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in their defense it could be that i drew a bad pair. hopefully they've fixed them since i last purchased. i wont buy yakima again with this quality- they've already got me once.
Solid and comfortable when packed correctly. I would say it was a bit on the small size for 2-3 day trips but doable if aren't in a rush to load up. Weight isn't a problem for me at least but there are 1 to maybe 2 lbs lighter packs out there but I doubt you could notice much difference. Pockets are a bit on the small side to be super useful but that keeps your load compact and streamlined and not hanging all over the place. Excellent choice for multi snow sport enthusiast as it might be the only pack that has built in carry for skis and a board. The back panel access is clutch when you need it. Still if your doing overnight winter tours and have a decent assortment of gear the guide series might suit that need better. I am borrowing this out to the lady friend and making the guide my go to winter camping pack.
Not made for anything in bounds. If your worst case scenario does not include a night of sleeping outside iwith snow on the ground you should look elsewhere.
They have served me well from hiking to landscaping. The waterproofing is good. The depression era styling is perfect. Sole's a bit week but livable. I do think they're replacable however.
Here are mine after about two years of use. Minus the dirt they're still doing well even after lots of ankle deep mud and water and little to no additional care. The sizes run different. Typically a boot is a size smaller than say your running shoe; these are smaller. I wear a 10.5 or 11 in addidas but my timbs are 9.5. My only complaint is the soft soles. They wear out a bit quick for 160 $ boot. I am going to try to get them replaced though.
I have been using my system for about three years and have always been a little critical of the build quality. install, removal and security are good as i expected and i have taken these on 3000mi+ road trips with no incidents. but sometime into year two i started to see some rust forming on the clips and elsewhere on the towers as well as some significant bubbling and peeling of the paint. additionally when my system is in storage (summer months) or in my trunk when im trying to cut down on fuel consumption- ive had to essentially put the plastic housing back together that encloses the metal internals as it doesnt like to stay together. i might be a little too critical but when your pay a couple hundred bucks on bits of metal and plastic i would hope that they were built to be the highest quality to ensure longevity for the price. and yes these systems will put a dent in your mpg, with a lift ticket 6 i drop upwards of 25-30% in a V6 sedan but what else can you do?
Update- take a look at my picture on the thread. pretty much nasty rust over everything. paint boiling up like soup. that said they have been mechanically sound and super easy to use once installed. installation on the other hand can be frustrating especially when youre covered in oxidized iron.
i like the long cuffs, elastic cuff cinch, and wrist lanyards. over the wrist strap allows for easy removal. very versatile with the removable mitts they come with especially for those of us that tend to sweat a bit. durable palm material. great value for the price.
on my third or so season with these with heavy use and theyve held up almost perfectly through lots of abuse. picked a womens pair for my girlfriend and she loves them.
decent kit to save you some bills each year or on long road trips and in need some board tlc. the file in the edge tuner can be a bit a coarse for an ultra high spec tune. however with some care it will get the job done just expect some extra time honing with the diamond stone... this kit will get it done for 80% of you reading this. if you live in the midwest or east you probably should have ordered this years ago.
make nice with airline check in agents cause you'll need it. this bag can and will consume all of your gear and an occasional pair of skis if you need it to. i have the 180cm bag so i can haul my 178cm skis and 165 board around if necessary, with adequate room.
the zippers are rock solid and uniform throughout the bag, no cheap lower spec'd stuff on the pockets. the boot pockets can almost take both of my size 11 snowboard boots in one pocket. super durable rubber on the ends take can take a beating and still look new. thickest padding ive seen on any ski/board bag. could have used an over the shoulder strap to help out in tight spots (elevators, revolving doors etc) but you will survive.
easily the largest bag youll see in the airport. would work well for a couple only looking to check on equipment bag.
A solid ride for a decent price. Offers good dampening quality underfoot with out affecting mobility and quickness. I have always liked drake composite base plates and metal heal cup for in the fact that they save my knees/legs/etc by offering a little bit of flex at those crucial moment when you need it. Good all mountain set up, especially for intermediate riders looking to save $ with an all-terrain setup instead of a quiver.