11/13/2014
 
Overall: Five Stars for an excellent alternative to a full one-piece lycra suit for racing or to a soft shell for touring, with pockets a plenty. Only possible downsides for this type of clothing article are the lack of a hood for extremely cold weather and the lack of full-zip ventilation for extremely warm weather. Background on product familiarity: Purchased in Fall of 2014. I’ve also used three different models of lycra full race suits for comparison. First, the first impressions out of the box: ...
11/11/2014
 
Overall: Five Stars for sitting nearly weightlessly in your pack to meet ISMF race regs (Section 9, Appendix 2). But as an avalanche safety instructor for AIARE and NSP (as well as an American Avalanche Associate governing board member), I feel compelled to subtract a star for backcountry companion avalanche rescue as assembly is potentially less easy than for more mainstream models, so Four Stars overall. Background on product familiarity: I bought the ARVA Carbon 240 Light probe during the 2012-13 ski...
11/2/2014
 
Overall: Five Stars for an excellent smaller-capacity ski mountaineering pack that it also light enough for skimo racing. Background on product familiarity: I’ve put the original version through all sorts of abuse. I’ve also compared/contrasted my pack with the more streamlined version that came out in Fall 2013. First, the first impressions out of the box: The capacity is skimpy from the viewpoint of midwinter insulation layers and/or large avy rescue gear. However, for warmer temperatures and/or...
11/2/2014
 
Overall: Four Stars for a skimo race pack that would be amazing were it not for the superior competition from CAMP and Dynafit. Background on product familiarity: I bought the Trab pack but was rather underwhelmed by it at first, so I gave it to a buddy. First, the first impressions out of the box: The weight is competitive, but at the expense of reduced carrying capacity. Plus instead of a sealed side-access lower compartment, the Trab’s separate lower compartment has only an elastic closure in the...
11/2/2014
 
Overall: Five Stars for an excellent skimo race pack that can also be used for “real” touring. Background on product familiarity: I bought the very first version of the RC 20 and used it for a season of training, racing, and real tours too. I eventually sold it when both the Dynafit Broad Peak 28-liter pack became my top choice for springtime tours and the lighter CAMP Rapid 260 became available for lighter-duty applications. First, the first impressions out of the box: If you haven’t yet used other ...