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Nick Stayner

Nick Staynerwrote a review of on April 19, 2018

1 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

...is where these wound up. Similar to Kate, I was initially encouraged by the outstanding glide, light weight, and packability. After the FIRST USE, however, the glue began pilling up. By the second or third tour, regardless of the ambient air temps, snow & skintrack condition, the glue was failing completely, mostly via a complete lack of adhesion to the base of the skin. If I was lucky enough to get better adhesion down the middle of the skin, the edges would start to curl downward and the skin would fail from the edges. Snow built up under the tip due to the narrow attachment point.
I wanted desperately to love this skin, so I researched if others were having this problem (they were). I learned to always dry the glue on my skins out after each tour (but not for too long); I learned that you should go loose on this skin, as the narrowed tip attachment causes the edges of the skin to curl downward if the tail attachment is loaded too tight; I learned I needed to ALWAYS scrape the snow from the glue side, EVERY LAP. All things I 've never had to think of prior to owning this skin (well, maybe the last one, but only on a skin 5+ years old!).
After skiing the prior season on the NON ultralight mohair blend (which was fantastic), I was disappointed at best, infuriated at worst. Black Diamond seriously blew it with this one. I stuck it out for as long as possible before picking up a pair of the Pomoca Climb Pro S-Glides (50+ days on them this season in a variety of conditions) and loving the living daylights out of them.

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Nick Stayner

Nick Staynerwrote a review of on January 1, 2014

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

These are (along w/ their next-gen counterpart) the most versatile, durable option for soft boot splitboarding available. I don't ride lifts any more, and I'm just starting my third season in them, which means I've put close to 200 days on them. This is at least 100 more than any other pair of soft boots I've ever owned. They have handled every type of splitboarding/split mountaineering situation I've thrown at them with ease, including miles on dirt trails for late spring/early summer Beartooth missions. After 2 full seasons, there's nothing more than normal wear and tear to them and I believe I could fully get another full season out of them (but I scored a deal on the Spark XVs, so I have them waiting in the closet!).

Only notable difference is that the XVs have a welted heel so you can put a hybrid crampon (i.e. the Black Diamond Sabertooth) on them, and potentially climb steeper ice. If this feature isn't important to you, save yourself some money and get a pair of these!

I downsized about a half size, but like others have said, heat molding the liners (or even just riding them out of the box for a few days like I did) will get you a perfect fit. Also don't think it's necessary to have large calves like another reviewer said... I have very slender legs and it's never been an issue or even a thought.

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Nick Stayner

Nick Staynerwrote a review of on January 1, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I bought this shovel because it came highly recommended by a number of ski patrollers I know. They use it as their day-to-day work shovel, and many of them also use it as their go-to touring shovel. I used one of the jingus Lexan-bladed Lifelink shovels until I got serious about my touring and realized that metal blades are the only way to go.

That was about 5 years ago. Since then, I've used this shovel on every tour for digging pits, caves on multi-day outings, excavating tent platforms, etc... and have had absolutely no complaints. The handle and blade have always fit together nicely, even when covered in ice and snow, and the telescoping handle has never not worked. Yes, the shovel is on the heavy side compared to others in its class, but honestly that feels more like an attribute when you consider its potential to help save your buddy's life. I use the D-handle model, which accommodates bulky gloves very well.

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