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Poster: A snowHead
Sat 12-01-19 17:08
Replies: 34
I have a dreadful experience with Surefoot Fulham. I have high arches, but was assured, despite the boots feeling cramped in the shop, that the numbness would subside. Literally unwearable. And that was just at the cafe for breakfast, even before skiing my foot had gone dead. Took them back to the shop in Verbier to tweak. Not much better. Back in Fulham I went in to have them re-moulded. While I sat there, 2 other people, both with high arches came in with the same complaint. Ruined the first few days of a second holiday by which time I gave up and rented a pair. They wouldn't refund but offered my daughter a pair as a good will gesture (second hand but to be switched out as she grew.. But she has high arches so her feet went numb/agony too. So we gave up. Let me guess... you were put into a Lange shell I suppose. What would be the odds :roll: - probably >%90 with Sorefoot... stuff you in a Lange shell no matter what your foot shape and fill it with foam. Friends wife has high arches... and had same misfortune of getting fitted by Surefoot (in Whistler)... tried to tell her not to (I'm been down the Surefoot path as well in the past... yup, high arches and a Lange boot ho ho...). Agony ensued for her, and not fixed while at Whistler... Last trip I met them at Park City, and when I took the plunge at Zipfit liners at Jans (hoseanna in excelsis) she got a guy to look at her boots... she mentioned Surefoot had apparently ground down the boot board to give a bit more room on top of forefoot which was too cramped... and when the chappie had a look, errrr - no nothing had been done to the boot board whatsoever. Some actual remedial work later she can now ski all day without being in pain - quite a novel feeling for her (although the assorted Swedish swearing that issues forth when it comes to take said Lange boots off still provides much amusement to all the family).
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Sun 6-01-19 11:44
Replies: 7
I had the same choice to make once when in Whistler once... but the only Dakine size they had was a mahoosively long one - so ended up getting a Swix one which can be adjusted for length (for the 172 skis i have). Maybe have a look - it's this model https://www.amazon.com/Swix-Norwegian-National-Double-Wheeled/dp/B009P5TSM2/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1546774497&sr=8-3&keywords=swix+double+ski+bag wheeled also and nicely padded. I only take one pair of skis, so can fit my boots, helmet and all ski clothing in there with room to spare. this youtube vid is handy advice for packing the skis too - one pair on bottom of bag, the other pair down the sides etc https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tarMtUAqrKo
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Tue 1-01-19 23:11
Replies: 29
You could look into Lasik (also check out/google 'Relex Smile' ), but also see a decent Optometrist and not a cheapo chain like Specsavers for professional advice about contact lenses. Soft lenses can be an issue if prone to dry eye (if so, then try sodium hyaluronate based eye drops - most are about 0.18% but if you're in the UK then you can get Clinitas Soothe (higher concentration) easily enough which may be enough to make disposable soft lenses ok again... (NOTE use preservative free eye drops, usually sold in packs of small plastic ampoules, do NOT use the bottles of preservative based ones for regular use especially with contacts... the common preservatives that have been used is 'BAC' which has been found to be harmful to the eye https://clinicaltrials.gov/ct2/show/NCT02533154 ) Or you could consider scleral contact lenses - they're a 'hard' RGP lens, but much bigger than the small corneal ones. The larger size makes them a little more faff to insert and remove BUT they are comfortable (the large size means the edges are already under your eyelids so as comfortable as soft lenses), better vision than soft lenses and better for dry eye sufferers. They are or have been more prescribed to those with damaged corneas or awkward cornea shapes as the lens doesn't touch the cornea. There's a gap which stays filled with sterile saline which helps any recovery, and as the sclera (the whites of your eyes) is less sensitive than the cornea this also makes them more comfortable than those small rgp lenses. (i'm saying this as someone who first tried the corneal RGP lenses 25+ years ago as my sisters used them happily enough... but could never get accustomed to them... so went to soft lenses, then PRK laser correction... and now Scleral lenses in a monovision setup to deal with the presbyopia (which is NOT the same as long sight by the way).
