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rwgillilan100128106 wrote a review of on April 2, 2013

5 5

I already reviewed the Tempo 1/2 zip, and everything from that gear review applies to this one, with 2 additions. First, the pockets are perfectly placed, and are large enough to hold climbing skins easily. Second, the hood works perfectly, and fits me well. I am 6' and 180# and the large is just right for winter use leaving enough room for a mid layer. I am an m3 addict until something better comes along.

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rwgillilan100128106 wrote a review of on April 2, 2013

4 5

Recently purchased for use on my new spring/summer skis. I purchased the 80mm which works perfectly on 85mm skis with no trimming, only need to be cut to length. Climbing grip is good, and glide is adequate at this time, although experience tells me it will improve with more use. Mohair needs to break in for optimum glide. They are lighter and thinner than my previous pair of mohair mix skins, resulting in a small fold size. In spring conditions the glue held well on the ski base, in fact too well, as they are very hard to pull loose with the new glue formula. The other oddity, is they pull apart much easier from themselves than the old formula glue. I guess one could conclude they have strong adhesion, and weak cohesion. I am not a fan of the newer tip loop, as it forces the skin to be cut rather exact. I like the old style loop that requires the skin to be cut long and folded back on itself, giving the flexibility to refit to other skis that are longer without re-positioning the tail clip, or running out of tail adjustment length. The last negative is the pair I bought had voids in the glue on one skin. Fortunately I had some BD glue laying around, so not a big deal, just a little QC issue. Overall these are an improvement over the skin they replaced, and I recommend them.

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rwgillilan100128106 wrote a review of on December 15, 2012

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I purchased this for mountain biking, but since it is time to ski the backcountry that is where I am using it. I already own 2 pieces of marmot m3: the "scree pant", and the "tempo hoody", as well as the "half zip". They are all my go to outer wear for BC skiing. Extremely breathable, stretchy fabric is the key. I sweat big time, and I am never wet in these. Sorry hard shell, but you are obsolete. On days where the temps are ~20F light base layer, next the half zip, and use the hoody as the outer, and i have perfect comfort and wind and snow protection. When warmer strip off the hoody, and i still have light snow and wind protection. kudos to marmot for creating this fabric, and mostly for doing it at a cost for the average person. Arcteryx, take note. Also, I might add I am confident the half zip will be the perfect Mountain bike shell.

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rwgillilan100128106 wrote a review of on August 12, 2010

5 5

This is the binding for me. I am 100% BC, and these are the best thing going. Great torsional strength, low stack height, which means they are great on the traverse. Light and easy to use. I had no trouble switching from the freerides to these. No brakes, and no dynafit leash. Use a beaner lease or g3. I ski at a relatively low din, so these are plenty strong for me. I like the detail of being able to solid lock the toe in situations where a release would be a catastrophy. The only gripe I have is touring with no heal lift, and in heavy (warm) snow, build up occurs under the heel, and will spontaneously eject, causing the heel to rotate into the locked in position. This occurs rarely, but is an occasional nuisance, and is something to be aware of in the Pacific northwests wetter snows. I still give it 5 stars.

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rwgillilan100128106 wrote a review of on January 13, 2010

5 5

I have only used these a handfull of times, but am thoroughly satisfied. I have never been a big fan of wool, as it generally doesn't wick and dry as well for me, but these do a great job. Super light, just the right warmth and no conflict with boot tongue. I use them under a light hard shell, and a softshell also with equally good results. Very stretchy, so if in doubt as to size go a tad small. I am right in between a Medium and large, and wet with the medium. Perfect. get 'em, you won't be disatisfied.

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rwgillilan100128106 wrote a review of on May 19, 2009

4 5

my needs were to fill the gap between full on storm days, and warm sun days, and this does it well. fully enclosed waist, wrist, and neck make this the perfect tool on powder days in the backcountry when i am working hard, and the temp is ~25+ degrees. it breathes well, and holds off the wind pretty well. i guess less than perfect wind blocking is the trade off for excellent breathability. as to rain it's good for 2 to 3 hours before it saturates. the other 2 drawbacks are the collar which is a little on the limp side, and being such a flexible, stretchy fabric it has a tendancy to hike up my back when i have my ski pack on. with a stiffer collar, and some way to keep it from hiking up my back i would give it 5 stars. it does the job well for a budget piece. you won't be disappointed.

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rwgillilan100128106 wrote a review of on April 16, 2009

4 5

I've been using these boots for 2 seasons now (70+ days), and feel they are a solid choice for a non-dynafit boot. many speak of fit problems, and i may be an exception, as my feet are flat, narrow, and pronated. All that aside, I also had initial fit problems, which were mostly fixed by having the liners cooked. The one lingering issue i had was pressure on the 6th toe area. I installed a 1/8" thich foam insert "under" the liner, and went to a heavy ski sock, and used slightly less buckle pressure. The thicker sock goes against normal thinking, but it worked. Now i can stay in these boots for 12 hours of touring and descents with no pain.


As for the skiability of the boot. I think they rival a good alpine boot. I have the forward lean all the way forward, and can charge the most challenging lines on the mountain. They drive my mid-fats nicely, and touring is also comfy. As with all things they do wear, and i have found the most suseptible place is the plastic around the canting excentric. Solution: remove the excentric when the boots are new, and lubricate it liberally with a good silicone grease, and repeat this 2 times a year. For me it was a little too late. This hinge point gets the most wear on the boot. I will do this with all AT boots in the future.

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