12/8/2014
 
I have never needed to self arrest with mine, thankfully, but they have performed well in practice scenarios. In practice scenarios it seemed like one whippet was easier to arrest on for me than two, although I know several people who prefer to carry one in each hand. Hardly an everyday tool for me, but in exposed situations definitely worth the fairly considerable cost for the peace of mind. I find one whippet, one regular pole and a mountaineering axe a nice combo for most situations.
12/8/2014
 
I think everyone knows that these are the business. I even carry them in the summer with no snow in sight, they're that versatile. If this is news to you, buy some. Note that there is no reason to ever buy the shorter option. Also note that these are a dollar or two cheaper from Skimo than most places.
12/8/2014
 
I had the opportunity to take these and a number of other lightweight skis out to play recently. After writing off several other skis at a similar weight as too light, I ended up spending over half of a week long trip on these bad boys. The Cho Oyus are hands down the lightest ski I have ever skied that I could trust in any conditions. Compared to other skis in their weight range they are incredibly damp, which is a huge asset when skiing refrozen death snow. They are wide enough underfoot to ski powder we...
12/8/2014
 
I have skied the Guides for roughly a season and a half now and nothing has yet failed. While I haven't levelled quite the abuse I could have at them, this is a ringing endorsement coming from me, as I do not wear gear out, I break it. They have stood up to plenty of long days, cliffs up to around 20 feet and terrifying high speed avy debris runouts. That is as good as I ever need a tech binding to be. They're also light and incredibly sexy. Despite my experience, there are reports of toe wing failures, a...