room for poles and clothing. The construction seemed sturdy, there was no damage from airline travel and the handles all seemed sturdy. The bag is fully padded which is great for traveling protection, but it still can fold up for easier storage. The locking carriages on the zippers allowed for easy locking to keep my boards safe. There are no internal pockets or dividers which doesn't really bother me, but if you are looking for more internal divisions for perfect packing look at the Dakine Concourse. I carried my boots as carry on so I can't make any observations on that, but Dakine claims ski boots will only fit in the outside pockets with 2 pairs of skis if the skis are placed in the bag side by side with bottoms down.

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Williamwrote a question about on February 16, 2011

I am thinking of picking up a used pair of these for a backcountry/sidecountry ski and for really deep resort days. I have a pair of EPs for inbounds pow days, but they are too soft to use with tour bindings like Dukes. How will these work for skinning and how will they work in untracked wind/sun affected snow? Will probably not be doing many long tours.

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Williamwrote a question about on November 23, 2010

I am thinking of getting a pair of these as a backcountry/sidecountry ski or for really deep days when I want to charge. I have a pair of EPs I use a lot, but want something I can skin with, no long trips though. I am about 5'10" 150ish, I am leaning towards the 179s but I skied my friends 189 hellbents and had no problems with them, any thoughts?

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Williamwrote a question about on January 21, 2010

I am about 5'10" 150ish pounds. I have some EP pros for deep days or when I want to play around, and I am looking for a ski that will charge anything even in hard, icy conditions but will be able to make shorter turns in the sketchy chutes of the ridge. These are my top choice right now. Are these the right boards for me?

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