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eco4493804 wrote a review of on December 3, 2013

1 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I had a pair of these and swore by them for literally 12 years... loved them. I ordered these to replace my originals which finally died. These new ones do not have removable liners...DUMB, DUMB, DUMB. I ordered a pair of the Black Diamond Lobsters instead - very happy with them.

Wether you are drying your gloves in your rental condo in Vail or in your sleeping bag being able to remove the liners is essential to insure that they DRY!... I always put the liners next to my chest in my sleeping bag at night ... insures they dry and I have warm fingers in the AM to break camp...etc..

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eco4493804 wrote a review of on November 5, 2013

1 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

The concept is sound... just poor execution. I'm a firm believer in Lobster Mits... best of both worlds: warmth and dexterity. But would not suggest anyone buy these. I bought 4 for all my kids? returned all 4.

Reasons:

1. They are NOT actual lobster mits. The product description fails to mention that inside the "mit" the fingers are separated! which of course means you have none of the benefits of the additional warmth of having the fingers together and on top of that you have none of the dexterity of a glove.

2. God forbid you try to wash these you run a 50/50 chance of having the insides get so tangled your kiddies will NEVER ever get their hands in again.

3. The liners are NOT removable.

4. They really are NOT that warm? per all of my kids.

Sadly good kid gloves are like a unicorns? impossible to find. No one wants to spend $100+ on a kids glove like we do on adult gloves so no one makes them. Yet we are all faced with the same issue: keeping our kids hands warm so their day, and ours, is not ruined. I?m trying the more upper-end Hestra Junior Heli Mits this winter? They appear to be much better made and warmer at first pass. Plus the liners are removable... we'll see...

Another season and my kids will fin in XS Marmot or Black Diamond Guide/Lobsters... and then the search for the Unicorn will be over... Yes, they will run $150 a pair but honestly - ya spend $10k on a week in Deer Valley or Vail... don't cheap out on your kids warmth over the cost of a couple cocktails

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eco4493804 wrote a review of on February 3, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Tons of awards, blah, blah, blah... Yes these are without a doubt one of the if not the best boots out there, just as the Voodoos log as many accolades for a 75mm (I have both) Long of the short - for the vast majority of us these things rock.

But what I never see anyone talk about are the liners! These lines are soooooo much more technologically advanced than everyone else's. The foam that is used, the cover material, the lacing system, ... if you compare them side by side there is no comparison. The rest of the industries liners are crap. Now I just learned Garmont was bought by Scott... lets hope they don't screw up a good thing.

They don't "pack"out... everyones else's do because they use a compressible foam that feels great when new but compresses over time. Garmont uses a closed cell foam that holds .... this means less adjusting your boots as the day progresses and from my experience after 2 years they fit the same.

Sure there are a lot of shells out there... but there is just ONE liner... compare that and there is no comparison.

If you have an average volume foot your gonna love these.

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eco4493804 wrote a review of on January 18, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I literally tried every pair of boot bottoms that Backcountry sells... yes, I ordered them all! The only ones I did not try were the Patagonia... they were out of my size in both Cap and wool.

Of all of them the Houdini's were by far the best. Significantly better fit - dramatically better. They are a 'mid-weight'(Cap3) equivalent. I ended up keeping two pairs of the Houdinis and two pairs of the North Face. TNF's are a light-weight (Cap2) equivalent. The Burtons are just terrible - you get what you pay for. The Marmots are good (own a pair from last season) but are about 1 inch shorter than you'd want to over lap your sock just a bit. I Telemark so I wear knee-pads (Black Diamonds are the best) and the Marmots are just a tad short, they work buuuutt the bottom straps from knee pads sometimes work themselves up under the bottom cuff?exposing skin. The Houdini's are more expensive but wow are they worth it. I'm 5'9" 155 and wear a Med in most, Med in TNF but a small in the Houdini.

Oh, If I was buying some and not going with the Houdini's I'd get the Icebreakers - they are VERY nice and I'd say the warmest - I'd put them at a Cap3.5 ... and were longer and great fit... but were WARM... I just did a week in BrianHead, 10� - 20� and the mid-weight Marmots kept me perfectly toasty...hence the Icebreakers would be too warm for me for an average lift-service ski day? god forbid I was skinning? I'd roast. I got the TNF's for Spring and or skinning.

Get the Houdinis? they rock.

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eco4493804 wrote a review of on January 5, 2013

5 5

I've a week on my new Bacon's and I LOVE them. I tele and for those who are wondering how I mounted them (NTN bindings) 3cm back from marked center (mark on boot 3cm back from mark on ski). I would go 3 or 5 back depending on what you do most (3: park vs. 5 pow). The flex is fantastic ... very happy. Last year tried K.Fujas... too stiff under foot... these rocked. Rides switch better than Fujas possibly due to symmetrical flex... great in POW but in deep (over knee) I felt I might want an Opus... or something with a tad more float... but all and all a GREAT one quiver ski.

Those of you who lock your heels down - your missing out!;-)

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