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Mon 24-12-18 3:23
Replies: 8
@Hallidayga, at your stats and with the rocker on the MX89 I'd put you on the 188cm. What rocker on the MX skis? Thy're 'traditional' camber aren't they?
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Sat 1-12-18 12:43
Replies: 38
But I'm not sure one would really notice any difference unless you tried them both. If I had my time again, I would have asked Colin to also fit the liners that came with my new Atomic Boots; and that way, I could have taken both those and the Zips to the slopes to make a comparison. That said, the Zips are said to last much longer. If you ever feel your Lange liners becoming a bit loose over time; then you could hop back to Colin and try a pair of Zip liners. But be aware, they do need breaking-in, and that take around 2-3 days of very "tight" fitting boots indeed. The Zipfit is way, way superior to the OEM heat mouldable liner - don't worry, you absolutely made the right decision to go with Zipfits straight away. I used my Atomic Hawx 120s with the original liner, meant to be one of their better ones (platinum or some such...) and while ok.... once I got Zipfits on a trip to Utah, I'm just kicking myself over all the years wasted with oem liners or foamed or intuition liners.... all of which i've had. Required no breaking in either - I did get them fitted first thing in the morning, and then straight out to the slopes which are only 10 mins away from that Jans store at Park CIty. The Zipfits were heated up in the same oven used for shells... so very hot, then foot in, into shell and walk around shop with clips done up fairly tight to get omfit moving. 10/15 minutes of that, then was off to the slopes. Reheated/moulded shells a day later to get room for external ankle bones (and toes) and never any discomfort, just surprise and pleasure how a liner can give such great heel/foot hold and comfort while needing only minimal boot shell clip tension.
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Fri 30-11-18 6:28
Replies: 11
Choose a Smith frame that fits your face and helmet. Get/order the Chromapop Photochromic Rose Flash lens to go with it. Wear and enjoy it from sunny days through to skiing under floodlights.
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Thu 22-11-18 0:45
Replies: 9
I was going to suggest you go to get your feet sorted at Bicester near Oxford, But then I noticed you are about as far as you can get from Oxford unless you were on a different planet. I hope you can get your feet to be happy. Was also going to mention Bicester.... But, on the other hand - a wee bit closer, and popular with those from that end of the world is Japan.... these people below may be an option if you fancy making a holiday trip to there http://www.bootsolutionsjapan.com/moulded-liners/ They do Zipfits and have podiatrists so should be good I mentioned them in this thread at Pugski https://www.pugski.com/threads/buying-boots-while-traveling-to-europe.11584/page-2#post-266905 and they were seconded as good in post #39 by someone who has used them.
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Tue 20-11-18 6:52
Replies: 19
Thanks, I'll see if I can find a deal on one. I've not even looked into helmets yet. I haven't worn one before but I'll need one this year for my course. I guess this could exacerbate the problem further as no helmet is going to give much better venting. These companies sure know how to charge! Anyone else find lenses with the holes are the way to go for venting? Thanks for all of your ideas so far. I've never come close to any fogging issues with my Vantage and a Smith I/O7 google - just keep the goggles on your face where they're meant to be. The combination of the foam venting at top of the goggles with those slots in the Vantage brim keeps them just fine, and all those adjustable vents are good for warmer days (and give you wicked brain freeze when you forget to close them night skiing on a cold, windy evening ;-0 )
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Tue 20-11-18 2:46
Replies: 19
Another tip: So, purchase goggles that are a good fit with a helmet (where they meet at the brim), and where the helmet has vents in the top to allow the warm air from the goggles to vent. The idea is that as the air in the goggles heats up from your face, and then rises up (as warm air does) though the foam vents at the top of the goggles, and exits though the vents in the helmet. This it turn draws cold air in from the foam vents at the bottom of the goggle. This above - and I reccomend the Smith Vantage helmet for mahoosive venting with prefect slots on the brim to prevent goggle fogging ( and the Smith photochromic chromapop lens is great too) "Smith Vantage is fabulous for keeping goggles fog free - it has wide slots at the small brim which seems to always allow or encourage air flow out of the top of the googles - and closing the main vents doesn't change the slots you see below... and those slots are pretty much directly over the top foamed edge of your goggles" https://blisterreview.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/12/Smith-Vantage-pano.jpg https://blisterreview.com/gear-reviews/smith-vantage-helmet
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Wed 14-11-18 14:07
Replies: 21
Photochromic. Smith are good - the newest photochromic rose chromapop is even better than my previous smith red sensor photochromic, worn under floodlights through to bright sunny days.
