1/27/2015
 
I tend to change grip positions frequently and don't care much for straps when ascending. I should have looked more closely at the picture before ordering, but the grip has no shape for your fingers to wrap around or sit on. This makes it a little harder to grip without using the straps. Maybe this is a race thing I'm not familiar with. I also like to put my palm over the top of the downhill pole during steeper traversing and the top of this pole is somewhat pointed and uncomfortable in this position. Othe...
12/13/2014
 
Have 2-3 days on these pants so far. The fabric is way more on the breathable side, which is hard to find and is exactly what I was looking for. "Weather resistant" is a good term - rely on these to stay dry from sweat, not weather. I wore them for a couple hours in warm and wet falling snow, and they were completely soaked through by the end. For going hard though, or taking it easier on cold and dry days, the fabric is great. The thigh vents are smaller than on most ski pants and have a mesh to keep sno...
11/22/2014
 
Another update: The Grivel Air Tech Light does not fit my size 29 boot due to the front tabs being too close together to allow the toe to seat between them. Same deal with the G12. I ended up buying the G10 as that seems like my best option for now, despite the weight. The Air Tech Light heel pieces can pair with the G10 toes, which I think would save about 60g per foot. The center bars appear to be the same although I didn't weigh them. The Grivel Race Ski-Matic did not fit securely due to the asymmetric...
11/16/2014
 
Update: The Grivel G10 in "New Classic" (strap on) style fits my size 29 boot well with no modification. It takes a little effort to get it cinched down correctly, but once there, the fit is secure. I'm going to investigate the Air Tech Light, since the G10 is pretty heavy for most ski applications. The heel assembly looks a little different though, so it's not clear that it will work yet. At least there's one option!
11/11/2014
 
My findings so far with a size 29 boot: The F1 Evo sole is very narrow in the heel area, so the tabs on the rear of most crampon frames do nothing to help forward/backward movement. BD Neve/Sabretooth automatic: Toe bail fits poorly, rear tabs do not retain the heel, upper cuff runs into the heel lever when the cuff is about vertical or slightly rear of vertical. It could be possible to make this crampon fit by bending the toe bail to fit correctly, adding spacers to the rear retention tabs to eliminate s...