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Ron wrote a review of on February 19, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Ok so light is relative. I'm comparing to my Mantra's which have mounted up with Hammerheads while these are mounted with AXL's. Typical Volkyl style they are bomb proof and capable of almost anything their heavier metal top sheeted brethren are. I mounted these with Quiver Killer binding inserts which I highly recommend for a non metal top sheet. The wood core on these are hollowed out to save weight so binding mounting might be unreliable with just screws especially for Tele which exerts a lot more pressure on the toe piece.

I've skied them in blower Teton pow and Northwest crud and groomers.. While they are not as light as much of the Voile lineup that my buddies ski, I think these are more versatile.

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Ron wrote a review of on February 19, 2013

3 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I picked up a pair of these cheap on the SAC for my new Nanutuk's this year. I've got a couple pairs of BD's and they beat these in almost every way except weight. After 8 days straight touring the Teton's in very cold conditions I found myself wishing I'd paid more for BD's. These don't have a long enough nap to grab on steeps and slippery skin tracks. The tip clip thingy's loosen up and start clattering after a long skin like 25 Short. While these work OK, go for the BD's.

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Ron wrote a review of on January 21, 2013

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I don't like to give 5 stars unless everything is perfect. However this binding sure comes close. Having skied the HH for years I knew what I was in for power wise.. this binding is even more powerful than the HH!
I just spent 8 days straight of burly touring the Tetons with this mounted via Quiver Killer inserts to some Volkyl Nanatuq's. Much of this trip was sub zero touring in dry powder. I love the free pivot tour mode which makes the binding just like an AT tourer. I didn't like the engagement/disengagement of this mode. Build-up of ice under the toe piece is something you need to stay on top of our the switch becomes jacked up. Not a big deal but something you need to be aware of. All in all a great binding that can use some tweaks to make it even better. Thankfully I don't have to switch to AT like all my buddy geezer skiers have all done!

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Ron wrote a question about on November 16, 2012

I'm all ready to plunk down $320 for AXL's and just happend to read a review http://www.earnyourturns.com/13486/backcountry-telemark-binding-g3-enzo/ on what appears to be G3's copycat binding. I've been on HH's for years and love 'em other than long tours.I've used wimpy Targa's and never will again. So for $30 less I can pickup a pair of these but my gut says stick with 22 Designs. I am 6' 210 with tree trunks that power HH's mounted on Mantra's. Just picked up a pair of Nanatuk 186's for easier touring for this old man. Sounds like icing under the toe is less with this than the AXL.. 6 holes on each so that is a must. Which one should I get?

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Ron wrote a review of on January 11, 2012

4 5

Just got back from a couple days in West Yellowstone on these. I got the 35 inch model hoping for floatation while using a heavy pack. All told I probably had 260 lbs with myself and a pack. I don't have a frame of reference since I don't snow shoe a lot (I'm a back country skier who uses skins) but I would say the floatation in powder snow (3 feet with probably a foot of real soft) is OK. I suspect that the narrow profile has something to do with it. That said, I love the binding system. Easy on and off. I used the elevator on a steep uphill and that worked well. The crampon dug into ice very well. Overall the build quality is great and should last a long time.

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Ron wrote a review of on December 4, 2011

3 5

I got a deal on the SAC for what I was hoping would be great bibs based on all the stellar reviews. The pants portion which zips off the bibs is clearly a bombshell with lots of pockets in a nice design. The zip on bibs maybe fit some people but I found that my nipples got rubbed raw from the suspenders. Take a look at the picture where the suspenders meet the bib. It is also hard to cinch the suspenders tight enough since the pants tend to ride high and there isn't enough velcro to fasten. I'm 6' and 210 and bought the large which fits pretty snug through the bib. Hey Stoic redesign the bib portion to cover more of your chest like most normal bibs and you'll have a rock solid bib!

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Ron wrote a review of on December 1, 2011

4 5

I've had this one for a couple years and it is going strong. It has nice bright LED and the diffuser is an easy flip up down when you need to spread out the light (at the cost of definition). It isn't a compact unit but is smaller than my Princeton Apex Pro (http://www.consumersearch.com/headlamps/princeton-tec-apex-pro). I don't like the fact that it uses AAA's since my other uses AA's which are a more common gadget battery.. standardize please! That said, the beauty of LED's are battery life which is good in this unit. This is a steal on SAC right now.

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Ron wrote an answer about on April 26, 2009

I've got mine mounted with hammerheads. You should be able to with 6 screws in each toe plate on the hammerhead. They have a steel top sheet so you should haven't any issue with screws pulling out.

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Ron wrote a review of on April 26, 2009

4 5

I mounted these in a new 2009 184's with some hammerhead tele bindings. Just took them on their first big tour yesterday. We skinned up 2500 feet then cycled some great spring corn for another 1500 of vert of uphill skinning or so. These are not lightweight skiis! but I knew that going in.. I don't like light skiis or boots (my boots are the rockin garmont energ). Not for the meek. I'll give 'em 4 stars for now until I've got more time on 'em.

These things look to be da bomb! My legs are wasted but then I'm soon to be 45 years old and still crankin tele turns baby!

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