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Review New gear for 2020 season

Discussion in 'Equipment' started by Crispy013, Sep 26, 2019.

  1. Crispy013

    Crispy013 One of Us

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    My new snowboard jacket turned up today. After a decade with my go-to Oakley goretex jacket, I noticed the stitching starting to fray, so it was time for a refresh.

    After numerous hours of research, I landed on the Dakine Sawtooth 3L Goretex jacket.

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    Fit is amazing and has all the features. Can’t wait to give it a run in December. Picked it up from Camp Saver for about $390. Took a good 3 weeks to arrive though.

    Feel free to share your new gear you’re excited to test out this upcoming NH season.
     
  2. gareth_oau

    gareth_oau Pool Room Ski Pass: Gold

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    Its great when something arrived as expected

    Did you have to pay GST when it arrived?
     
  3. PiggabeenBoarder

    PiggabeenBoarder Hard Yards

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    Looks like a nice jacket, I'm jealous, so want to add something here that I've bought but alas, still using my old ALDI jacket and Salomon not so waterproof shell pants. Coming up to Xmas I'm trying to decide on either a new Gore Tex jacket or similar pants or replace my Fix bindings that I bought a couple of seasons ago and are just not happy with (thinking Union or Now.... any recommendations welcome). I've never owned any Goretex stuff so keen to see what all the fuss is about!? Aldi insulated jacket has been ok, hard wearing and warm but I can seriously overheat and sweat in it
     
  4. Crispy013

    Crispy013 One of Us

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    Nope.
     
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    Crispy013 One of Us

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    Goretex just has superior waterproof and breathe ability characteristics. Basically the jacket I got is a shell. It feels super light, but paired with layering underneath should be perfect to keep me warm on cold, snowy days and then I open arm vents on hot days.
     
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    skifree grey Moderator Ski Pass: Gold

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    Did you stop at an unpie shop on the way home?
     
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    Untele-whippet beard stroker Ski Pass: Gold

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    No, on the way down.
    Arrived home to find the 2020 Backcountry Gear Guide in the letter box.
    The Technica booticles got the editors choice, noice for 20% off, then another 10% off!
     
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    Annabuzzy Part of the Furniture Ski Pass: Gold

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    So far...nothing. But some new 1 oh something wide skis like Salomon QST 106 or Nordica Enforcer Free 104 are in the offing.
     
  10. Sandy

    Sandy Dark Sith Lord of the Pool Room Moderator Ski Pass: Gold

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    I've bought this:
    686 GLCT Hydra Thermagraph jacket. Waterproof 20k, breathable 15k.
    It's a shell, but has a little insulation on the shoulders, and below parts of the rib cage. Offset zipper so you can breath even if you have your mouth is covered.
    23,000yen.
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    DPS Driver One of Us

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    Looks like a great jacket Sandy, I like offset zips but WTF’s with the name. Work experience kid in the marketing department.
     
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    Sandy Dark Sith Lord of the Pool Room Moderator Ski Pass: Gold

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    Don't know, but I assume the "hydra" has to do with the 20k/15k technical parameters, and the "thermagraph" seems to reference the selective insulation, which is very thin.

    Yes, I found the offset zip good.... I've sometimes had slight issues rubbing lips on zip or on a metal closure, and/or the seams on the top.

    There are both 686 Goretex & "infidry" jackets available with "thermagraph". I have the latter.
    [​IMG]
     
  13. BoofHead

    BoofHead One of Us Ski Pass: Silver

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    I don’t actually NEED any more gear but I check Gumtree and eBay a couple of times a day for killer deals.
    For 2020 I have scored some like new, older model Maestrale RS’ for $20+$40 del.
    I had promised myself that I wasn’t going to buy boots online again but for that price I took the punt and it paid off. Room fit is great, not a scratch on them (yet), liner not cooked.

    C9242198-4CF2-42E8-8061-4F7654B10930.jpeg
     
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    BoofHead One of Us Ski Pass: Silver

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    At $100, this new addition is a bit more than I like to spend on ski clobber but it was BNWT.
    It is a Helly Hansen Ullr Sogn shell jacket and has all the features I like plus a few.
    I particularly like the internal mesh pocket which I can shove skins in for short descents rather than phapf around with my pack.
    It also has a powder skirt, Recco, and insulated phone pocket.

