9/3/2014
 
Overall: Five Stars for an innovative combination of features that add up to – depending on your perspective –a rando race pole with more backcountry versatility than a typical nordic race pole or a fixed-length touring pole optimized for speed. Only reservations would be that nordic race poles and similarly derived rando race poles offer better tip purchase on steep consolidated snow, and the all-encompassing straps on nordic race poles might appeal more to racers who are accustomed to, well, the all-enc...
9/3/2014
 
Overall: Five Stars for a CNC’ed aluminum and Delrin rendition of Dynafit’s nearly timeless Tech/Classic/Speed model. In terms of current models, perhaps best thought of as the simplicity and lighter weight of the Speed Turn yet combined with the release value upper range of the various FT models, so the perfect choice if that is your idea of the perfect combination. Only caveats are that the toe-mounted brake is somewhat of an unknown, and that lots of competitors have emerged – and continue to emerge –...
9/3/2014
 
Five Stars for ATK’s straightforward R01 adjustment plate, at a fairly minimal penalty for cost, weight, and heel>toe delta. For details, see my review at Skimo's listing for the Hagan rebranded version.
9/3/2014
 
Overall: Five Stars for Hagan’s rebranding of ATK’s straightforward R01 adjustment plate, at a fairly minimal penalty for cost, weight, and heel>toe delta. Background on product familiarity: I have over 83,000’ earned vertical on a pair of these plates, mounted in between the Hagan X-Ultra and Sportiva-rebranded RT. First, the first impressions out of the box: So your mount job didn’t quite get the heel gap right. Or you can’t make up your mind between boots. Or – in my case – you thought nothing cou...
9/3/2014
 
Overall: A caveated Five Stars for the Hagan rebranding of the latest tweak of the ATK WC SL-R, a race binding that is outrageously light and innovative, even among lots of competition from other light and innovative race bindings. The major caveat for lightweight skiers: the effective lateral release value is at least somewhere in the low double digits (in contrast to a typical high single digits for the competition), and probably ditto for the forward release. The flip side of this caveat is a major b...