12/23/2013
 
I've had these for 5 years, but I find that I only bring aluminum crampons when I won't be walking on rocks very much or at all so they don't see as much action as my all steel spikes. However I have used them several times a season for icy couloirs and hard snow booting. I've never had them on steep water ice, but lower angle glacial ice purchase was fine. There is very minimal wear to the points, partially because I use them gently, but if I had all aluminum point I probably would have had to replace them...
12/23/2013
 
I purchased these as a package with my new Response-X ski and have only used them once. The glue is much stickier than dynafit brand skins, but not quite the level of BD. It was an easy skinning day without any icy tracks, but I never lost grip unless I was really pushing the angle. I have never been a fan of the adjustable tail release (I much prefer a bungee at the tip, easier to get off) so that's the only thing I'd change. Time will tell if they hold up (I've never been one to practice good skin hygiene...
12/23/2013
 
I have had the 100mm width for 15 years now, and just purchased the 90mm for a new set of skis. What can you say about an indispensable piece of equipment that should be in every ski mountaineers pack. Anytime I think there will be an icy skin track I take these along for worry-free skinning. I can't speak to how they compare to other manufactures because they things never break or fail and I've never had to look elsewhere. I've used them without risers just fine as long as you're not up on the highest leve...
12/23/2013
 
Auto rotation sucks! I sheared the original pin and the first set of replacements they sent. The last pair has held. But just having this occur on all of my Dynafit bindings (except my FT-12's) has helped me move onto race styles bindings (lighter and no heel rotation to rotate). I've had a variation of this binding on several different skis over the last 15 years, and while they do what they do extremely well, I think it's worth the increased money and decreased options to pick up a race binding. That havi...
12/23/2013
 
I bought this helmet because it was the lightest I could find. In that regard it's a five star item. I've had it for 3 years and having less weight on your head can really make a difference on long days. I do struggle getting my headlamp to stay put sometime (zip ties as needed). They don't fit my goggles as well as my down hill helmet does, but I didn't buy it for the looks, and I use glasses the vast majority of the time. I have noticed a couple of dents in the shell not from rock or ice fall but just fro...