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powderhound wrote a review of on January 30, 2014

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I've had these skins for about a year now and I'm buying a second pair for my new, much larger skis. Like the people before me have said, the glue is amazingly sticky, almost to the point of frustration. Almost. They've broken in well and are still superbly sticky but I'm not longer having to yank them off my skis at the top of the hill.
I'm not the hugest fan of the tail piece, I certainly don't trust the rubber piece to hold up but so far, it's showing no signs of wear!
Now to the glide, I've had these skins take me up some seriously steep stuff without a single problem. Well, that's not entirely true, they didn't fair so well on the steep icy slope we were attempting to zig zag up last spring, but I could barely boot pack up that slope, so I'll let them slide there.
Basically, when my friends are sliding around on their BD skins, I've always been able to confidently go around them and continue up the slope. Feel like I could climb a wall with these skins!

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powderhound wrote a review of on January 20, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size

I bought my Merino wool several years ago for skiing and fell in love. This shirt is soft, comfy, and super warm. I bought a size small since I'm 5'7" and 115lb and very petite and it fits perfectly. I'm a one layer kind of girl so this fits the bill. It is showing a few signs of abuse, though. I have a large hole on the right sleeve right next to the thumb gaiter and the edges on the sleeves are starting to wear as well. Nothing catastrophic, just what you'd expect after countless pow days over the seasons.
Oh and my friends like it because it doesn't get nearly as stanky as my other base layers when I wear them multiple days in a row.

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powderhound wrote a review of on February 28, 2013

5 5

As a girl, I tend to buy men's socks just to avoid the awful pink and baby blue colors that companys seem to assume all girls love and these socks are fantastic! I had to buy another pair because they're all I want to wear skiing. They rival my Teko socks as far as comfort and warmth go. They're not so thick as to cut off circulation, as well. I've taken them on all my ski trips and as said before, they hold up to several days use without becoming unbearably stanky. Overall, great pair of socks! Just make sure they don't go in the dryer to make them last longer.

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powderhound wrote a question about on February 26, 2013

I've had my NTN set up for 2 years now and am curious as to whether I can move up to the red power tubes. I'm 5'7" and 120 lbs. I had blue for this season but ended up breaking them somehow so there's little stiffness left in them. Before I go out and buy new tubes, can I safely buy red or should I stick to blue?

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powderhound wrote a review of on February 26, 2013

2 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I bought my NTN set up in 2010, back when they were still bright orange and I love them. They're a great binding and made learning tele super easy. Unlike your average tele binding, these have ski brakes too so you can lock your skis togther. I use them to tour as well and the weight honestly doesn't bother me. I feel they are just as heavy as Marker's or Salomon's AT set up. One disappointment in these bindings, though, is that just last week I cracked the metal siding and blew out the cartridges. Now I'm an 18 year old girl, 115 lbs. You would think that metal would be able to withstand my skiing and blue cartridges would be beefy enough to handle me but I guess not... If it weren't for that, they would have a 5 star review hands down. Either way, these bindings are super stable
Oh another draw back is that on super wet days, they do have the potential to ice up under your boot but if you just stick a piece of rubber in there, it fixes it no problem.

UPDATE: So that tiny crack in the orange siding has now spread through the binding. I contacted Scarpa and even though they were out of warranty, they said I could send the bindings in and they could have a look. Well 7 weeks later and many phone calls and emails later, Scarpa finally got back to me saying they couldn't do anything since they were out of warranty. So now I'm stuck with broken bindings, and 7 weeks of frustration, anxiety, and a wasted season pass.

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