11/13/2013
 
Overall: Five Stars for the baseline option among CAMP’s four different aluminum crampon models. You can go a bit lighter – see my reviews of the Race 290 and Tour 350. Or you can go with a bit more bite – see my review of the XLC Nanotech. But the XLC 390 is an excellent all-around choice. Background on product familiarity: I’ve used various CAMP aluminum crampons since the 1990s. Among current models, I used the XLC Nanotech for one season, the XLC 390 for several seasons, and the Race 290 for the ...
11/13/2013
 
Overall: I can’t come up with any drawbacks other than the inherent limitations of the Cirrus’s 75mm waist, so a full Five Stars. (And note that the redesigned X-Race and new Ascent are both just skinnier/lighter versions of the Cirrus, so expect strong downhill performance from them for full-on race skis.) Background on product familiarity: I was able to buy this 2014 ski toward the end of the 2013 season, so I already have 112,540' vertical in a variety of spring and summer snow conditions (including ...
11/7/2013
 
A, thanks for the review, and your earlier blog posts were very helpful in my decision to buy a pair. Just a quick note though on the limitation to full sizes: half sizes are a complete fiction in ski boots. The shells run only in full sizes, and the half-size differential is merely some combination of a thinner/thicker throwaway footbed (which isn't included in the Alien 1.0 anyway) and liner premolding (which disappears with custom molding or just a few days of skiing). Although I understand the frust...
10/2/2013
 
My Dynafit crampons have worked just fine with my Plum race bindings, whose attachment seems to me to be exactly identical to that on the Dynafit Low Tech Race binding (except that the crampon attachment is included at no extra cost with the Dynafit bindings, but is a separate purchase with Plum). In general, such a small metal clasp has more flexibility for adapting to small differences in the metal bar among different crampon brands. The downside is that it is probably not quite as strong, although I ha...