First off, these poles are very lightweight (expensive) and are geared more towards advanced skiers. That said, if you are an intermediate skier who is motivated to get faster, these could be a good choice for you. A lighter pole will feel easier to swing and allow you to reach a higher tempo.
These poles are one size: 180cm (almost 6 feet). Once you determine your desired length, you remove the grip with heat, cut the pole and re-glue the grip. If you don't have experience with this process, you would be wise to let an experienced person take care of it for you.
The length you will need depends on the style of XC Skiing you do, your skill and your height. In general, classic poles are shorter and skate poles are longer.
For beginners and recreational touring, the pole should fit under your armpit.
For advanced classical skiing, choose a pole that reaches the height of your collarbone.
For skating, poles should come up between your chin or lower lip. Some skate skiers prefer even longer poles.
These are recommended lengths but as you develop your own style, you may find that slightly more/less length is right for you. If you are a skate skier, you will definitely benefit from the lightweight poles. The weight will be less noticeable for classic/touring.
I love this thing, super light and gets the job done. It might not be the most durable dry-bag in the world but what do you expect from something under 4oz. If you want a weight-bearing pack, buy something else... the whole purpose of this design is that it goes inside a backpack. I use this as a pack liner when I'm worried about rain and I typically throw it in the duffel for travel. When you are traveling it is great for dirty laundry and/or wet clothing. In Ecuador, I filled this with a towel, a camera and air for floatation... jumped off a boat, swam to shore and found everything bone dry when I got there (see photo of pack in action).
I'm a 10.5 and I find the Orange flavor to be a better fit for most of my shoes. I've started skateboarding a bit and wanted more support than the insoles provided (none). I found the Orange ones to make the overall fit too snug. The Blues are great when you want more support with a slightly lower profile. In Asics running shoes, the blues are slightly too narrow in my opinion.
I was wondering the same thing and even checked out the BD website. I wouldn't take this conclusion to be 100% accurate but based on all of the photos showing 8 segments and the overall length being 300cm, 300/8=37.5 ...the male/female connections are probably about 2.5-3.5cm so I estimate the segment lengths to be 40-41cm.
This is the most comfortable pack I have ever worn. It has all the bells and whistles, almost all of which have come in handy. The removable fanny pack is somewhat cool but it clearly adds a lot to the overall weight. I'm not a huge fan of the side-access zipper. Contrary to other reviews, I have no complaints about the water bottle holders. They are a little tight at first but loosen up with use. This pack doubles as a nice leg pad to elevate your feet and add some comfort. One very cold night I slept with my legs inside the pack! Everything about this pack gives me the impression that it will last a lifetime. My complaint is the horrific weight, nearly 7 pounds is a significant amount of weight.
When you aren't concerned about weight, this thing can really light-up the night. You get great burn time with the side LED bulbs and the center bulb is crazy bright. I've used it in pouring rain and it seals worked well. This headlamp is borderline overkill for most situations, but it's pretty awesome when you need it.
I'm a huge fan in these inserts. I got a stress fracture in my leg after a long hike and I have been more careful with my footwear ever since. I started using these and they have made a big difference. They provide great support and a good amount of cushion too. I have a slightly wide 10.5 foot and the Orange E's fit perfectly. I have these insoles in nearly all of my shoes.
I wish I could give a clear opinion on this pack...but I can't. I love the mesh back panel and it's a good size for ultralight backpacking. I've done a few multi-day trips with about 16-22 pounds and the pack has performed well. The shoulder straps are fairly comfortable and provide a good fit. I'm not a huge fan of the shape, it's too wide at the bottom...three or four beers and you might be able to look beyond it! The side pockets are impossible to access because the designers put synch straps right over them. When I'm hiking alone, I have to take the pack off just to get my Platypus water bottles out and back in. Don't even think about a Nalgene, it won't fit. This pack has been good to me, but I think there are better options out there.
This is my go-to bag for any travel. I love sizes S-L. The XL is sweet but I'd be worried about going over the 50lb airline limit. I tend to pack light and the medium is enough for me. If you're only going to have one, the large is the best size (big enough for a long trip or packed for two people).
I have a fairly large dome and this hat fits better than most.
If you want to wear a bunch of stuff under it, you will probably need a large. I think you would be better off layering over this jacket, not under. It's made to fit somewhat snug and I think you will have great mobility with a medium. I am leaning towards a medium but I'm worried that it could be a little short for you. It's a tough call.
Can we discuss the sweetness of the Bonfire Orange?
If you hike in the Sierras, buy this jacket now. It's super light, packable and acts as a great pillow. Don't forget, down can be a little sketchy in rain so make sure this isn't your solution for a heavy downpour. The Patagonia Houdini works well as a protector of fine feathers in moderate showers. If you're expecting lots of rain, consider the synthetic option.
Great light for the backcountry! Weight is incredible and love the various light settings. I'm a big fan of the red option for use around camp. The whistle is cool and love the ball-joint pivot. I'm very comfortable with the light this throws off (even for trail running), but if you're expecting to light up the trail... you might want a brighter (heavier) option.
Great shirt, keeps me cool in all conditions. Would be a 5 but the sizing is a bit off in my opinion. I think the cut runs large. I am a medium in everything but the small fit my chest and shoulders... the sleeves are a little short but I can live with that since they are rolled up 99% of the time. If you are on the cusp, size down!
I once had a Pearl Izumi jacket, it was black with lightning bolts all over it. It was so sick that it was stolen from me on two separate occasions. Then one night at a rave in Amsterdam I ripped off the sleeves to make it a "vest" ...and ended up giving it to some bum on the street on my way home. The Vagabond jacket is almost as cool and since the arms zip off, I don't have to bust the seams when I'm feeling the need to go sleeveless!
I just got back from a 13.5 day thru-hike of the John Muir Trail. We had a few nights in the low 30's and I was fine on just a tarp with socks and midweight long underwear top and bottom. The best part about this bag is that you can go full mummy but vent your feet a little to prevent overheating. I would suggest buying a Sea to Summit (size small) compression bag to get this bag down to the size of a quart of ice cream.
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