If you like to play in the snow, you want these pants.
These pants are warm, comfortable, snow shedding, breathable, and incredibly versatile. I took them out for an alpine climb today . On the approach, they were the perfect mix of wind resistant and breathable to keep me comfortable for the 6 miles (mostly above tree line) to the climb. While climbing, the warmth and durability of these pants allowed me to focus on other things while not even noticing that I had been standing in waste deep snow for 15+ minutes. I moved between ice, packed snow, loose snow, and rock and the pants had no trouble standing up to it all while keeping me comfortable the entire time. Lastly, and possible the most impressive thing about these pants, is how well they can vent when you need them too. The vents on the back don't do much, but when you open up the front pockets as well, then air flows right through them. The front pockets are also deep enough that you can still carry items in them while they are open and venting, so long as you stay upright. The venting worked so well that I managed to run the last two miles back to the trailhead in these pants and found it to be nearly 50 degrees when I got there. I would recommend this product to everybody.
One warning; I'm usually between a size 32 and 34, so I got the 34's to be safe. They only stay on when I tighten the built-in belt as far as it will go. So plan on them being a little big.
Bought these pants for some 14er bagging over the summer. They exceded my expectations in every way. They are far more flexible than you'd expect. They are warm enough to stand alone against high winds, and you can roll up the ankles to use them as shorts when it gets warmer. Also, the two zippered mesh pockets can be left open as vents when you're not using them. Lastly, they are very durable, I put them through a lot over the summer and they seem like new.
Throw it on over a fleece and it makes a great water proof windbreaker. Also, it packs really small.
Feels comfortable in a wide range of moderate weather conditions. If the day heats up, you dont get too warm.
I own the 2009 Konflict. This is a great, aggressive boot. It's stiff and as far as I can tell, the only difference between it and the SethMo one is that the Seth version is a little heavier. These boots are amazingly light and very easy to put on/take off and adjust. Despite the marvelous Intuition liners, my toes get cold quite often. And I hear the new ones have the same problem. Also, I really wish these were better backcountry boots. Full Tilt should start making a boot with Vibram soles and fittings for touring bindings.
Despite these issues I still love my boots (that's why I gave them a high rating), they offer great control and are very aggressive.
This jacket breathes incredibly well and is clearly deigned for ski touring. The front pockets are raised so they can be accessed while using the hip strap from a backpack. It fits well, is lightweight and comfortable. Don't buy this jacket if you're looking for something warm, it's a good jacket for wearing around town when it's about 40ºF outside. When it's colder than that, it's not a practical jacket unless you're exercising. After hiking to the top of the run, I throw a technical shell over it to ski down.
This backpack does everything you need for day trips in the backcountry. I especially like the pockets on the hip straps and the back access to the main pocket. I wouldn't recommend using the hydration system in the winter, mine froze the first day I brought it into the backcountry. Now I just use Nalgenes.
These sunglasses look great, are durable, comfortable, and have great lenses. However, I'm not sure what makes any sunglasses worth more than $100. Ignoring the price these are great sunglasses. The lenses in mine have a slight blue tint, which somehow makes any day and any snow look prettier. Also, the lenses have popped out of mine when I've dropped them before which makes me wonder why Smith doesn't sell replacement lenses.
I've had these gloves for 2 and a half years now and besides a slight color change, they're as good as new. The c-zone lining is very comfortable and warm enough for most days. The only times that these gloves haven't been warm enough it's been below 10 ºF. The leather is very nice, windproof, and I've NEVER had any reason to believe they aren't waterproof. I've worn these gloves while digging in the snow for over half an hour looking for lost gear and they were a dry as could be. I do recommend treating them with leather balm at least once a season. Also, the padded knuckles look good and have some practicality when skiing in the trees. The wrist cover makes them difficult to wear under some jacket sleeves.
This jacket is incredibly light for how warm it is. I wear it under a lightweight stoic shell for chilly resort days. It is too warm to tour in but works well as a single mid-layer when not hiking. It also fits really well and looks great, I wear it around town whenever I can.
I've had the Hawkeye's for over two years now and I'm excited to replace them. They look good and are comfortable, but Anon lenses are not nearly as nice as some other companies. I have the Red Solex lenses and whenever a brighter object/light is within view they produce multipul reflections of the object within the lens.
I use this ski for every day riding. I have the 08-09 Nomads, I've been skiing on them since spring of 09 and they've survived all sorts of abuse, from a year of patrolling to backcountry adventures. I have the Marker Dukes on them which results in a fairly heavy backcountry setup, but also means they won't let you down in tough spots.
Also, next season's line up will include a Nomad with front rocker. This should be an amazing ski!
These pants are excellent at what they're made for. They are just a shell, like a technical shell jacket, they aren't warm enough to ski in without some sort of base layer pant. I ski in them while wearing polar max quattro fleece pants underneath. They are however, amazingly dry, I've taken several falls into deep powder in these pants and haven't gotten the slightest bit wet. They're also very breathable, ideal for the backcountry.