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    I've seen a cracked U-spring which was deemed to...

    I've seen a cracked U-spring which was deemed to be down to wear rather than manufacturing, although the bindings had been used a lot. Probably many thousands of cycles of boot stepping in.
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    Where are you based? I have a pair of these that...

    Where are you based? I have a pair of these that I might move on but they are with me in Scotland...
  3. Day one update on a test pair I've been lucky...

    Day one update on a test pair I've been lucky enough to get hold of.

    I have been using a 25/25.5 Zero G Scout for the last three winters and these feel a bit longer but not as long as a full shell...
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    Here in Europe the RRP of the Haute Route seems...

    Here in Europe the RRP of the Haute Route seems to be consistently about 20% higher than the Crest. Don't they have the same toe?
    Guess you are paying mostly for the magnetic risers.
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    Hi Greg Just out of interest what makes the Hawx...

    Hi Greg
    Just out of interest what makes the Hawx Ultra much better than things like a Tecnica or Lange LV boot in this case?
    I think the feedback you give is great and I'm just interested in...
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    I think the term softshell is almost purposely...

    I think the term softshell is almost purposely vague as it describes a wide range of jackets that can be very versatile in their usage. From summer alpine climbing to arctic pulk hauling.

    Some of...
  7. If you are getting on well with your ME Switch...

    If you are getting on well with your ME Switch Vest (I have one and rate it) then Mountain Equipment do a Concordia Fleece which uses a Polartec high loft fleece very similar to an R2.
  8. I'm not sure how much foot size comes into it but...

    I'm not sure how much foot size comes into it but I'm not much bigger than you at 68kg and a 294mm BSL.

    The most notable change for me came the first winter I ended up using a soft, reverse...
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    I've had my Instinct (non solar) about 18 months...

    I've had my Instinct (non solar) about 18 months now and overall am very happy with it. I set out with a similar list of needs as you other than the phone texting/contacting, I only connect it to my...
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    It loses the adjustable vertical release of the...

    It loses the adjustable vertical release of the Crest so doesn't quite do everything the Crest does.
    Possibly more comparable to a braked Trofeo Plus.
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    I've been using a Mammut Trion 35 this winter as...

    I've been using a Mammut Trion 35 this winter as a day touring/mountaineering pack. Overall pretty happy with the design and would definitely consider the Trion 50 for a bigger/multi day pack but...
  12. I have an original nano air hoody which despite...

    I have an original nano air hoody which despite having lost a fair bit of its insulation is still warmer in the body than my switch vest. The nano air material is probably more breathable than the...
  13. I'm happy without a hood. If I was planning on...

    I'm happy without a hood. If I was planning on layering anything more than a shell over the top I would avoid a hood as I find too many hoods can start to be a pain.

    You can probably still find...
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    Shame they went away from this with boots like...

    Shame they went away from this with boots like the TLT 7/8, Hoji Pro, Beast etc.
  15. I wear this which is similar, over a long sleeved...

    I wear this which is similar, over a long sleeved synthetic baselayer in the winter and really like it.
    https://www.mountain-equipment.co.uk/products/switch-vest

    It is possibly a little bit...
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    I have a similar foot to you although maybe...

    I have a similar foot to you although maybe slightly higher volume and have used TLT6s (26.5) which fitted pretty well. I'm now using a Zero G Scout (25.5) which is slightly roomy with the stock...
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    worked fine for me in the UK

    worked fine for me in the UK
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    Here's some more foot data for you, recent boots...

    Here's some more foot data for you, recent boots have been Zero G Scouts 25.5 and TLT6s 26.5 never needed any punches.
    ...
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    What failures have the new ones been having?

    What failures have the new ones been having?
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    I have used OR Ferrosi pants for some spring ski...

    I have used OR Ferrosi pants for some spring ski touring before, just about fit over the cuff of my boots and nice and light, also not expensive.
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    Have you tried any Scott boots,...

    Have you tried any Scott boots, (Cosmos/Orbit/Superguide) quite a high volume fit although might be too wide for you if you don't have a particularly wide foot.
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    You're right, I was looking at the current ones...

    You're right, I was looking at the current ones listed on the website, have just looked at the 20/21 workbook and that is exactly what I was describing.
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    I still don't quite get the obsession with brakes...

    I still don't quite get the obsession with brakes here in the UK, it would be nice if ATK offered something like a Haute Route with the heel tower of a Crest. Something without a brake, adjustable...
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    What about a regular Mammut Trion 50 rather than...

    What about a regular Mammut Trion 50 rather than the spine version, lighter weight, less funky and gains a front pocket while still having access to the main compartment through the back panel?
  25. The Mountain Equipment Prophet still only has a...

    The Mountain Equipment Prophet still only has a 10d outer fabric that is going to be pretty fragile.

    I have a Mountain Equipment Fitzroy with the 30d outer and would definitely recommend it, I use...
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    Thanks, appreciate the advice, pretty much dead...

    Thanks, appreciate the advice, pretty much dead on 26.5 on a Brannock
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    The blue/yellow TLT6 which fit me fine with no...

    The blue/yellow TLT6 which fit me fine with no work ~15mm shell check
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    Some great information in this thread, and I am...

    Some great information in this thread, and I am just after some a bit of positive reinforcement before taking the plunge on ordering in a pair of these (no where here seems to stock them!)

    I am...
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    Possibly Concept Pro Shop at the bottom of the...

    Possibly Concept Pro Shop at the bottom of the Midi.
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    I have recently bought some and mounted them with...

    I have recently bought some and mounted them with ATK Crests, haven't skied them yet but have skied both the Corvus Freebird and Orb Freebird and was very impressed with both which is what made me...
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