David G.

David G.

David G.

David G.wrote a review of on December 28, 2015

Great boot, but *not* compatible with AT
4 5

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

I got this boot because I'm in the process of transitioning to more touring (coming off a racing background). I wanted a boot that would get me up the mountain reasonably quickly, but would be a beast for getting down.

My first touring rig (gateway drug) uses Marker Barons (someday I'll get a tech binding). I got this boot because the fit was great, it was stiff, and in part because I was under the impression that it would be compatible with the Baron -- this is NOT true. Despite what you'll read and despite what many boot fitters will tell you this boot is NOT compatible with the Barons out of the box. The rockered rubber sole makes it incompatible with anything but a tech binding. The heel piece is about .25" too high to be compatible with the baron heel piece. It *might* look like it's fitting correctly, but 100% guaranteed to fail any binding test. It'll look like it's closed on the heel piece right, but it doesn't 100% close. The toe piece is 100% rubber and doesn't have the hard plastic square that needs to sit on top of the binding's AFD (see attached photo). You can kind of finagle the toe, but it's a bad idea.

If you pay an extra $40 you can get the alpine sole (https://www.scarpa.com/mountain-piste-sole-small), which DOES make this compatible with the Baron.

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David G.

David G.wrote a question about on November 26, 2012

I'm on the fence about these gloves versus army XCR. I want a glove that'll be great for the Tahoe area (read the gamut from spring skiing to wet pow). My biggest concern about these ones is waterproofing. How do these hold up in an all out wet blizzard? Are they going to soak through? I've got a pair of older marmot gloves that have a leather palm (doesn't look like marmot makes them anymore) and they just soak right through when it gets wet.

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