11/22/2013
 
Overall: Five Stars for the baseline option among Plum’s three different race bindings. You can go a bit lighter with the Ti heel pins on the Plum 135 or opt for the integrated fore-aft adjustability of the Plum 165 (see my reviews of both). But the Plum 145 is the baseline choice, and compares very well with the competition that I have used. Background on product familiarity: I’m into my fourth season now on various Plum race bindings. So far I have 279,000’ vertical on the Plum 135, 178,000’ vertica...
11/19/2013
 
"He is also fairly confident in his ability to stretch the problem area in the back of my heel. (Wish us luck!)" Huge shout out to www.gmolfoot.com for a successful work session this past Friday on my Alien 1.0 boots to stretch the problem area that was causing the heel banging this past spring and summer. Lots of very skilled and *careful* work, but they feel great now. Even better, the shop is right at the base of skinning-friendly Bromley so that I could skin almost literally from the shop door to test...
11/18/2013
 
In summary, yes, they should fit. In more detail, although all Dynafit, Plum, ATK/Sportiva/Hagan, and Trab bindings are supposed to be compatible with all Dynafit, ATK/Sportiva/Hagan, and B&D ski crampons, sometimes a little bit of filing/grinding is necessary. (And the elongated baseplate of the Vertical ST/FT and the final generation Comfort requires a larger cutout.) But the crampon clasp on Dynafit LTR, Speed SL, and Plum 134/145/165/185 is so basic, with some degree of bendability, that it is very t...
11/14/2013
 
Overall: Five Stars for an innovative adjustable-length pole with weight and deflection that come closer to high-end nordic racing poles than to typical backcountry poles. So a great alternative for racing if you don’t want to ski down with really long fixed-length nordic poles. Only reservation would be for skiers who tend to break gear more often than others, as I have heard of durability concerns. Background on product familiarity: I bought these over the summer, so only limited use thus far. First...
11/13/2013
 
Overall: A nice basic and very light leash that complements CAMP ice axes, so Five Stars. Background on product familiarity: I have been using the CAMP Touring Leash on my CAMP Corsa Nanotech ice axe since 2008. First, the first impressions out of the box: The leash adjusts easily to different hand/wrist sizes, and can also be moved up and down the shaft if necessary (via the rubber ring). Second impressions, in use: The leash is nicely supportive and comfortable. I did experience some slipping of...