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Mon 15-10-18 13:13
Replies: 41
Baqueira Beret sounds wonderful... https://www.telegraph.co.uk/travel/ski/articles/Baqueira-Beret-Spain-is-this-the-worlds-best-ski-resort/
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Mon 15-10-18 13:07
Replies: 67
Initial jolt due to inertia is not even remotely the issue with that 3000 button lift... once underway, it's the extreme slope which means far more of your weight will be resting on that tiny button than on any 'normal' Poma lift. It really is 'interesting' and the warning for 'no snowboarders' is for that good reason.
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Thu 11-10-18 12:48
Replies: 67
Did that run before it was closed... hilariously horrible condition too, crusty, rocks, moguls and bogglingly steep. (The run on left back down on Solaise side, tunnel was closed) Make sure everything is carefully in place before going up the drag lift as it is wincingly steep itself. Think they have a mount point for the piste basher to attach to, to winch itself up if it ever bothers/tries to bash it...
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Wed 10-10-18 18:57
Replies: 11
Jublo Zebra photochromatic specs and they are amazing. You walk from a dark room to the light and you don't notice the change. :-) Agree - go with Julbo or Smith photochromic lenses... here's a copy of my experiences with both:- "Julbo Cameleon lens vs Smith Red Sensor vs Smith Rose Flash Chromapop All photochromic lenses, with this particular Julbo lens also having some polarising. Smith Photochromic Red Sensor - VLT 20-50% Smith Photochromic Chromapop Rose Flash - VLT 20/30-50% Julbo Cameleon Photochromic & Polarising - VLT 5-20% My usual goggle is the Smith I/O 7 with the Red Sensor - been using it in blue sky days through to floodlit skiing. Very pleased with it... but was curious about the Julbo so got a pair amazon'd to my friend to bring over to Utah for me. I got the Julbo Starwind with the Cameleon lens - the Starwind has the same pop-out lens design as the Aerospace frame for anti-fog for ski tourers etc or really, really steamy headed people. Starwind is described as for med-small faces ( was concerned the larger Aerospace might be too mahoosive), but if the I/O 7 fits you then you'll find the Starwind a bit smaller. The lens though is very good indeed - don't think it would be suitable for night skiing so much due to the lower VLT, but is worked well even in the first couple of overcast days as well as the bright sunny ones. Passed the Julbo on to mates' son who loves them and went back to my trusty Smiths and red sensor... and since replacements are hard to find I had the bright idea of ordering a new lnes for my I/O 7s, which is the newer photochromic 'chromapop' rose flash... Had a couple of days with this lens and I'll be keeping the red sensor as backup - both very, very excellent with the newer chromapop version being a little more relaxing on the eyes. The Julbo fits fine with a Smith Vantage helmet, and all the lenses do NOT give an obviously skewed tint to things... so the snow still looks white etc Smile"
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Sun 9-09-18 5:08
Replies: 14
Dissent Milspec Balaclava https://www.dissentlabs.com/collections/all/products/milspec-balaclava Excellent - somehow doesn't freeze up over the mouth when i've used it. Thin and very comfortable, usually keep it in a pocket just in case as it packs so small... get a pair of the Nano Tour socks to try while you're there if I were you - note very 'tight' compression fit so need to turn the forefoot inside out to put them on, but they are great - found out about them on a trip to Whistler.
