1/24/2017
 
I feel vindicated now in my prior approval of these since so far I've seen them on skins or kits from four different brands (Kohla, La Sportiva, Pomoca, Hagan). Bungee weight/elasticity is just right, grabber is the perfect size, length adjustment is a nice bonus, and crimping adjustment for the stopper's attachment point if you want to get really picky. Only drawback is that I'm somewhat dubious of the rivets, so get a Speedy Stitcher Sewing awl, which will come in handy for other projects too.
1/24/2017
 
Update: this race skin is also the glue champ for wet wet conditions. Once again, see my review of the version with the proprietary Trab attachments for details.
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...