Oct 21 2014

Review: BD’s Carbon Aspect ski

To behold the statistics of Black Diamond’s Carbon Aspect is to be tempted with a model of touring perfection. At least, to this ol’ guys perspective. Fat skis are the rage and weight is great and all that except that it’s not. In the backcountry extra flotation comes with a heavy price and for my purposes 90mm at the waist is enough, especially with a free heel.

Black Diamond's Carbon Aspect. 6 lbs. light, and white to resist snow sticking and adding weight back.

Black Diamond’s Carbon Aspect. ~6 lbs. light, and white to resist snow sticking and adding weight back.


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Oct 20 2014

Tahoe Mt. Sports moves to Truckee

 

Dave Polivy shows off this season's wares.

Dave Polivy shows off this season’s wares.

Since 2005 David Polivy of Tahoe Mountain Sports has been selling quality outdoor gear on the web and out of his Kings Beach storefront. During that time TMS built up a strong local following as well as a sturdy online base. With the opening of the shop’s new location in Truckee, the retailer turns a new page in its sales and service driven journey.

On October 22nd 2014, TMS celebrates its grand opening in the Safeway Shopping Center on Donner Pass Road. In attendance will be Mountain Super Athlete Conrad Anker who will sign posters and host informal discussions on his many adventures in the alpine. Additionally, Polivy and staff are psyched to welcome shoppers with their good old fashion customer service and community focus.

Last week Earn Your Turns caught up with a very busy Polivy via email to discuss his background, the store’s history and his goals for the future.
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Oct 16 2014

Review: Fischer’s TransAlp Vacuum TS Lite

 

Fischer's TransAlp AT boot

Fischer’s TransAlp AT boot

Considering how quick alpine brand reps are to dismiss the size of the backcountry market it is ironic how many have nonetheless invested the time, energy, and resources to offer AT boots. In Fischer’s case, not just that they developed the Ranger series of AT boots, but that they used their heat moldable shell material: Vacu-plast. Despite some growing pains with the molding process they doubled down this year by offering a lighter weight series of AT boots, the Trans Alp series, with tech fittings.
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Oct 13 2014

Review: Voile’s V6

 
The last two seasons have been tough on fat skis. In spite of that, Voile has managed to produce two winners in two years that not only give the sort of delightful response in soft snow you would expect from a company that develops products in Wasatch pow, but in real conditions too. In fact, prior to the V8 and this season’s V6, that might have even been considered a genetic limitation since it is far easier to build planks that deliver miles of smiles in powder than something that works in crud, mush, and on ice.

Voile's V6 - a slightly slimmer V8

Voile’s V6 – a slightly slimmer V8


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Oct 10 2014

Profile: Rick Borkovec

 

Rick Borkovec back when it began, 1976, the Teleopithicus Era.

Rick Borkovec back when it began,
1976, the Teleopithicus Era.

Whenever apres ski talk turns to the roots of modern telemark skiing in the U.S., one name is mentioned with particular frequency. Rick Borkovec, a 33-year Colorado skier and ex-Crested Butte ski patroller, has often been called one of the seminal figures in the free-your-heels movement. Like any powder-seeker, Borkovec was looking to get to the goods.

If he could figure out a way to get down the hill on those double-cambered 215s, the fleet-footed mobility of Nordic gear would help in the quest for freshies. So along with a like-minded band of free-heelers, Borkovec tweaked the technique and tested the limits of his toothpick-thin boards while snagging classic lines around his adopted hometown of Crested Butte.
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Oct 08 2014

Ode to Slowshoes

 

If you must, slowshoes are better than none for hiking in snow.

If you must, slowshoes are better than none for hiking in snow.

While at Dynafit’s 30-year anniversary party at the Outdoor Retailer show last January 2014 the conversation turned to snowshoes. One of folks I was talking to remarked how unbelievable it was that they ran into a bunch of snowshoers on a recent tour, miles from the trail head. They couldn’t believe that someone would work that hard to get to the top of a ridge, or peak, on snowshoes.

It wasn’t that they didn’t understand the willingness to hike around on the snow in the mountains to simply revel in the beauty there; that’s one of the benefits of ski touring, the hike and the views. Even in summer, I like hiking up the trail; but down? To those who can’t ski yet, please understand I purposely pervert the term snowshoe into slowshoes because, compared to skis, they are so clumsily slow. Maybe if I didn’t know how to ski I might consent to tromp around in them, but I do, so I don’t.
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Oct 06 2014

Telemark Binding Selection Guide (2014)

 

The Chouinard 3-pin Classic.

The Chouinard 3-pin Classic.

When you’re ready to march to the beat of a different drummer, whether you need a new challenge or your rebel spirit compels you that way, this guide is offered to help you decide what binding to get.

When it comes to picking a telemark binding there are many things to consider. Releasability, downhill power, touring freedom, and weight are the dominant characteristics to consider. There is no right or wrong answer with any. The best binding for you is not necessarily the best for someone else based on the boot used, style of skiing, and goals.
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