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puking snow, sunny days with deep snow, spring corn, single track in the rockies, 20 mile paddles off shore.

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ddegraafwrote a review of on May 30, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 6' 2"
Weight: 200 lbs
Size Purchased: XL

Bought these for some rougher riding, but found that using them for some XC riding with some technical descents was perfect.

I wore them in 49- 60 degrees F in windy May conditions in CO. 20 miles, 3K feet of vert. More and more miles added, no complaints. When it gets hot, I'd save these for lift accessed riding.

They breathe well, protect from rough abrasions, and most importantly pedal well. Pads fit perfectly underneath. The non-reinforced fabric is placed in areas you're prone to sweat in. It's similar to softshell material that's very breathable but blocks stiff wind. The seat is made of smooth, thin, cordura-like fabric that slides on and off the bike seat easily. Also very durable for sitting on rocks or the ground when taking a break. The Superfabric reinforced areas are made of some hybrid ceramic like fabric. Try cutting it or burning it. It will not break! But it's flexible and doesn't interfere with pedaling. The back of the pants ride up higher on the lower back so you don't get a gap between the pants and your shirt.

I'm 6'2", 200 lbs, and have a 35" waist. XL fit perfect.

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ddegraafwrote a review of on January 9, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 6' 2"
Weight: 200 lbs
Size Purchased: Large

Long 6 hr tours/ 13 miles up/down. Warm to cold conditions. These pants rule! A little snug around the cuff to get over your boots but that's the only con.

Great stretch, breathability, and water resistance all where you need it. Pocks are stream lined and hold keys, gu and snacks without getting in your way when skinning.

Little bit on the trim side. Not rando race trim, not thugged out, but somewhere in the middle.

I also use these XC skiing and snowshoeing and hiking in the colder weather when it might rain.

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ddegraafwrote a review of on January 9, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Replaced my Specialized tires that came on my specialized stumpy 6+.

Better rolling- faster.
Actually lighter- a nice benefit.
Traction- redonkulous!

Much stiffer so I feel the trail better (which isn't always welcome) than the specialized tires which felt like clouds. Regular slow trail riding these are a little harsh, but steep tech sections, downhill, and riding slick rock in Moab- these are the best.

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ddegraafwrote a review of on January 9, 2017

5 5

They hold a lot of gear, are lightweight empty, have super reflectors built in, and fit on my specialized AWOL perfectly.

Only con- I wish they had outside and inner hand straps so you could hold these like a grocery bag. If I have a lot of weight and bring them inside, the balance is off and it's awkward. The shoulder strap is just to much material to deal with and pack/find again inside the bag.

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ddegraafwrote a review of on January 9, 2017

3 5

Fantastic construction and very light weight. The new silicone strap is pure genius. The lens is terrific for mixed light conditions but I would not want them in full sun at all. They don't hold a candle to Smith's new ChromaPop lens technology.

I'm used to the huge EG2 goggles and these felt really small. I have a larger face and did not have the peripheral views I'm used to and the nose area of the goggle was in my immediate vision. I have a larger face and had to return these unfortunately.

If you're a weigh weenie and want light gear for backcountry touring, and want only one goggle, this would be a great option. But, if you get fogged up, you cannot change out the lenses with these. Bummer.

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ddegraafwrote a review of on January 9, 2017

5 5

Height: 6' 2"
Weight: 200 lbs
Size Purchased: xxl

Great warmth, fit and feel. I have a 44" chest and the XXL fit well - being a little on the athletic fit scale. Not too baggy or tight. Having the options for different pocket arrangements when reversing the jacket is really a nice touch.

Really warm to ski/ride in under a shell. I wear a light wool base layer, this piece and a gore-tex shell and I'm HOT in anything over 20F.

Touring- it better be very cold or you'll burn up. It's that warm.

Despite being able to see light between each insulating grid of fabric, it's got a lot of loft and is very warm. The spacing of the grid patter allows for fantastic breathability!

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ddegraafwrote a review of on January 9, 2017

5 5

Height: 6' 2"
Weight: 200 lbs
Size Purchased: xl

Bought a large, sold them and upgraded to an XL size. I have a 36" waist and petite hind end. Couldn't believe I had to go XL but here we are.

Biggest downside: the overall fly opening is SO tiny. Hard to find the bits and pieces and get them out for a bathroom break.

Great layering piece though. Used inbounds resort riding in cold weather- perfect! Great warmth and air exchange. No bulk on lower leg with ski/snowboard boots.

Toured in them in cold cold weather (4 F). No problems at all. Comfy warmth without overheating on a 5 hr tour. No soggy moisture inside!

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ddegraafwrote a review of on January 9, 2017

5 5

About me: 6' 2", 200 lbs naked. Skiing & riding for 30+ years.
11.5 street shoe, 28.5 Scarpa ski boot. Bought the Dalbello's in a 29.
Downsides:

Slightly heavier (0.5 lbs) than my Scarpa Maestrale RS. Not a full vibram sole like RS either.

