9/3/2014
 
Overall: Five Stars for a race skin with my favorite tip attachment system, good glue, the usual 100% mohair plush, and a relatively stiff laminate that allows for clean deskinning. Background on product familiarity: I’ve used a pair of the 2013-14 skins, for both training and racing. Mine have white plush, with a backing that features both Pomoca and the Dynafit Snow Leopard logo (both owned by Salewa). I’ve seen some etailer pictures with a black plush, but I don’t know if that’s an older or newer v...
9/3/2014
 
Overall: Five Stars for a climbing skin with excellent all-around properties, and well worth considering even for other than Dynafit skis. My only caveat is that I’ve never used them in very warm wet conditions for repeated laps, which I think is the most difficult challenge for any skin glue. Background on product familiarity: I have over 300,000 vertical feet on a pair of Manaslu skins. I liked those so much that I bought two pairs of the more recent generations on closeout that were originally int...
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.