1/24/2017
 
Five Stars! Okay, so it's just a hat. How excited can anyone get over just a hat? Lots -- really! This arrived as a product donation from Skimo Co for a skimo race series. I tried it on out of curiosity ... and immediately started scheming for a new award category that I could win! (Fortunately I'd just turned 50, so I was pretty sure I would win the "fastest 50+ racer in top ten" award.) Seriously (though all that really was serious), although this is a basic beanie in outward appearances, it has a more c...
1/24/2017
 
I've been testing a demo unit while assisting with the assessment at the Beacon Reviews website. Steve gives it Four Stars there and I'll do the same here. For such a high-tech device, the biggest drawback is rather low-tech: just opening the very small buckle closure and then removing the unit from its very tight pouch. This is difficult inside with warm bare fingers, and perhaps nearly impossible for some people with cold number fingers inside bulky winter handwear in a panic situation. The biggest po...
1/24/2017
 
Many thanks for the tip on the hollow punch -- just ordered one, and sure would have saved me lots of time previously!
1/17/2017
 
Overall: Five Stars for a great ratio of surface area to weight, plus excellent versatility in variable conditions. Background on product familiarity: Just two bc outings so far on the 166cm, mounted with Plum Race 165 bindings (equivalent of current 170 model), driven by Scarpa Alien 1.0 boots. Conditions ranged from nice powder to heavy powder to cut-up powder to compacted snow. Somewhat similar skis I have used include the Volkl VTA 88 Lite (170cm, 88 waist with modest rocker, and love them exce...
1/17/2017
 
Update: I think this race skin is the champion for cold temps. See my review of the version with the Trab attachments for details on how well they held up during all five applications to a (very) cold ski base last month at the Idaho races.