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Elliot Gorrwrote a review of on February 25, 2018

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Had a chance to demo these and WOW what a great ski. Took them up to beartrap fork and powder park for a few days of miliking powder turns during our last cycle of high avy danger and I couldn't have been on a better ski. I currently ski k2 coombacks (104 underfoot with a deep but low tip rocker), and these blow those away in every condition. Don't be afraid of the camber in powder, it provides a nice pop and makes it so you do not need as long of a ski to get the job done (meaning less weight in the skin track). They also handeled variable chunder in Suicide chute with ease. Much more stable than my coombacks. I am 6ft 175 and the 178 length was perfect for a dedicated touring ski. I normally ski a 185+ in the resort, but for touring it is nice to keep it short for kick turns, reduced weight, and fast transitions. These things ski like a dream and I can't wait to have a pair of my own. Made in USA!!

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Elliot Gorrwrote a review of on February 25, 2018

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Now we all know that flex ratings are not consistent between companies, but we all try to use them as a general guide for boot selection. I have a pair of lange xt 100's, and those are stiffer unbuckled with no powerstrap than these scarpas with a booster strap. I might just need to get used to the way scarpas flex, but I have to be leaning way forward before the boots engage and at that point they are bottomed out and have no range of motion to absorb shocks. If you are a bigger skier (I am 6ft 150 and over flex the crap out of these) who likes to pressure the tounges of your boots, then definitely opt for the 130, or even a different model boot because these punch well below their weight class as far as downhill skiability goes. The salomon mtn lab boots are lighter, have a better walk mode, and have a more natural forward flex than these boots. Don't be fooled by the beefy shell and four buckles, because these things ski like a 3 buckle noodle.

That being said, other than the skiability, these are great boots of high quality. Just don't get them thinking you want a 50/50 inbound/touring boot that can do it all with the replaceable soles. They will leave you wanting much more inbounds. For touring and skiing wasatch powder You obviously need less boot and these do the job fantasticly, but there are lighter, better touring boots that ski just as well and better than these that are worth a look. These made me realize I need two boots, a Lange xt130 for inobunds and a salomon mtn lab for backcountry.

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Elliot Gorrwrote a review of on February 25, 2018

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Its a probe, its long, and it will get the job done. I think it is a little overbuilt and heavy, and the locking mechanism, though very strong, doesn't latch with a click or give any indication that it is locked. For the price, this is an excellent quality probe that will stand up to loads of abuse, but if you are looking for a light probe look somewhere else.

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Elliot Gorrwrote a review of on February 25, 2018

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

These gloves are great for wearing on the way up as well as the way down. Contrary to the previous reviewer, I found these WARMER than I expected them to be by looking at the picture and reading the description. These gloves are very lightly insulated, with a breathable back and a full leather palm. This palm prevents damage from poling on a steep skin track or boot pack, and is going to make these gloves last longer than others.

The brethability is good on the way up, and if it is a sunny day I don't even take them off to transition and ski down. If that doesn't show you how well these things manage moisture I don't know what will!

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Elliot Gorrwrote a review of on January 18, 2018

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Dropping your knee into a stump is a surefire way to ruin your day. Get yourself these knee-pads and ski off piste safely. An added benefit is the extra warmth that these provide your knees warm when skiing in cold temps. Keeping that joint nice and warm and lubricated will also help to prevent injury. Whether you are a telemark skier or not, you owe it to yourself to invest in a pair of these knee-pads.

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Elliot Gorrwrote a review of on January 18, 2018

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 11"
Weight: 173 lbs
Size Purchased: medium

If you can't tell by the 228 other 5 star reviews, these are the worlds best boxers. Throw all your other pairs away, get 3-5 pairs of these, and never look back. Super comfortable, great durability and even some cool patterns.

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Elliot Gorrwrote a review of on December 23, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 11"
Weight: 170 lbs
Size Purchased: Medium

The Black Diamond first light jacket is Black Diamonds competitor to the Nano air. It is a more water resistant, slightly less breathable version of one of the most awarded jackets ever. The problem with both of these garments is that they claim you can wear them while being active. While they perform remarkably well compared to a traditional puffy jacket, both of them are too warm for any normal human to use them while skinning in all but the coldest of temps. As a certified sweat hog, I most often tour in my base layer only, and perhaps a wind shirt. When the temps drop I struggle to stay warm, and even the nano air is not breathable enough for me. I get less wet than in a nano puff or other down puffy, but I am wet nonetheless.

Enter the First Light Hybrid. This jacket strikes the perfect balance between brethability and warmth. It still has to be very cold for me to wear this in the skin track, however when I do put it on, temperature regulation is much better and I remain dry. The secret is the merino wool side and back panels. Who goes ski touring without a backpack? No one. I don't need insulation on my back when wearing a pack that keeps me plenty warm. With this hybrid construction, the days of a huge wet spot on your back while touring are gone. Patagonia makes a hybrid nano air, however it is so thin and light that it is more comparable to an R1. When you are in the back country you need to be prepared for all conditions and I am not comfortable going out with a mid layer as light as the nano air hybrid. If temps drop and I am on top of a windy ridge, I need to have a warm insulating layer under my shell.

