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hsa4134679 wrote a review of on February 11, 2013

2 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

these things didnt last a season of touring. cracked both bootboards under the arch, 2 wire buckles failed, soles are torn up from walking on rock, super roomy/unresponsive (i have a pretty normal foot), pebax shell has some serious gouges/ is just plain beat up, flex is sloppy non-progressive and harsh at the end, locked open buckles will shred your pants, boa liners blow, and the shell around the canting pivot has ovaled.

so if you are still considering these boots then read on: amazing tour mode, light, roomy (if you have giant feet), warm (but just do yourself a favor and get intuition liners), cheap (you get what you pay for), good traction, and i would be stretching to find another pro.

unless you have high volume feet just dont even bother

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hsa4134679 wrote a review of on August 25, 2012

2 5

used traversing the Juneau Icefield for a summer. conditions were warm/melting corn and surface hoar with minimal elevation changes. granted they are designed for more winter conditions with finer snow crystals and colder temps than what I was encountering but they still were a pain in the ass design-wise:

-snow accumulates under the metal front edge and causes it to act like a hood scoop on a race car (only upside down and in snow) which means no glide
-the glue sucks. perhaps mine had been in the shop for too many years but on tours the act of kicking would dislodge the skin from the base. also prone to icing
-side hilling (even on gentle slopes) is an absolute no go. there is no tail attachment so the skin will fall off to the side
-i was using the 80mm skin on 105mm waisted skis and there was barley an 1 inch of webbing to try and thread through the buckle and then crank down on. difficult normally, damn near impossible with woody fingers and a stiff breeze.

when i lost one over a snowbridge (glue failed and buckle popped open) the second one may have joined in the shitty skin party going on at the bottom of that crevasse. yours free, just find them at the bottom of the gaper near Split Thumb on the Lemon Creek Glacier side or wait a few hundred years and they will be sitting at the terminus waiting for you to pick them up.

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hsa4134679 wrote a review of on August 23, 2012

4 5

used these for a summer traversing the juneau icefield - high albedo and pingpong ball conditions. it being summer never used them below freezing. that said i was sweating like mofo skiing and digging snowpits. the camel lenses are fantastic in various light conditions but the anti fog fails in warmer conditions (duh). the goggle like design causes the frame to rest on/near your eyebrows and once sweat starts running down the inside of the frame you will fog. one other annoyance was the bendy ear pieces - too flexible. pulling on the croakie strap to loosen will straighten out the ear pieces and leave glasses fighting to stay on your head.
all in all amazing lens but wrong glasses for warmer weather or high sweat activities.

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