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Alex S.

Alex S.wrote a review of on January 17, 2017

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Background: I used these skins on Hannibal 100 skis around Lake Tahoe, Shasta, and Lassen over the past two seasons. I've previously used BD Ascension, G3 Tractor, and Voile skins.

Grip: I found these skins grip great in most conditions other than steep, icy tracks. Really though, only the G3s did better in terrain like this. Even weighting each ski with each step is important with these skins in order to get the "crownfoil" to bite and there is a bit of a learning curve on steeper tracks. It just feels different from traditional skins.

Glide: Seems better than nylon, only pure mohair glide better. The skins came pre-cut, and I haven't tried trimming them so that the edges are exposed. I might give this a try to get more control on brief downhill sections.

Glue: VERY sticky. In fact, you must place a sheet of plastic on the first segment of the skin before you fold it, because glue-to-glue contact is nearly impossible to break. The extra fiddle factor of remembering this was frustrating for me, so I removed the factory glue from the tail and replaced it with gold label glue. Now, I don't have to worry about the plastic sheets and I still have a great connection with my ski.

Nose clip: low profile and easy to use, including ripping off the skin without removing my skis. Great!

Tail clip: loosens up and comes unclipped easily. I've tried tieing knots in the strap and glueing the buckle, but I haven't found a solution for this yet.

What else? These skins don't absorb water and fold up flat, so I'm easily able to stuff them in the pack or under my jacket. Take care to really press the skin onto the ski, because the fold creases like to protrude slightly, letting snow in.

Overall: I don't hate these skins enough to get new ones for my Hannibal skis, but I wouldn't but them again. The funky glue, fiddling with plastic sheets, crappy tail clips and learning curve would keep me away.

But... I heard from a Fischer guy they are re-releasing a newer version of the profoil within the next year that may address these problems.

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Alex S.

Alex S.wrote a review of on April 26, 2011

5 5

Got this for 50$ at REI, and I recommend it to all new climbers. Compared to other harnesses, very inexpensive, but also very bomber. Very comfortable in just about any use including hanging belays, well made gear loops (the design makes clipping gear into it very easy), and all the components you would expect from a good harness. As subjective as this is, it just FEELS burly, but isn't bulky either. You cannot beat this harness for the price.

Bottom line: unsure of what harness to buy? pick this one.

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Alex S.

Alex S.wrote a review of on April 26, 2011

2 5

They had these on SAC for $4 a pop so I bought 4 of them. Good action, non-snag keylock design, large gate clearance. However, I am a fanatic when it comes to cutting weight, especially when leading, and these guys are HEAVY. It comes in a 39 g, compared to my Camp Nanos (23 g), and Metolius FS minis (25 g). I use these are general purpose biners, or just to store things.

Bottom line: Solid, well designed carabiner, but much too heavy for my taste.

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Alex S.

Alex S.wrote a review of on April 26, 2011

5 5

Got this on SAC for $16, which was a steal considering how awesome this jacket is. I have worn it in rain, light snow, and 60 MPH gusts throughout the Sierra and Red Rock, and tested the water proofing in the shower. You will stay dry, and it cuts the bite from the wind. It is very light, and with the included stuff sack it packs up very tight, smaller than two soda cans side by side. It's my main shell backpacking shell during the warmer months, and I love it. If the forecast calls for some serious weather, I would pack something more substantial, but as an "oh-crap, its raining" piece, it can't be beat.

Bottom Line: Need a summer backpacking rainjacket? buy it

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Alex S.

Alex S.wrote a review of on April 26, 2011

4 5

Got this on SAC for $80 and I well worth the value. Have used this stove down to around 30 degrees at 8500' with no problems. The piezo igniter works very well, and I seem to get a great deal of use out of the smaller canisters. Did not come with a windscreen, so I jerry-rigged one from the MSR generic windscreen. (be sure to rig it to deflect heat AWAY from the canister, or you might blow yourself up)It held up in 50 MPH gusts near Red Rocks. This stove is very small, and somewhat unstable with a 1L pot on it. This is minimalist stove, and probably inappropriate if cooking for more than a couple people.

Bottom line: if you are looking for a very light stove, this one works well.

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Alex S.

Alex S.wrote a review of on April 26, 2011

4 5

Purchased this on SAC for $44, and well worth the bargain. Have used it as a general light hiker and approach shoe throughout the Sierras in 3- season conditions and Red Rocks in the early spring. Normally wear a size 9 shoe and have these guys in 42.5. Fit is a little loose, but works well for hiking. Shoe is very comfortable even on longer hikes, and grips well even on grade 4 scrambles. The shoe is very well ventilated, but the Red Rock dust found it's way inside rather quickly. In wet, rainy, or snowy conditions your feet will soak, save these shoes for the summer.

Bottom line: If you need a summer light hiker or approach shoe, this is an excellent option.

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