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Mon 3-09-18 20:22
Replies: 23
Zipfits are a revelation. (And I've had foamed liners, and Intuition). (The gilet/vest i got is a preposterously light Arcteryx one that packs into its own pocket... Cerium SL vest? ) http://snowheads.com/ski-forum/viewtopic.php?t=137477&highlight=
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Mon 3-09-18 19:27
Replies: 23
Here's my reply to a "How cold is too cold" thread... Ski'd in -30 in Canada a few times... add wind chill to that when you're moving i.e. skiing and beware. Do NOT have ANY exposed skin - it'll be frostbitten before you know it, and that means dead skin layers. Tried those Canuck face cover thingies, but a good full face balaclava is best - google 'Dissent' as theirs is fantastic (as are their socks). Add a 'skull cap' below your helmet and goggles, neckwarmer/snood and that's the face sorted. Feet - decent fitted boots, otherwise you'll have to crank your clips too tight and cut off the blood supply t your feet which is what'll keep them warm...ish. A set of the Dryguy boot covers, neoprene booties that cover the forefoot are a good idea - and you should have room inthe boot to slap one of those heat pads ontop of your foot just next to your toes for help too. Get a goose down 'gilet' (?) to keep your body warm, so you can keep pumping warm blood to the freezing extremities. Hands - good thin glove liner, then a 'spring skiing' weight glve over that... and then a 'main' glove, pref mitten and prob need to get a new one at least a size bigger to fit the two layers beneath it (!)... Sounds a faff... but, really, really cold temps mean if YOU can stay warm, everyone else is huddling in an overcrowded restaurant while you'll be outside enjoying the empty slopes. ps added : just got Zipfit liners on last trip (to Park City) and they are the bizniss... and really need minimal boot/shell clamp pressure so the blood can flow to your feet... Also got some oversize mittens so can now have usual thin glove liner, then a spring ski glove on top and the mitten over those (!) - so I'm ready for the next -30 ski days, and if you can stay outside while others are shivering in cafes and huts then you can enjoy empty slopes.... Wasn't quite as viciously Canadian level of cold this day but still... https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1889/43545390045_726c152825_b.jpg
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Tue 21-08-18 23:30
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... 1. Got Zipfits for my Atomic Hawx 120's - so now have achieved Ski Boot Nirvana... Soooo want!! Pls tell me how good they fit so I can talk myself into it. :sH: here's my original report on them... "the hype is true" http://snowheads.com/ski-forum/viewtopic.php?p=3221480&highlight=zipfit#3221480 There is only one bad thing. Sometimes I realise how many years I've wasted NOT having got them before... and the wasted money on other boots, foam liners (Sorefoot), and even an Intuition liner.
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Tue 21-08-18 21:53
Replies: 84
Nothing... But that's because in 2017 had ski trip to Park City, Utah... D@mn you, Jen's ski shop :lol: 1. Got Zipfits for my Atomic Hawx 120's - so now have achieved Ski Boot Nirvana. 2. Jen's also had demo Kastle... oh, the humanity. So now have ex demo MX89s - so that's ski plank nirvana. 3. While I was in the US, it seemed rude not to get a new replacement lens for my Smith I/O 7 goggles - the latest photochromic one, fabulous, and some oversize gloves/mittens for any future -30 degC skiing, and a bonkers lite Arcteryx down body warmer which packs into its own pocket... which with the dryguy neoprene boot covers I already had, should see me skiing (relatively) happily in mental east coast Canada style temps rather than hiding/staying warm in a cafe etc. errr, that was it. Mostly.
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Mon 13-08-18 13:21
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Seems to work a treat... I've had a DVT (blood clot) in one leg before and feet can swell a bit or or not depending on level of drinking, just off a long flight etc etc, and my zipfits are fabulous. Minimal shell closure tightness needed to maintain perfect heel hold and no adjustment needed through the day even. Make sure you have a good hot air boot dryers or a heated boot bag, so you can get the liner and the goop nice and warm first thing before you cram your foot in them. Can you see to making a weekend trip out of it, staying at a Travel lodge etc? And think there's an indoor snow dome nearby so you can try them out and get them sorted then and there... or else make sure your next ski trip is to somewhere with a good zipfit dealer/boot fitter (although it's probably fair to say your local Snow and rock with part time spotty teenager 'fitters' isn't exactly going to be a zipfit dealer anyway....) and do it there on the first morning as soon as they open, then go ski while the liners warm.
