Matt

Matt
Gender:Male
Height:5' 10"
Weight:175 lbs
Shoe Size:US 11.25
Skier Type:Type III+ - Expert
Ski Frequency:100+ days / year
My Skiing

Agressive ex alpine racer and big mountain competitor. Every year I seem to be touring further, faster and on lighter gear. Goals each season are to ski maximum pow and as many big, aesthetic lines as possible. Nirvana is achieved when I manage to safely combine the two.

My Gear

Constantly rotating cast of skis, Dynafit TLT Comfort, Plum Guide and several other alpine and frame bindings, Black Diamond Quadrant boots. One day I hope to find or create a lighter pair.

Recent Posts

10/22/2016
 
These things rip. Not the lightest in the world, but that doesn't matter when you're nuking around at mach chicken, jumping off things in a pair of skis that was still light enough to drag up however much vertical it took to get there. These, mounted with IONs have been my daily driver in Rogers Pass for a year now and I see no reason to trade them for anything else. Weight is fine for what they are, durability seems good, they charge harder than any other ski this light I've tried, they don't chatter on ha...
Honestly, not my favourite ski. For the mellow meadow skipper, I can see it being enjoyable, but in multiple days skiing these boards I couldn't shake the feeling that I was going to fold or break them if I pressured the tip at all. In variable, chopped or heavy snow, I would certainly reach for something else. They do tour well. The balance point is comfortably located and the weight is competitive, but in the weight category I can think of quite a few skis I would rather be on. I'd even take a couple hund...
7/19/2016
 
I like the quick release design of these crampons. Much easier to use without stepping out of the binding and seem to come with no risk of accidentally releasing. They feel quite similar to my Dynafits as far bite goes.
7/19/2016
 
I have found this biner to be very good at freezing either closed (annoying) or open (potentially fatal). Its shape also does not lend it well to many standard auto locking biner applications. I'm honestly hard pressed to think of a good use for it. Perhaps setting top rope anchors. In the summer. The biner itself is actually quite good. I have been using the non locking version for years on the bolt side of many of my quickdraws, which is part of why I was so disappointed with this one.
7/19/2016
 
Good, but not great skins. The plush glides better than the BDs they are most likely to be compared to but sacrifices some grip. I would prefer a camming tail attachment, but love the tip. It is probably the best on the market. Never ever let the glue get near a direct heat source. You will find it all over your bases the next morning. It would appear that drying these near a wood stove or the like changes the makeup of the glue somehow, and not in a desirable way at all.



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