1/17/2017
 
Update: I think this race skin is the champion for cold temps. Details: - Four us went out to Idaho this past month (Dec '16) for the USSMA races. - Temps on the drive to the resort (Brundage) the morning of the Individual race were -23F, then warmed up (hah!) to -15F at the start. - I highly doubt temps ever became positive, although they probably warmed up to the negative single digits after awhile. - Plus lots of powder at all the transitions to mess up your skin glue. - Five skintrack ascents, and th...
12/6/2016
 
Five Stars if you want the smallest and lightest beacon now allowed by the ISMF for racing (or for carrying in a pant pocket for spring & summer tours). The weight differentials among beacons are trivial given that the weight is carried on your torso, but the smaller size for this model is immediately noticeable. The attached picture shows the Micro between a Pieps DSP and a Barryvox Pulse. Not only are the width and height significantly slimmed down on the Micro, but the depth is far (far) less, which...
12/6/2016
 
Overall: Four Stars for a race skin with typical (in a good way) race-style tip attachment system, the usual plush, and strong glue. Laminate is a bit on the stiffer and thicker end of the spectrum, which allows for clean rips (despite the strong glue), although adds a few fractional ounces per foot. As for the missing star: on my pair the tip attachments did *not* come preattached, which seems to undermine the purpose of buying a complete skin rather than separate roll length + attachments. Furthermor...
11/16/2016
 
For many years I molded liners using toe caps improvised from a wide variety of materials. (Lots of duct tape was of course involved!) Then I ended up with this Intuition Fit Kit from a friend's liners. Ah, that's more like it! The toe cap design is especially clever with the split that allows for a big range of foot sizes and shapes. The material won't compress at all, and therefore effectively compresses the liner's toe box foam to create enough room for your toes. The socks are nothing special, although ...
11/16/2016
 
I'm becoming increasingly fond of wearing lycra all the time, but more so separates than suits for anything other than racing and in-bounds training. And for pants/tights, I'm going lighter & lighter to the point where in warm temps all I want is essentially the bottom half of a race suit. But I still do want a secure pocket. Is that too much to ask? From some of my favorite race clothing companies, apparently yes -- why can't they include even just one little pocket on their skimo tights, especially when...