11/2/2014
 
Overall: Five Stars for an adjustable ski touring pole with the lightest weight on the market yet still with a secure adjustment mechanism and a full-sized basket. So also a great alternative for racing if you don’t want to ski down with really long fixed-length nordic-style poles. Only possible caveats could be durability of the thin shaft diameter and the all-plastic adjustment mechanism? Background on product familiarity: I bought these over the summer on some sort of mistaken close-out deal, but al...
11/2/2014
 
Five Stars for a ski strap with outstanding multi-use applications. I had previously thought that Voile ski straps were the province of tele hippies (especially the types for whom falling down on every other turn was half the fun of backcountry skiing), as I favored those padded foam velcro ski straps from my alpine ski racing background. But then I realized all the multi-use applications for these straps. In addition to all the in-the-field gear repair solutions I’ve seen, I’ve used these for great impr...
11/2/2014
 
Overall: Five Stars for the perfect hydration solution on long tours with frequent refills from natural water sources. Also an excellent solution for whenever you don’t want a hydration bladder and hose yet still want more convenient sipping than from a bottle stored in your pack or dangling at your waist. Background on product familiarity: I liked the version that comes with Dynafit packs so much that I bought the CAMP bottle holder for another pack. At the time CAMP was not distributing the bottle in...
11/2/2014
 
Overall: Five Stars for a super-useful accessory if you usually get by with lightweight softshell gloves but occasionally need just a little bit more. Background on product familiarity: These always dangle away during my winter tours from a fakabiner on a pack strap and occasionally are deployed briefly. First, the first impressions out of the box: Wait, what are these, and how they can they pack up so incredibly small? The price:ounce ratio is also very high given their unexceptional fabric material...
11/2/2014
 
Overall: Five Stars for a fairly typical softshell light- to moderate-duty glove with the added bonus of an integrated and quickly deployable additional wind layer. Only Caveats are really small sizing (with no sizing chart from CAMP!) and limited durability of the separate wind layer. Background on product familiarity: I bought a pair in Medium which always fits me in every other brand . . . but these were a bit too small so I eventually gave them to a buddy. First, the first impressions out of the bo...