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Hinterland Hans

Hinterland Hans

Wilderness and back country in far northern California to central Oregon

john's Passions

Telemark Skiing
Backpacking
Hiking

john's Bio

Have been a back country explorer, botanist, and landscape painter for many years.

Hinterland Hans

Hinterland Hans wrote a review of on May 20, 2013

5 5

With only one season on these bindings and only 3 seasons of tele sking I still feel confidant saying that these bindings have made for huge improvements in my telemark turning skills and my enjoyment. They really facilitate keeping that back ski weighted and the whole forefoot on the ski for far better control of that ski than the other tele bindings I have tried. Their stiffness also better allows me to apply my lifetime of alpine skiing skills to learning freeheel techniques. After using them for some long, steep skin tracks in the backcountry I have found that they work fine for uphill. Even for this I have not been tempted to move the cable pivots to less than the stiffest position, #5, where I always ski these bindings, but I could. I had been planning to get 22 Designs Axls for my next skis, but the HHs seem to work fine for the uphill, and I love them for the downhill, so am installing some new HHs on my new Liberty Helix skis. Too bad 22 Designs is discontinuing this masterpiece of Russell Rainey's design. Don't think tele skiing needs a strictly lift-served binding like the Vice, meant to replace the HH.

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Hinterland Hans

Hinterland Hans wrote a review of on December 9, 2012

Ruffwear Palisades Dog Pack
4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

My pup has used this pack on quite a few hikes in our local mountains, plus two wilderness high country backpack trips, all this last summer.

The pack is a bit involved to put on as one has to fold up one front leg to slip it between the front yoke and second belly strap. It's easiest to fit the harness first, then attach the bags. This removability of the bags is a very nice feature so on rest stops she can relax more, or when negotiating gnarly, rocky terrain I can just snap off the bags and carry them myself so they can't catch on narrow rocky passages, or throw off her balance on super steeps. The harness with handle is very "handy" for assistance over obstacles or for security when there is some serious exposure, and is available even with the bags on the harness.

The construction is super beefy and should hold up well for a long time. Can't notice any abrasion after quite a bit of rock scraping. The beefy build of this pack makes it weigh more than I first liked, but its features are worth the extra weight and the price which is fairly high as these things go. The volume of the bags seems somewhat small. In order to fill the bags with enough to get her to carry up to about 15-20% of her weight I have to select the most dense load items, and even so the bags are almost over full and seem to stick out pretty far. Because the next-to-dog parts of the bags are just one layer of nylon, I felt I needed to put some cut-to-fit cardboard into the inner sides of the bags to protect my dog's ribs from irregular load items that might poke into her and cause sore spots in those areas where the harness does not protect. Some light weight, thin, but semi stiff layer built in here would be a good design modification.

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Hinterland Hans wrote a question about on November 28, 2012

The Stoic Hadron down midlayer is so perfect that I would buy it right now, but for one fatal flaw. It seems that when wearing this under a shell it would be very difficult to cool off during a climb since I would have to take off the shell, then the Hadron anorak, then put the shell back on. Why not design this with a full front closure, zip or snaps, so it could be opened up to dump heat as needed?

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