Pros:

It skis like a race boot and tours like a real touring boot!

I have been using in bounds and out for short tours and long tours. I finally decided to take the tongue out when touring and it made the range of motion (ROM) huge! It's far superior than the Scarpa RS offering. Then I decided to strap 'er down without the tongue in for a 2K decent in deep powder with dense trees and a manky crusty run out. I think I'll ski tour like this from now on. Little sacrifice in ski performance in powder. No snow got in the boot, liner is warm, and overall the set up is stiff enough to drive my DPS lotus 138 with dynafits. This is without the tongue! I felt like I had comparable power without the tongue compared to the Scarpa RS.

Putting the tongue back in- ready for in bounds pow, hardpack or steep tech mixed bag skiing in the backcountry. These things are beasts with the tongue in.

Fit- it's a personal thing. I have skinny chicken legs and thin narrow feet. I loved the Scarpa RS, but I could never get the top buckle around the shin tight and my foot had up and down and lateral movement. Also a great deal of heal lift. Too much for precise control. Overall a great boot, but not for me.

These Lupo TI fit like a tight glove with great support, no pressure points, and great warmth. I have bone spurs on the outside of my feet and they are not bothered by the Lupo's despite the narrower last.

Yes, the downsides are the slight increased weight (which you'll get used to) and a lack of a full vibram sole. But the overall sole grip is fine and does the trick booting on loose rocks/scree. Without tongue, it's like hiking boot flexibility. Another pro: you can drive in them (no tongue). Not that you should, but you can. That's amazing.

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ddegraafwrote a review of on November 14, 2015

5 5

I have skied these on DPS lotus spoons at 122mm underfoot. Power transmission was like being in a frame binding. Chop, moguls, ice and powder.. Handles it all and I forgot I was in a tech binding.

At roughly 100g heavier than a dynafit radical 2.0, which is like having a pack of raisins in your pack of extra weight, there is an exceptional increase in performance for minimal weight addition. No slop and no fear of pre release. Easy on and off - an excellent inbounds and backcountry binding.

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ddegraafwrote a review of on March 24, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

After getting back into skiing after a 14 year hiatus/love affair with snowboarding, I picked up these boots. Boot fitting is very subjective but for me with thin narrow feet, these fit perfectly prior to heat molding.

The Good: light weight, vibram soles, exchangeable soles, intuition liner (hello?!), fit, rigidity, walk/tour mode, and warm. Unbuckle these during touring and they feel like supportive slippers! Ski mode- great all mountain feel; capable of SL, GS, hop turns etc. Haven't been cold in -10 F and never have had clammy swamp feet after 30 non-stop runs, and I run hot.

The Bad: a little movement in the upper section of the boot in ski mode, creaky tour/walk mode. Toe buckle is almost useless.

Overall: One of the best AT/tech boots I have tried on and used. Walk mode seemed better and more silent in some Black Diamond AT boots, but fit was better in the Freedom SL. The bang for the buck is the included custom intuition liner. If I had to buy intuition's for another similar boot, it would have ended up costing more than just going with the Freedom SL. I feel like this is a great hybrid touring/all mountain/race boot that is great to ski, hike, and tour in. They're so comfortable that I don't get that "ahhhh" feeling when taking them off!

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ddegraafwrote a review of on March 15, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Great pole. Light weight and great swing weight. Pole plants are effortless- it's like not having a pole in your hand. Grip is perfect for a variety of hand sizes and the strap is beefy yet supportive.

Only minor complaint is basket size- it's small (obviously) and doesn't do as well when pushing along on pow days?.but then that's what black diamond poles are for!

Scott makes great poles, period.

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ddegraafwrote a review of on March 15, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: Runs small

What a great slip on boot- and with vibram to boot! Easy on and off and less hot after a long day then the Blundtstones I was used too. The leather is durable and there is a thin toe and heel cap to add strength and protect the piggies a little.

Sizing- I usually wear 11.5 shoe, and sized down to an 11 in this boot. perfect fit.

Downside- the vibram sole is VERY hard and this makes for zero traction on hard pack snow(packed down plowed road)/ice. It's like having no traction at all compared to my hiking boots with a softer vibram rubber compound. Warm enough for short walks in -5 F and not too warm for office days.

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ddegraafwrote a review of on March 15, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Easy to cut, apply and skin in. They grip everything from light pow to icy hardpack. Trim tool and skin savers included with a storage bag. They pull off the ski very easily. Zero complaints- great touring skin with some good glide and grip!

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ddegraafwrote a review of on March 15, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Bought these for my wife's Kastle Mx 70 style slalom ski. She uses an AT boot (garmont) for everything- powder skis to icy groomer skis and we couldn't find a good, non-touring binding to accommodate her boot until now.

