jim NAPIER

jim NAPIER

Vermont / New Hampshire

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I'm from central vermont, a mountain biker, tele skier,alpine skier, and equestrian.

I like gear that i can't break, as I tend to be rough on my stuff. SO, once I find a manufacturer that makes something to mil-specs, I'm hooked.

Current gear favs are Black Diamond, MSR equipment, and the higher end North face stuff.

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jim NAPIER

jim NAPIER wrote a review of on February 4, 2010

4 5

I have no ACL in my Right knee, and almost gave up freeheeling because my old bindings didn't release, and any crash sent me home with a swollen knee. Discovered these last year, (with leather Garmont boots!). I agree with everything that has been posted. Leather boots don't work. Period. Regarding the release: If the Din Setting was right, they released. If it was too high- they didn't. Are they a pain in the butt to get back into, yes. However, I prefer to fidget with the binding than pay a surgeon an ungodly figure to replace my knee! I just got rid of the leathers and am happy with my new Scarpa T2's. So, until I get the bucks to get the NTN setup (read bindings and boots at least another $700!), I will stick with these. (I gave 4 stars, not 5, for the pain in the ass factor.)

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jim NAPIER wrote an answer about on December 26, 2009

picked up a pair after Christmas. Been using them for alpine sking as well as backcountry / tele sking. Very light, strong and dependable. The wris strap has a yoke / stirrup design which makes it easy to slip your hands into. I switch out the full snow basket for the half basket when at the resort. My only complaint is that they don't pack down as small as the expedition poles, so strapping to my pack isn't as convenient.

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jim NAPIER wrote a review of on December 25, 2009

5 5

I wear Captilene 2,3 and 4 beneath my North Face ski coat. Between mixing and matching the baselayer with the zip in liners (from a fleece vest to a down vest) on my coat, I can pretty much be warm and comfy no matter what Vermont Winters can through at me. If you use these layered systems correctly and take care of them, you will never need to wear anything new for years of winters, and as others have pointed out, great for layering all year- wear mine camping in the summer!

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