     
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    Tanuki A Local Ski Pass: Gold

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    I bought one of these on Tokyo about eight years ago, it was my fave mid layer. So versatile.
    https://en.montbell.jp/products/goods/disp.php?product_id=1101538
    It's disappeared and now I'd love a new one.
    However now that Montbell has retail outlet in AUS they no longer ship here. The Australian retail price is outrageous.
     
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    BoofHead One of Us Ski Pass: Silver

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    Shells are so versatile compared to insulated jackets. Useful for non snow activities as well
     
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    $100 seems like a good deal, where from?
     
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    Gumtree.
    Bloke had bought it for his first trip OS and it was way too big for him. I felt a bit sorry for him because it is an expensive jacket and $100 was a steal. When I got it home and removed the tags I noticed that he had scored it for 70% off the $450rrp so he wasn’t too much out of pocket.
    There doesn’t seem to be much of a market up here in Qld for shell jackets and pants. Good for buying, no good for selling. I’ve had a couple on gumtree for ages at very reasonable prices without a sniff. Same goes for used skis.
     
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    BoofHead One of Us Ski Pass: Silver

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    My old boot bag needed replacing so for 2020 I actually paid normal price and purchased a Dakine 50L boot bag. I’ll use it for carry on but main reason I went with this larger, back packable unit is for storing my main kit in the car. Next year, MrsBoof and I have a couple of months swanning around Europe. This bag can hold my boots;gloves;helmet;goggles;shell jacket;shell pants;puffy; pair of crocs.
    They cost about $100. Aussieskier has them.



     
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  20. DPS Driver

    DPS Driver One of Us

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    Here's my Lange boot bag which I mentioned above.
    I've gone away from the combined approach and I can actually put my laptop in as well.
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    Annabuzzy Part of the Furniture Ski Pass: Gold

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    I have one of these. Boots, helmet and googles are always ready to go
     
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    BoofHead One of Us Ski Pass: Silver

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    MrsBoof wanted one also but Santa has bought her the Burton version which has snowboard straps.
     
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    Utter bastard!!!!!
     
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    I agree, I have those boots just haven't had a chance to use them!
     
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  25. Untele-whippet

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    :cool::D
     
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    Verdict?
     
  27. Untele-whippet

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    1300 g!
    More power on the down and much more ankle range of movement on the up (55 degrees) than the BDs.
    They need a little tweeking from Pete at TBO Gravity (comfy when I swapped in my old liners)
    Only used them inbounds and walking about for a few hours.
     
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    climberman CloudRide1000 Legend Ski Pass: Gold

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    Sounds like a 2020 purchase possible for me as well :)
     
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  29. Untele-whippet

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    They fit a narrow foot.
    Call in at Rhythm on your way down and poke your hoof in one.
     
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    A pair of these just arrived.
     
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    LMB Old but definitely not Crusty! Ski Pass: Gold

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    @Ozgirl gave me a set of those for my birthday last year! So good!

    I have a new helmet and goggles for this season. Thought I’d be all responsible and get a shiny new helmet and not plaster it with stickers.
     
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    Sage Oya Like the herb, lover of Pabst, cup ramen devotee Ski Pass: Gold

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    New boots for Marcelle. Without passes to the bo next season we’ll be skinning up to Kareela LOL


     
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    Looks like the Rhythm boot fitting bay
     
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    Sage Oya Like the herb, lover of Pabst, cup ramen devotee Ski Pass: Gold

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    New boots finally turned up a week after the season ended LOL

    Now to select new touring skis and tech binding :p


     
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    I’ve got the exact same boots!!!

    Shift bindings would pair well with those
     
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    Sage Oya Like the herb, lover of Pabst, cup ramen devotee Ski Pass: Gold

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    Nice, currently leaning towards the Tecton but the shift is also in the mix.
     
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    I need new boots
    finding them , its a challenge
    Back to pair #4 DC Judges then
     
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    Chowder11 Part of the Furniture Ski Pass: Gold

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    Go shift, go shift
     
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    Oh, and these. I got them earlier in the year, then got tangled up in work (two work OS trips Feb & April, and a trip to Texas in March) Blizzard Brahma, far left. Waiting for a hard pack, piste only day:
     
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    Sage Oya Like the herb, lover of Pabst, cup ramen devotee Ski Pass: Gold

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    Picked this up for the 2020 season too :love:

    Will be converted into a shotski :p

     
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    I went the Shift last year but struggled with the Solomon QST boots that were bought to fit. With a wider foot, these were the only ones I could find, but they got far too cold to be doing any serious walking (painfully cold toes). Toward the end of the season, I discovered socks were getting far too wet, so I think their extended tongue design is buggered. I found the Shift bindings to be awesome; strong as a rock and very easy to switch over once you got the hang of it. No need for lakky bands anymore when waxing or travelling - push button and they click to the top of the skis out of the way. Now looking for boot warmers for 2020, which I'm not real happy about after forking out $1100 on Solomon boots.
     
