Taos Ski Valley, Rio Grande, Chile, Argentina, Kona
I bought this pad based on the previous reviews and a desire for a compact set up for ADV motorcycle trips. I didn't find it very warm at 30F in Colorado and it was sticky on my back in the warmer climate of the desert due to the pad only being separated from my skin by a layer of nylon. My BA mummy pad is insulated and stays put but the bag has very tight dimensions and was claustrophic.The Pad keeps you off the ground by about 2.5"s and creates an uncomfortable position for my arms. I fiddled with diferent pressures but never really got comfortable. You can't roll over in a mummy bag because it fits so tightly and you can't roll inside either. Its a miserable design. Oh yea and mine sprung a leak right away that I have yet to repair. If you decide to try the BA concept get a bag plenty big enough to roll around inside of it.
PS Stuffs the size of a quart thermos and is quite light.
PS it is quite compact and light, just not warm, comfortable or well made.
I bought this bag/pad based on the previous review and a desire for a compact set up for ADV motorcycle trips. I didn't find it very warm at 30F in Colorado and it was sticky on my back in the warmer climate of the desert due to the pad only being separated from my skin by a layer of nylon. My BA mummy pad is insulated and stays put but the bag has very tight dimensions and was claustrophic. My regular bag is too short and I am only 5'10". The constriction is poor. I have feathers coming out and the zipper jams every time. It has the look and feel of a chain store cheapie. I am going back to my old bag.
PS it is quite compact and light, just not warm, comfortable or well made.
I climbed in my Typhoons for many days in the Andes this last southern winter. The BD Aluminum crampons fit perfectly and were quite secure. On the downside aluminum crampons are like taking a knife to a gun fight. On a few occasions I had to modify my routes because the aluminum crampons and axe I had weren't up to the task. I'd get steel.
Jesper, I am also 5,10 and I have the 188's. Although they ski really well on all but hard snow with speed I found the 188's were awkward to do kick turns when skinning up the steeps. If I was setting up purely for off piste I would take the 181's. BTW my inseam is 30"s If your legs are longer you might be just fine.
I have used Fritschi's for several years. Yes they can be broken, especially if you stomp into them while you have ice build up on your boot. I also broke a heel piece on a very cold morning while clicking in. Support is excellent and quick. I don't know what the deal was with gregs experience. Be careful that the toe pressure is set correctly.Overall these are great bindings and release very dependably although you should use a binding checkker to set the DIN because they aren't at all calibrated or consistant in that respect. They work great with ski and AT boots and probably plastic climbing boots too.
I have very warm hands. The warmth of my hands causes most gloves to become damp and ironically cold eventually. I usually ski in spring gloves but they tend to wear out very quickly. I asked for these for Xmas and they have served me well. They aren't very warm but I still use them about 1.2 the time at Taos in the winter. They have excellent dexterity and would be great for people that have to do things such as operate radiosetc. I can buckle boots, zip parkas answer a cell phone with these on. They are probably a bit over-priced but show no wear after a season and 1/2. They are probably not tough enough for climbing although they are great for BC touring.
I ski all over the place(rockies, S. america, europe, asia). I do alpine touring ski mountaineering and lift served. I like AT boots because of the lightness;not just for touring but for air travel also. These boots are great for me. They have all the drive necassary for any task, they are warm and comfortable. I love the the new Alpine/AT sole. I use mine in alpine bindings and Fritchi's. This is a fairly high volume boot. I would say the flex is medium to firmish. In touring mode it is very comfy with or without changing the tongue. They are a bit of a pain to put on and off but that not really important. These would be great boots for a guide, patroller or anyone with a very high instep.
Be careful with the beautiful intuition liners . They abrade easily and there will be rubs from the shell to protect from.
Cons: The color is putrid, who cares (subjective)
It could be, but I wouldn't recommend it. The inflatables aren't renowned for tracking well. When you're providing most of the locomotion (versus the river) that really makes a big difference with your satisfaction.Not only would it track poorly unless paddled by an expert but it might get blown away in a heavy wind as the gunwales are fairly high. It would probably be OK within a lagoon.
I am an experienced whitewater kayaker with 20+ years in rivers. I bought the Lynx II as a boat for my my non-kayaker friends. It works well for beginners and I have had succsess in Class III rivers with them. I LOVE this boat for solo wilderness adventures. I can take all the camping gear and stay a week or more. The outfitting is completely pro-grade. It is a bit complicated getting the seats into the correct places to properly handle the boat. When we use it tandem I usually put a person in front with a long kayak paddle and I run the back with a canoe paddle. I find this to be be a pretty dynamic combination. I use knee straps in white water and I'd love to have some of the footrests to brace against when I dont have cargo. I haven't had much luck getting it to surf and frankly haven't tried much.
This is the perfect boat for long wilderness paddles suchas the San Juan, Rio Chama, Rogue,Owhyhee etc. Its also a passable fishing platform. It will last decades if your nice to it. The only thing I'd like is a better seat option. It hasn't bothered me but inexperienced paddlers that wish to lean against the backrest invariably get a terrible backache. Enjoy
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