Mike Nagle

Mike Nagle

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Mike Nagle

Mike Naglewrote a review of on December 28, 2015

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I'm writing this for my wife, who has worn them a few times now.
They fit her very well right out of the box, without fitting. She loves the way they feel hiking up, and she gets plenty support for the downhill run. They have feminine colors, and look real cute on a lady's feet.

One star off for three odd deficiencies. First: to change the forward lean angle requires removing the boots, fiddling out two screws, flipping over the metal insert (don't drop anything!) and reinserting the screws. Major PITA in the field. Second: the switch from ski to walk mode is made by leaving the top buckle open. This open buckle is hard to get one's pants cuffs over. And third, my perennial gripe, there is no dedicated safety leash attachment point. Dynafit bindings come with safety leashes, but their boots have nowhere to attach them!

All-in-all, my wife is very pleased with these boots. When she's happy, I'm happy!

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Mike Nagle

Mike Naglewrote a review of on December 26, 2015

3 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

There is a whole lot of metal in these, translating into a whole lot of weight, for what is essentially a cable telemark binding. I personally see little advantage to these over old-school Choinard or Voile classic cables, but man are they heavy and bulky. Plus, the heel lifts are extremely difficult to get up and down, which can be helped some with a little bench work to remove some plastic.

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Mike Nagle

Mike Naglewrote a review of on June 14, 2015

Bases Concave
2 5

Familiarity: I returned this product before using it

I should have taken a true bar with me when I bought these: the bases are concave (edge high) from tip to tail, both skis. A base grind and reset of the base bevel will be in order, just to get them in shape to ski.

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Mike Nagle

Mike Naglewrote a review of on February 15, 2012

2 5

When my out-of-warranty Tracker's battery contact broke, BCA kindly sent me the newest version as a warranty replacement. The new beacon is still as good as the old one, and I really love it, but the new holster has serious flaws. The holster holds the beacon with the convex side against the body, holding it out away fronm the body, rather than snugly conforming to the body. It secures the beacon in the holster by a plastic clip, which requires two hands to unlatch, and at least one of those hands must be ungloved! Yikes! It is very easy to inadvertently switch the beacon from transmit to receive, while unlatching the clip, because the Mode button is directly under the clip. Precious seconds can be lost figuring out which mode the beacon is in. If the beacon is dropped while searching it can fall all the way into the snow, because of the bungy-cord leash. Double-Yikes!! When the digging starts, more precious seconds are lost replacing the beacon into the holster, or the beacon swings around getting in the way. Super-Yikes!!
The old sling system was MUCH BETTER! It had no holster at all, but held the beacon tightly against the body; required no manipulation of any fastener to start the search; and if dropped the beacon just fell back against the body.
If you buy this beacon, I recommend modifying the holster to use a Velcro fastener, that can be pulled open with one gloved hand. Also, be sure that you shorten the leash so that if you drop it, or just let it go to free up your hands, that it will not fall into the snow.
Best of all would be for BCA to ditch the holster altogether, and go back to the super-simple old-style sling.

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