Product Reviews

April 6, 2014:

Marmot Isotherm Hoody offers additional warmth with breathability at minimal additional weight, as wells as compressibility for storing in your pack when not in use.

Marmot Isotherm Hoody

March 12, 2014:

The Volkl V-Werks Katana is a stiff, high performance big mountain ski, but lightweight for touring.  The carbon fiber build allows for the best of both worlds as far as performance and lightweight touring.  You can really utilize this ski in any terrain and in any conditions.

Scarpa’s Freedom SL Freeride Touring Boot is by far the most versatile boot to hit the Freeride/Touring genre to date. It is stiff enough to handle the big lines, but light enough to not hold you back on the hikes and tours. The walk mode provides a great range of motion and because the boots natural position is ski mode, you do not have to worry about that untimely shift to walk mode while skiing.

Marmot Alpinist Tech Jacket offers incredible warmth as a mid layer, as wells as practical compatibility for storing in your pack when not in use.

Marmot Glide Softshell Glove coupled with the Marmot PreCip Shell Mitt is a match made in heaven for a touring ski glove/mitt.  The Glide Softshell Glove is wind and water resistant combined with warmth and when it starts to get a bit chilly, having the PreCip Shell Mitt to slide on over the glove keeps your hands right where they want to be, dry and warm.

Marmot’s Col MemBrain sleeping bag is 800 fill goose down and rated to -20 deg F.  This bag can be used for a burley expedition in the Alaska Range, but is also packable and lightweight enough for a traverse through a mountain range like the Talkeetna Mountains of Alaska.

December 19, 2013:

Scarpa’s Freedom SL is probably the most diverse boot to hit the freeride touring boot market yet.  It is quite stiff for it’s incredibly lite weight, and really allows you to power a ski.  Touring, boot packing, or just shredding around the resort; these activities and more are all well within the wheel house of this boot quiver in one!

Scarpa Freedom SL

Marmot’s Great Scott Jacket is a new addition to their line of stylish shred wear.  This jacket is light enough to take into the backcountry, but heavy enough to provide warmth while lapping your favorite lift at the resort.  The price is right too!

Marmot Great Scott Jacket

 

Volkl’s Two is a new addition to their big mountain line and it is playful!  Stiff enough to drive through turns and stomp landings, but carries the pop and shape to accompany your bag of tricks for sure.  And let me not forget to mention the float in pow!!

Volkl Two

 

April 24, 2013:

Marmot’s Col MemBrain sleeping bag is 800 fill goose down and rated to -20 deg F.  I pretty well exceeded this temperature rating on a recent trip into the Alaska Range and I did just fine.  Infact, I frost bit my foot one day and owe the re-warming and capability of keeping it warm to this sleeping bag!

Marmot Col MemBRain Sleeping Bag

Scarpa’s 2013/14 Freedom SL Freeride Boot is probably the most diverse boot to hit the freerdie touring boot market yet.  It is quite stiff for it’s incredibly lite weight, and really allows you to power a ski.  Skinning and boot packing for hours up a couloir, and then shredding back down as if you were just dropped by a heli is the name of the game for this boot!

Scarpa Freedom SL Freeride Boot

Marmot’s Alpinist 2P tent provided for the perfect base camp home on a recent trip in the Alaska Range and with it’s strong pole structure, we were able to block snow closely around the parimeter.  This thing is certainly burly enough for glacier base camps as well as high mountain camps.

Marmot Aplinist 2P Tent

 

February 14, 2013:

The Marmot Silverton Jacket is absolutely impervious to wind and moisture, light weight and perfect for layering. This 3-layer fabric system by GORE-TEX is unstoppable!

Marmot Silverton Jacket

 

The Smith I/OX Goggle offers the biggest peropheral view, best helmet fit, and quickest interchangable lens swap-out of any google on the market.  I am diggin it!

Smith I/OX

 

December 4, 2012:

The Volkl Shiro 183 might be the most versatile ski out there.  The Volkl Shiro 183 is light enough to make for a practical backcountry ski, while being wide and stiff enough to still handle high level of aggressive skiing.  Now add the Marker Tour F12 to the mix, and you have one versatile backcountry set up can throw down going up and down!

Volkl Shiro 183

 

The Scarpa Maestrale RS is a giant step forward in the backcountry freeride market.  This boot is incredibly light weight, but at the same time is stiff enough to handle the drive and power of an aggressive skier on an aggressive ski.

