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BCgoatwrote a question about on August 3, 2015

What components do I need to have it running ? Is it just the stove + separate fuel bottle ? Is the 'pressurizing pump' part of the stove, or is it another thing that I have to buy ?

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BCgoatwrote a review of on February 24, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Before I bought these, I already had some bad experiences with adjustable trekking/skiing poles. I admit I've never paid much for them, but they did not hold up even to their value, so I stuck with regular skiing poles for some time, but then I started to tour more, and I started to look back at adjustable poles again. I believe BD makes pretty much the same poles with 2 adjustment points, but I decided that a single point should make them more durable. Durability is always my first concern. Anyways, I took them with me everywhere this winter, skiing both in resorts and backcountry. I am happy to report that they're alive and well. Fliplock worked great, never got frozen. They do scratch pretty easily, so their pretty look fades away rather quick, but I guess it is just a matter of what one likes. I like them scratched :)

Pros:
+ Durable,
+ Fliplock does not freeze
+ Great powder baskets
+ Pole's tip is *NOT* mounted on some plastic, so no need to worry about breaking it by using your ski pole to change binding's mode

Cons:
- None observed.

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BCgoatwrote a review of on March 9, 2014

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I'll start with stating clear that I do not like Nylon, Polyester, etc. All my life I was using regular cotton pants for hiking. I bought those thinking about hiking in Alaskan SE, in those cool showers. Then I realized they would work great for nice weather alpine skiing. They would definitely work for ski touring. Then -- perfect pants for paragliding. Then I tried them in all those activities, and they worked really well. I even put them on for horseback riding, where they performed unexpectedly well. I just put those little gaiter hooks on shoe laces, and they prevented pants moving up my legs while riding, so no need to use chaps. Versatile ! That's what they are.

Pros:
+ Built-in gaiters ! Pretty cool.
+ Dirt tends to not stick to them,
+ Leg sleeves have zippers which allow you to fit them over your ski boots.
+ Mesh pockets which may function as (effective) vents.
+ Tough materials

Cons:
- Weird fit. For me being 189cm/83kg, 'L' I bought is tiny bit too short, and too loose in waist, even with tabs fastened. Bonus question: How am I supposed to answer the question 'How Does This Product Fit ?' then ? It runs both too small and too large at the same time :)

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BCgoatwrote a review of on January 30, 2014

4 5

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

Have used them just couple of times, but they seem to work great. Trimming knife is great. I'm generally pretty happy with them, but 'skin savers' are a joke ! Glue doesn't stick well to this pseudo skin saver, so bare in mind, that you will prolly need to buy (or make yourself) a pair of skin savers. I'll keep using them, and provide more feedback.

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BCgoatwrote a review of on January 30, 2014

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I've used it several times now. I bought a long version, which turned out to be very good choice for someone who doesn't like mummy type sleeping bags. I'm around 189cm, and it does not feel 'tight' like a regular mummy. For me it counts in plus.

It is very well made, and you can tell that from the very first time you use it. It is BIG though (maybe it's just long version), and it takes out about half of my pack's volume. This is part I don't like. I don't mind weight that much, but it just takes a lot of space. If you're planning to use it for camping, using a car to do most of carrying, you'd be ok, otherwise get yourself something that does pack up smaller.
I was surprised to discover, that somehow it works pretty well in even in warm rooms (meaning you don't get super overheated). I was expecting having massive problems falling asleep in a room with temps around 22*C, but it turned out all that was needed was to unzip part of the zipper.

Pros:
+ Quality materials,
+ Very good craftsmanship,
+ Long and spacy (once unrolled)
+ Works pretty well in various temperature conditions
+ There's a lots of filling, which comes in handy when you forget your sleeping pad.

Cons:
- Bit heavy
- BIG, even when compressed

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BCgoatwrote a review of on January 30, 2014

2 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: Runs small

One thing is for sure.. they're well made. They look good too.. and that's about it when it comes to pros.

They're way too cold for even mild winter, way too hot for spring or fall. They get wet easily, just from sweating. It is said that the liner is made of wool and fleece, but the truth is it's just wool-like material with 49% wool content. In my opinion insulation does not work.

They were cheap, yes, but it's hard to tell what are they really made for. Definitely not for outdoors purposes.

Pros:
+ Well made
+ Look nice

Cons:
- NOT warm in a winter
- too hot in spring or fall

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BCgoatwrote a review of on January 27, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

These are my first 'powder' skis. I was previously skiing all-mntn or freestyle skis (even though I'm not a freestyle guru). I'm 189cm, and since I was coming from typical carving skis, I was afraid of length. I decided to get 186cm variant, which seemed long (my previous skis were up to 180cm long).

