The Wasatch Back
While on the heavy side, these things are redicuously comfortable. Thick, wide strap keeps the tops of your feet happy, surprised to find a decent amount of arch support after putting them on, airbags on your feet make every step more comfortable. They mold to the foot quick, making long, late night, inebriated treks to taco bell the day after buying them a breeze.
Haven't tried the bottle opener yet, but it warms my heart to know it's there.
No need to beat a dead horse here, but smith has another seriously happy customer. Unmatched fit and optics, swapping out the sensors for the sol x when the sun comes out couldn't be easier.
The optics, style, and fit can't be beat. I've got the wall street's with the platinum mirror and the evolves with the sensor. Between the two I'm covered for any light condition out there. No fogging, solid ventilation, no complaints.
Why do so many people complain that beacons arent redicuously easy to use? If youre in the backcountry, its your responsibility to learn how to operate your equipment correctly, big deal if that actually includes reading the manual and running some drills. I picked up the M2 last season after having the BCA DTS and couldn't be happier. Spent a little time learning how to use it and it performed admirably during the season.
Its accurate, comfortable thanks to the contoured fit (not as bulky and slightly lighter than the tracker), has a fast response time and is better than expected with multiple burials. Great range, and the hybrid feature's a plus. My only issue is with the on/off switch on the back, which can be a hassle with or without gloves.
I've converted to the germans when it comes to beacons, maybe you should too.
Great little tool if you need a quick tune in a pinch. Durability has been an issue with me for many of dakine's products, and this one is no different. Holds up to light use, but shouldn't hold a center spot on your shop bench. True, if you don't have a great eye, this tool does make things easier than a plain file, but there are other products on the market that will serve you better.
Yeah, I was shocked, but it is in fact possible. The sound quality is above average for buds, clearly moreso than the standard ipod ones. The play loud and do a decent job blocking out outside noise. Best part? Maxing out at 20 bucks, you can afford to rock a number of them if they get lost/destroyed/stolen.
However, they do NOT have in-line volume control, which wouldn't have bothered me so much if they were upfront about it on the site. Also, as another reviewer mentioned, the buds do sometimes have a tendency to fall out if your hat isn't pulled down over them, especially trail running or skiing without a helmet.
These things have sick optics, (I use the evolve sensor and wall street ignitor lense-goggle combos) fit my medium sized face perfectly, and look quite dope in the lift lines. My vision is clear, distortion-free, and comfortable as all hell. Only problem is that swapping out lenses can be a pain in the ass, and I'm considering springing for the IO's, but I don't think I could turn my back on the phenoms.
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