Lloyd Corwin

Lloyd Corwin

Idaho, Tetons, Salt Lake, Winds, and all places I can

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Alpine Touring
Trad Climbing
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An Engineer who survives weeks in the cubicle with warrioring it up in them thar mountains!

Lloyd Corwin

Lloyd Corwin wrote a review of on February 19, 2012

3 5

One to two dozen days with these boots, and I really liked them. Skiing in bounds on powder days, but mostly in the back country.

Then I destroyed the tour/walk mode function of the boot (See photo) on a bump which should be trivial for alpine gear.

I give this three stars because one failure is not a meaningful sample size; other than this I enjoyed touring in this boot. See related photo.

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Lloyd Corwin posted an image about on February 19, 2012

Walk/Ski switch failure

One to two dozen days with these boots, and I really liked them. Skiing in bounds on powder days, but mostly in the back country.

I hit a roller today in bounds and ejected from my skis. This is a documented phenomenon with dynafit bindings - If the ski bends in such a way that the tip goes down and the middle rises it spreads the binding enough for the boot to pop out. Or maybe I just sucked, and hit the roller wrong. Either way, it was not too hard of a hit and I ejected.

My right boot felt like it was in walk mode when I stood up. This is what I discovered when I tried to reset the boot to ski mode.

I could still ski enough to get out ( no hiking involved) but be aware that this boot can fail, and in a backcountry setting this failure could make egress very hard.

Inspect this part on your boot. I noted my right boot seemed "looser" than the left, but neglected to tighten the power band. I expect that here is a sign I should have noted.

6'3'', 220 #

TL;DR: Boot broke - carry zip ties.

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Lloyd Corwin wrote a review of on October 8, 2011

5 5

The Mountainsmith Bide Cube Deluxe is a convenient repository for all of you biking goods.

A few criticisms: The pockets for shoes don't fit mine (size 13) and the helmet pocket fits my XXL Giro without a problem, but if you ride a mountain bike, expect to have less convenient organization. Mine has more than enough storage room for my small amount of road biking gear, but expect to fill it if you are a downhill big-bike rider.

Good for keeping all that stuff from bouncing around the back of the car. Also easily store the essentials at home where they can be grabbed quickly.

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