11/13/2017
 
Revisiting this review a season later after using it for racing and spring/summer touring: same conclusions as before, but with the caveat to definitely use the included little carry bag when stashing the beacon in a race suit or pant pocket. The reason is that the proximity sensor might not have anything in, well, proximity even if the beacon is in a race suit or pant pocket. For example, when preparing for a race, I turned on the beacon, placed it in my race suit, and done! Or so I thought. A few moments...
11/3/2017
 
Update after the 2017 season: still only a relatively modest ~69,000' vertical, but still in pristine condition, and still absolutely loving the amazing float:weight ratio! The revamped version for the 2017-18 season does sound more versatile, but if you want a ski for only soft snow, the Skimo Co sales price (as of early Nov 2017) sets some sort of new record of "float:weight ratio":price ratio!
10/7/2017
 
Definitely not your typical backcountry skiing guide book, as the author is not your typical guide book author: David Goodman is a 'real" writer who mainly writes on "real" topics (often with his sister Amy Goodman, whom you might have listened to on NPR affiliates while driving to and from your ski outings). This guide book also has some impressive historical pedigree, as the first edition was published in 1989, back when backcountry skiing was a very obscure activity in the Northeast. And still, wheneve...
10/6/2017
 
I've been bringing this along as a back-up and supplemental light for many many years -- hard to believe a product still this innovative has already been along for so long. Shorn of its carrying case and strap, and instead clipped directly to a pack strap, this headlamp weighs almost nothing, and is so small as to be entirely unobtrusive. Yet the light is quite useful at short distances, and offers a versatile range of modes. Makes a great gift too for your ski partner who might otherwise have everything...
10/6/2017
 
If all your ski mountaineering takes place entirely on snow, then you don't need a diamond stone. However, if your skiing surfaces include occasional interludes of rocks and other non-snow surfaces, this diamond stone is an absolute must for your tuning kit. Or even if you don't have a tuning kit, this diamond stone will still be hugely helpful all by itself in removing overhanging burrs caused by close encounters of the rock kind. If you do have a tuning kit, or at least have the ability to sharpen your ed...