Curly

Curly
Gender:Male
Height:5' 11"
Weight:155 lbs
Shoe Size:US 9.75
Skier Type:Type III - Aggressive
Ski Frequency:25 - 50 days / year
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My Skiing

backcountry only, lifelong skier

My Gear

tlt6p cr, dynaevo, scott superguide 88 (w/ alpinists), voile objective (w/atk trofeo 10s), fischer alpattack (w/ atk SL World Cup Evo),

Recent Posts

I am a huge fan of these bindings. They are rebranded ATK World Cup SL Evo's (which is the version I have). They're a competitive race weight and are far more confidence inspiring than any other binding at this weight that I have tried. The heels are mind-bogglingly light, but very solid (I love this release mechanism). The toes are works of art. The roller ball that works in the lockout is super smooth and fast for racing. These bindings are fast. Quick to step in, get out of, and fast skiing, a great race...
5/6/2019
 
Attache's are the standard now it would seem, however, these are not perfect. If you lock the gate which the biner is weighted then you will be stuck as it won't unscrew. I would steer clear on the biner! It could get you stranded and there are lots of other great options out there now (grivel, or bd vapor lock). Fit and finish is great but the sticky lock is a fatal flaw (pun intended)...
First, this rope is mind-bogglingly skinny. 7.1 is tiny and the fact that it's rated as a half or twin is even more impressive. However, the only reason to buy a skinny rope is to save weight. This rope is 36g/m which is very light but the much cheaper 8mm beal rando is 37g/m and much cheaper. As a glacier rope, something fatter but as light (like the rando) is preferable in my opinion and won't entrench as far into the lip of a crevasse. As a dedicated pair for alpine ice, this rope will be hard or impossi...
5/6/2019
 
I actually love these tools. The swing is extremely natural which leads to great sticks with very little effort. I have put these things through the wringer and they've exceeded my expectations every time. With the new vario head system to add a mini hammer or small adze to one pick, they will be even better too. I bought tech machines because I was starting to push my ice cragging grades a bit and wanted an ergo grip but those climb much worse and I get pumped out far quicker (which is counter-intuitive.) ...
I am actually thrilled by this harness. A fellow guide once said, "That harness belongs only in the bedroom." I couldn't disagree more. This harness is ridiculously simple, which is exactly what I want. The flat waist lies nicely under a pack and won't push your pants down like a padded harness will. There are no usable gear loops, which is ok since I rack glacier gear on my pack. I have also climbed technical alpine routes with this harness racking on my pack but it is uncomfortable if you find yourself at...



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