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Jefe009 wrote an answer about on March 19, 2013

Not really, the tip clips are not at the correct angle. Some people have kinda rigged them to work, but you're better off buying split-specific skins with the tip clips at a sideways angle.

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Jefe009

Jefe009 wrote a review of on January 15, 2013

Zephyr is the King
5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Super solid board for big lines. Took me a while to get used to the non-tapered shape. Doesn't turn as quick as other boards I've had but very stable at speed and on big moutain lines, I wouldn't rather ride anything else. My fave for spring and summer on the volcanos in the PNW.
Really shines on big open terrain at speed. Just eats through everything in its path, does not chatter.

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Jefe009 wrote a review of on January 14, 2013

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

So.... lots of pros, and a few cons.

Pros:
-The sole. Period. Super burly and stable on a bootpack, way grippier than any other snowboarding boot I've seen or used. It's still not as good as a plastic AT or mountaineering boot, but for a soft boot this is probably as good as it gets.
-Tours really well.
-Great stiff riding feel. Especially with the stiff sole.
Cons:
-Hard for me to dial in the fit. I have lower volume feet, and this boot is obviously designed for larger/wider feet. It's a big boot. Yes I've heat molded the liners.
-Foot pain. My feet get banged up on long (over 8 miles) tours. Shorter tours are fine. I plan to add some custom footbeds to try and help this issue.
-The clip things that hold the laces are easy to pop off and lose.

Overall, I feel it's a bit of a sacrifice, but worth it. They are big heavy boots, but I really like the added safety and support for the uptrack/bootpack.

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Jefe009 wrote a review of on October 9, 2012

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This thing is always in the pack, year round. I got it as an insulating layer for splitboarding in the backcountry, for when you top out and the winds are howling and you need instant warmth / wind blockage. Works great for that.

However, I realized that it's pretty perfect for year round use here in OR as well, and I always keep it in the pack for backpacking, etc. For the price vs. size vs. weight, I haven't found anything close.

The only thing I would change is adding a hood. What gives NF? Five stars anyway.

Just get it, you won't be sorry!

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Jefe009 wrote a review of on January 4, 2012

5 5

These are the most bomber pants ever. I use them for backcountry splitboarding once or twice a week and they've never failed me. My last pair blew out at the crotch from so much hiking, and Burton replaced them no problem within a few days. They even overnight shipped them so I would have them for my upcoming weekend trip. When you need the best, pick these up.

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Jefe009 wrote a review of on September 6, 2011

5 5

These are my 3rd pair of trekking poles... and the best. I've also had a pair of cheapies, and a pair of $200 carbon fiber Lekis. The carbon Lekis were super light, but the twist locks started to fail in cold/wet conditions after one season in the backcountry. (Still work when warm/dry, to be fair)

I need something pretty burly for backcountry snowboarding/snowshoeing, and I think these Khumbus fit the bill perfectly. So they are a little heavier, so what? That extra heaviness pays off in toughness. And boy these are tough.

The locking mechanisms come a little loose when delievered, so be sure to tighen them down for a very secure lock the first time you use them.

I have no doubt these will last many seasons and when I need to replace... they are under $100.

Awesome job Leki on some super good gear!

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Jefe009 wrote a review of on February 16, 2011

3 5

These seem like fine pants as they are made of 3L GoreTex, but I couldn't hang with the baggy fit. The cuffs will totally drag on the ground. Also, the styling screams 'freestyle park skier,' what with the huge fit, diagonal pockets and such. I wanted something bombproof and waterproof for my backcountry missions, but I think I need to keep looking.

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