The marker lords mounted easily to a 70mm wide ski and the 90 mm brakes did not get in the way. They actually fold into the side of the binding when the boot is locked in. The bindings are a little heavy but overall it's an extremely light set up.

Zero complaints. I'll be buying a set for myself!

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ddegraafwrote a review of on December 22, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

purchased 164 wide. similar dimensions to the t. rice 164.5. rider weight: 210, 11.5 boot. riding burton diodes and salomon malamutes. I'm coming off the t.rice hp version with c2btx.

Pros: stable, fast, and DAMP. Tons of pop. Not as catchy as a normal camber board. It has a trapezoidal camber profile with very minor banana/rocker. Makes for a very stable caving board that attacks ice, groomers, chop and ruts. Very smooth board. Requires rider attention, but delivers exactly what you want it to do. At 210 lbs, I can butter it, but with a little more effort than the t.rice. The bamboo plates are the bomb. I wish they were on the t. rice. Rides switch well. With a stiff nose and tail, it is nearly impossible to go over the handlebars in pow! C3 makes c2btx feel like a dead banana....C3 brings life back to banana!

Cons: not as easy in powder or when riding flat as c2btx. Not comfortable when trying to ride lazy- it will remind you to focus. c2btx is amazing in pow and is effortless. C3 is not as good, but still better in pow than full camber. With 0.5" set back it helps the deck float better and put rider weight into carving.

Bottom line: full on all-mountain destroyer. what a great ride for every condition! I forgot how much fun camber can be. This takes the best of camber and reverse camber. While not as good as c2btx in pow, the stance dimensions and setback stanch allow for a Jeremy Jones style riding when it's deep. This deck just rips apart everything in front of it. I find that c2btx is more forgiving when riding lazy at the end of the day compared to C3.

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ddegraafwrote a review of on November 22, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I tried to switch to Union's MC after coming off of a 2009 CO2 binding. I had to go back to Burton immediately. Burton's quality and simplicity and MY familiarity convinced me to back.

6' 2", 210 lbs, 11.5 foot (malamutes), lib T.Rice HP 164.5.

PROS:

Light weight (but still noticeably heavier than Union MC)
Easy of adjustability (tool free!)
Cored out baseplate with more cushioning foam. Very stiff.
Amazing new ratchets/straps that make tightening a breeze. Release is effortless. The corkscrew design only helps with cranking, not holding the buckle in place.
Beautiful, professionally finished materials and look.
Ankle strap is more durable than it looks and creates ZERO pressure points.
FLAD on the highback again!

CONS:

Not a feather, but still light.
FLAD takes He-Man strength to open up and adjust. Had to use a knife to leverage it open. Can't imagine doing this in the field on a cold day.
Toe strap with buckle is a little heavy and could be reduced in size/materials.
Ankle strap buckle ratchet is fixed to the strap (not removable). Break a buckle, have to replace the entire strap it appears...

Overall: If you remember 2004 C60 all carbon highbacks and recent version's of the CO2 regarding strength, flex, and weight, this fits nicely in between the two with a slight skew towards being a CO2 upgrade. Quality materials, new design and really superb adjustability. Perfect freeride bindings.

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ddegraafwrote a review of on November 18, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size

Super gloves. Fit great and are low profile. Wind and waterproof. Super grip on anything you grab due to the oiltac. They don't leave an oily residue on surfaces. They can get a little clammy over 25 F if you run hot like I do. I've had trouble pulling digits out of the fingers and pulled the lining out with them. Very hard to put the lining back in. Not so warm below zero. So between 0 F and 25 F, you'll be good to go. I use some smart wool glove liners that fit in very nicely when temps near 0 F, no bulk added. There's just enough room in the gloves for at think liner.

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ddegraafwrote a review of on November 1, 2013

3 5

So it's been a month since I bought these. Mounted them to my board. They are really light- barely noticeable in weight when on the board. But, it has not been on snow yet and stored in my basement. A little bump on the heel cup here and there and the finish is chipping like it was made of cheap spray paint! Not sure about the durability here.

The highback is stiff but with just a little flex to make it similar to the old Burton CO2 bindings. BUT- there's no padding and the highback looks like raw unfinished carbon fiber on the inside where the boot sits. Wow, not impressed.

The straps are very comfortable and minimal, but feel and look like something from Walmart. Again, we'll see how it holds up over the season.

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ddegraafwrote a review of on February 18, 2013

5 5

I'm 6-2, 200 lbs and I need a supportive shoe. This pair offers great support and stiffness where I need it and flexibility for walking and running. These are my go-to for gym work outs and running. Being a larger guy, I needed a strong shoe that will last. 1 year later they still look nearly new and the sole is hardly worn! I wear these 3-4 days/week. Great product!

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