Now my impressions.. At first, it felt super weird to ski them, as they have no camber. It's a full rocker construction. But after very few runs on groomers, I started to feel them. Since these few initial runs, I had a chance to test them in few resorts across europe, both on groomers and in the powder.

In groomers, they hold all kinds of pack with ease. What really surprised me, was that even though they seem to flex quite a lot, they still cut through the hard, icy snow much better than all other skis I had. At the same time, they do not give your knees a blast that they usually get when you try to race 'soft', flexible skis on a hard pack (when knees act as a spring). Gotamas hold the ice firmly. Due to a crappy powder conditions this year across Europe, I didn't have a chance to test them in super deep powder, but I did run them through quite a few unmarked trails in moderate powder of different kinds. They show they're potential in soft, light powder. It's just like floating. It takes no strength to take turns, and it's easy to forget how fast they can float! You don't actually need to lean back to make sure they float.
In deeper, heavier snow, I started to regret I did not make my gotamas 194cm long. They started to sink a little bit, but leaning back just a little bit fixed the problem.

Summing up:

Pros:
+ Super solid performance on groomers,
+ Full potential in light powder,
+ Relatively easy to control,
+ Super easy to turn,

Cons:
I haven't really noted one so far.

One advice for potential buyers: DON'T BE AFRAID OF A LENGTH!

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BCgoatwrote a review of on November 16, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size

I was a bit suspicious about this jacket when it finally arrived. It did not seem to be filled with a lots of dawn. However, I took it 'in a field' couple of times, and I have to say this is so far one of the best buys. Very warm, very light, good size; I've got skinny wrists, so it wasn't too tight there. Outer fabric feels super delicate, but turned out to be very durable (couple of nasty landings after slipping on wet tree roots). Actually it kind of amazes me how can it be that strong given how thin it is. The only one thing I could complain about is that it's not a zip neck, and when it's very windy, a wind can slip into the jacket through the neck part.

Pros:
+ weight,
+ durability,
+ warmth,
+ packability,
+ drawcord,
+ nice inside pocket,

Cons:
- Not a zip neck (some would argue as this being a con)

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BCgoatwrote a review of on November 6, 2013

4 5

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

Well, I haven't yet tried those boots on-skis (still waiting for some snow to fall), but I can tell that once all buckles fastened, and a strap (and gosh, that strap DOES make a difference) in a right place, these boots are almost as stiff as my old fischer soma f8000. Also, feel like 1/2 of Soma's weight. So this is a BIG plus. And they actually do feel walkable, just make sure they're unstrapped. There's one thing that I noted that I am not impressed with, which is forward lean regulation mechanism. In order to set forward lean, you have to loosen two screws, set lean as you'd like it to be, and tighten them again. What is not good about it is that screws seem to be made of relatively hard steel, whilst those elements to which screws are being screwed are made of aluminium. This just doesn't seem right, and you'd better not play with settings too often if you don't want to destroy thread on aluminium part. On the other hand, those elements seem to be easily replaceable. Fit is a bit loose I'd say. It's right length, but there's plenty of space "on sides", so I'll need puffier sock, or/and tighten boots to max.

Pros:
+ Stiff
+ Light (for the stiffness)
+ Bomber strap!
+ Are walkable !

Cons:
- Forward lean mechanism materials

I shall have some more feedback after I try them on skis.

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BCgoatwrote a review of on October 27, 2013

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I used it couple of times so far; I've been using it in temperatures around 12*C, and I can tell that it can make it through the day (~8h) still keeping the liquids.. well, not hot, but not just warm.. Definitely worth the money, so far the best thermos I ever had.

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BCgoatwrote a review of on October 27, 2013

Cool shirt;NOT impressed with durabilty
3 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size

I used it couple of times so far in October in Alaska.. Either solo (nothing else) or with hard-shell. Worked pretty well, even after hard shell started to let the water in (after 2h in the light but persistent rain). I really like how the fabric feels. Breathes well, works superb as a running shirt in cold days. However, I was disappointed with it's durability. After just 4-5 uses, it's already starting to look bad on a back, where the backpack 'sits'. As I said, I really like the shirt, but I am thinking about returning it.

Pros:
+ Works !
+ Light and super-soft
+ Fits well

Cons:
- Durability

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