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Jeff wrote a review of on October 25, 2012

2 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

I only used these once before returning them, so perhaps they are better in some conditions than others. I have been happily using the normal julbo zebra lens for quite some time, so I thought these would be perfect glasses for me. I tend to fog up glasses backcountry skiing on the up track, so the extra venting of these trail running glasses seemed perfect. I was also eager to try the new 'zebra light' lens of these glasses since I often ski in the low light pea soup of the Pacific Northwest. However, on my first day of using them in cloudy conditions on Mt Rainier the photo chromatic lens was completely off. Instead of adjusting slightly (like my normal zebra lens) to cut the significant glare, they went instantly to the darkest setting making it virtually impossible to see. Despite being intended for trail running the julbo website said these would be good for mountain pursuits but that was not the case for me.

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Jeff wrote a review of on October 25, 2012

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I bought this ski last spring and have really enjoyed it so far. Despite being a skinny ski it is fairly versatile. The "long tip" discussed in the marketing description above is not particularly noticeable when you look at the ski. But the clever La Sportiva engineers must have figured something out because the tip does pop up over suncups and spring mank better than previous fully cambered skis I have owned. I bought the companion RST bindings and the combination is wonderfully light weight, making a few miles of hiking with the skis on the pack much more pleasant.

It is also a snappy, responsive ski with plenty of rebound. Don't get me wrong. It is not a fat ski so I struggled one day in crud. But for my intended purpose of recreational rando race practice in the winter and corn in the spring/summer it is a great ride. At 5'8", 165 lbs the size 167 cm works for me. I probably could have gone with the 177cm as well, but I like the lighter weight, easy kick turns, and packability of the shorter 167 length.

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Jeff wrote a review of on August 25, 2012

4 5

I've been really happy with this purchase. Getting them at the sale price was an extra bonus. I have somewhat wide feet and these still fit fine. The also run fairly true to size. I am typically a 9.5 or 10, and the 9.5 fit perfectly.

I haven't had an opportunity to test the Outdry waterproofing enough to have a strong opinion. But the shoes do not feel all that clammy on warm days so the breathability seems fine. Perhaps my only gripe is that my previous shoes (Kayland Dragonfly) had a slick lacing system that really locked the heal down. I miss that on the Montrails, since the traditional lacing is not bad but certainly not as great as those Kaylands. On the other hand, the supposed waterproofing on the Kaylands was terrible, so the Outdry has already surpassed them in that regard, which means a lot to me here in what will soon be wet Seattle in a few months.

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Jeff wrote a review of on June 9, 2012

4 5

I will start with the obvious caveat. Wearing tights on the skin track is unusual enough in North America, but did Dynafit have to make them so garish? Who makes the import decisions for Dynafit USA and why couldn't they just go with a more subdued black/navy?

Despite all that, I still bough these. I tend to run hot on the up track and thought these might be an improvement over my normal soft-shell pants. The fabric wicks great and provides plenty of freedom of movement. The windproof material in the knees and crotch is certainly well appreciated. The best part of all is the integrated gaiter and rear latch slot for the TLT5. No more fiddling with boot buckles on a cold ridge; just strip your skins, flip the lever, and you are skiing. I bought these for race training, but found they did well for general touring. They are far warmer than I would have expected which made winter trips surprisingly comfortable as long as you keep moving and your transitions short. In spring / summer they are a bit too hot for me, so I don't think I will use them much for volcano season. However, when winter race training returns I will go back to wearing these pants no matter how silly my wife says they make me look.

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Jeff wrote a review of on June 9, 2012

5 5

Great binding so far. So light. Easy to get into the front pins. I haven't figured out how to switch rear post heights with a pole on the fly (like I can with a dynafit). But that is a small price to pay for something that weighs so much less. I also broke the ski crampon holder on my very first ski trip, but I suspect that was just a manufacturing fluke. Thank you Backcountry for the quick replacement. From now on I will be a bit more delicate when it comes to putting on the ski crampons. But that is an ok tradeoff for the light weight.

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Jeff wrote a review of on June 9, 2012

4 5

I've used this jacket for a full ski season so I thought it was about time to do a review. Short answer, i like it. The front skin pockets are very convenient. Wide skins fit in no problem if you take a minute to roll them up. The waterproof shoulder material has helped with our PNW soggy days. Typically I run hot, so it takes a lot of precipitation before I break out a hard shell. So this is a good compromise with light precipitation. The venting back panels are also really nice for those who run hot.

I was debating giving this a 5 star rating, because it does function great. Perhaps my only quibbles are that the white color is not my favorite (when I am wearing the jacket and the dynafit movement pants I look like a 70s disco throwback which has made me the butt of many jokes, even from strangers). Also the sizing is a bit off. When you order a medium, Dynafit USA sizes you up to a European large which is a bit baggy given that it is supposed to be a stretchy, athletic cut. I am not sure if the next size down would have been too small. Hard to say. For reference, I am 5'9 170 lbs. The bagginess is fine for backcountry skiing but I also like to use this jacket for skate skiing where the bagginess is literally a drag.

All that said, however, it is a great jacket. In general it is breathable enough for the skin track (except when you are breaking really deep trail). But it is also protective enough when a wind kicks up on a ridge or you are ready for a descent. Because of the versatility of the jacket, I find my transitions are much quicker because I am not fiddling with layers nearly as much. Plus it is great to rip off the skins and stuff them in the pockets without all the fuss of removing your backpack. It makes doing quick laps a breeze. Who knows, perhaps after another season I will come back and give this 5 stars.

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Jeff wrote a question about on March 29, 2012

I am a bit confused with the discussion on the locking toe. I know these bindings lock the toe automatically when you click into them. But for the downhill, can you still put the lever back down in ski mode for a more reasonable release? Otherwise a locked toe on the downhill seems like a tib/fib fracture waiting to happen.

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Jeff wrote a review of on August 30, 2010

3 5

I would rate this helmet between 2 and 3 stars. The good: I certainly like the low weight. The earflaps are warm and the level of protectiveness seems good. The bad: unfortunately the velcro to hold on the earflaps does not work at all and they come off constantly. I wrote to CAMP to request the older clip in earflap system, but they never responded. So I resorted to gluing on the earflaps which will make the helmet too hot for most of my spring skiing. The fit of the size 1 is also very tight as mentioned in previous posts. So overall I am lukewarm about this helmet and will probably look for a replacement soon.

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