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...
9/3/2014
 
Overall: Assigning a rating is both difficult and somewhat pointless, since if you want to use the Alien 1.0 (or the “0.0” before the 2013-14 version added an internal gaiter) for backcountry skiing in anything but your lycra race suit, you have no choice but to buy the matching gaiter. So Four Stars for ingenious effectiveness at near weightlessness, with the missing star for poor durability from rocks and crampon straps. (And subtract another star for inconvenience if you plan to deal with this every m...