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Larry Goldie

Larry Goldie

Larry Goldie

Larry Goldiewrote a review of on September 5, 2018

Most comfortable mountain boots ever!
5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 6"
Weight: 145 lbs
Size Purchased: 7.5

As a full time mountain guide, I spend a lot of time in Mountain boots. I need them to be comfortable hiking in on trails, be sticky while climbing rock, be stiff enough when climbing snow and all the while keep my feet warm, dry and happy. Never have I had such a comfortable boot, right out of the box, all the way until they were ready for retirement.
I primarily use these boots for alpine climbing in the North Cascades. Approaches are long and sometimes off trail. I love the way these boots can hike like a stout pair of approach shoes, yet still retain enough stiffness to kick steps up a frozen glacier. They work great for cramponing, especially french technique, with the flexible cuff of the boot. While you can climb moderate ice in them, they aren't tall or stiff enough to be considered an ice climbing boot. They also climb rock really well for a mountain boot. Being softer than many other boots allows you to move confidently over rock while still being stiff enough to edge on small holds.
If there is a down side to this boot, I would say that it is not particularly warm. Though they are ideal for summer alpine climbing and mountaineering, the lack of insulation will make itself felt if you are spending multiples days climbing snow in cold temps.
If you are looking for a single do it all summer alpine climbing boot, you will not be disappointed by the Rapace. I am on my second pair now after wearing out my first ones, and this pair is just as comfy as my first.

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Larry Goldie

Larry Goldiewrote a review of on November 17, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I put this binding on my Spring ski mountaineering skis as more than any other type of ski, light is right here. This binding is so light that it can make even a heavier ski turn into a lightweight ski mountaineering setup. With firm snow very common in the Spring, I find myself booting up things more often, which means the skis are on my back. With this binding, my setup stays light - which is critical to me when carrying skis!
Overall, the binding is classic Dynafit - no frills, but full function. The only thing I would change about this binding is to elongate the front lever so it would be a bit easier to pull up with my pole grip - I hate bending over! Otherwise, its beauty is in its simplicity. Be sure to add on the ski crampon attachment as it doesnt come with the binding, but its nice to have! I also use the ski stoppers (brakes) on mine. They are easy to put on and off, so you can use them when you want, and take them off when grams matter.

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Larry Goldiewrote a review of on October 26, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Having been a ski guide for almost 20 years and spending about 100 days per year on my skis, I've skied many of the all time great boards. DPS' Wailer 112 sets a new standard for versatility, forgiveness, playfulness and overall competence in almost any snow condition. This is the ski most other manufacturers are trying to re-create. Let me put it like this, I know almost no one that has skied this ski that hasn't gone on to buy a pair. Do yourself a favor....

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