alpinenut

alpinenut

    New Feature

    Browse Your Followers or See Who You're Following

  • #2773of 20025

Mason's Passions

Alpine Touring
Backpacking
Mountaineering

Mason's Bio

alpinenut

alpinenut wrote a review of on November 11, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

Finally got to try these out. I purchased the 180 length with Dynafit TLT Radical FT. I'm 5'10" about 190 lbs. When I bought them I was looking for a lightweight, mid-fat do it all touring ski. The only resort skiing I plan to do with them is sidecountry. Conditions yesterday were week old Loveland Pass Backcountry junk. Some windblow, some breakthrough crust and a small amount of OK soft snow.

This ski felt exactly like it should to me. Lightweight, maneuverable, and easy to turn. I was impressed at the performance in the windblown and breakable crust. Given they are so light you would expect them to get thrown around a bit. They are bit squirrely at first, but then the dimensions kick in. The 133 / 105 / 117 really helps you plow through the junk. For me they offer a great compromise. You lose a bit of the plow through performance of heavier ski, but you gain so much in terms uphill weight relief and you gain in overall maneuverability. I also expect that the weight will help on steep, spring descents as well. It that case I would expect it to make them ski like a more narrow, heavier ski.

I'm sure they will be great in powder, but what 105 mid foot + ski wouldn't be :) . My concern was how they would perform in junk and on steep descents. I was pretty impressed in the junk. Not ideal, but given the weight, I don't think you could expect much better. Steep spring descents, not sure yet, but they have to be easier to ski than my 188 JJ's. I am confident that I should be able to ski anything I would ever want to attempt with these.

(1)

 

alpinenut

alpinenut wrote a question about on October 6, 2013

I'm 5'10" 190, torn between these and the Radical FT. Pretty aggressive skier but not like I used to be. Currently skiing an alpine setup around DIN 11. Looking for a setup suitable for ski mountaineering, backcountry powder, and spring/summer steeps. Thoughts?

(0)

 

alpinenut

alpinenut wrote a review of on July 6, 2012

5 5

Experienced my first storm in this jacket yesterday. It kept me perfectly dry. It's so light and packable it's ridiculous. One other bonus, because it's so light it actually ventilates in a breeze if you open the zipper a bit. It's like pit zips without the added frills or weight. Go for larger size if you're on the fence so you can layer if necessary. I'm 5'10" 190 and bought the Large (which is perfect). The Medium would work, but wouldn't layer very well. This jacket will not leave my pack May-Sept.

(2)

 

0 Comments

0 Comments

alpinenut

alpinenut wrote a review of on June 11, 2012

Great Durability and Mouthpiece
4 5

I love the durability of the fabric and complete lack of aftertaste. I have had zero leakage from the hose or mouthpiece. I also really like the mouthpiece. It does take some time to get use to biting it to open it and the flow is not super high. However, I like to sip water as I go so that's perfect. Plus the mouthpiece seals so well that you don't have to close the valve. My only big complaint is that there is no loop in the center to attach it to a pack that's built for a Camelbak or an Osprey bladder. There is a small opening in the plastic piece you use the lift the bladder. I rigged a piece of heavy gauge wire from Home Depot to make a loop I could attach inside my pack. Finally, a small nitpick, the lid should stay attached when you take it off so you can't drop it or lose it. I like that feature of my old Camelbak. Overall though, they nailed the three most important features in my book - hose, mouthpiece and durability.

(4)

 

alpinenut

alpinenut wrote a review of on January 8, 2012

5 5

I've now climbed about 12,000 ft and 24 mi in these boots. Finally getting them dialed in. Laces needed to stretch, material needed to stretch, etc... They are extremely durable and waterproof. I've been comfortable down to a windchill of -20 F with a liner sock and heavy wool/silk combo hiking sock. Soft snow check, trail hiking check, kick steps check, microspikes check, mixed rock/snow check. I've sized my crampons on them but haven't had a chance to wear them together yet. The stock insole seems pretty solid. However I may add some gels to hold my heel in a bit better. I'm a standard US 10.5 in all shoes. I bought the 44.5 so I would have room for liners and/or two pairs of socks. I also have fairly wide feet. This size was perfect.

(3)

 

0 Comments

alpinenut

alpinenut wrote a review of on January 8, 2012

4 5

I've had these for about a year. Wore them on 8-10 climbs of +3000 vertical feet over harsh rocky terrain. 3 of which were in fairly harsh winter conditions (around 10 degrees F plus windy). Also backpacked about 12 miles with 70 lbs. on them. I would highly recommend them. They required very little break in time. Excellent waterproofing, warm, and durable soles. My only complaint is that the stock laces are horrible. I bought a replacement pair for $2 at the grocery store that have lasted 3 times as long as the originals. This "feature" requires me to always carry a spare set (probably a good habit anyway). A great 3 season hiking boot with backpacking and winter capabilities as a bonus.

(1)

 

0 Comments

alpinenut

alpinenut wrote a review of on November 21, 2010

4 5

I'm 5'10", 200 lbs, bought the Large. Size is perfect. FItted but not too tight with a fleece and capilene underneath. I've taken it on 2 winter climbs. Once above 12K ft and the other over 13K ft. Windchill was close to zero on both occasions. Snow on the first climb, strong wind gusts on the second. Blocked the wind beautifully. Used the pit zips to let the heat out. Excellent pockets, zippers, and craftsmanship. My only complaint is that I would say it's a bit short. I wear it with ski pants with no suspenders. Need to get some suspenders to wear them together.

(2)

 

0 Comments