Type III - Aggressive
50 - 99 days / year
Big days skiing powder in the winter. Short, early days harvesting corn in the spring and summer. Traverses and volcanoes in winter conditions.
Splitboard with Phantom bindings, including Dynafit superlight toe pieces
Life in the Pacific Northwest means you may need ski crampons in any season, and these are great. 130mm fits most splitboard setups, the rest scale to your quiver accordingly. I like to add a couple thick plastic washers and aluminum hardware to customize the heel strike for riser use, but you can also buy pre-made heel links. There's nothing like starting that volcano ascent, breaking trail on day three of a traverse, or going high after it rains and refreezes to 8000' and hearing the "scheeerk, scheeerk" ...
Rumors of this helmet's rapid demise may be greatly exaggerated. I have had two of these in 7 years, and used them for alpine climbing, skimo racing (pre USSMA standards), daily touring, mountain rescue work, a patient helmet on SAR, and for hydrologic fieldwork. I conclude: 1. It's light and vents well at output. You slap it on over your cap, buff, beanie, or naked some and just go. While your friends carry their ski certified helmet, you just slide it on and forget it's there. While early helmet wearing ...
The ride was one of my first forays into light, ski mountaineering ice axes several years ago. Before, I was a classic, short piolet user (BD Raven Pro) for summer ski mountaineering, but this became a standard tool for putting in the winter booter when I moved from UT to WA in 2016. The pros: -Light, leave it in/on your pack, who cares if you don't need it, weight -You can voile strap it to a standard ski pole (poor man's whippet pole) for descent if touring out of a small pack or skiing something reall...
I've had three different pairs of this crampon or similar Camp aluminum (or as they say in the UK, Aluminium) crampons. They're light for the "not sure" I will need this days, have enough bite for the "glad I brought these" days, and just enough oomph for the steps that almost turn your trip into a "really should have brought steel" days. Like pairing wine with cheese, I would pair this with a Petzl Ride ice ax or a Black Diamond carbon whippet pole and you'll be ready for most mid-winter things that don't ...
So, let's start with the good: 1. These are off the roll, which saves some cash, allows you to pick your tips, and even cut them short for your toddler's new setup. 2. BD glue is pretty good, takes glue touch ups well, and generally is sticky without being "Call for a SAR, I just tore my bicep getting my skins apart in -10F temps." 3. The performance of BD skins is like a Starbucks Latte: predictable, decent for the price (but a better deal off the roll as sold here), and without any pretense. The bad:...