Ryan M

Ryan M
Gender:Male
Height:6' 0"
Weight:170 lbs
Shoe Size:US 11.50
Skier Type:Type II - Moderate
Ski Frequency:25 - 50 days / year
My Skiing

Mostly backcountry with the occasional in-bounds day if I can find a cheap ticket. Prefer moderate safe terrain.

My Gear

Setup #1: K2 Coomback, Dynafit Vertical, Scarpa Spirit 4
Setup #2: La Sportiva RST, Dynafit Speed Superlite, Dynafit TLT5 Performance

Recent Posts

I've used this bottle holder on a few tours now, and here is what I've found so far. It's been a welcome addition to my hydration system for ski touring. I've been more inclined to put drink mixes into the bottle because it is easier to clean than a bladder, which I think has aided my nutrition while touring. The seal on the bottle is such that when you're done drinking, suction clears the tube for you. That's not to say that my tube hasn't frozen on occasion. But, after 5-10 minutes in my jacket, the ...
3/10/2015
 
These pants have been a great addition to my backpack for long tours and hut trips. They compress into a light and small package and bring some additional security in case of frigid temps or an unexpected night out. Easy on and easy off. My initial impression is that they don't appear to be the most durable pants out there, but that is the price for lightweight, I think. Very happy with these pants. For reference, I'm 6'0", 170 lbs with a 31 waist and a size Large fits me well.
3/10/2015
 
This have been my first set of mohair skins and I've used them a half dozen times, both in sunny wet conditions and negative night time conditions. They've worked well in the full gamut of conditions. No issues with the glue to date, and the glide has been a vast improvement over my nylon/mohair mix skins. I have noticed that after several hours in warm snow the skins get fairly wet, but this hasn't negatively affected their performance so far. They also fold down into a compact package. I plan to orde...
1/22/2015
 
I've this pack now for about a year. I'll use it for skinning up the resort and for quick backcountry trips in Colorado. It's also great as a day pack for skiing on multi-day hut trips. Very light and well thought out. It can be a stretch to get everything in there you would need for a day trip, but with thoughtful packing, it all fits. Be careful with packing anything sharp. First time out, the pointy end of my probe put a small hold in the pack. Also, the pack straps do get twisted up and the buckl...
1/22/2015
 
Used these about a couple dozen times so far in Colorado, and they've preformed well. Haven't had an issue with lack of grip on the ascent, and the glide is decent. The glue is acceptable, and I haven't had skin failure except once due to a combination of cold temps and snow getting on the glue-side of the skins. I think this failure was likely due to user error by not protecting the glue from snow, but I plan to re-glue the tips and tails with BD Gold Label in the near future. All in all, a good afford...



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