Great performance when pushing hard in all conditions, which gives you the confidence to push harder. I'm sure the new boot-binding set-up helped me progress my technique.
Release system works when you need it to. I've released 3 or 4 times in the 60-70 days used, at least one of which would've been an ACL injury...
On the down side, they're pretty heavy, and a big financial commitment with new boots & all
Perfect gloves for on-hill, or the 'down' part of backcountry.
I'd recommend looking at these plus the 'Basic Work Glove' as the perfect uphill/downhill combination if you do lots of backcountry in colder climates.
Warm, dry & breathable. Comfortable, great dexterity. Worn in temperatures down to -18 deg C, and my hands stay warm. Surprisingly never too hot, even at 0 deg C.
Perfect gloves. Marmot have got it figured out, and this is their best
Simple, well built, fits perfectly. Purchased as work gloves for trail maintenance & chainsaw use on hill, but have been elevated to my go-to gloves for skinning uphill, spring skiing, or general use like walking to the village (often -6 to -10 C here). They seem pretty durable - after a long season with lots of abuse, I expect a few more years wear.
Worth the $$. Pretty close to perfect.
A pair of these, and a pair of Marmot Ultimate Ski Gloves, and you'll be set for most activities for many seasons.
My favourite base layer garment. Warmer, less stinky & more comfortable than Helly Hansen Lifa or Capilene. Great as part of a layering system, or solo in the apr�s-ski bar as the other layers are shed... Pretty close to perfect, as you'd expect from the Kiwis at Icebreaker
Well built bag. Only one main pocket & small external pocket on Medium size. Runs bigger than I expected - double check what you need... Medium is too big for life jacket, rain jacket, dry clothes & beer. Lightly padded straps make for good short-distance carrying on your back.
Great jacket for the outdoorsy 2 year old girl
Simple, solid, good quality. Just what you'd expect from the Swedes
Good strong & solid unit, but quick-release action is lacking due to poor use of a split-washer... Good for solidly holding your bike over rough ground, or long trips, but would be annoying if you shuttle lots of short trips.
Being able to thread a cable lock through unit is a nice touch.
Super stoned, you say? "...started appearing in the legs of US Postal team (members), then Team Discovery, and in 2011 ...Team Radio Shack"
Read any avalanche info, and it'll say "if caught in a slide, take your skis off ASAP".
Unlike most other tele bindings, these bindings release in a crash. That might just keep you alive in the backcountry. What more do I need to say?