Mountain High Boot Camp

It's boot review season here at Sierra Descents—I'm currently trying out pairs of Garmont's Radium and Helium boots, Scarpa's Spirit 4, and the much-anticipated Black Diamond Factor. Along for comparison were my trusty Lange L10's and Garmont Mega Rides. I should have reviews up on all of them after the holidays. In the meantime, I had fun and thoroughly wore myself out mixing and matching boots inbounds today at Mountain High East ski resort.

Video shows me on one Lange and one Factor going down Gold Rush, shot via the Contour 720p helmet cam. Tricky thing with the Contour is mounting the damn thing. Today I was using the goggle strap attachment, which is why the video is both crooked (listing right) and so jiggly. Maybe the goggle attachment works better with a helmet? Ah well, I'll keep working at it...

— December 19, 2009

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Robert K December 20, 2009 at 4:44 am

That goggle mount system for the VHoldR definitely needs work. Would love to hear recommendations for a sub-$200 HD helmet cam setup that doesn't suck. Seems like the Flip Ultra might be a good starting point.

Andy December 20, 2009 at 9:13 am

Just get the VHoldR. It's currently the best helmet cam for sports, mounting woes and all.

Chris December 20, 2009 at 11:36 am

Hi Andy,
I'm super-interested in seeing what you come up with. I think this is the last season for my Mega Rides, and with my "rando-race" board 80mm in the waist, and my standard go-to 90mm, and everything else even fatter, I'm starting to wonder if its worth getting the next-stiffer model. You're feedback will be great.

Andy December 20, 2009 at 8:11 pm

Chris, I should have some good info for you when I wrap everything up. I'm giving these boots a workout...stay tuned.