Sugarloaf ME, White Mtns.NH
The cover is literally just a cover. I thought it actually came with straps. Great concept, but it would be nice for Dakine to offer straps to be sold with this until you can fork over the extra 1K for the Vario Base Unit.
According to the Giant website they use the Giant Connect SL, 30.9 on this years model. If your model is this years it should match, but I would verify this. Right now backcountry has the 30.9mm model
You need to match the seatpost diameter spec. The length doesn't need to be matched unless you absolutely need the full 400mm
This is the 2013 model
I got these for ski mountaineering and they do the job. They are obviously not intended for vertical ice, but I have used them a number of days on steep windblown crust surfaces, ice, and just about any other hard surface you cant sink your feet into. No issues durability wise, but this is still their first season. They are very light and I barely notice they are there. If I could do it again I would probably get a 12 point like the Sabretooth so I could do mixed and vertical.
Icelantic recommends mounting them BC.
Each ski is engraved with the mounting location. For alpine bindings, the dash by the ?BC? mark denotes the Boot Center. On the Da?Nollie, the ?CC? dash is for Chord Center; this ski is center-mounted for park skiing galore!
For Tele binding, use the following chart:;
Tele ? 3 Pin Line
A ? Boot Size 29.0 and over
B ? Boot Size 26.0 ? 28.5
C ? Boot Size 25.5 and under
I picked these up on sale (for less than the razor carbons) so it was a no brainer. Fairly light, strong, and love the choke up grips in the steeps. The pronounced grip hook is great for switching riser positions when touring and to my surprise the telescoping function seems to stay in place better than with my older aluminum pair.
The frames are the same as they always were, but kudos to Smith for improving the lenses with the new 5X anti fog coating. In the wetter warmer temps while skinning or bootpacking my older lenses used to fog up and become useless. The new ones totally address the problem and only a little fogging appears, but quickly dissipates. 5 stars for quality product development and improvement.
After further use of the product, they do fog up fairly permanently on the inner layer. This is quite frustrating. It only happens when you are in wet conditions for multiple days on end. They still dont hold a candle to Oakley's perfomance...I'm planning on buying Oakley again ASAP
I got the BCA Tracker years ago when I started travelling in avalanche terrain. The interface is simple and the beacon has been reliable over the years. The harness system is good and I personally like the switch on the back because it is nearly impossible to inadvertently turn off.
The beacon works fine for someone who is looking for an entry level beacon. Two antennas rather than three means a more pronounced flux line curve into the buried victim. Very simple to use on single burial scenarios and with the right training and practice, multiple burial scenarios are not very difficult.
The beacon really does not shine on 3+ person burial scenarios, stacked victims or vertical burials partly due to the lack of a third antenna.
This is a great affordable option for an entry level user.
The Tracker DTS is a good entry level beacon for anyone that travels in avalanche terrain. It is easy to use, reliable, and accurate. It was really a breakthrough for beacons, but it only features two antennas. There are many 3 antenna options now that increase the speed and accuracy of searches (particularly multiple burial scenarios). If you rarely find yourself in avalanche terrain it is a perfect entry level beacon. As you become more experienced using it, you may find that you wish you had several functions not available on the DTS like marking burials.
Its really all a matter of preference. If you are looking at something fatter like the Bibby Pro you might want to consider the Icelantic Keeper as another option. I have several pairs of Icelantics and couldn't be happier. The 105 underfoot makes the nomad a great daily driver mid-fat. I use my Keepers as a daily driver even though I live on the east coast. They grip everything nicely, but the 119 underfoot means they wont be so great in zipper bumps. If you are a Moment fan the Belafonte is a more comparable model to the Nomad RKR.
Overall not a lot has changed with these over the past few years, but so far this year I have noticed an improvement in the grip of the skins. Conversely, they don't seem to glide quite as well as previous models. The glue also seems to be improved and they adhere much better. Same durable skins, but tweaked just enough to warrant an upgrade.
These would be a great daily driver provided you arent looking for something that is super stiff. These are super playful all around chargers!
Straight out of the box they are clearly bomber. The metal construction is the torisionally stiffest touring binding I have used. In bounds they are everything you could ask for; durable construction, super responsive, and keep you locked in. When you flick them into touring mode is when you start to to notice the flaws. The heel risers fell down every quarter mile or some, not causing any major problems, but added a minor hassle that left a bitter taste in my mouth at some particularly precarious moments along my tour. The weight is VERY noticeable and this is coming from a person that uses Dukes regularly. I hope future models will see creative ways of reducing weight without compromising performance. I will be adding some soft material to dampen the notorious clack sound as well. There were also some icing problems. The snow was moist and packed in under the toe pivot. Snow was cleared easily, but did require me to remove my skis rather than smoothly transition without the need to remove them.
On the plus side the ski/tour mode will absolutely keep you locked in and I dont see a way you could accidentally go into tour mode. The stride of these feels much more natural than any of the Marker offerings.
Market Recommendation: If you are looking for a binding that will be used 80% resort and 20% sidecountry touring this is an incredibly competitive binding in the bomber AT group.
Refinement needs/concerns: Heel riser improvement, ski/tour mode spring longevity, weight.
I have to agree with Swobo this is a big ski and definitely not for everyone. It demands you be on your A game, and if you are you, will not be disappointed. Had a chance to ski these in deep snow, chop, and firm conditions and they excel in all. I skied the 180 and I didn't even notice the 28m radius. These are THE most stable skis I have ever ridden. They are at home on wide open terrain, but are absolutely quick enough to make some sick fast turns in the trees. They destroyed anything I put in front of it. I haven't had a chance to tour on them yet, but the tips are perfect for breaking trail. Point them down the hill, send it, and find your rhythm.
Personally I went with the Green SolX with blue sensor. I really like the blue sensor for storm days and the green for partly cloudy-sunny days. I find the contrast these colors have add more definition to the snow. I will likely purchase a gold ignitor to have an extra spare on storm days in case of fogging.
Do these lenses have the new 5X anti-fog coating?
I was skeptical of the Baron because of more plastic in the construction and inability to run a high din. I also have a set of 2010 Dukes and there really isn't any difference in performance between the two. The baron does feel a tad lighter on the up and has great performance on the way down. If you are a lighter skier (I'm 135 lbs for reference) looking to save a few pennies over the duke then this binding is a great option. These bindings make a great sidecountry binding, but I do long slogs on them too.
These are excellent all around except deep mud. The rubber is great for gripping rocks and roots. They feel great in the corners and can absolutely fly. I used these XC racing quite a bit. I prefer the high rollers now for fun riding, but these will always go on my XC rig.
These tires rail through the corners. They are a heavier than a lot of tires, but its worth the penalty. Rear tire always feels glued. They roll reasonably fast too. Great trail tire.
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