I bought the Seeker Comp to replace my old Mammut Lazer Jacket. I wanted a helmet compatible hood, and better breathability than the Mammut had. I got all that and a whole lot more.
The seeker comp is a "hybrid" jacket meaning that it's made of both hardshell and softshell materials. In this case, the PTFE is pretty waterproof/breathable and it comprises the hood, shoulders, tops of the sleeves, and bottom hemline of the jacket. The more breathable fabric is on the chest, back, and bottoms of sleeves. This makes the jacket very breathable, light, and compressable, but still with good weather resistance.
This jacket is not marketed as a hardshell waterproof jacket. If that's what you're looking for, Arc'Teryx makes a number of Gore-Tex jackets to fit your needs. If you're a backcountry skier / ski mountaineer looking for a great coat, this may be it. I'm 5'8" 145# and a small fits me well. It's athletically cut so I can layer some under or pull a puffy over for really bad weather. With a simple T or base layer under, I can skin fast without sweating through everything. The helmet-compatible hood keeps the spindrift out when I'm booting up a couloir. The powder skirt works well for snorkel days. The fabric cuts (doesn't eliminate totally) the wind. If you need a warmer coat, pull one over this or skin faster. The cut keeps the jacket from pulling up when you're climbing. Nice pockets work with a harness.
A damn near perfect backcountry skiing jacket.
I guess Gerard has had a pretty different experience than I have. I find that the hole plugs and ear covers work fine. It's as warm as a regular ski helmet. Plus, it's a great backcountry/ski mountaineering helmet as it's light and rated as a climbing helmet. Works great!
I've only had these boots for a few days in the backcountry so far. I'm very happy so far. They're the lightest 4-buckle boot in the world (lighter than the carbon). They're stiff enough for me (5'8", 147#, agressive skier), but if you're heavier or taller, you might want to go stiffer (ie Zzero 4 carbon or Zzeus). They're very comfortable for my feet. Match them with Dynafit bindings and agro skis and you'll be happy.
As far as touring performance goes, the tour mode seems fine to me. They don't tour like a 3-buckle boot, but also better than a heavy overlap boot. Backward cuff motion isn't an problem if you are skinning UP HILL.
These bindings are great. Light. Strong. Durable.
People worry about how aggressively they can ski in them. Mark Newcomb has skied crazier things in them (Bubble Fun Couloir, Black Ice Couloir, Otter Body) than I ever will so I'd say they're fine. They're super light and I've never had a problem.
Poles. What can you say other than that you shouldn't notice them. These are light, strong, and durable. I've had my pair for four or five years now and never had a problem. They're worth the money.
Another smart product from Black Diamond. If you need 'em, you'll be glad to have 'em. An essential for ski mountaineering and a smart idea for regular mountaineering too.
I can't think of a way to improve these other than to make them lighter. For ski mountaineering, they're perfect. Paired with the Camp superlight axe it's a great set-up. I would stay away from verticle water ice with them, but they're light enough to keep in your ski pack for when you need 'em. They fit AT boots great.
This is a great backcountry skiing/ski mountaineering helmet. It's super light, rated for climbing too, warm with the winter kit, ventilated for skinning. Totally worth it. Remember that a large portion of avalanche victims die from trauma alone. Also, you can't keep that avalung in your mouth if you're knocked unconscious. Definately a good idea and this is the best way to execute that good idea.
Definately try it on if you can.
I've had these for a season and change so far. They're starting to loose some adhesive in spots. They definately work well though. In retrospect, I do wish I'd gone lighter and gotten the Alpinist skins.
Once you have one, you want more. Once you find one use (holding your skis together), you find ten.
Light weight...small package...aluminum blade...a great combination. The whole thing fits easily inside my pack without removing the handle. It weighs almost nothing. And in my opinion, a small shovel might actually be better for getting your buddy out because you can remove smaller shovel fulls faster without exhausting yourself. Works great for digging pits for analysis too.
I'm happy to have an avalung. But not as happy as I am to have never really used it. I've attached it to my back with about a dozen zip ties. This means that I always have it so it's no biggie to pull out the mouth piece. Before I did that, I kept it in my pack as though having it out would make it more dangerous. BS. Get it. Use it. Live longer.
These a very good, very versitile bindings. They'll take the abuse (in my experience) of skiing in bounds or out of bounds. In my opinion, they're a little heavy for a dedicated backcountry binding. I'd go with Dynafits for that. However, if you're just getting into it, this is a good way to go because it will happily do both.
I love this watch. I've put it through the ringer wearing it every day for years now. Maybe someday I'll upgrade to a fancier Suunto watch, but this is really solid. I appreciate having it in the mountains. I check my rate of ascent to estimate my time to the summit. Check my skiing vert/day. Monitor the weather in base camp. Love it.
This is the big bro of the attache. Works just as well, but for different purposes. That clean profile doesn't catch and makes life that much easier. Well worth it. Buy a couple or wish that you had.
These cams fit more places than single-axle cams. I can see a place for those crazy max cams on an alpine rack, but for trad climbing where you're bringing more than a handful of gear, buy a rack of these. Every time you grab one off your rack, it's more likely to fit. They're durable and strong too. I love 'em.
Do it. See my review above.
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