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...
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...