9/4/2014
 
Overall: Five Stars for a very nicely designed ski crampon, with reinforcement ribs, a smooth retainer bar, holes nicely positioned for adding spacers, and an expanded variety of width options. Just be careful on the sizing, which can be somewhat confusing. Background on product familiarity: Starting in the 2004-05 season, I’ve used a wide variety of Dynafit crampon widths, with a wide variety of ski binding crampon attachments, in a wide variety of conditions and terrain. First, the first impressi...
9/4/2014
 
Overall: Five Stars for a highly water-resistant pant with full side zippers, with the weight only a fraction of the types of shell pants that are typically lugged around the backcountry. The Flash Competition Pants are perfect for racing and training when your lycra suit might not be quite enough. Only major caveat is that they definitely won’t hold up to sustained rain. Background on product familiarity: For three seasons so far, I’ve brought along the Flash Pants pretty much whenever I’ve worn a ly...
9/4/2014
 
Overall: Five Stars for a unique design that allows you to don and remove a highly water-resistant windshirt without removing your pack. Only caveat is that it’s not an all-purpose windshirt for touring, since removing your pack is more cumbersome once the Flash Competition Anorak is already being worn. Plus for two-person team races in cold and/or wet weather, unless you and your partner get the black color, then you might have trouble regrouping because almost everyone else will be wearing the same ora...
9/3/2014
 
Five Stars for a great component in building your own Frankenbinding, combining the basic Dynafit Speed Radical with a race heel. I did this with an older Dynafit Classic/Speed toe and a Plum 135/145 heel, which has worked out fine, even after almost 184,000' earned vertical. This allows you to assemble a setup at the cost of a regular touring binding while still gaining most of the weight savings from a full-on race binding, plus the simple cover-style universally low heel elevator position. The lateral ...
9/3/2014
 
Overall: Five Stars for a climbing skin with typical Euro momix glide and atypically strong glue. My only caveat is that the laminate is so subtle as to render them more prone to “rats-nesting” when combined with the strong tack, although this is a concern only if you’re already in the habit of making a mess of your transitions on windy ridges. Background on product familiarity: I have almost 43,000 vertical feet on a 2013-14 Movement-rebranded pair precut for the Movement Response-X and another nearly ...