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TheDude

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 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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