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tetchaje202153281 wrote a review of on September 21, 2014

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

Purchased this bivy as a lighter weight alternative to my 1-man Alps tent. This is about 1/2 the weight. Recent use in the Sawtooth Range, ID, camping at about 10,000ft. Clear days and nights that dropped into the 30's. Haven't tried it in the rain yet.

Pros:
Incredibly light weight for a tent at two pounds; disappears inside my pack. Very good breathability. Contrary to the others, I didn't have any condensation in the morning, even with temps in the 30's. I could feel the tent breathing as I laid there, which is a first in tents for me. Also, I was warmer than I have ever been at those temps than with my normal 1-man tent. Love the long zipper that allows me to easily squirm inside, but it does require a shimmy down to grab the end of the zipper and tent to be able to zip it back up. I chose the olive color and it is dark enough inside for sleeping in late.

Neutrals:
There is no vestibule, so you need a pack cover. There was enough room in the bivy to stash my boots above my head, but I am 5'9". If I was over 6' that might get tight. If you are claustrophobic, this still might be too tight for you. The tent sits about 6" above your face when you are laying down on a 2.5" inflatable pad. I had enough of width at 175lbs and a 34" waist. I was able to side sleep without discomfort. Bigger people should try before buying since it is a slim footprint.

Cons:
I would hate to spend an extended period of time during a rainstorm or blizzard in it since you are laying on your back with no window above. This bivy is for sleeping, not for spending a day unless you really don't get stir crazy. I knew that was a tradeoff when buying it for ultralight backpacking, though. At least the awning design allows for looking out with rain protection if you have no other choice. If I knew it was going to rain, and I had to shave weight from a standard tent, I'd probably spare a few ounces so I could pack a tarp to act as a vestibule for sitting and cooking.

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tetchaje202153281 wrote a review of on January 12, 2010

5 5

Incredible skis. The amount of float and control that you have in powder with these skis is amazing. Very light and and nimble through the trees and I didn't find that the skis wanted to hook or force me into a turn shape. I felt that I could clarve well even though they aren't reverse sidecut - true slarvyness is reserved for full reverse reverse skis. The camber is flat'ish (there is a slight positive camber), but they are extremely easy to decamber, so the big nose floats up to the top and you can drive them in powder very well without worrying about going over the handlebars. This may relax to a true flat camber over time, but I haven't had them long enough to find out. They work fine as is, though.

I'm 5'9" and 180lbs and went with the 182cm, though I'd feel just as comfortable skiing the 190's. I usually find that my ideal ski length is about 187-188, even though I have skis that are 177-195 in length. The 182's give me plenty of float, though, so there isn't any need for a person of my size who skis aggressively to go longer unless you really want to bomb a face and need the extra stability.

One thing - they are funky on groomers. Surprisingly good edge hold, but the width is such that it takes quite a bit to get them up on edge and then when you do it feels like you kind of fall into place on edge. I came down one icy groomed face after hitting the pow and the edges held like mad on the face, but it was just a bit funky getting used to tipping onto the 121mm waist without a soft substrate.

The only disappointing thing for me was the "Made in China" sticker on the bases when I took them out of the plastic. Hey! I thought these were made in Colorado by snow-loving, red-blooded Americans!

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tetchaje202153281 wrote a review of on April 13, 2009

5 5

I'm 5'9'' and 175lbs and got a screamin' deal on some XXL 194's. First thing, if you are my size and weight then you have to be on your game at all times and aggressive. If you are, the ski will reward you with a great ride that kills everything on the mountain and is freight train stable at speed. If not, they can hurt you. The faint of heart need not apply.

First time I took them out in 15" of fresh I had them mounted on the line and was disappointed that I was getting tip dive and the skis weren't performing as well as I would have wanted for such a fat ski. They killed the crud and groomers, but left me wanting in fresh.

Second time I took them out in 13" pow and moved the bindings back 1.5cm (rail mounted bindings) and it made a HUGE difference. Now they were a bit less solid on the hardpack but floated incredibly in the pow and were amazingly nimble for such a big ski. I could not get the skis to dive even when loading up the tips and I skied faster than I ever have before through the trees. Once you get them up to speed they are surprisingly nimble in the pow even though they aren't rockered and are relatively stiff. At slow speeds they feel sluggish and take some big legs to work them. At speed they come alive. Who wants to go slow anyway?

Anyway fun skis that are rock solid and kill everything on the mountain. Big and heavy, but that helps them not get thrown around in the crud. Not that fun in the bumps. It was possible to do it, but I'll be honest that it sucked because it was so much work. Awesome in pow once I moved the bindings back a bit. I'm happy.

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