This is my first trail running shoe, so take it for what it's worth. Very comfortable and seems to flex in the right places. These should be really nice once there fully broken in.
If you really want to keep your backpack, boots, etc. inside your tent, then a Bivy is not for you. Look instead a small tent: http://www.backcountry.com/4-season-tents. I prefer a lightweight 2-man tent to keep my gear in. BTW, "2-man tent" can usually be interpreted as "sleeps two very small men who like each other a lot without their gear". Hence, you'll want a 2 man just to fit one person (you) and your gear.
My brother works at Voile and he hooked me up with a pair of these for the weekend. I toured on them for about 3 hours uphill using a Fritschi A/T binding. The ski is incredibly light for its width. It felt the same as my skinny A/T setup. One note though: if you cut your skins to fit this ski precisely, you'll experience some serious forward drag (due to the huge surface area). You may want to cut your skins more narrow than the ski.
Downhill was nice in spite of the narrow icy trail. This ski turns nicely and the light weight makes it very maneuverable. The trail was a little rocky. Sorry Voile for scratching up your nice loaner skis! There was no fresh snow to ski on, so I could only imagine what a wide ski like this can do in the pow.
I believe this ski is the same as the previous year's (2008) model--only the color and graphic is different. Last year, they had different colors for the different lengths. This year, they all come in the same green color.
Voile makes all their skis by hand (read: my brother's hands) in their U.S. factory. They don't produce a lot, but some serious love goes into these babies. I agree with the previous reviewer--it's amazing these skis haven't gotten more publicity yet. I'm sure Voile doesn't have the same marketing budget as other brands.
Again, notice you get two of these babies (not just one)
Notice there are actually two of these levers (not one as the official picture seems to imply). It makes sense when you think about it :)
Will these fit a Burton split board also?
Are these gloves tough enough for rock scrambling and some bouldering? Will they last?
This is a good way to store your skins in your pack without them sticking to everything. ...in fact, I think it's the only way. Note these are the same pre-fit skins shown on this page ...the tip loop looks different simply because I got the wrong size and had to trim the length old-school style.
They are just pre-cut for length. You'll still likely have to trim the skins to fit the width of your ski. The product description is inaccurate when it claims you can get up and running "without any knife time". However, trimming skins is not really that hard. Black Diamond includes some trimming instructions with these skins.
This is what it looks like when you pull the skins off your skis. It makes a wicked cool ripping sound! Be careful not to let the sticky side of the skin. come in contact with the dirt before stowing them!
Havocs are the best all-mountain ski of the ones you mentioned, voodoos for just backcountry.
I've never been so obsessed with a kitchen utensil. This is a real beaut!