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TheDude wrote a review of on December 21, 2012

3 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Based on the glowing reviews here, I excepted glove nirvana. But of course, in reality, it's just...fine. The leather is certainly durable and this glove makes sense for anyone working extensively in moderatley cold temps.
However, the knit back does not block the wind whatsoever. And despite the sno-seal treatment, the knit part gets wet and through to the back of the hands.
Also, due to the leather's ruggedness, it is somewhat stiffer than other leather gloves out there.
At a recent Ski demo days, I saw lots of ski techs wearing these, which is probably their perfect application. Relatively protected from the wind, doing lots of binding adjustments, not too cold. However, bringing them out the the mountain on a cold and windy day left my hands frigid.
In brief, a good glove for the right application, but for more typical winter pursuits, I prefer something a bit warmer, wind- and water-proof.

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TheDude wrote an answer about on April 27, 2010

I have Barons on my LP 100's. I've never skied the Prophets with regular alpine bindings, so I can't comment on the difference in feel. However, I LOVE my setup, and it's my go-to ski for everything except boilerplate ice or insanely deep powder. I've got nothing but love for this ski/binding setup. If the Baron stiffened the ski, I certainly have not noticed it adversely affecting any performance.

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TheDude wrote a review of on March 19, 2010

4 5

Great AT binding for the first season or two. Among AT bindings available on the market, definately the easiest system for switching from tour to alpine and quickly adjusting climbing height. Easy to adjust to boot sole length and toe height. Nicely bridges the gap between Marker's and Dynafit's AT-binding offerings.
I used these alone for one entire season (resort and BC). BC only the next three seasons. Now on their 4th year of use, they are showing serious lateral play. Side-to-side precision has been lost. Not surprising for the beating they have taken, but just be aware that if you're looking for a binding to serve all your resort and BC needs, this will gradually lose its lateral stiffness. I cannot comment how it compares to other AT bindings in that regard, so take my "n of 1" example with a grain of salt.

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TheDude wrote a review of on March 19, 2010

3 5

The BD Verdict is NOT the "ultimate quiver-of-one ripper," regardless of how the marketing department tries to sell it. This ski is for soft snow and for going fast. That's it. No bumps. No hardpack. No quick turns. No playfulness. No maneuverability. Point-and-shoot ONLY. If you ski aggressively in a region with plenty of snowfall, these might work great for you. On the other hand, if you find yourself on firm snow, in tight trees, on bumps, or (god-forbid) all three at once, you too may curse your decision to buy this "all-mountain quiver of one." My pair is going to the ski swap next Fall.

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TheDude wrote a review of on November 12, 2009

3 5

I was super excited to get this pack based on all the positive reviews here. Many nice features including the retractrable wire diagonal ski carry (with reinforced fabric where ski edges would dig into pack), fleece goggle pocket, avy gear zippered pocket, full-zip back-access panel, hydration-compatible, etc, etc. Plus, despite what the description says, you CAN carry skis A-frame as there are two compression straps on either side of the pack.

So why am I bummed? Simply, the pack is uncomfortable for me. The shoulder straps dig in with even a modest load in the pack. The back panel is also uncomfortable, perhaps because they tried to create a horizonal snowboard carry with it. One other nit-picky point: why no helmet carry? You're left with trying to jam your bulky helmet into the pack or have it dangling and bouncing around as you skin or climb. Gets annoying very quickly. Mammut, Osprey, and others have incorporated simple but helpful exterior helmet mesh into their packs. It'd be nice for Dakine to do the same.

All in all, lots of nice features, but an uncomfortable (for me) carry. I strongly recommend you try it on in a store with some weight in it before you commit. I'm sending mine back.

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TheDude wrote a review of on April 30, 2007

5 5

Absolutely bomber, stiff, reliable, responsive binding. A bit heavier than some of the others out there, but you can throw these on some true fat alpine skis and control them as though you're on a dedicated alpine binding. Some postings mention the Diamir pivot point not being ideal for a natural foot swing. I haven't tried any other brands of AT bindings and can't comment, other than saying these skin much smoother than my old tele setup. They have never "auto-teled" on the descent either. A highly recommended AT binding for anything except multi-day long hauls with little vertical. But what's the fun in that?

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TheDude wrote a review of on April 30, 2007

5 5

Very lightweight, comfortable and supportive. The G-fit liners are much more comfortable after heat-molding them. Very comfortable while skinning, and impressively stiff on the downhill for an AT boot, especially being this lightweight. There are two ski settings, "fwd" and neutral; the "fwd" setting feels unnatural to me, but neutral setting has been great in deep snow. Other people may have different experiences in the two settings. The cant adjustment is great if you have bow-legs like I do. Overall, a lightweight, durable, warm, comfortable, moderately stiff AT boot that serves well for those who ski more BC than resort.

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TheDude wrote a review of on April 30, 2007

5 5

I got a couple of days in VT this spring on these boys. Uber-light, super-stiff on still-frozen corn snow. Very skiable, holds a good edge on hard pack and very easy to do jump turns. They perform reasonably well in pow, but don't get them in the manky stuff; they have very little dampening to help you cut through it. Overall a very light ski for super-long days, hard/steep snow, and touring.

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