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  • nick schley: Ptor and Lou talking shop,how much more legendary does it get?!...
  • Lou 2: Tim, sure, could be done, but according to my tests not necessary for most...
  • See: And why are light skinny skis more dangerous in wild snow?...
  • See: Most of what I now about the upper levels of the sport comes from what I’ve...
  • Tim: Crazy idea perhaps, but why not wear the battery close to your body somehow...
  • Lou Dawson 2: VT, yep, I'd think my smaller battery was right at the limit. But it just g...
  • afox: what do ya'all think about chin guards or full face helmets? My thinking i...
  • Avid: CE specs in this product are ridiculous. I wish they would leave the rest o...
  • VT skier: Be careful not to discharge your LiPos below about 3 volts per cell, or in ...
  • Old Man Winter: So pro skier Drew. When I fly to BC for ski trip and I have 5 days to ski,...
  • Jeremy C: I have to say I can see the logic behind this mod, much more than your sing...
  • Lou Dawson 2: Joseph, those 18650 cells look really nice, though would be hardware hacker...
  • Joseph: I've switched to using high quality 18650 LipO cells for everything. You ca...
  • ptor: @DrewT and EricB - I can't agree. Skiing is always dangerous and nobody is...
  • See: Of course, Drew Tabke and Eric B already said this....
  • See: The weight you’re willing to carry to have a balloon would seem to me to be...
  • Lou Dawson 2: Thanks Lindahl, my thoughts exactly. The pack is made from massive fabric w...
  • DavidB: Ha classic. Never let a fully charged battery go unused 'eh....
  • Lindahl: While shaving 1lb off battery weight is great, that still makes for a 6.1lb...
  • Max: Hi Lou, this issue caught my eye since I purchased a pair of 26.0 Khion MS ...
  • Lou Dawson 2: Hah! The gauntlet is down. Should be easy, I'll get on it. https://www.y...
  • Crazy Horse: I'm not impressed. -- Until you hack an adapter to power an espresso machi...
  • Lou Dawson 2: Hi Harpo, I can tell you that when we tested the Mammut packs, the light fa...
  • Lou Dawson 2: VT, great minds think alike. Stay tuned. Lou...
  • VT skier: Lou, Here is a link to some weights and prices for smaller LiPos used in ...
  • Harpo: I wanted a longterm review of the Light Removable including how the light w...
  • Lou Dawson 2: Got a better scale for larger weights, weight of Voltair 30 liter unfortuna...
  • Lou Dawson 2: Hi Harpo, we're working on a lot of things, not sure exactly when that will...
  • Tyler Eardley: I'm 99% sure this is the boot of choice for splitboarders. I'm taking the p...
  • harpo: Hi Wildsnow, I think you indicated in the comments that you would be doing ...

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Welcome to Louis (Lou) Dawson's backcountry skiing information & opinion website. Lou's passion for the past 50 years has been alpinism, climbing, mountaineering and skiing -- along with all manner of outdoor recreation. He has authored numerous books and articles about ski touring and is well known as the first person to ski down all 54 of Colorado's 14,000-foot peaks, otherwise known as the Fourteeners! Books and free ski touring news and information here.

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