This has been the silver bullet touring piece for me, and I think for most people they are going to be able to wear this more often than a nano-air, while sacrificing very little in terms of warmth under a shell. The primaloft active combined with Scholler neoshell is an insanely breathable yet weather resistant combination (way more waterproof than the nano air, just slightly less breathable), and of course the merino-poly blend side and back panels provide ultimate breathability where you need it most. The fit of black diamond garments is also much more tuned to athletic people. Patagonia items can have a fairly boxy fit, which for a long and lean guy like me doesn't always work out. I ordered a size medium and it is a perfect athletic fit on me. The brown is also a beautiful color, but I wish there were more color options on this.

I have also used this for a cold weather bike ride and it was equally awesome, the front blocks wind while the back lets you breathe. A+

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Elliot Gorrwrote a review of on December 23, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

The utensils are of top quality and are super easy to eat with. I love the little pouch that came with them! These are the primary utensils I use in every day life, not just camping. the butter knife is a little short for getting to the bottom of a peanut butter jar but that is a minor complaint. Highly recommenced!

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Elliot Gorrwrote a review of on December 23, 2017

4 5

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

I am a huge snow peak fan and their stuff is usually of top quality. This plate is no different but my expectations didn't align with reality. I was surprised at how thin and bendable this plate is. It seems like it would very easily get crushed in my pack. It weighs virtually nothing, so I guess there is a trade off. The plate is also a fairly small diameter, but works well enough. Maybe I should eat less...

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Elliot Gorrwrote a review of on December 23, 2017

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 11"
Weight: 170 lbs
Size Purchased: D

I got these for my ski boots to add a little volume in the heel. Thes things have a super thick heel and definitely take up space in the liner, which is what I wanted. The foil seems to work as well, but I never had a problem with cold toes beforehand, so now I just have warmer toes so it is hard to quantify the difference. You don't typically think about your toe temperature unless they are uncomfortable. I have super high arches, however I am not a fan of "arch-support" in general. These definitely work well but I am not used to having a hump under my arch. The best part was the size D did not need to be trimmed in my 27 shell ski boots. it made it super easy to install.

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Elliot Gorrwrote a review of on December 23, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 11"
Weight: 170 lbs
Size Purchased: medium

When buying things at a low price like this, it is easy to be skeptical. Comparable merino tops go for 105-110. This one starts at 90 but frequently goes on sale! Don't buy this item full price, as it is frequently discounted 15% or more. I picked one up on sale and was blown away at the quality. This is now my primary ski touring base layer. It has an athletic fit, and I could have gone with a large but enjoy the next-to-skin fit of the medium, and the sleeves are plenty long enough. The wicking and temperature regulation are exactly what you would expect from a 100% merino garment. I own similar smartwool pieces and this pieces is just as good if not better and has thumb holes! The thumb holes are great for touring without gloves, as they keep your palms off of your cold pole handles but allow your fingers to breath freely. If you are active outside in cooler temps, do yourself a favor and get this shirt.

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Elliot Gorrwrote a review of on December 23, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Darn tough makes the best socks on the planet, and these are no different. Superior durability and comfort, while remaining smell free after back-to-back powder days. These socks are super thin, which is what you want when you have a vice-tight performance fit on you ski boots. Warmth should be achieved from space in the liner, not the socks. Get two pairs of these and be set for several seasons to come.

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Elliot Gorrwrote a review of on December 23, 2017

2 5

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

One of the reasons I ordered this probe was for the length while extended. In Utah we have a deep snow pack and that could lead to deep burials and when it comes to finding my friends I don't make any compromises. However this thing is wayyyy too long when it is folded up. It doesn't fit in either my black diamond dawn patrol 25l or my black diamond anarchist 35l. In the anarchist, due to the design of the pocket it can stick out, but in the dawn patrol it has to be jammed in diagonally and it is very difficult to remove. Not great for fast deployment. Other than the length, this is a solidly constructed, fairly light probe at a great price. I would suggest getting on that folds shorter however.....

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Elliot Gorrwrote a review of on December 23, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

There are already some awesome reviews on this fantastic product, but I just wanted to comment on how well-built this thing is. My friends shovels seem like child's playthings compared to this burly shovel. I would feel confident bashing away on some of the toughest ice in the backcountry. Black Diamond somehow manages to still make this a light shovel while achieving that high durability. This is my number 1 recommended shove, and it is what I want my friends digging me out with.

On a side note, this fits beautifully in a black diamond dawn patrol 25 and the old black diamond anarchist 35l

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Elliot Gorrwrote a review of on December 23, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This is indeed a pump, and it does indeed inflate tires. The gauge is actually very accurate for a product at this price point, and it generally seems well made. This pump is a no-brainer to keep in your car to pump up at the trailhead!

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Elliot Gorrwrote a review of on December 23, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I bought this pot mainly to use as a pasta pot in my camper. It works great! I have the 5L version and it is perfect for a pound of spaghetti. The construction is flawless and the handle is sturdy, I would have no problem handing this pot over a fire full of water. Recommended!

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