Scarpa Maestrale RS

 

The Marmot Armageddon Undercuff Glove is sick, I don’t know what else to say.  Style, comfort, fit, protection, warmth.

Marmot Armageddon Undercuff Glove

 

October 27, 2012:

The Marker Tour F12is not just another traditional alpine touring binding. The Marker AFD system and pivot plate allows the use of typical alpine boots as well as vibrum soled AT boots, providing for more options and a dynamic quiver. This touring binding has held strong through a variety of big mountain and ski mountaineering adventures!

Marker Tour F12

 

The Marmot Up Track Jacketis the approach jacket for me. The breathability, wind protection and Angel-Wing softshell material provide comfort and movement when your out working up a sweat in the elements.

Marmot Up Track Jacket

 

September 25, 2012: Marmot Freerider Jacket

Marmot Freerider Jacket

This has been my go-to everyday jacket for over a year now.  Great venting for hiking, warm enough for those cold POW days, and an extremely good wind and water shield.  From the Teton Backcountry, to shedding in bounds POW at the Ghee, to skiing from a heli in AK, this jacket has been with me through it all.  Oh, and it comes in some sick colors too!

 

December 17, 2011: Marmot Alpinist Pant

 

Marmot Alpinist Pant

The breathability and functionality of the alpinist pant is un-matched as far as I can tell.  Either on the lift at the Ghee in below 0 temps or touring deep in the Tetons, these pants have kept me warm, dry, and comfortable!  I have skied about 40 days in the Alpinist Pant thus far and look forward to many more.

Mikey

 

March 31, 2011: Scarpa Mobe

Scarpa Mobe

The Mobe truly is my new favorite everyday boot.  I have logged about 50 days in it at this point, 30 days of ski patrolling 10 hours a day, and about 20 days of skiing in the resort & backcountry.  The ease and durability of the walk mode is un-matchable and very practical for everyday use.  I have skinned, boot packed, and skied thousands of feet a day with comfort, function, durability, and support through every foot.  I ski this boot on some large & stiff skis such as the Volkl Katana & Kuro, and have skied any and all types of terrain with them…..including 50+foot airs.  This is now my go to ski boot!!!!

Mikey

 

February 3, 2011: Marmot Backcountry 30

Marmot Backcountry 30

This pack has quickly become my choice for backcountry travel as well as working ski patrol.  The stiff back support for all day use, easy access shovel/probe/tool compartment, plenty of storage space, skin pocket, and diagonal ski carry system really are just the beginning of useful attributes included in this pack.  In my experience, packs of this storage capacity usually seem to significantly shift your center of gravity when filled, creating swing wait, but this pack distributes the load quite well throughout your upper body and torso.  I definitely recommend this pack to full day backcountry enthusiasts.

Mikey

 

January 29, 2011: Scarpa Hurricane

Scarpa Hurricane

What a boot of performance!  The Hurricane has raised the bar on non-race stock, performance ski boots.  I have personally tested this boot in high angle, big air, high speed situations that in the past have required a “race stock” ski boot.  A stiffness/flex of 120 and utilizing the 4 buckle system, this boot feels to be a nice hybrid of a high performance race stock boot and a touring boot.

Mikey

 

January 22, 2011: Marmot Spire Jacket

Marmot Spire Jacket

I have been wearing this jacket pretty much exclusively so far this season and am diggin it.  The hard-shell design lets you layer accordingly underneath while protecting you from the elements.  The larger hood design allows for the hood to be warn over a helmet without limiting your mobility.

Mikey

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    Teton FreeRide is a content based blog founded and operated by Mike "Mikey" Leake. Mikey has lived in the Teton Valley region of southeastern Idaho and western Wyoming most of my life. He has also had the opportunity to live and play in the Lake Tahoe area, and now, Alaska too!

    After competing on the Freeskiing World Tour on-and-off for 10 years Mikey has transitioned to judging various events and become an advisory board member with the International Freeskiers & Snowboarders Association (IFSA). Over the past 13 years he has worked in the ski industry through skiing as an athlete, coach, guide, ski patrol, event coordinator, event judge, marketing consultant, team manager, videographer, and as an associate producer. Mikey has a true passion for the outdoor industry and tries to be involved in every aspect possible.