Backcountry Skiing Epoxy, BCA Climbing Skins, More


Post by WildSnow.com blogger | April 15, 2005      

Various gear type stuff going on around here. More skin testing, got 2 pair of Low Fat skins from BCA for field evaluation, thought it time to give those another go since they’ve had a couple of years to work on getting the glue dialed, etc. Report in a few weeks. (Update on BCA skins, they lack glide and pick up ice easily, not our favorite…)

We’ve got 3 unicycles in the family and I still can’t ride any of them, and another one is on the way! Guess I’ll have to get going with that or else…

It’s said that Black Diamond found our backcountry skiing epoxy test to be interesting. We hope it helps them with their knowledge base they use for customer support — and we hope all you blogsters found it useful — and got a chuckle out of it.

Gear updates: We love soft shell pants, but most are too heavy for our needs. The Marmot ATV pant continues as our favorite. A recent improvement to this now classic pant is zippers that don’t jingle. Sound trivial? Try listening to jingling zippers during a 6 hour hike (grin). Seriously, good pants, made of CoolMax knit that stretchy and has a wide temperature range. Perfect for spring skiing.



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