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DD_Seattle wrote a review of on May 17, 2013

5 5

I shopped extensively for a year for an ultralight one-person tent. This tent led the pack for most of that time, but ultimately I chose the Big Agnes Copper Spur UL1. The Carbon Reflex is smaller by 5 square feet and lighter by 3 ounces. I was ready to buy one, I just never saw it on sale, which could mean it has been popular, or in short supply.

These one-person tents share a common design, with the side door and large vestibule. It's important to note that neither tent is really free standing -- the Carbon Reflex requires 4 stakes minimum, 6 with fly. Can instead use sticks or poles to spread the end corners apart to eliminate 4 stakes; that would involve carrying some extra cordage.

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DD_Seattle wrote an answer about on March 2, 2009

(SteveH) Garmonts are going to be the best fit for a wide foot.(DD) I tried this and Dynafit because I have very narrow feet. I ended up in these. Both were thermoformed to my feet. The first-wear problem with the Garmonts is that the ankle bone area is too narrow for my narrow foot. I blistered on my inside lower ankle bone. It hits a seam in the liner and a buckle strap rivet on the shell. This bone is a problem for me in any narrow ski boot, never hiking boots, so I think the issue is the shell.

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DD_Seattle wrote a review of on January 18, 2008

5 5

I got this binding for my K2 Super Stinx.

The product photo shows the brake and crampon, neither of which are included in the price. Buy them separately if you want them.

The brake and crampon nest below the toe plate. Pay close attention to the waist width of your ski, the brake size, and the crampon size. Don't buy oversize.

What makes the K2 installation especially tricky is that the K2's have pre-drilled screw holes with threaded inserts. Karhu in all its wisdom decided not to make the 7tm's mounting screws align with any of these holes. If you try to mount the 7tm's directly onto the skis, you'll rip out the inserts and ruin your skis.

I made a video of the K2 installation with the REQUIRED adapter plates. The YouTube tutorial "Karhu 7tm Binding Installation on K2 Skis" shows you exactly what you need and how it works.

It includes a demo of the binding's Tour mode.

Having a free-pivot Tour mode is a dream. Climbing takes less effort. Kick turns are really easy. Breaking trail is easier, my tips stay up better. I can kick and glide on the flats. Even skating is easier.

It takes a minute-long stop to switch in and out of Tour mode.

Side-stepping is much harder in tour mode, because the tails dig in. For short climbs it's easier just to herringbone, and for long sidesteps I lock down the binding.

I have no complaints about the spring in the Power binding. They're comparable to my G3 Targas in that regard. With the K2 adapter plate, my boot is elevated above the ski more, which feels different underfoot on groomers.

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DD_Seattle wrote a review of on January 16, 2008

3 5

The size of the brake, the waist size of your ski, and the size of the ice crampon are all interrelated. Read carefully before ordering.

Garmont underestimated the popularity of the 70mm brake (??!) and anything larger requires the next larger crampon. Don't buy oversized.

Oversized parts will mean having a brake arm and a sharp crampon sticking way out of the sides of your skis. At least it would be mashing up your expensive boots. Worse, it could injure you.

Another discovery: Standard leashes are too short for my setup, I had to extend them by about 3 cm (an inch).

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DD_Seattle wrote a review of on January 2, 2008

2 5

Up to intermediate groomers, these are fine. For touring, the cable tension makes it hard to kick-turn on switchbacks, and to break trail (the ski tips submarine). For black diamond slopes, I want releasable.
I'd go to the Targa Ascent, but heard about icing problems. Ordered the 7TM Power Tour instead.
I have the G3 climbing bars, installed the large one, and never used the rest, no complaints.
I have it on good advice to carry the G3 repair kit for another ~$45, although in my case no failures in 2 years.
I had them on K2 Super Stinx, using Scarpa T2X boots.

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