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Andy Vaughan wrote an answer about on January 5, 2012

I had a spring squeak for the first two days of use on brand-new bindings. Once I readjusted the cable tension after initial break-in, they're pretty quiet -- I think. We've had nothing but noisy conditions so far, so if there is still a squeak, it's faint.
Get a set. You won't regret.

That saying should be trademarked.

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Andy Vaughan wrote a review of on October 25, 2011

5 5

This stuff is fantastic. I've got the full setup from last year, but had a mishap with the jacket at the end of the season. Replacing this is not cheap (as in "Holy crap! Did I actually pay that much?!!?) but absolutely worth the money if you know you'll be facing harsh winter conditions. Maybe I can keep this one intact for a year.

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Andy Vaughan wrote a review of on April 28, 2011

4 5

I had my doubts - mainly about the look of these things, but from the other side of the lenses, they're pretty terrific glasses. Lenses swap out easily in seconds, wraparound is comfy and nonobtrusive, glasses weigh nothing. Best of all, the field of view is completely unobstructed by a frame. As other reviewers have noted, this saves your neck from some long-ride pain. I may look like a douche in these, but they work fantastically well. Glad I got 'em.

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Andy Vaughan wrote a review of on April 28, 2011

3 5

They generally do what they're supposed to do, but I think something is amiss with the chamois. After long mileage, I've had the center panel wad up and cause some serious discomfort. I've only had this happen once, but once may be enough. Perhaps this is just an issue with a short run of these.
The funny thing is, I have a pair of these from a year earlier, and they're fantastic. Chamois stays flat, and no hotspots.

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Andy Vaughan wrote a review of on December 20, 2010

4 5

Tahoe went off this weekend (sort of) and had a few feet of wet, heavy stuff to play in.
My usual all mountain planks nosedove all over the mountain, but after switching out to the 1010s, it was a completely different experience.
Kept me on top of the muck, railed out on the hardpack, and launched airs over the ugly stuff.

Great ride for mixed, potentially crappy conditions. Probably great for powder -- when we get it.

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Andy Vaughan wrote an answer about on November 22, 2010

Got a chance to try this out in wind and blowing snow this weekend. Just fantastic. Echoing what the rest of the reviewers have said, the details are worth the extra cash. Hood keeps out wind and snow, the wire brim keeps vision unobstructed, warm, yet not too warm, great vents. When used in conjunction with Lofoten pants, you're bulletproof.

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Andy Vaughan wrote a review of on February 22, 2010

4 5

When matched with the right BA pad, you can take this down pretty low. Big pluses for convenience of the pillow pocket, and the comfort of the draft collar. As mentioned in other reviews below, you have to be careful which pad you pair with this, as it's thin on the bottom, intended to be complemented by the pad.

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Andy Vaughan wrote a review of on February 22, 2010

4 5

Really pleased with the performance of this pad. Spent a long weekend camped out in 10-degree temps, with consistent driving snow, and this thing was my oasis. Inevitable water pools in the (crappy) tent were unnoticed (comfort-wise). Never had any cold spots on the bottom of the sleeping bag. Plush cushioning, and as referenced below, you can inflate this pad to board-stiff firmness. Good stuff. Highly recommended for winter backcountry trips.

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Andy Vaughan wrote a review of on May 17, 2009

3 5

Suspension bars break on the pivotal system. Once broken, they turn in to kidney pokers. Ouch. Will report back with TNF repair update.Holds a ton, comfortable while unbroken. Quality is suspicious.

Repair update: No dice. TNF offered me a prorated refund after reporting that they could not repair -- parts are no longer available. Bummer. Going back to Osprey.

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