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North Lake Tahoe, French, Swiss and Italian Alps

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jwcate321292 wrote a review of on March 29, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Have used this for a couple of months,now, and am very satisfied. It replaced an older Float 30, and is a huge improvement. Among other things, it is much lighter, and surprisingly, actually holds as much or more stuff. I easily fit in a down jacket in a stuff sack, a hat, skins and harscheisen, probe and shovel, lunch, 3/4 liter of water, a camera, spare gloves, and goggles, and there is still a little room to spare. It fits me well (5'8", 155 lbs) and carries comfortably on climbs and skiing. Nice roomy belt packet, too. Things I would improve: add an exterior strap or two to carry a jacket or sweater when it's warm; the metal waist buckle is finicky and hard to open and close with gloves on, making the thing a bit of a pain when taking off for lift rides; and the chest strap buckle proved to be flimsy and broke after just a few uses. (BCA promptly sent a new beefier one, but I have not yet figured how to remove and replace the slider device!). I have deployed this twice (in order to take on a plane) and it worked fine. My local scuba shop fills it for $5 (compare that to refilling / recharging an ABS bag!). But get this. I took it to the Alps for two weeks. I contacted BCA in advance for advice on refilling it upon arrival. They are just building a network there, and unfortunately, there were no stations convenient to my itinerary (Verbier, then Val d'Isere). At the last minute, I got a call from the European rep, based in Chamonix, saying he'll meet me at the Geneva airport. There, he filled my tank from his vehicle, and refused to take any payment. Talk about customer service! Buy this one now at a great price, or wait and see what further improvements they make next year...can't go wrong either way.

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jwcate321292 wrote a question about on December 12, 2011

Does the hood on this jacket detach, or fold easily into a collar. I only wear a hood in the worst weather, and hate having one flapping around behind me, so prefer jackets where they detach. But if this one is easily snapped down into a regular collar, then it might be ok. So many jackets these days have minimal ability to do away with the hood. Otherwise, the jacket looks terrific.

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jwcate321292 wrote a review of on July 12, 2011

4 5

Fantastic in powder, mashed potatoes, crud, you name it...they'll chew it up and leave you smiling. They are even a lot of fun on the groomers though I'd stay out of bumps. Not completely an all-in-one, but pretty close. When I really want to rip in bounds, I go back to my Scott Missions, which are hands-down the best all around ski I've skied in nearly 50 years on the slopes. Still, these rock. One small beef: the so-called hydro-phobic surface is useless...snow still sticks, but they make the skis so slippery, they are almost impossible to carry in a gloved hand. It's a real nuisance; I've come close to dropping them off a cornice on a boot-climb more than once; If not for that, five stars.

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jwcate321292 wrote a question about on February 9, 2011

Is the Tracker II that you have in stock the updated one with the new software that doe snot freeze? As you know, the Jackson Hole Ski Patrol had problems with the units freezing up, and returned them all. The company says that there is a software fix, and that they have been shipping newer versions recently (post January). Are the ones Bacountry.com has in stock now the updated version?

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jwcate321292 wrote a review of on March 11, 2009

5 5

This is the 2nd pair of Garmonts I've had, 1st being the G-Rides, which were a revelation. It's the first time in 35 yrs of skiing that I have not had major foot pain, even with custom injected liners. The Thermofit liner is great -- it accommodates my bone spurs and nasty bunion with virtually no pain. I've had a few minor shell adjustments, but nothing compared to the regular visits to the boot doctor I used to have to do. I got the Adrenalins because the G-Ride was a little soft, and I now use these exclusively off and on piste. They are just as comfy and warm and give great control over pretty beefy skis (178 Scott Missions and 174 Outlaws). Last year I threw out my Technicas and use these exclusively. They've been comfortable on pretty long walks and skins (3 hrs+) and I find them quite warm. My only reservation is that the liner does seem to pack out after a couple of years' use. I've added foot bed liners to take up some of the volume, and am using thicker socks. A friend has these with the Scarpa wrap-around liner which he swears by, so I am thinking of swapping out the Thermofit for that. I'd go for another pair of the Thermofit, but they do not seem to be as available as the Scarpas which can be got for under $100. Overall, a great boot.

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jwcate321292 wrote a review of on January 20, 2009

5 5

This is a great ski. I am 155 lb / 5'8" expert skier. I bought the 178 and mounted Fritschi Freerides. I was a bit concerned about the length, but in fact, they are exactly the same length as the K2 Outlaws they replace / supplant. I've skied them about 6-7 days, mostly groomed / hard pack because of lack of snow here in the Sierras. They are not quite as stable as the Outlaws on the hard stuff, and in fact chatter quite a bit when you edge firmly on packed snow. However, they turn easily, and carve beautifully, and in the few chances I've had to venture off piste (1 foot powder, and some serious sun-softened mashed potatoes) they skied beautifully, floating nicely, responding quickly, and despite their lightness, cutting through the crud and heavy stuff without hesitation. They beat the Outlaws off piste, I think, and are neck and neck on piste in all but the very hardest snow. Glad I got 'em.

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