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...
11/13/2013
 
Overall: With an impressively effective pick and spike for an otherwise all-aluminum ultralight ice axe, the CAMP Corsa Nanotech ice axe definitely rates Five Stars, despite a couple unimportant oddities. Background on product familiarity: I have been using the 60cm length since 2008. I am not an ice climber or technical “alpinist” by any means, but I have used this piolet on very firm snow up to just over 50 degrees. First, the first impressions out of the box: The weight penalty relative to CAMP’s l...
11/13/2013
 
Overall: Despite some inconveniences and fit limitations, the CAMP Alp harness definitely rates Five Stars for its intended purposes. Background on product familiarity: I have been using the predecessor Alp 95 harness (http://www.camp-usa.com/products/harnesses/alp-95.asp) since it became available in March 2009 (and before that its two predecessor models in turn). I’ve used it for some race towing, but mainly for glacier travel and (practice!) crevasse rescue. The new 2013 Alp Racing sold here has th...
11/13/2013
 
Overall: Five Stars for sitting nearly weightlessly in your pack to meet IMSF race regs (Section 9, Appendix 2). But as an avalanche safety instructor for AIARE and NSP (as well as an American Avalanche Associate governing board member), I feel compelled to subtract two stars for backcountry companion avalanche rescue as assembly is a bit difficult with an overly flexible feel, so Three Stars overall. The very similar ARVA Carbon 240 Light probe is a better choice for backcountry rescue. Background on p...