I do absolutely love the weight, glue and grip/glide balance of these skins. Certainly the most versatile skin in the game in my opinion. The only downside i've experience with them after extensive use last season is that the Click Lock attachments for the tips (the seeming updated 20/21 versions) are not very durable and prone to breaking and the cover becoming lost. One of mine snapped off along with the bending of the tip attachment bar during what felt like a normal skin rip maybe 30 days in. As such, I...
The Race Pro Grip are my go-to skins for all my pre-work fitness laps at our local resort and springtime tours here in Missoula. At the local resort, the first face you climb is haneously steep and frequently icy, and a less than progressive uphill policy keeps tourers from being able to put in much of a switchbacking track--it mostly goes STFU. As such, I went with the Pro Grip over the Race Pro 2.0 and do not regret my decision. My skins maintain enough traction while my buddies are blowing out behind me ...
So I had the Ibex Carbon 84 XLT comped to me by an Elan rep after a shop mounting disaster for a different pair of ski-mountaineering oriented skis. My experience thus far has been fairly in line with the description outline above. This skis flexes out pretty soft. When first performing a hand-flex test when I recieved it, I was quite worried. But the Ibex Carbon XLT has proven to be a reliable soft-snow performer. They can carve and slarve with ease in any new snow, corn and fresh groomers. They have a goo...
These boots are the do-it-all, take-them-anywhere boot I had hoped they would be. Every glowing review you'll find if you're thinking of investing in these bad boys is spot on. Pros: Truly as light and frictionless as advertised. The RS is wicked fast to transition from skiing to touring. I don't come from a skimo background, moreso a freeride skier, and so obviously was curious/skeptical of my ability to drive these on more aggressive lines and slightly wider skis. While Scarpa says not too (you'll void y...