1/24/2017
 
And another update: I now think this race skin is also the glue champion for warm wet conditions. Details: - Temps were supposed to top out around the high 30s, but instead felt more like the 50s. - Race became such a sweat fest that any eyewear become hopelessly fogged, sweat was literally dripping out of my helmet, and the more recreational participants were stripping down to just short-sleeve shorts or even no shirt at all for one guy. - Course required 25 transitions including 11 different skinning s...
1/24/2017
 
Five Stars but with some caveats and clarifications. First, I have the classic La Sportiva black-and-yellow color scheme, which is sharp and edgy as always. (If you’re instead contemplating wearing the blue/orange/black version in public, you’re definitely braver than I am!) Second, the sizing is the usual strange differentiation between Europe versus U.S., but as usual at 5’8” and 145 lb I fit perfectly into a U.S. Small (which is also a Euro Medium). Third, the material is lighter than some competitor...
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!