I bought it so I could have the ABC features and not have to worry about running out of batteries and so far so good.
There are a lot of features in general so it takes some getting used to everything but becomes fairly intuitive after a while.
I've used the watch on two outings where I wanted to measure altitude and use the compass. I set the altitude to the known elevation start point of my climb and when I got to the top the high point elevation was spot on so that was nice. It also has a feature which will automatically track your total vertical gain and loss and give you high/low points. There are a few involved steps to set up on the watch at first but again once you figure it out its pretty easy and a very cool feature. You can do some of this manually as well and I compared my manually saved elevations/gain/loss to the auto function and it was pretty darn close.
For the compass, I was able to set the declination and it takes pretty darn accurate readings. Not as good as a mirrored compass but you can be pretty accurate.
The temperature gauge reads too high when you have the watch on your wrist (I think this is true of all watches w/ temp but not positive). But if you leave it off your wrist it seems very accurate. A bit of a trade-off. If youre relying on the altitude the manual says to leave it on your wrist as temperature affects the readings BUT if you want an accurate temp you have to take it off.This seemed like one of the better looking casios and is slimmer than some of them so thats why I chose this exact model and the compass w/ the duplex bars is nice but I think any of the triple sensor casios probably work just as well.I wish the countdown timer would auto restart but it does not. Some of the other casios restart automatically.
4th set of skins I've owned - 1st set of "custom" recently purchased and usedIt was nice to have the length already dialed in as well as have the tip attachment attached. I was able to trim the sides in short order and quickly benefit from nice new skins.I've used BCA lowfats, climbing skins direct skins and the ascension nylon skins. It's hard for me to compare the grip for the different brands as they all have worked well here in the PNW. The grip seem similar to me. the BD's are a stiffer skin so they don't roll up as well as the other two brands. That said, will buy the BD's again next time I need skins.
After getting the top buckle thing ironed out I enjoy the boots. They tour really well. I've used them w/ Dukes and dynafits. I usually undo the top buckle completely and sometimes undo the middle buckle for touring or walking and get a lot of articulation.
For sizing, my local shop stated that in the dalbello world you need to size down so I typically wear a 27/27.5 in Garmont but wear a 26/26.5 in Dalbello (Virus and Krypton Pro). In hindsight, I wish I wouldnt not have heat molded the liners as I think we over did it. The length of the boot/liner is great but I have narrow feet and before heat molding things were tight. Now I have to wear too pair of socks but I have to admit that the extra toe box room helps keep my toes warm. I may reheat the liners and use an ultrathin sock and thinner toe cap. All in all though I really like the boot for hiking and touring as well as the ski down. Almost the same as wearing my krypton pros on the ski down.
I was able to get shorter buckle/straps from my local shop and I believe they got directly from Dalbello . The way I understand it is the smaller shell sizes use smaller straps so I ended up using a size 24.5 or 25.5 size boots strap on my 26.5's and now they buckle down tight.
How can I get the shorter top buckle cable/ set -up? the one that comes standard does not close the top of the boot around my chicken legs.
I understand the tongue helps determine flex. Does the 90 or 110 tongue from 'tour' boot fit the 'tour lite' boot? if so are they readily available and how much $? thanks
I have last years k2 Antipiste which is very similar to the this years coomback - same dimensions and has the rockered tip. I am about 6' tall, 165 lbs and use the 188 for dedicated BC ski. Plenty of skin volume for climb up and rockered tip seems to make them ski shorter so they are still maneuverable in trees for example. I use marker duke binding on them. At your weight, I would think a bit longer ski would be helpful, especially as you load up a backpack for a day in the BC.
Does the hood fit over a climbing and ski helmet?
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