7/19/2016
 
Super useful tool. Gives a great feeling of security on those steep, exposed switchbacks and beats carrying an axe when you probably won't need one. I've even climbed ice with mine while swinging a full on alpine tool with my other hand. It wasn't ideal, but I also didn't die, so that says a lot about the whippet. Also useful for manipulating toe levers, heel risers and partners or clients who annoy you...
7/19/2016
 
Blizzard has tapped into some kind of magic in the ZeroG line. The weight on these is stellar and they rail in any snow which is even remotely soft. In the hard stuff, they can be a little prone to chatter, but they do shut up quickly with some strong input to the front of the ski. The tapered tips make for a surfy and predictable ride in soft snow, but the tradeoff is the loss of a little precision when making very tight jump turns. Maybe that's just a function of my technique, though. It also gives up a l...
7/19/2016
 
Intuition liners are the gold standard for a reason. They can cure a number of boot fitting problems which are often attributed to the shell. For me, they are a godsend when more instep room is needed, which is often and do a great job of locking my narrow heel into boots which fit my wide, flat forefoot and bony ankle. They are almost always warmer than stock liners, which can be a good or bad thing, and can be very high volume when compared to many stock touring liners. If the stock liner isn't cutting i...
7/19/2016
 
They work and haven't broken, despite being one of my most abused pieces of gear when they actually do get used. That's a win in my books. The teeth have enough bite for either flat or a middle riser setting on a 3 setting binding. For a high riser, a shim would probably be in order, but honestly, if I'm in that situation it's probably time to start booting.
7/19/2016
 
If weight is not your primary concern but is still relevant, these are the bindings to run. Essentially an extra refined, slightly beefed up Dynafit Speed Radical, they tour well and ski amazingly for what they are. The zero gap heel gives a solid, precise feel and the toe seems beefy. I have gotten to the top of several skintracks only to realise I forgot to lock the toe, a testament to the strength of the toe springs and a potential safety feature in avalanche terrain. Some more of those refinements incl...