When I bought my G3 Expedition skins two years ago, they cam with skin savers. I recently heard rumors that G3 was lowering their prices, but eliminating the skin savers on some of their products. I now want to buy these Alpinist skins for my GF, but want to know if they include the skin savers. Can anyone confirm or deny this for sure.
I purchased the Stoic Welder gauntlet glove last fall. It is basically the same as this glove, but with a full 5 finger design. Also, its liner is fixed, not removable like on this glove. Otherwise, materials and construction are the same. After just one season of backcountry skiing, the welded seams are all beginning to come apart. I mean the gloves are actually just falling apart at every site where fabric was welded together. Perhaps coincidentally, perhaps not, I am having a similar issue with a Stoic welded duffel bag that I bought 2 years ago...the zipper, which was attached to the bag by welding, is just peeling away from the rest of the bag. I no longer trust Stoic's welding technology.
First off, I have to say that I do not own this jacket. I want to own it, and would buy one, if it was sized properly for someone my size/shape. I have checked them out, tried them on, coveted one. The design, materials, and construction are perfect. But, at least for me, they struck out on the sizing. I am 5'11" tall, and weigh 145pounds, 38" chest and 30-31" waist, 35" sleeve. I have a lean athletic physique, but am tall for my weight, so I have long arms. In the store, the sleeves of the medium jacket just barely give me adequate coverage, but I can imagine some real-world maneuvers causing some limited wrist exposure. And yet my body swims inside of it. I understand that the idea of the expedition fit is to allow layering, but the amount of extra fabric in this jacket actually creates the risk of it getting caught or snagged on tree branches, etc. . The small jacket is the right girth, but is ridiculously short in the sleeve and at the waist. I would think that many people who actually do the kinds of activities that truly warrant a shell of this caliber might also have a lean athletic shape. I really want to get this jacket, but I'd expect it to fit. I find it so funny, because the company devotes so much marketing effort promoting how much technical design goes into each piece of clothing, and yet it seems to be well beyond their technical capabilities to add a long/tall option to each size offering?
Considering these as a gift. Only concern I have is whether the upper polyester portion will allow water from splashes and slush to leak through, and "wet out" the down. Specifications do not mention any waterproofing. Can anyone comment?
I'd have to say that the duckbill section is a little bit more flexible than the section that continues underfoot. The material is the same, but the sides of the boot portion add some extra structure that is not present on the duckbill itself. But not a huge difference, and there is still some flex at the toes. A very comfy boot, nonetheless.
Like Jeff, I use the BCX675 boot, and have found it to be very warm. I have done 8+ hour days of mixed skiing/snowshoeing/climbing, in -15F temps in the Adirondacks, and have never felt my feet get cold unless at a dead stop for more than an hour or so. And I am a skinny fellow who tends to always be cold. Have also done 4-5 day self-supported hut to hut trips in northern Quebec with 35lbs of backpack with no problems.
I use these boots with the Karhu 10th Mountain Ski, which I believe is now called the Epoch by Madshus. Together with the Voille cable binding, I am convinced I have the perfect setup. This boot and binding combo is definitely rugged and stable enough to drive my skis into perfect tele-turns on the steepest pitches, in all but the very deepest of snow. Then you'll have to work a bit to power out your turns. So they should be able to handle the burden of your heavy pack, and still steer nicely without any problems. The overall light weight of this setup combined with the reliable bite of the waxless fish-scales cruises through mixed up-and-down terrain, where my skinning friends on "lift serve" telemark gear struggle, suffer, and lag. For the final steeper ascents, I do ultimately put on the skins because most ADK skiing is on narrow densely-forested trails, with few possibilities for traverse when the pitch increases. That naturally means that the descents can be technical and fast, down the same narrow steep trails. And this setup delivers the maneuverability to get down safely. No room for tele turns?...no problem. Why not pull off a series of quick parallel turns and a hockey stop to check your speed. The boots can certainly handle it. And just as an aside, I also sometimes take these to the resort and tele ski alongside my friends on more rugged equipment. No problems.
Also wanted to add that they are so comfortable day after day that I'm sometimes tempted to use them for summer hiking, but wouldn't want to risk damaging the attachment pin-holes (plus they'd be way too warm). The heel groove and duck bill are a perfect fit with the BlackDiamond Sabertooth Pro crampon. Also, no problems with the MSR EvoAscent snowshoe. Can't recommend them enough for your application.
Hmm...but how well would the Smith Maze protect my noggin against falling rockand ice from overhead during a vertical climb segment? I'd like to carry just one helmet if possible. I looked further into it and learned that the Camp Pulse is indeed safety rated for both climbing and skiing, but I could not find similar confirmation about this helmet.
I am trying to find a perfect helmet for backcountry skiing in mountain terrain, including the occasional need to climb vertical ice, which would also protect me on fast descents through narrow forrested trails. So far my radar has picked up on this helmet and the Camp Pulse. Any opinions comparing these two, or any other recommendations out there?
I suppose they would be equal.
The Fischer BCX675!!! Amazing boot. I have Karhu 10th Mountain Skis (now called the Madshus Eon), with Voile 3-pin/cable, and there is nothing that this setup cannot do. I can ski past the skinny touring skiers at the resort, climb with light-weight ease and quickness, carve tele turns with the best of them, and even carve aggressive parallel turns through small moguls. In the backcountry of the Adirondacks (my preferred playground) there is nowhere that this setup (plus a pair of BD Sabretooth Pro crampons) cannot take me.
I use these with the Fischer BCX675 backcountry boot, which has a duck-bill front and a heel groove in the back. I use these boots with the Voile 75mm three-pin bindings with heel cable, on my Karhu 10th-Mountain skis. With this setup, there is nowhere in the Adirondack high peaks (my backyard) that I cannot ski/hike/climb into in the winter.
I would second guess your Himalayan trip if you are considering using a soft shell as part of a layering strategy...completely defeats the whole purpose of wearing a soft shell.