11/16/2016
 
Great saw overall -- I've borrow a friend's a few times on Western ski trips. (I've heard TSA kind of frowns on snow saws as carry-on.) Rigid enough for nicely cutting through crusty layers (that aren't so nice to ski). Ample width toward the back for doubling as a snow crystal card (complete with grid). Length is relatively compact for packing away, yet the clever handle (which is reasonably ergonomic enough) doubles as the attachment point for a ski pole as extension, relying on ski straps. No moving pa...
11/16/2016
 
Five Stars if you dig your Rutschblocks in nice powder. One Star if you dig in an "Arctic Maritime" avalanche climate. (And of course no stars if you no longer dig them given the extensive time requirement and the dubious advantages relative to the PST and ECT ... although when you're teaching an avy course, having a student gingerly step onto the block is kind of the money shot for the entire course, so I suppose they still have a place even just for photogenic purposes.) In theory, you can use this cord ...
11/16/2016
 
Maybe I'm a biased reviewer since I've used the basic "letter opener" trim tool that comes with other skins for nearly two decades now. And I've generally been perfectly happy with that. Except for tricky retrimming jobs where only a few mm are being removed from each side. And even trickier when the laminate for those jobs is rather soft. I thought this far more elaborate tool would be better for such tricky jobs but ... I had my first try with it for that application and, eh, ended up going back to the t...
11/16/2016
 
Minor update for the 2016-17 season: the new yellow-ish version has a slightly thicker "trigger" for the toe wing pincers upon entry, which helps with some boots (e.g., certain pairs of Pierre Gignoux models) that are too thin for the older version.
10/28/2016
 
Five stars for excelling at their intended purpose: huge increase in support over the squishy thing that comes stock with boots, without the required investment in time & $ of a fully custom-molded footbed. I use custom footbeds for all my alpine ski boots (whether downhill or touring), but I have a few pairs of the Green Superfeet in bike shoes and nordic boots. Holds up well over time -- seems to have all the support of when they were new many years ago. And the Green model is tied for the least expen...