I've had this pack for 2 whole seasons now and it has yet to develop any wear issues. I would buy this pack again...very easy to access all my avy equipment even when fully loaded. Although this is the "Rider" version of the pack and I only ski...I chose it because the tacky straps on the back used to strap a board to the pack make for a great strap to stow my helmet on the skin up. Taken 2-11-09 on Allison Clay, Kachina Peaks Wilderness, AZ.
There is nothing wrong with this card....but since I deal with warmer temps in general and sunny skies for the most part....I find that the metal card tends to melt the grains rather fast. I've noticed similar plastic cards not having the same problem. Again...not a knock on the card...probably just something to consider if you ski in the Southwest like I do.
Since I ski in the Southwest, we get a lot of wind/sun crusts and the knotted rope just failed when sawing through these layers....This thing put an end to that. I've seen reviews knocking the cord because of damage to poles...and I can see that this would be the case if you are using carbon fiber poles in conjunction with this cord to carve out a block....but since I use aluminum poles...no problem. The only complaint I have is that it tangles easily given it's permanent storage inside the provided sack....the sack forces you to coil the cord rather tightly and it can be a pain to undo any tangles. I would suggest storing it in bigger loops somewhere inside your pack rather than the sack it comes with...this will make it easier to handle.
This tire changed my riding for the better. I use it up front for central AZ riding (loose over hard switchbacks, sandy washes and tracks, rocky trails). It tends to get a bit grabby in rock gardens given the aggressive side treads, but more than makes up for that downfall by being absolutely bomber when leaned over in sketchy, loose conditions. I've tried a lot of tires up front to find the right one for these types of conditions....this is it.
I've rolled the 2.2 TNT version of this tire for a week now on my rear wheel out here in central Arizona....sharp rocks, sandy washes, sand over hard switchbacks. The tread is pretty dense/hard, so performance on rock (edging, conformance, etc) is not the best, but this tire excels in the loose and dry conditions. I'm not worried about mud since it is such a rarity for me in the desert. I goofed and bought the TNT when I had intended to buy the foldable version to save a bit of weight, but I won't be returning the TNT...just ordering another foldable. Given the dense tread, I can see this tire lasting a lot longer than some of the other tires I've had on the rear.