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dan460568 wrote a review of on October 29, 2012

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

We have been designing and making clothing for 7 years now and this is the toughest, lightest and best 3L shell we have made. I am 5'11" and 180lbs and the LG fit great. Plenty roomy for layering with a puffy on a cold wet day and not too big for touring with just a base layer. The huge vents come in handy on the touring days and toe powder skirt zips in and out depending on depth...

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dan460568 wrote an answer about on November 30, 2011

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The Quantum is more traditional Hard Shell Jacket. The material is tough, 20k/20k and does not stretch. It has a waterproof pocket, removable powder skirt and free ride fit. The Higgins is a more modern 3 Layer Soft shell (10k/10k), with less features on the inside it is simple and streamlined with me stretch and a bit more warm. Both will treat you right.

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dan460568 wrote a review of on November 6, 2011

5 5

We have been building up to making these baker bibs for a while now. We took everything we have learned making tough, light, good looking clothes and put it into these bibs. The sides of the bibs come up 4" past a regular waist. The vents extend down just below you knees so you can slide them aside if you have a mid mountain #2. The soft shell on the back panel will keep the snow out but will handle sweat on the small of you back perfectly. enjoy.

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dan460568 wrote a review of on October 23, 2011

5 5

This jacket has been a staple for us at flylow for a few years now.
for 2011, the fit stayed the same from last year but we revamped the fabric to make it more breathable. The waterproof/breathability rating it 10k/10k...that combined with the brushed tricot make this layer great for drawing moisture away from you while adding a little extra warmth.

We also made the fabric 100% polyester, this make the color last long, the fabric a bit tough... but it also means it does not stretch quite as much (10% less). We thought it was a good more to make the jacket better all around, in bounds and out of bounds.

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dan460568 wrote a review of on March 29, 2011

5 5

I just got out of the Wallowas where I tried these binders out for the first time. I am into them. They are lighter then fritchis, ski better then them too. The only draw back is the inability to shift them into tour mode without taking them off. Which for me is a small price to pay. I would rather have a binding that skis better, lasts longer and tours as well, then one that switches to tour mode better. And really, that is the only thing fritchis have over these tour bindings.

Compared to dynafit they are not as light. but, for $400 you get a touring binding here as opposed to having to buy new boots as well and to be restricted to backcountry use with my skis.

So, basically, these tour 12's do it all, well.

I have my routine for getting them back into ski mode: slap the binding down to get the snow and ice off, rotate the ski so the tail is away from your body, hold the end of the binding to the ski with one hand and pull the cool old tire toggle up and they slide right in. And for the record, it is this sliding mechanism that seems to ensure they ski so well.

just my opinion.

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