Feb 19 2017

Review: BD Ultralite Mo-mix Skins

Reaping the rewards of turns earned with Glidelite Climbing Skins.

Reaping the rewards of turns earned with Ultralite Climbing Skins.

Like any decent pair of climbing skins, Black Diamond’s Glidelite Ultralite climbing skins, the mohair mix variety, is a product guaranteed to get you to the goods and plaster your face with at least a smile, if not a giggle of delight for the face shots.

As with most climbing skins, the grip and glide quotient of BD’s Glidelite Ultralite Mo-mix skins fall in the range of what you ought to expect and won’t disappoint. However, when one looks beyond the plush you might prefer another brand for either the tackiness of the glue or the tip hardware, but not the tail; the STS tail hook still rules.
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Feb 14 2017

Review: Scarpa’s NEW F1 AT boot

Scarpa's improved F1.

Scarpa’s improved F1.

As much as I liked the concept of Scarpa’s F1 Evo the automatic mode switch seemed a bit too gimmicky. Scarpa’s lawyers agreed. This year’s revised F1 keeps everything else that was great about the F1 and replaces the mode switch with a simple, reliable, manual lever on the spine of the heel. Which makes this year’s F1 even more desirable than its predecessor.
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Dec 13 2016

Review: Tecnica’s Zero-G AT boot

Tecnica's new king o' the hill: Zero-G. Light. Powerful. Skintastic.

Tecnica’s new king o’ the hill: Zero-G.
Light. Powerful. Skintastic.

Every year now the bar gets raised for Alpine Touring boots that play as well in-bounds as out. A dedicated rando race boot will always outrun or an alpine race boot will always outgun a dual-function work horse, but the work horse consistently delivers untracked pow where the others dare not go. That’s why there’s a really good chance you might want to change boots this year to Tecnica’s Zero G because it borrows the best of uphill and downhill racing boots with a form fitting shell that is comfortable to walk in and is reliable when driving a downhill line.
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Nov 07 2016

Burning Tele Down

Sung to the refrain of “Burning Down the House” by Talking Heads

To an outsider it might look like the house of telemark is burning down. Let me correct that. Burnt down.

Telemark to the core!

Josh Madsen – committed to telemark!


Like the seed of the giant Sequoia tree, it takes the heat of fire to spark the germination process so a new tree can take root. Make no mistake, I’m not saying that tele will one day dominate the slopes, it never did and never will, but it has a strong spirit and it will not die. What appeared to kill it will only make it stronger, not necessarily bigger.

“That’s the best time to get inside” says the publisher and owner of Telemark Skier Magazine, Josh Madsen. “That’s when the opportunity is greatest, when everybody is running from it because they don’t see what’s inside, they only see a burning house.”
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Oct 31 2016

Review: Fritschi’s Vipec — Black is beautiful

 

Fritschi's Vipec is back in black, and its a beautiful binding to behold.

Fritschi’s Vipec is back in black, and its a beautiful binding to behold.


Whether good or bad, first impressions last and last and last. In the long run, if you can last long enough, weak first impressions can be buried in the glory of redemption. It will take more time to prove but I think it’s time to acknowledge that Fritschi’s Vipec really rocks they way they hoped it would, but didn’t quite, three years ago. To make sure you notice, Vipec’s back — in black.
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Oct 23 2016

Redemption in Tahoe despite no-Niño

The author enjoying a "normal" snowpack in Tahoe.

The author enjoying a “normal” snowpack in Tahoe.

Many of the pros had moved. So had many of the hardcore ski bums. Four consecutive winter flops had been too much to handle, pros couldn’t film and ski bums couldn’t ski powder. My anxiety had caused me to pick up fly fishing, in February! Of the four bad winters 14-15 had been the low point for me. A solid December had seen me out touring in some of my favorite Tahoe zones, we all thought and hoped the snow would continue. But alas, that December culminated with, “the Storm of the Century,” which ended up being the bust of the century, and petered out at a little over ten inches of dense Sierra snow. It seems that in the modern changing climate the weather isn’t the only thing getting weird, weathermen and women start grasping at straws and making veritable Himalayan mountains out of the moliest of hills.
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Jun 12 2016

Review: Scott Sports Voodoo NTN

 

NTN Voodoo from Scott Sports

NTN Voodoo from Scott Sports

It would be a shame if sales of Scott’s Voodoo don’t pick up. Now that they have added Dynafit tech inserts these boots are a valid boot choice for the direction telemark innovation is headed. However their performance beyond that remains unchanged from the Prophet by Garmont. Thus, I’m not predicting any sales records.

Depending on whether you ever skied them, and if you haven’t, whether or not they fit your foot, you may or may not like ‘em. For Prophet fans, you can keep the flex you like while preparing for the future with tech inserts.
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