Collin K.

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Collin K.

Collin K. wrote a review of on October 22, 2011

4 5

It is what it is, and it does its job. Smaller ropes aren't its forte and I use it exclusively indoor for belaying (I like the extra grab of the XP for outdoor), but it works well enough for rappelling since it doesn't have the ridges like the XP or Guide (if you are sticking with the BD products, I haven't used any other companies belay devices yet). It's simple and it works, so I'm happy with it.

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Collin K. wrote a review of on October 22, 2011

4 5

For the price, this is a pretty solid 0deg down bag. I haven't used it in any trying conditions yet, but for just camping around in colder climates, it has served me well. Nice and comfy and warm (a little too warm at times) and the long fits me pretty well (I'm 6'1"). Not the lightest or most compressible bag, but again, I haven't needed it for conditions where I'm shaving ounces or am pressed for space. If you need a cold weather bag, for fairly standard use, this is a good choice.

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Collin K. wrote a review of on October 22, 2011

5 5

Prior to these, I was on some older T2's that I thought fit me pretty well. When it came time to retire them though, I figured I would give BD a shot. I'm glad I did. After a year of skiing on these, I have no regrets. These boots fit me better than any other ski boot I have used (including alpine boots). They are a little wider than the Scarpa boots which was a pleasant change, and while out of the box my toes were a bit crunched, I took them in for a heat molding and now they are form fitting. 4 buckles is bomber and the BOA system is awesome (not sure what the durability is on it though, but no issues yet). As far as skiing on them, they have no issues driving my skis around in any conditions and the flex is quite smooth yet responsive. I agree with Bill's comment below, they are stiffer than the T2's, and as a result, I have noticed an improvement in my skiing when taking a more aggressive attack at the mountain. Ski/walk mode flip is a little cheap feeling, but it is still there after a year of abuse. A great booth though and I cant say enough positive things about them.

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Collin K. wrote a review of on September 6, 2011

5 5

These skis are great. From the light fluffy stuff to the icy crud of July, these have been my go to skis. They float well enough in the deep, cruise in the soft, and can power through whatever else might be in your line.
I skied these mostly on steeps, and do prefer them in areas where I have ample space to turn (they like to move), but I haven't had any issues with them where tight fast turns are necessary (trees, couloirs, whatever). I'm an aggressive skier, but at 6'1" and 145 lbs, I'm not the most burly guy out there (understatement), so don't feel like you have to be a hulk of a person to turn these boards in tight situations.
These skis are killer though and I am looking forward to another season on them.

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