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!
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...