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.
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...