11/19/2013
 
Although they're 'race' bindings, I've used them to tour quite a lot, and race very little. I love the automatic locking feature, just saves a step since I usually lock my toes all the time anyway. Pressing the toe lever to release the bindings is super smooth. Brainless execution of the heel piece; couldn't be easier to throw the tour mode platform up, and simply step in to ski. It takes a second to release the toe to reverse the process, but I take my skis off to put skins on anyway, so it's no issue. H...
11/15/2013
 
I may have been the first person on the planet to use a Skimo Co branded Voile strap, for two uses! One, I held my skis together in an A-frame configuration throughout a long approach and exit. Solid, no problems, just as you'd expect from a Voile strap. Two, I did an in-the-field repair of my Alien 1.0 boots after they blew up on me for the third time. Wrapped the strap around the walk/ski bar, along with a skin to hold it all together and offer more support, and skied down a steep and narrow line. The s...
11/15/2013
 
The light weight of the CAMP Speed helmet is great! I don't like a heavy helmet on my head because I'm not used to throwing that weight around; it makes me feel slightly awkward. For the weight, I'm impressed with how much coverage is available above the ears and over the back of the head. I use this helmet all the time for skiing. The chin strap is padded with soft, plush material, making it comfortable. The screw know tightener in the back is seamless and easy to use with gloves on. It takes a minute to s...
11/7/2013
 
For those who own multiple pairs of boots with different bsl's and want to be able to use any and all of them with a single pair of skis, the adjustment plates offer an easy, practical solution. The weight penalty for this convenience is barely worth noting, it's minimal. My sole concern was whether the outer 'arms' might bend under torque and allow the nuts to slip while tightening the screws down. Nope. And I've tightened and loosened my bindings a bunch of times to adjust them for different sizes of bo...
11/2/2013
 
A darn near perfect approach glove on all but the coldest of days. I've left them on throughout long days here and there, using the G Comp's on both the uphill and the downhill to see if the Windmit'n would really work. It seems (to me) that it adds about 5-10° of warmth to the gloves, particularly when my hand is clamped to a pole. So it works if I'm moving fast and generating heat, but if it's really chilly out, I tend to switch out the gloves at the top, or after the second or third lap. Just the nature ...