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tum105686243-0wrote a review of on March 5, 2018

2 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I bought these as my first pair of touring boots. I previously had used frame bindings and my alpine boots for numerous backcountry ski trips (Japan, Antarctica, Svalbard, etc). I was looking for something that'd feel similar to my alpine boots as far as stiffness and performance. (I have been in a Salomon xmax downhill boot) I prefer to have the going up a bit harder, rather than sacrifice performance on the downhill. I was fitted as a 23.0, and ended up ordering them online as the shop didn't have my size in stock. The boots were waaaay too big (I'm a size 6ish in shoe size, and my alpine boots are 22/22.5). First, I think these boots would probably be much better had I had the appropriate size. Because the size was so off, naturally I was super sloppy in the boot. However, I had the hardest time flexing this boot. It is MAD STIFF. At just under 5 ft and about 110lbs, I had a really hard time flexing the boot, especially when on gentler terrain. I felt like the boot was so stiff it was bouncing me into the back seat big time as I just couldn't get a progressive flex while skiing. On the plus side: I loved the ease of switching from walk mode to ski mode. The buckles and power strap are awesome and easy to use. The range of motion in walk mode is incredible. I teach skiing and walking in these boots on the slopes all day teaching the little kids was really great! I wanted to like these boots, but I guess I'm not as aggressive of a skier as I thought, or just couldn't generate the force/weight to flex these boots to feel comfortable.

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tum105686243-0wrote a review of on November 18, 2017

Best ski pack I've owned
5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This pack is awesome! In less than a year, this pack has been on backcountry ski trips to all 7 continents. I originally bought it for a ski touring trip to Antarctica, where I was able to put both ski crampons, regular boot crampons, an emergency puffy, extra layers, my avy gear, nalgene bottle, climbing harness, and snacks in without even noticing the bag on my back. The front pocket fits shovel, probe and typically a spare pair of gloves and snacks. (make sure you know the length of the shovel--its a tight fit but it works). The top pocket is perfect for camera, goggles/sunglasses, liners, snacks (can't ever have enough snacks!), and I've even squeezed a spare base layer in. The back pocket is brilliant--that is where I stash my skins, nalgene, emergency puffy and ski crampons. I've really stuffed that back pocket and I have never had any problems with discomfort while wearing it. The hip buckle and straps I thought would be uncomfortable because they are just thick webbing, but I find it to be very comfortable and it fits perfectly even over my climbing harness. The adjustable chest strap and buckle helps distribute the weight of the pack nicely. There is a pocket on the right shoulder that works perfectly for sunscreen and chapstick (both needed to be very easily accessible while in Antarctica!!). The helmet stow also works great-keeps the helmet in place and not bouncing around. I have mostly been using this pack for full-day ski touring. I'm small (5ft, 105lb), and the 32L pack works really well for me. I wouldn't use this on a multi-day trip as it probably isn't big enough. However, I did use this as a day pack while hiking up Mount Kilimanjaro this month and again exceeded my expectations for a well-made, comfortable pack! Highly recommended!
Below: ski touring in Kosciuszko National park in Australia!

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tum105686243-0wrote a question about on January 15, 2015

I am a size 6 in shoes sometimes a size 5.5 depending on the shoe. I am not able to try these boots out locally as no one carries them and I would like to avoid a return if possible. Does anyone have any idea what size I would be? I would be using this boot primarily for ice climbing. Also, what set of crampons work well with this boot? Again, for ice climbing! Thanks for the help in advance!

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