A great compromise between more open designed sandals (like Chacos) and shoes.
The added toe protection, heel strap and over the foot webbing, while reducing drainage, are great for hiking. Which is exactly what I like when I am on the river.
Unfortunately, the stitching on these sandals is pretty low quality. I've gone through 2 pairs of this sandal in 2 seasons. Both times the stitching on the heel straps has come apart. Fortunately, Keen has pretty good customer service. I'm now waiting on my 3rd pair which will have the one-piece, leather heel design. I've given up on the nylon Newports...
Great idea, poor execution.
Lids are made from inappropriate type of / poor quality plastic. Either the corners will chip off or the lids will warp within the first few uses. Or both.
If you try calling GSI to get replacements, don't expect polite, professional customer service. Instead you can expect a rude interrogation about how, when, why, where, the temperature, time of day, your blood type, etc... when the lids broke.
I think I'll stick with MSR from now on.
I can't remember the last time I had so much fun, everywhere on the mountain, on any other skis.
If you want a true "everything" ski, look no further.
These things rip on the groomers, power through the crud, edge well on the ice and float very nicely through the powder.
On the groomers, the are very responsive and have a lot of snap, especially in quick turns. Whether I'm carving quick turns, GS or even bigger, the Prophet 98s edge and respond very well. At 98, they do take more effort to get on edge than something in the 80-90 range, but that's the obvious trade-off for a true all mtn ski. And not a very big one. They do have a slight early rise, but plenty of camber. They feel great no matter what kind of turns I'm making and I don't even notice the slight early rise when I'm carving turns on the groomers. The sidecut on these is perfectly balanced for whatever types of turns you like to carve.
At high speeds (45-60) these feel very stable.
These things easily power though all sizes of crud.
I have a blast skiing these in the powder. The slight early rise in the tip makes a noticeable difference in the powder without adversely affecting how they handle all other conditions. Turns on these skis are so easy in the pow, I really see no reason for all the overkill reverse camber, full rocker gimmicks on other "all mountain" skis.
I like the metal matrix and directional flex in these better than the torsionally stiffer full sheet of metal in the Mantras.
If you're considering these skis, I promise-- you won't regret purchasing them.
Demoed a ton of skis this week and out of everything I tried, these were, by far, my least favorite.
The tips never engage, no matter how far or hard you press forward. These things felt like snowblades. They are completely useless on groomers and anything hard, steep or icy. Or any combination of those three. Their zero camber and full rocker truly have no use outside of powder. Or making skiers who don't know how to use their edges look better.
The only conditions I even remotely enjoyed these skis in was big, pre-mogul crud and powder. But even in those conditions AND all other conditions, I enjoyed other skis far more.
There are far, far better, true pow+bumps+park+steeps skis on the market.
Best pants I've ever worn skiing. They keep me warm and dry. Most importantly--they have great articulation in the knees and great lining material. No matter what position my legs are in, I never feel them get tight, and never feel the lining bunch-up or cling to my base layer. Great adjustable vents on the thighs, not the knees. Only grip is the belt loops--they are too few and too far apart in the back, making them almost useless.
Great product for giving you extra peace of mind while leaving your bag unattended in your room, on a bus, boat, train, etc... Obviously, a thief armed with proper cutters and enough time can defeat a Pacsafe. However, a casual thief, housekeeper, etc. interested in quickly rifling through your bag will be deterred.The best way to use this is to put your backpack in a duffel first. Prevents damage to an expensive backpack and leaves only one zipper to worry about.The only way I can think of to improve the Pacsafe is to replace the keyed lock with a combo lock. No keys to worry about losing.
I expected better design coming from MSR.
One plate nests inside (or outside, depending on pot/plate size) pots just fine. However, this is possible with only one single plate. Plates of the same size have straight walls that are not tapered at the bottom, making it impossible to stack multiple plates inside each other. Maybe MSR will get it right with the next version...
Plate material is durable enough.
Plate works great as a bowl or plate, eliminating the need to carry both.
4 stars on material/durability.
2 stars on shortsighted design.
Best Ski pants I've ever worn. They keep me warm and dry. Most importantly--they have great articulation in the knees and great lining material. No matter what position my legs are in, I never feel them get tight, and never feel the lining stick-to/bunch-up/grab my base layer. Great vents on the thighs, not the knees (keeping the knees warm is important for those who value their ligaments!)
Good jacket with potential to be great. This site's description says the fleece will not pill. The sleeves on this jacket started pilling the first day I wore it. Because the fleece is very smooth (unlike regular fleece which has a lot of texture) the pilling is very obvious. Otherwise the jacket is very soft, warm and comfortable. However, due to the problem with the Khumbu fleece I exchanged mine for the TKA.