1/5/2015
 
As a ski tourist living in Southern Idaho I would NEVER leave my ski crampons at home. Have plenty of time left my pals in the dust cursing when the skin track gets icy or conditions less than perfect. Heck, go to the Tetons and some of those tracks are so packed and steep it's like blue ice (I jest). I don't hesitate to bust these out and forget about all the back sliding. Fit great, connect easily ... simple.
1/5/2015
 
60+ days on these bindings used with La Sportiva Spitfires. I like these bindings but have had the same "rotation issue" as most everyone else. I'm getting ready to purchase/add the Maruelli fix to them to help (and cut weight to boot). I am a larger guy with relatively flexible boots who likes to use the heel risers. I find that the 1st riser position causes the rotation most often (far too often, especially on side hill skinning) but it is very rare to have a rotation in the 2nd/top riser position ... so...
1/5/2015
 
I purchased these for light weight skimo spring trips (or when the snow REALLY stinks) and, in the future, easy PNW volcano adventures. I have used these crampons 4 times while booting a few thousand feet of hard (not bulletproof / blue) spring ice at my local resort once skinning became impossible. They fit pretty well with my La Sportiva Spitfires. Took a bit of fiddling / testing with the Dyneema adjustment to get the tightest possible fit but was achieved without much effort. The toe bail does not...
1/5/2015
 
I've been a big fan of LaSportiva climbing shoes and mountaineering boots for a long time and have traditionally gotten a great fit for my foot. After ditching tele and spending a few seasons breaking into the AT scene, last year i was in the market for some of the lighter AT boots available. At first i was dead set on some Dynafit boots but low and behold it's real tough (if not impossible) to get a Dynafit boot in a size 12+ american foot. What to do? I took a chance based on past LaSportiva quality / ...