I was really excited to see the second generation of this pack come through as I really liked the first generation, but I couldn't buy it because I couldn't stand the ice tool attachment system.
This pack was what I was hoping for:
-removable lid, straps, frame, waste belt
-easy ice tool attachment system
-easy to rig A frame and diagonal ski carry systems
But here's why I've returned it and why I won't buy it because I won't use it.
-Swing arm shoulder straps. Bad news.
I didn't know what these were by the description, but basically the two shoulder straps are not fixed to the pack on the lower end. Instead, they are connected to one another with a cord that runs through the lower section of the pack. What this does is it allows for super fluid movement of the shoulders?. too fluid. A pack is supposed to support the load. And when this pack is loaded to 25 lbs, it is unstable and floppy because of this "swing arm" feature.
It get's even worse for the Speed 55. With a bigger pack and a bigger load, the swing arm feature causes the pack to be unwieldy.
I'm not sure why all the pack makers these days want something that will "move with you." I want one that will stay with me and support itself and not toss me around like an uneven weighted barrel. I clean pack with a slim design will move with you without tricks.
So? in the end I'm super disappointed and giving this 1 star simply because I can't use it.
This is a message to BD. Please create a clean alpine pack that also has a clean SUSPENSION. No swing arms. No ergo active nonsense. Just a simple design with the attachment features on this pack and you've won me over.
I agree... Why does the ultimate NTN boot not have tech fittings?? I was just about to buy it and am glad I didn't. I'll have to deal with the softer TX pro and F1 for now.
No. The NTN boots will not work with 75mm bindings like the axl or the O1, or G3 tele bindings. I don't think G3 makes an NTN binding. Only Rottefella. These boots work with the NTN binding or the TTS binding for tele, and any tech at binding.
Yea, that is a great review... I have seen it. I guess what I'm wondering is how the Freedom compares to the Freeride. Do they ski pretty much the same? Any difference? Is the touring significantly better? How's the release? I'm debeting between this and the TTS binding.
What's it like to ski the Freedom?
How does it compare to the Freeride? They say it is "less active." How does it compare to the BD O1 mid stiff? I know there are options, but just wanted to hear what it's like from those of you who've been on NTN for a while.
Also... how does it tour?
Do these pants have internal gators?
I'm shopping for AT boots for my wife. She has a challenge in that her feet are wide--EE width when we measured. It appears that most women's AT boots are made to fit a slimmer foot. She tried on this boot, BD's swift and Shiva boots, and one of Dynafit's women's models. This and the BD swift seemed to be the most comfortable at first. She's a 24.5 Mondo. After a few minutes her feet started to fall asleep and she felt pressure in different places. Our big question is, how far does thermo molding go? Is it possible to modify the plastic boot? It seems that I've heard of that. I've also heard of custom foot beds, would that help with the width issue?
A concern we have is that we may need to mail order these, but not knowing how the fit is going to turn out, a return policy is important--or at least working with a store that will be able to make the modifications we need. What is Backcountry.com's return policy on AT Boots?
So.. I'm puzzled by all the negative reviews.
The 01 has been the best tele binding for me. I have three sets of skis all mounted with the 01. I have never had problems and I think I ski aggressively. Perhaps I've been luck. I try to take care of them and ensure my cartridges are adjusted correctly before each use.
I love the constant tension, zero tip dive, amazingly fluid tour mode. Easy to use. Great to ski.
I love the design of this pack, but the suspension really doesn't work well for me. At first, I thought it felt cool and great. But upon using it on my ski mountaineering adventures, I realized this pack was terrible, at least for that application. Once it is loaded, it sways too much due to the pivoting suspension. It DOES NOT MOVE WITH YOU, instead it pulls you around in directions you don't want to go. If you want a pack that moves with you, choose one with a static suspension. I found the pack of my dreams in the Gregory FUSION LTS line up (Gregory and BD are now the same company by the way). I especially love the Torre and Serrac packs. They make heavy loads feel like a feather and most importantly, the packs move with me rather than knocking me off balance.
I have been backcountry telemark skiing for 20 years. I have gone through many packs, always frustrated that the packs don't move with me or carry a heavy load comfortably.Finally I have found the perfect pack-line in Gregory's Fusion LTS series.This pack carries a 30-40lb load and makes it feel like its not there (I rarely carry more than that). The wraptor stabilizer holds the pack exactly where it should be on my back.When I ski down, my motion is highly involved, up and down, full body. So most packs sort of bounce around and feel like I'm pulling them down with me or they are resisting my movement or seem to carry a momentum that wants to keep me from a natural turn.The Serrac45 fuses to my body and becomes part of me. I don't even notice it is there.I Love the full length zipper that allows me to access the entire pack without removing the top lid. Also, the external pocket is extremely handy for holding gloves, skins, or crampons.
I have been searching long and hard for the perfect 30-35L pack that I can use for everything. Hiking, backcountry skiing, travel etc.
The thing I love about this back is it can carry a heavy load comfortably and move with my body. As I ski, I need a pack that moves with me. This pack becomes me. I also have the Torre, which is sort of a roll top version of this pack, and it is a favorite too.
I also love the slim and clean design. Great Pack!