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James M.

James M.wrote a review of on May 21, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I bought the Kamber 32 L two-three seasons ago and have put it through the wringer on long and short backcountry ski missions in CAl - Tahoe, Eastern Sierra, Shasta.. Its features are well laid out in many other reviews. They are all perfect.

But if you are going for missions that include skins, boot crampons, ice axe and the associated weather gear and food/water that an all day trip involves, I would most certainly get the 42L. The 42L would pack down with a minimalist set up and not require gymnastics or sacrifices on those days when you have to get it all in. I have taken to strapping my skins on the outside which has alleviated my overstuffing the 32 L pack. But the 42 L also has a better helmet carry system and if you are frustrated with the shoulder strap entry on the 32L, the 42 allows you to open the top and stuff it on it.

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James M.

James M.wrote a review of on May 15, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I was looking for my first lightweight true back country boot. I found it. Light, stiff (130) and a very wide walk range makes this boot a legit consideration for serious BC missions. I have a very wide forefoot and this has a 103 last which accommodated my foot well. Comfy, moldable liner with cinch strings eliminates slippage and therefore also eliminates blisters. I also found the buckle system to be clean and simple. That contracted to the also good feeling Maestrale but which had a very arcane buckle and shell configuration. Love this boot.

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James M.

James M.wrote a review of on February 27, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I've skied the V Werks Katana since its first year (2014) both in bounds and many days in the BC. First with Marker Barons and most recently had the 2016 skis mounted with Dynafits. I can say this ski is like being on rails. It skis hard crust and ice well and is extremely light, quick and responsive in powder. You can dive it in if you want to float it up top. It's light enough to be great for BC skinning and it's extremely capable in any type of snow if you are serious skiing changeable conditions as we have here in Tahoe.

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