Type III - Aggressive
50 - 99 days / year
The bad: this is a really, really, ridiculously soft boot. I weigh 135lbs and generally like what most people would call softer boots, though they don't feel soft to me. I ski the La Sportiva Solar b/c I can't flex the Skorpius at all. Also ski an Atomic Hawx Ultra 100 b/c I can't flex the 120 at all. In the Backland Ultimate if I lean forward at all, the top of the cuff blows through about an inch of travel with basically zero resistance. It eventually does find a wall and prevent more forward motion but...
I think you'll find that any race type binding feels about the same hardness to turn, it's mostly a function of binding heel size. The torque needed to spin the heel is what gives you resistance to lateral release; different bindings with the same lateral release setting will take roughly the same torque to spin. Since the boot pins are usually about the same distance from the heel pivot point, different bindings with the same lateral release setting should take roughly the same amount of linear force to t...
I always assumed the velcro in the bottom middle is just to keep ice axe picks from tangling with other stuff. But depending on how angled the pick and shaft are the pick may not even end up in the right place to use it. I mostly ignore it. If you are only carrying a single axe you can use the bottom loop for the diagonal ski carry. If you want to carry 2 axes or simultaneously use the diagonal ski carry then you just need to tie loops of cord onto the bottom link of the daisy chain. Those combined with th...
Haven't used this on the snow yet, hopefully soon, but I've loaded it up and worn around the house and deployed it and before buying did a lot of research because apparently when spending $1000+ on a pack I obsess. I was able to get hands on the 30 SL, 30 NL, and 40 NL versions of this pack. I'm 5'10" with a shorter torso that in practice is 19". The SL worked for me but my torso is the longest that would be able to get any use from the load lifters, they end up just above the tops of my shoulders. The NL ...