1/28/2014
 
The 2013-2014 Rapid is definitely a step up from the previous version despite a very close resemblance. The lower elastic ski carry loop that was fraying badly on my old pack is reinforced with a new plastic tube coating. The upper strap now has two options, the traditional and more secure loop that clips back on to the shoulder strap or the quicker hook that hooks directly to the skis (shown in the pic above). I pulled off the traditional loop and used the hook. The strap is not elastic like dynafit versio...
1/18/2014
 
Yeah, the adjustment key is small (so good for the field repair kit) but hard to manipulate and really tighten. Maybe the bolt was just soft then... But yes some replacements would be rad.
1/18/2014
 
Man these are sweet. Light, super adjustable and have never malfunctioned on me. I like that they keep the heel hight the same as the 145 model despite the addition of the adjustment plate. My only complaint is the adjustment screws use a funky sized Torx head that I promptly stripped out. JBO - what can I replace them with that will actually allow them to be adjustable?
1/18/2014
 
Like the Crest Shovel, it has and always will stay in my race pack and never be used for actual probing. It is as light as it gets for a probe which is the only thing you care about for a skimo race. IF you think you might need to probe for someone, bring a real probe. Actually though, this might work in a pinch. The cord is flimsy and its only 2.4m but it would work.
1/18/2014
 
It's the lightest shovel that is allowed for skimo racing so it gets 5 stars. Its super light. You would definitely not want to dig someone up with it because it seems flimsier than a beach sand shovel but its not actually for digging, its for show. IF you think there is a possibility of digging, take a real shovel!