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...
7/21/2017
 
I have the 2014-15 version (i.e., with the black/white/red color scheme of the time, for some almost scary color coordination with pretty much everything else I have in the attached picture). I've been using it for all my races since then with the only exception of when I wanted a separate side-access bottom compartment that I could access without removing my pack. The eight-liter capacity is obviously small for "real" touring yet it's fine for racing. The waist "belt" system is wonderfully minimalistic yet...
7/21/2017
 
Update: Should be obvious, but my review is for the all-orange original model, i.e., prior to the multi-color versions of the 2017-18 season. Detailed compare/contrast of the two different versions here.