David Belden

David Belden

California! I live in SF, but play in all over the state.

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David's Passions

Alpine Touring
Telemark Skiing
Nordic Skiing
Camping
Mountain Biking
Road Cycling
Bouldering

David's Bio

I mountain bike, telemark ski, rock climb, and swing dance. Oh, and I work too, but that's just to pay for the gear. :) I have a bit of a blog going at http://leisureprotour.com and will build it into something big one of these days.

David Belden

David Belden wrote a review of on November 24, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size

I have this jacket with me 340 days a year in San Francisco. Ultralight, windproof, water resistant, and very warm. Most days of the year it gets cold and windy at some point in SF, and this jacket is perfect for that. Turns out it's also a great layer for backcountry skiing, particularly when you summit and want to stay warm while you tear off your skins and get ready to descend. Also great under a shell for resort skiing.

Oh, it is a slim fit, which is great since I'm tall and thin.

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David Belden wrote a question about on November 23, 2009

What is this K2 climbing skin you speak of? "Tip and tail holes let you attach K2 climbing skins without clipping them over the ski’s edges "

Is K2 making ski specific skins that attach via holes rather than the traditional tip loop / tail hook?

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David Belden wrote an answer about on February 17, 2009

Right. It says it in the description: "interchangeable pow/hardpack baskets included" The pow are the wide baskets and the hardpack are the narrow baskets.

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David Belden wrote a review of on February 12, 2009

3 5

I'm sorry to say that I've switched back to Scarpa T1's and BD 01 bindings. My scarpa TX Pro boots cracked, and the Crispi's were stiffer than I like, so I switched back to T1's and BD 01's and couldn't be happier. They're lighter and they tour better than the NTN system. I really like the concept of the NTN (step in, releasable, ski brake, torsional stiffness, tour mode), but I just don't think it's there yet. The binding skied downhill incredibly well, and uphill ok, but if the boots crack or are too stiff, then the complete system doesn't work yet. I'm hopeful that Garmont will add an NTN boot next year and that Scarpa will fix their TX Pro plastic issues and that it will all be ready for primetime next year. In the mean time, it's back to 75mm for me.

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David Belden wrote a review of on February 12, 2009

5 5

I just spend a week touring in BC with a new pair of STS Custom skins fitting to my Volkl Gotamas. They took a bit of trimming (easily done with the enclosed trimming tool), then they were good to go. With "wall to wall carpeting" the traction was amazing. Better that any of my prior skins. Couldn't be happier with them.

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David Belden wrote a review of on February 11, 2009

5 5

I take this pack on all of my epics, and any rides where I'm schleping armor. Dakine did a great job of putting in straps under the pack for carrying armor as well as plenty of big pockets for a helmet or layers. Also, the internal pockets are well organized for tools, etc. and side pockets for GU's and food. Heck, it even has a slightly padded pocked for the camera or iphone. The bladder is ok, but come to think of it I replaced it with a CamelBak bladder right away. That said, the dakine one works just fine. I'm just more used to the Camelbak bladders and had an extra one.

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David Belden wrote a review of on January 29, 2009

5 5

I'm on my 3rd set of boots this season, and I have nothing but good things to say about my T1's. In particular, Scarpa's new Intuition liner is fantastic. I loved it in the Scarpa TX Pro (NTN boot) until I cracked those (warranty - thanks Scarpa!), and once I went back to my old Garmont Squadra's I had been sufficiently spoiled by the Scarpa Intuition liner that I decided to pick up a pair of T1's. Also, back in the day, 5 or 6 years ago, my feet would only fit in Garmont boots. Scarpa boots would crush my toes. Not the case any longer! It seems that with properly molded liners, just about anyone can wear these boots now. Enjoy!

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David Belden wrote a review of on January 29, 2009

5 5

I have a set of 183 Gotamas mounted up tele, and they rip! First off, they measure 179cm, and are the exact same height as my 179cm K2 Hippy Stinx, but Volkl calls 'em a 183. Go figure. They float in powder, slam through crud & sierra cement, and are generally a pleasure to tele. My quiver of other skis (BD Crossbows, K2 HippyStinx, G3 Reverends) are all wall fixtures or being sold off to buddies now that I have these. Get some.

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David Belden wrote an answer about on January 14, 2009

Second generation certainly better than the first. Boot choice is key, make sure to demo before you buy. The Scarpa TX is very different in the bellows from 2008 to 2009. Evo is unchanged. There is also a Crispi Shiver, comparable to the TX. Yes, the bindings will change, but the standard is set, so if you like your boots, then you can change over or upgrade the bindings as you go. (end Nurse Ben's comments)- I'd like to add that the Scarpa TX Pro boots are breaking, so I'd definitely suggest the Crispi. I just returned my broken TX Pros and picked up a pair of Crispi's. The bindings are great, but not yet perfect. That said, I'm glad I made the jump. (end David's comments)

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David Belden wrote a review of on January 14, 2009

2 5

Amazing boots. Great control, fit, power, etc. Absolutely loved 'em until I broke the toe/bill/bellows on day 6. After some research online I found out that lots of the TX Pro's have been cracking this year. So they're fabulous, except that they break. If they fix it, I'll be back on 'em in a heart-beat. But in the mean-time I'm SOL.

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David Belden wrote a review of on January 14, 2009

4 5

I took 'em out for a day of skinning, and the NTN binding were good uphill, but not amazing. It's a heavy binding, and the tour mode doesn't pivot as freely/effortlessly as I would like, nor does it have the range of motion/pivot that I would desire. That said, they're much better than a binding without a tour mode, but I've found that others with a tour mode like the G3 Targa Ascent do go uphill better. However the downhill performance of the NTN is 2nd to none, and you couldn't pay me to switch back to my G3 Targa Ascents now that I've skied NTN's.

Pulling up the tour mode level takes some doing, and in cold, heavy CA snow I had to stomp on it with my boot to get it to go back down. But I think that will soften up over time. As a side note, my TX Pro boots broke (crack around the toe/bellows) on day 6 and are on their way back to Scarpa, and my new Crispi NTN EVO boots should arrive today. :) So although isn't not perfect yet, there's no way I'm going back to traditional tele boots & bindings.

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David Belden wrote a review of on January 7, 2009

5 5

I have 5 days in so far on my '09 NTN bindings and Scarpa TX Pro boots and I couldn't be happier. The combination is a good predictable, stiff set-up with great control. It's a smooth progression between the flex of the binding and the flex of the boot. I love the step-in set-up and wow is it nice not to have to deal with a leash for once. While I haven't released from them yet, I think I will love the release function when I crash hard enough to pop out. On first glance, the tour mode looks great, but I'll update my comments after I take them uphill for a full day or two in the backcountry. So far, I'm very happy. I've skied them on hard-pack, Sierra cement, and a foot of WY powder, and they were great in all 3.

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David Belden wrote a review of on January 7, 2009

5 5

Fantastic telemark knee pads! I've been using various hard-plastic two strap knee pads for years (Arc'Teryx, Black Diamond, etc.) and these are a great step up. They're decidedly more comfortable, and because they have material around the entire knee, they actually help keep my knees warm when I ski, which is fantastic. Once they're on, I more or less forget that I'm wearing them since they're so comfortable. The only downside is that putting them on over long-underwear takes some doing.

They also seem to do well with impacts. I haven't whacked 'em too hard yet, but so far so good.

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