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Wed 8-08-18 10:18
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If your boots are a decent fit (and especiaily if right size and shell mouldable).... Bite the bullet and go to Bicester, if I was you... check if CEM has your size Zipfits in stock first (doh!) and in a lower volume gara as well as the higher volume version if possible. Or get Zipfits from Jens in Park City , Utah on a ski trip or elsewhere etc - always good to get them fit then ski in the, straight away to get the goop/omfit moving and sorted. Wish I'd gone to CEM or gone down the Zipfit route years and years before my trip to Utah where I just bit the bullet and got them... so much wasted time with not just Sorefoot but other foamed liners too...
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Tue 10-07-18 18:43
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I imagine Niseko can get a bit busy... Shizukuishi on Honshu, on the other hand https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4699/38860524025_428de91f03_b.jpg or Myoko https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7560/15723444124_537d30a956_b.jpg
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Tue 10-07-18 11:56
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Japan's skiing is fabulous - especially if you're based in Thailand like myself ;-) I've used these agents before http://ixsmtravel.com They have early booking offers also like this http://ixsmtravel.com/hiltonniseko.html?utm_source=General+Newsletter&utm_campaign=34d888a6b9-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2017_03_30_COPY_01&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_ca8dae7310-34d888a6b9-337846293&ct=t(FIT_Newsletter_15_March_20174_1_2017_COPY_01)&mc_cid=34d888a6b9&mc_eid=de40b9b6a9 If you're travelling from UK, I'd maybe try to get a flight with Star Alliance airlines - perhaps Swiss so you can get the cheaper flight tax to Switzerland (if that applies) and from there onwards direct to Tokyo or Sapporo, probably with ANA... or else EVA or Thai London to Bangkok then ANA to Japan, again all Star Alliance.
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Fri 22-06-18 19:53
Replies: 50
You could give Mont Tremblant in Canada a look too - easy transfer.
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Mon 18-06-18 18:23
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Solutions4feet at Bicester is a high recommendation here - and is i think known to NOT recommend a boot just because it's all they have in stock... and has advised others down a custom Dale boot from elsewhere where it's needed... I'd contact him with rough mondo boot size and foot/instep info and your semi-touring requirements just to see how he is for stock etc before making the trip there. Once he'd seen your feet he might be able to order the pair for you ...? I've not used him myself, but i believe the common (but not for all) method is to throw away the OEM liner and use a Zipfit liner instead (not sure if that's so suitable for touring etc) - and having just got Zipfits for my Atomic Hawx in the USA I just wish I'd done that/gone down that route years ago ( and I've had foamed liners as well as the usual OEM heat mouldable ones). Instep height/volume etc is also why you'd need a good boot fitter rather than just going by a vague last width... but the heat mouldable shells certainly improve matters for both fitters and the customer. If I was in the UK, I'd be going to them for any boot fitting from what I've read... and getting those zipfits fitted first thing in the morning and go skiing asap - i.e. in a fridge or dry slope to get them moving the omfit goop in the zipfit to suit - and make sure i have a good boot dryer or heated boot bag to get the liner warm first thing.
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Sun 17-06-18 22:02
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My only thought, other than envy, is to share the others' worry about your girl friend not taking to it. She will most probably not appreciate holding you back at the start so I'd try to get as many lessons on a dry slope/in a dome as possible before you go and as many as you can afford once you arrive. Absolutely the above... if she can't stand it or do it on plastic or an indoor fridge, then you'll save here being marooned in Bourg - and best to avoid group beginners lessons at all costs anyway at resort, or at least pay extra for a properly smaller group and not an ESF mega snake group of snow ploughers. So definitely get as much learning (for both of you, why not) at home before going out there.
