10/6/2017
 
Five stars for a very nicely designed skimo-specific softshell. Only significant drawback is that I would have preferred that the smaller third pocket not be quite as small. I have a sales sample for the 2017-18 season, but appears to be the same as the final version shown and described in this listing. (Although the Crazy Orange color scheme is a little bit crazier than the listing's picture, but then again maybe my computer monitor is just more subdued.) I've used many different soft shell jackets for s...
9/13/2017
 
Purists might scoffingly assert that any mechanical advantage raising/hauling system should be built exclusively from biners and prusik cord. But the Petzl Tibloc is so trivially small and so trivially light yet so incredibly useful for building such systems (especially for crevasse rescue) that it rates Five Stars for sure. The picture shows one caution and one tip: - As also illustrated in the user manual, be sure to clip through the body of the Tibloc and hence also through the rope, not just through t...
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 Reading some online excerpts, the "Even Better" claim is true in the sense only that it is no longer quite as outdated and inadequate as the original version.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...