3/7/2014
 
This axe is a great choice for competition skimo, or in situations when you think you might briefly want to use an axe, but you don't want to carry the weight of a beefier tool. With an unplugged shaft, it can be a bit of a drag to plunge in sticky snow, as the shaft can fill and then become more challenging to use. On the other end of the spectum, in stiff snow, it can take quite a bit of work to earn yourself secure placements with the axe. That's just a simple result of it weighing nothing: you have t...
3/7/2014
 
This combo is a regular appearance at skimo races, and for good reason. Racking some water on your chest makes it easier to get to, and for phsycis reasons that I don't understand, it doesn't seem to freeze as readily as a camelbak hose. The water bottle is pretty rudimentary, and it fits nicely in the sleeve. One water bottles can be a bit snug in the bottle holder, and can be a two-handed affair to liberate for drinking if your water bottle doesn't have a hose. The hose is sealable with a simple locking...
3/7/2014
 
A lot has been said about these boots and their cousins, the TLT5. Almost all of it good. Almost all of it correct. For an all-purpose lightweight boot, these are hard to top. They ski bigger than they look, skin with great range of motion, and can even climb technical ice with crampons as would a mountaineering boot. The fit is narrow in the forefoot, and even though this was purportedly changed in the TLT6, it's still pretty narrow and I needed to have the toe box punched out. The minimal liner is wa...
3/7/2014
 
I'm in the middle of powering through my second pair of these babies, and boy are they sweet. When it comes to glide, they can't be beat. I laughed out loud when I tried them for the first time. They are only a bit more grippy on the forward stride than a bare base. The saved energy is unbeatable. Grip was another pleasant surprise. These skins have astonishing purchase for how short they're cut. They certainly demand good technique of the user, but so long as the snow surface is not shiny, then they grip...
3/7/2014
 
This axe has accompanied me on mountaineering routes, skiing objectives, and on any day when I wonder...should I bring an axe? For comparison, I've also spent a huge amount of time with traditional aluminum and steel axes, ice tools, and the regular camp corsa. I like this axe much better than the regular corsa. The weight is trivial. It's enough to bring on any trip and not worry about the weight. The steep tips are a big improvement over its green cousin. For one, they'll stick in ice without breaking. ...