I've got some, don't use them anymore because of my current geographic location - but did log many miles on them in the past. Mine are much older, some of the 1st generation of them, they are heavier - have more plastic, and had a tendancy to slip in (get smaller) on their own sometimes. Looking at the new ones, I'm sure these issue are all long resolved.
One thing that will be the same is that an alpine setup is a lot heavier than a dedicated AT or Tele setup, so you wouldn't want to use it for long tours. But for getting up to a chute you want to hit, and then getting back across the flats to the road or lift after a descent - they are indespensable. Make sure you get a good pair of skins to go with them, and adjustable poles as well.
They put you up much higher than you would be in an AT or Tele setup, which makes for some weird feelings at first, but you get used to it. If you think you could do some tele turns with them . . . don't bother, its pretty much useless for tele turns because the pivot point is in front of your boot and they don't flex correctly.
<FONT COLOR="#800080" SIZE="1">[ March 07, 2002 01:54 PM: Message edited 1 time, by Todd M. ]</font>