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Steve Banks

Steve Banks wrote a review of on August 13, 2012

5 5

Mammut has dialed in their boot fit and the Nordwand is an awesome addition to their line up. Warm, light and technical I have been very impressed thus far. The carbon shank instead of steal keeps the feet warmer and makes the boot lighter.
I have a tricky foot in a size 44 with a wide forefoot and narrow heal. These boots fit well enough for me with minimal heal lift while climbing. While I could deal with a bit more width in the front, that is always the case for me as ski boots have ravaged my feet over the years.
The boot walks well on dry trail approaches and climbs exceptionally well. During a long downpour I did experience a bit of water leaching through the orange Mammut stitching on the top, but a shot of Scotchgaurd took care of this.
I've had this boot up to 16,000 feet and was impressed with the warmth. I also did a glacier traverse the other day in a t-shirt and shorts and the boot was not too hot. Maybe they used their "cold black" technology? I'm not sure.

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Steve Banks wrote a review of on July 23, 2011

4 5

I had the belief that my 115 underfoot was about as big a ski as I needed. When the Nordica demo tent had the Radict's out, I figured I'd give 'em a shot, even though we only has about 4" of fresh. They totally changed my perspective. Super fun in the pow, and actually quite nimble for the size. The traditional camber allowed for good carving on the way to the pow, and the stiffness was just right for being able to go fast, but without getting tossed around in the chop. Tried 'em again on a 18" day just to make sure and yep, I loved 'em.

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Steve Banks wrote a review of on July 23, 2011

5 5

This is my new favorite harness. Low bulk and light weight makes it easy to pack on longer approaches or for alpine objectives, yet the lack of traditional padding is never missed. The new design makes it very comfortable to wear and hang in. The slide block buckle makes sure you are always doubled back and the ice clipper sleeves are great when hitting the ice. The waist belt is a bit on the large side. I need a large for the legs, but have it tightened all the way down. Nice when wearing lots of clothes though. The gear loops seem to hold plenty of 'biners too.

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Steve Banks wrote a review of on May 4, 2010

5 5

I love my Courmayeur Pant! While not the warmest winter pant out there, the light weight and light color is perfect for spring skiing, mountaineering and climbing. I have used this pant in many conditions in AK, WA, CO and the Alps and continue to love the Schoeller fabric with its water/wind repellency and quick drying nature.

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