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Fri 6-04-18 13:39
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How many zipfit users lace up the liner etc outside the shell, and only then put the lot into the shell? I've heard some remove laces and strap, and leave the liner inside the shell as 'normal'. This seems to me to then rely on clamping the hard shell around the liner to secure the foot, whereas using the laces secures everything( the foot, ankle, heel, shin) in a relatively soft liner ( well, very soft compared to the shell) .... fortunately my Atomics have a quite smooth inner surface on the back of the shell so the 'traditional' lace-up seems worth the small amount of one-off once a day faff.
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Thu 5-04-18 12:21
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Zipfit Liners Oh, I've read how CEM uses these liners pretty much as standard, throwing away the OEM heat mouldable liners... seen the great reviews on the zipfits elsewhere too... And the hype is true. Just returned from a trip to Park City, Utah. Met up with a Chicago living friend and family... whose wife has suffered with really painful boots since i've first known her many years ago. She even got a custom pair in Whistler from Surefoot - against my advice ( I've gone the Sorefoot path before...)... and she finally had them sorted by the guy at Jans on Park Avenue just down the road from the Doubletree where we stayed. Anyway... Jans had Zipfits there on display (ok, i'll admit I did a bit of research in advance and knew they were meant to stock them ;-) ) , so since visits home to the UK for me are few and far between so a Bicester trip was an unknown future thing... I thought i'd take the plunge. Boots are 2015 Atomic Hawx 120's (the funky yellow ones), fitted rather well by Tom at Viking in Chicago. Just always had a nagging feeling heel hold could be better and so had a tendency to overtighten the boots so hence my curiosity about Zipfits... and I've had foamed liners before from Heirling (in atomic shells) and Surefoot (Lange shells obviously... hmmm, what's the %age of Surefoot customers being dumped into Lange shells and pumped full of foam I wonder...?). Mr Al at Jans checked the shell fit first, then came out with the Zipfit Gara Liner to test fit. Quick warm up in a hot air blower for the liner then on and in the shell... confirmed the higher volume Zipfit was not an option. So, since the fit did seem rather tenacious... decided to go ahead (remembering that they are well know to last many years so offering value even if the initial cost is... interesting) The liners went into a Fischer boot oven for 8 mins to heat up. On the feet, laced up and strapped in and into the air blower warmed shells they went and boots were clipped up fairly firmly (not as much as a heat mould shell fit or foam liner clamp up but way tighter than needed to ski as any zipfit user knows :-P ) Flexed and walked around the shoppe for aboot 10 to 15 minutes to get the Omfit goop moving. I also came back after a couple of days just to get the shell refit (it's the Atomic heat mouldable shell) as the inner ankle bone tip on both feet was too tight/sore - this involved a couple of patches on the outside of the liner placed on the boney areas (and a couple of toe caps inside the liner as the big toe was a bit too cramped) and the heated shell was then... well all the usual heat mouldable shell fit thing, so another 10mins or so clamped up with toes up on a board etc. Results were astonishing. The heel hold is remarkable, and this is with the boot clips so much more loose than ever before... I've stuck with using the laces and strap to get liner onto foot outside boot then slide it all into the shell... just liner on you can tell the heel is already held in place, so the boot clips only need to be tight enough to stop the liner moving... which is very little clamping indeed. First morning skiing with the Zipfits was immediately after the Zipfit fitting, and I'll add that every morning I used my thermic boot dryers (hot air blow dryer type) on the zipfits... And I really didn't have any 'break in' period or pains. It's noticeable that very first thing in the morning things are really quite tight - but after a short while and the first chair up I clipped up (lightly) and that was it 'til lunchtime. No faffing, no heel lift, no pain... and it seems just as warm as the Atomic liner which was a good thinsulate lined job. The idea that the goop can move to allow for any foot changes day to day seems very real - I've had a DVT before from a long US flight (and am on daily blood thinning meds) and also had a damaged ankle ligament then infection on t'other foot a few months ago... just an astonishing combination of foot/heel control with as much comfort as can be reasonably expected with your foot clamped into a plastic boot :-P (slippers wouldn't give you the edge control). 