10/29/2014
 
Overall: Three Stars to reflect some sort of weighted average for, well, first and foremost, Five Stars to . . . Skimo Co for the only honest etailer listing I’ve ever seen for this beacon! And Five Stars to the product if you intend only to slip it inside a zippered lycra suit pocket for races. But if you ever try to find someone else with it, One Star. Background on product familiarity: I owned one for a while, ran it through many tests, thought about using it for just some late-season tours in a pan...
10/3/2014
 
Overall: Five Stars for by far the lightest metal-bladed shovel. If your only goal is to meet the ISMF reg, then you can save about an ounce and a half (plus some $) by buying the CAMP Crest. And if you want a larger blade for moving unconsolidated winter snow, then the CAMP Plume might be a better choice with a relative weight penalty of less than four ounces. But the ARVA Ultra offers an amazing combination of a fully functional “real” shovel at rando race weight (or rather, lack thereof). Background...
9/28/2014
 
Five Stars for BD Gold Label Adhesive: a spare tube of this is an absolute must for any skimo racer with our tail-less skinny mohair skins, often with relatively weak European skin glue. Even with strong glue, the tail end of the skin will take a beating since the lack of any tail attachment hardware means that the glue will be handled there much more. You can get in many touch-up renewal jobs with a single tube. Major caution though: these fumes are serious, so use outdoors only (e.g., screened-in por...
9/28/2014
 
I had a similar situation buying the PDG's EVO sibling sight unseen, after having used the TLT6's TLT5 predecessor. In the TLT5, I had the 26.0/26.5 (same shell and liner, just thicker throwaway footbed in the "smaller" half size). In the EVO, I bought the 25.5/26.0 (ditto on the fictional half size). Two of my buddies who did the same thing couldn't sense any difference in interior length despite the 8mm shorter bsl. But given that I was close to maxing out the interior length on the TLT5, I could definite...
9/28/2014
 
I'm getting somewhere in the low 60s for my pair of Dynafit Speed 82 ski crampons. (My scale bounces around between the nearest 5g increment.)