on two feet, two wheels, or two skis
Just got these in so I can use my Dynafit bindings. They ARE NOT compatible-there are no forefoot holes for the Radical bindings.
UPDATE: I spoke to Salomon. They were recalled last year. They are re-releasing them, but they are all on back order. It is possible the ones that Backcountry has on backorder will be the new ones!!!
I have been a fan of Arc'teryx for years. I own an older version of the AR zip top -- in florescent yellow. I felt it was time to upgrade as well as buy one that wouldn't blind my fellow BC skiers. I chose the Phase AR in the subtle, goes-with-anything, Black.
True to my older model, this baselayer performs to its word. I typically wear a lightweight wool layer under it and a micro-down jacket over the top, with my Arc'teryx shell as the finishing piece. The Phase AR fabric wicks sweat away from my skin which keeps me dry, and I'm sure you know that in the winter cold, dry means warm.
It's lightweight and the fit was spot on. Additionally, after 8 hours of skinning, I didn't stink. I usually reserve that phrase for merino wool. Needless to say, I'm impressed.
For walking, hiking...heck, I even did a little "running" in them. It was one of those chasing the sunset (like dracula) scenes. "I must get to the campsite before dark".
I am in love with Salomon products. I have been ever since I bought my first Ultra Trail shoes last year. The uppers fit perfectly, lacing holds well, and I have zero blisters or hotspots. And I love that they come in a color other than pink. Although I like pink, I don't want it on my feet!
These boots do fit a little large (I wear a 9 in them, though my feet size as 9.5). But, if you've worn Salomon before, that's not unusual.
The word moisture isn't a terrible word, until it's used in reference to perspiration. Then the connotations are of sweaty palms, sticky feet, and a less than floral smell. This doesn't even cover that locker-room smell when you leave your hiking clothes rolled up for a day too long after trip.
There is a way to alleviate all of the negativity of the word. Wear wool. Personally, I've been a proponent of wool base layers for years. The Ibex Woolies zip neck tee is no exception. It's lightweight, fitted and remains stink-free, for days. Even better, wool is hydrophilic so it holds moisture away from your skin -- this allows it to evaporate keeping you dry and 'moist-less.'
Of note, this is a very lightweight baselayer. It's perfect for late summer hiking and spring skiing, but if you're looking for a layer for the bitter weeks of winter, you'll want to look at one of Ibex's heavier layers such as the 200 crewneck.
I have been a fan of Injinji for years. When I first started wearing them, I thought the fabric between my toes was a bit uncomfortable. But, it sure beat the blisters and cuts I used to get. After years of climbing and cramming my feet into cycling shoes, all my toes curl a bit and no matter how short my nails -- they cut into each other. These socks saved my piggies. I love the newer microweight and although I have all heights, I prefer the no-show for summer running. I ran an ultra recently than included three hip-deep river crossings, and I never changed socks. No blisters!
I bought these to go with the Arc'teryx Tempest jacket. I have not worn them to ski yet, but wanted to note that they do run SMALL. I measure right between a Medium and Large but ended up with an X-Large so that they actually pull-up over my thighs and hips! If the zipper were a bit longer that wouldn't be an issue. Other than fit, construction is what you've come to expect from Arc'teryx!
I didn't exactly buy this jacket on a whim. I've wanted one for a while. Arc'teryx are known for their cream of the crop alpine designs and the Tempest is no exception. I haven't been able to wear it skiing --yet, though I have occasionally worn it around town. It snows early here in Utah! The fit is perfect and I love that the sleeves are long enough that there won't be gaps between my gloves and cuffs. The pit zips are generous. True to the copy, the jacket is fully sealed and therefore waterproof! The color is exquisite!
Most people have quivers of skis or bikes....and while I do have both of the latter, my jacket quiver is the largest and my favorite. The Patagonia Nano Puff is the mainstay. Not only is it a light enough layer for cool fall days, it's the perfect back country accessory. I can pull it on over my base layers for long runs, and pack it up for the skin back to the top. The color: maraschino, was a bit brighter in person, but it's fun.
Months after I bought it, and after countless climbing cancellations on the part of my friends, I finally got to wear my Mammut Skywalker 2. What can I say? It fits well, the adjustable buckle works much like my bike helmet and allowed me to fit a beanie under it for the chill in the morning. I do wish it was slightly more oval shaped, but i probably just have an odd-shaped head.
I have been a big fan of wool baselayers for years. But, until recently, never thought I'd wear wool underwear. After a long ride in the mountains where my baselayer kept me warm, but my synthetic bra left my boobs chilled, I ordered the Icebreaker Sprite Bra. What can I say? I LOVE it. I actually wore it 3 days in a row after being injured (right after I bought it -- couldn't move shoulder to remove it) and I am very happy to say, that it did not smell at all. I'm sold on wool sports bras and am ordering all the colors!
I love Kuhl clothing. But, the pants always seem to have a rather, interesting fit. I keep trying different styles, because I'm convinced that because they are "born in the mountains", that they should have a pant to fit someone who runs and skis...uphill. I've tried several pairs and these finally seemed to fit just right, with one exception. The waist is a little high. Maybe I've just become overly accustomed to low-rise jeans over the past decade and this is how pants are supposed to fit? It's not bothersome, just different.
The fabric is a little light. I am preferential to the thicker canvas like fabric of the men's pants. But, it's not so lightweight that I'd return them.
I love the roll-up hems!
Kuhl pants definitely run a bit small. I ordered a full size larger.
First of all, I should preface this by saying I'm a wool-a-holic. I love anything wool, and I typically wear it year round. I already owned this skirt in the grey -- once I find something I like, I typically buy more than one of it, so I was happy that it also came in black. It's short (knee length at best), but I am 5'10". Looks great with sandals in the spring and fall or tights and boots in the winter.
The only thing that would make it even better is a small hemline pocket for credit card and a little cash.
I recently signed myself up for a 7 day 250km footrace across the Atacama Desert in 2014. Seeing that I will be upping the mileage beyond the 18 milers I used to run, I decided to try a few different shoes to see if there was one I liked for the job. I tried the Hoka Kailua on the suggestion of an ultra-running friend (actually two of them). The shoe made me sad. While I loved the cushioning - especially since I frequently run on sharp rocks in the high desert around Park City, UT - the uppers are just too big for my low-volume foot. I can't go with a 9.5 (1/2 size smaller) because they are too short. I tried thicker socks and tying the laces tighter, but alas, my feet slide around just enough to start feeling hot. It doesn't really bother me for short (6-8 miles) runs, but I know that that feeling is a full foot blister waiting to happen for longer training. I wish Hoka would put as much time into the development of the uppers as they have the sole.
I think that incorporating stretchable mesh uppers with an integrated lace system would be a great start.
Until then I'll stick with my Salomons.
Okay, well maybe they aren't quite THAT good. But, the Injinji compression socks ARE the next best things to sliced bread. I have been wearing Injinji toes socks when I run for years now - except for a brief sockless foray into triathlon. I have also lamented the creation of the calf compression sleeve for just about as long. My legs swell, not so much during training, but definitely after. I recall a teammate and I joking we were the only two women who GAINED weight during a stage race. Wearing a compression sleeve helps, my calves, but then I either end up with a swollen line where my socks don't quite meet the sleeve, or swollen feet, if I wear sandals. Injinji's combo toe sock and compression sock have solved this problem. I, for one am sold and will order them in every color -- even pink!
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