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    Chowder11 Part of the Furniture Ski Pass: Gold

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    As much as it might be a pain to say, but Id get new boots. The design of the QST isn't great IMO. Have also heard of people having specific issues with QST's in Shifts, which is strange considering brand. I run a Hawx ultra XTD and don't have any issues.

    If you have a wide foot, look at a Lange XTfree which is a mid volume, or a Nordica Strider and get it stretched to fit your foot, if needed.
    If there is water getting in to your boots and your feet are going, the foot warmers are a waste of money as your feet will still get wet.
     
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    Jacko4650 One of Us Ski Pass: Silver

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    Yes, good point about the melting snow getting in and warmers not being effective accordingly. Otherwise a good boot, very comfy for the first hour or so too. I even considered putting gaffa tape across the lower tongue area at one stage but being under the buckles - yeah, nah.
     
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    Even try some silicone to close any gaps.
    Take the liner out and in the dark shine a torch on the toe area and see if there is any direct light getting into the shell, if there is then fill those gaps as that’s probably your problem
     
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    Jacko4650 One of Us Ski Pass: Silver

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    Never thought of that either. Good tip - will try, nothing to lose eh!
     
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    Jacko4650 One of Us Ski Pass: Silver

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    The plot thickens! When I pulled the liners out, there was a black stain about where my socks get wet. Further investigation revealed a round metal button-sized thing (like a big rivet) inside the boot shell that was connected to the metal Salomon logo (see photo). It's loose and definitely not waterproof. It also seems quite functionless; it does nothing other than provide a shiny logo. What a stupid thing for a ski boot.
    If I could get in touch with Salomon to discuss their new products, I would. But you can't. I might drill it out and replace with silicone. Having metal inside a boot is also going to be cold - is it not; transferring cold from outside to inside of the boot???
    Oh, I also tried the Torch test - nothing there to report.
    Good on ya Chowder - you may have saved these boots.
     
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    Chowder11 Part of the Furniture Ski Pass: Gold

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    Good news, silicone will fix that for sure.

    even just to double check, while the liner is out, simply tip some water in that area and see if it’s dripping in.
     
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    DPS Driver One of Us

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    If you've got a wide foot and any height in the instep and arch, go the Scott Cosmos or Superguide. Another sleeper boot which suits a wider foot and is a killer boot is the Fischer Ranger Free in 130 or 120 flex. I spent time in this boot this year. It is a sleeper but and very good touring boot with a super easy and hassle free walk mode. It's actually a very good touring boot with ample range of motion. Go and try one on you'll be impressed.
     
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    Haven’t got a great knowledge of Fischer and Scott boots but great suggestion also.

    I personally have long narrow high instep, my foot is pretty much a cast of a Hawx Ultra which is very handy for me as it ticks both boxes for Alpine and touring with both versions with the XTD version.

    but again good Info for the OP
     
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    DPS Driver One of Us

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    There's very few touring boots my foot fits into.

    I don't have a hobbit foot rather the opposite. It's wide at the forefoot (not a big shoe wearer) high instep and high arch with narrow ankles. The classic anti ski boot foot. The biggest issue with touring boots is the instep height, some touring boots I can't even get my foot into. If I do manage to get it in the clamp on the forefoot is excruciating, which could be fixed with punching but generally the instep is compromised too, so off it comes.

    Scott Superguides have been my go to but then require work for the heel hold.

    When I put the Fischers on they fitted really well off the bat, which is rare. I would have bought them if I hadn't had just bought my Lange alpine boot. I felt they were too close to them as a four buckle crossover boot. That being said, I would have been happy to do longer tours in them and run them as a resort and touring boot.

    I'm now looking at at the Fischer Travers CC or CS which are a more dedicated touring boot and which was my intention with buying a resort centric alpine boot in the Lange; to run separate dedicated resort and dedicated touring set ups.
     
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