7 days skiing withe Zipfits and I can confirm I have found ski boot nirvana... (ok, they had the new Hawx ultras there and a quick pick up test with the regular Hawx showed how much lighter the new plastic shells are... but apart from that) Kastle MX89 The hype on these is something along the zipfit lines, assuming you prefer all camber and no flappy rocker tips ;-) D@mn those people at Jans... yes, they have an extensive range of Kastle (MXs, LXs, FXs and BMXs) to demo... and Stockli for that matter amongst others. And since this was close to end of season... Sale! In fact there was a pair of demo MX89s there @172 which were on offer... at well under half the usual shocking price. Demo'd and bought, and had 'em waxed and edge tuned etc for 'free' (ho, ho)... Previous skis after returning to skiing after learning in the rear-entry boot and skinny skis above your head days have been Atomic Metron XIs which were hysterical carving skis, then a bargain pair of Kastle RX12 at Whistler which were 500 Canadian with bindings and tax, as everyone was on the wide ski trend already... less tiresome on the knees but still very carvy... and a subsequent trip to Whistler meant some Dynafit Powertrak 84's were used as the heavy, heavy 'powder' was a bit of a 'mare on 67mm underfoot RX12's. But the edge hold and flappy tips once back on piste.... :? Important thing here is if you've been curious about these then Park City and Jans would be a good option to try them out... especially near end fo season for the reductions. Bonus is as they were ex-demo they came pre-scratched :P so no worries about treating them like jewels... plastered already with a few stickers just to ensure no accidental mix ups (couldn't find any hello kitty stickers to horrify & deter any potential thieves). Julbo Cameleon lens vs Smith Red Sensor vs Smith Rose Flash Chromapop All photochromic lenses, with this particular Julbo lens also having some polarising. Smith Photochromic Red Sensor - VLT 20-50% Smith Photochromic Chromapop Rose Flash - VLT 20/30-50% Julbo Cameleon Photochromic & Polarising - VLT 5-20% My usual goggle is the Smith I/O 7 with the Red Sensor - been using it in blue sky days through to floodlit skiing. Very pleased with it... but was curious about the Julbo so got a pair amazon'd to my friend to bring over to Utah for me. I got the Julbo Starwind with the Cameleon lens - the Starwind has the same pop-out lens design as the Aerospace frame for anti-fog for ski tourers etc or really, really steamy headed people. Starwind is described as for med-small faces ( was concerned the larger Aerospace might be too mahoosive), but if the I/O 7 fits you then you'll find the Starwind a bit smaller. The lens though is very good indeed - don't think it would be suitable for night skiing so much due to the lower VLT, but is worked well even in the first couple of overcast days as well as the bright sunny ones. Passed the Julbo on to mates' son who loves them and went back to my trusty Smiths and red sensor... and since replacements are hard to find I had the bright idea of ordering a new lnes for my I/O 7s, which is the newer photochromic 'chromapop' rose flash... Had a couple of days with this lens and I'll be keeping the red sensor as backup - both very, very excellent with the newer chromapop version being a little more relaxing on the eyes. The Julbo fits fine with a Smith Vantage helmet, and all the lenses do NOT give an obviously skewed tint to things... so the snow still looks white etc :)
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Sat 31-03-18 17:55
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The OP might like to go a bit further to the mx89 to make it a more useful ‘upgrade’ or addition. Main issue with Kastle is finding them to demo, as the price is not low... Recommend Jan’s in Park City Utah, shop on Park Drive has a good range of kastle from LX to Mx to Fhp and bmx... and Stockli too. Demo ‘d and bought the mx89 ex deno’s For less than half the usual price... and they come pre- scratched ;-). And Jan’s will do a full tuneup owax at Renstall at Deer Valley for you included.
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Sat 10-03-18 10:42
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Japan skiing is wonderful... but you'll be up against legions of Aussie/NZ instructors as far as native-English speakers go. Korea would be another out-there option... at least before even considering China without an 'insider' contact and info.
