9/13/2017
 
I've been relying on these for many (many) years (nearly two decades by now) for all my spring & summer ski tours (plus my occasional camping or hut-based overnights). Typically I start off on an all-day (and then some...) tour with just a medium-sized externally carried water bottle (e.g., CAMP Action Bottle) then rely on quick refills and water treatment throughout the tour. A few usage notes: - The packaging is hard to open by hand, so before I take them into the field, I cut a tiny slit into the side of...
9/13/2017
 
I dutifully read the 1996 original edition of this book when I was first getting started with backcountry skiing and ski mountaineering around then. Searching around now online, I see that this version for sale here was "Revised" in 2007. Reading some online excerpts, the "Even Better" claim is true in the sense only that it is no longer quite as outdated and inadequate as the original version. I've given it three stars only because some of the tips on cold-weather winter camping can be useful to newcomers...
8/31/2017
 
Checking back in now after ~134,000' vertical, this is one of those skis that I loved at first and since then have grown to love even more! The only drawback is that I've mainly been reserving them for very long tours where they also have to spend some time of my pack, given that they're barely heavier than a race ski, and noticeably lighter than other ultralight skis in my quiver. (Picture attached of an overnight hut tour this past May -- the lack of snow in the background provides a hint at how much time...
7/27/2017
 
I've had a unit since the new design first came out in Fall of 2013. At first I thought it was just a new housing of the original "Old Yellow" DSP model, but instead Pieps really put a lot into new tweaks and improvements behind the scenes. My favorite improvement upon "Old Yellow" was the flagging feature: Pieps was the first to introduce any sort of signal suppression into a beacon, yet even with firmware updates over the years, "Old Yellow" never flagged reliable for me compared to the competition. Bu...
7/21/2017
 
I've had two pairs of the 2013-14 version: only difference from the current version seems to be slightly different styling on the back of the hand. I got them for when I needed some additional weather-proofness compared to my more typical minimalistic softshell gloves. The extra insulation is helpful, but even more impressive is the waterproof insert. Not like wearing a pair of Gore-Tex overgloves, but still far beyond the usual softshell. Excellent dexterity and grip. Fit is maybe a bit on the tighter si...