Raili Taylor

Raili Taylor

Wasatch, southern utah, tetons, canadian rockies

Raili Taylor's Passions

Skiing
Climbing

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Raili Taylor

Raili Taylor wrote a review of on May 4, 2009

3 5

I originally bought these three years ago and they had the schoellar fabric and primaloft liner. I loved them- I used them for everything- ice climbing, backcountry skiing, mountaineering etc. Every now and then I would get a cold finger but I could just ball my hand in the glove and warm up - usually it would only happen if I was standing around for a while. The only other issue I had with them was if they got a little wet or my hand was a little sweaty the liner would turn inside out when I pulled my hand out . This was especially frustrating on ice climbs etc because I would have to pull the glove apart and push all the fingers back out put it on my hand and then put the shell back on. Anyway, other than that I liked the glove enough that I bought another pair recently after losing one glove. So why the three stars???

Well, the gloves I bought as replacements were not the same. They had the same name but that was it. They were not made with the schoeller dry skin but some other cheap stiff fabric. The had a wool liner instead of the primaloft liner which was really stiff and itchy. I tried hard to like them but after ski touring with them and having itchy hands that cramped up trying to hold onto my ski poles with stiff ass gloves I returned them and bought the OR ascent gloves. It's too bad because the OR ascent gloves aren't as warm as the original BD gloves but they aren't itchy either.

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Raili Taylor wrote a review of on May 4, 2009

5 5

I have used the super stinx, dawn patrol, hippy stinx and so far this is my favorite for backcountry. My only mistake was that I didn't buy it last year when I first started thinking about it. I wanted a ski that would ski pretty much anything but also hold an edge on icy skin tracks along ridgelines etc. I also wanted one that would be lightweight enough that I wasn't to exhausted to enjoy the ski down after skinning up. I have to say that this ski hold an edge much better than the dawn patrol did. I think because it is stiffer and also shaped slightly differently. The super stinx was good in the backcountry on icy days, but no fun on powder days and the hippy stinx is just too heavy. :( Anyway, this ski is awesome- I put the switchback tele bindings on it and now enjoy hiking up almost as much as skiing down. I would def. buy this again.

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Raili Taylor wrote a review of on May 4, 2009

4 5

I've used this ski for about three years both in the resort and backcountry. For the most part I was able to ski everything (moguls, ice, powder, crud etc) without to many problems. This year I switched to the K2 Mt. baker SL only because I wanted something light and stiffer for ski mountaineering. If I was only doing resort skiing or skiing powder in the backcountry I would probably stick with the dawn patrol- and for $250 you are going to hard pressed to find a better ski.

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Raili Taylor wrote a review of on May 4, 2009

4 5

These are great for the resort but if you do a lot of backcountry go with a binding that has a touring option- like the voile switchback or BD O1. I just bought the switchback this year to replace these and I was amazed at how much better it was with the touring mode- I never thought it would make that big of a difference! but it does- never going back. I immediately sold both sets of my G3 targas. I gave the binding four stars because it works great for the resort, it very light, and I never had one break. Supposing they do break in the backcountry they are very easy to fix in the field.

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