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Sat 10-03-18 6:01
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There's a lot of good brands in there - Helly Hansen, Peak Performance, Hestra etc... Worth a look at EIDER - less well known perhaps, but good reputation - google Eider ski jacket review to check - and they have a 200 pound jacket there as their most expensive one (their waterproof membrane seems well regarded in reviews and saves you having to pay for all the Goretex advertising...) There's a couple of HH jackets also for 220... And i still have my old free excite.com email address as my 'junk' email address :D - used for all online registration etc. No one should use their primary email for that kind of thing (and then complain about spam).
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Tue 20-02-18 2:32
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Kastle mx89 vs Head Kore vs Renoun Z-90 ... and this would have to be in Park city in March. Would be easier on the wallet if not possible...
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Mon 5-02-18 2:50
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Apart from boot dryers... and yes to the Hestra glove straps too... here's a great thingy I picked up in Whistler - especially useful for Hestra owners, as they don't have any wipers built in adjustable velcro, strap it over your thumb http://www.powdercordpouch.com/v/vspfiles/photos/seeblade-2T.jpg
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Sat 3-02-18 2:48
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Fri 26-01-18 3:06
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Yes, they are. Use my Smith Red photochromic on bright days through to night skiing. You can ignore any ridiculous comment about them not changing quickly enough... they change to meet overall conditions throught out the day. ( Quick transition is more useful for prescription photochromic glasses - when you go indoors after being outside, it's nice to have a quicker clearing lens... whereas a skier going in for a beer... can just take your goggles off. And p.s. i don't see these people who stop at the edge of the trees, change their lens, ski the trees, come out, stop, change the lens back again... domthese people exist?) Julbo also do good (nxt) photochromic lenses - worth noting NXT/Trivex is superior to polycarbonate lenses.
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Wed 24-01-18 4:28
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make sure to check Smith Vantage, great ventilation and comfort if it's the right fit for your head. Try them inwith your goggles to ensure everything fits right.
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Sun 21-01-18 2:04
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How would an insurance company prove that you didn't have them locked if they're stolen? :twisted: Or do you have to take a photo of the locked skis with that days newspaper in shot every time you stop and secure your skis?
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Thu 18-01-18 10:39
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@coops1967 - Can you get the Dissent balaclava's in the UK? A quick google search doesn't return anything? Not sure... but doubtful - it's a Canadian thing... so if you're in Whistler no problem. ;-) ( and you certainly can't get them in Bangkok!) The balaclava is great - i stuff it in a pocket now anyway, just in case as it's so light etc. The best option is order over t'interent for delivery to home... and while you're about it, you 'may as well' try out the nano tour sock - t'is excellent, and i've used them for work on oil rigs and haven't worn out a pair yet. ( I did suffer a DVT after a long flight, so they are also good for that and flights also... they really are medical grade compression from my experiences, just not the full length hip high compression 'sock' nightmare...) Not had to use it just now.. post drilling job ski at Shizukuishi, Japan. Not too crowded... :P https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4626/39727336342_47a3a156a9_c.jpg
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Thu 18-01-18 6:49
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Dissent. https://www.dissentlabs.com/collections/all/products/milspec-balaclava nose and mouth covered, comfy and somehow no freezing around the mouth. Recommend trying their Nano Tour sock also - most excellent, but the compression does mean you need to turn inside out and take abit of tme and effort to put on. https://www.newschoolers.com/reviews/4166/Ski-Pro-Fit-Compression-Nano-Tour
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Mon 15-01-18 10:22
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Schoeffel Obertauern 1 i reckon.... https://www.schoeffel.de/shop/men/ski/jackets/ski-jacket-obertauern1-2017-winter/ To avoid that rustly, ski in a crisp packet feel - avoid Gore-tex, who spend all their money on marketing rather than improving the material... their latest may be slightly better than their past efforts but is still nt up to Pertex for softness, stretch and comfort... Atomic used to use this material but have gone dwn the goretex route ( no doubt an offer they couldn't refuse ) ... seems Schoeffel is available at Snow and rock and ellis brigham, so give it a feel - it's their own german fabric and should do the trick.
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