Category Archive: Gear

Feb 15 2018

Picking a 2-pin tech toe for telemarking

OMG's telemark tech toe.

When selecting a tech-toe for a tele tech binding keep in mind that they were not designed for the stresses of telemarking, they were designed for use in a locked-heel alpine system. In an AT binding the pins only provide side-to-side clamping power, there is no forward pressure. With tele there is also forward pressure …

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Feb 13 2018

Review: Red Fox Duffels

Carry it all with a tough tarpolin Red Fox Duffle - from 50 to 100 liter capacity.

Staying organized, at least for me, is a constant struggle. Whether on the road, or at home, when it comes to keeping my gear-life under control, too often I feel like the little Dutch boy with his thumb stuck in the dyke, staunching a sea of equipment ever ready to gush out across the floor, …

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Feb 12 2018

Skeats — Strap-on ski crampons

Skeats™ - strap-on ski crampons.

Skeats™ are small crampons that connect to the bottom of your skis, over and in addition to a pair of climbing skins. They’re attached via a bungee strap around your skis, with the cone shaped teeth pointing down and puncturing the surface of hard snow. The video I saw on Facebook was undeniable proof they …

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Feb 08 2018

The State of 2-pin Telemark Bindings

Dynafit caliber touring efficiency. The only thing you lift is your heel, not a binding.

Telemark Tech bindings are here to stay. The 2-pin connnection When Mark Lengel first proposed the idea of the Telemark Tech System (TTS) skepticism was the typical response. That’s a near universal first impression of the confidence inspired by the lowly 2-pin tech toe, also known by its founding brand name, Dynafit, or other terms …

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Jan 23 2018

Stoked Stix – better than ‘bucks

Get stoked. Smooth, rich and strong without specialized cookware. Add hot water and serve.

Ordinarily instant coffee is reserved for road trips and backcountry tours. However, it only took one sample cup of Stoked Stix for me to modify my daily routine. In fact, I sort of sabotaged my original plan, which was to use Stoked Stix instant coffee on a five day tour along the crest of the …

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Jan 17 2018

First Look: Marker’s Alpinist 2-pin binding

The Alpinist adds uphill performance to Marker's binding repetoire.

Marker has built a reputation for building alpine bindings with superior performance. Typically that means downhill performance – as in a binding that delivers a solid connection between the boot and the ski, but also knows when to let go. Marker’s new Alpinist 2-pin tech bindings maintain the alpine connection, but this time the performance …

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Nov 24 2017

Review: Scarpa Maestrale RS2
—a worthy upgrade

Sweet range of motion for a boot that can also deliver solid turns in funky snow and at speed.

Although Scarpa put in a little overtime to improve the performance of their legendary Maestrale boot line, the part they tout the most in this second version (RS2) is the improvement you’ll notice the least — the lateral stiffness. There’s no denying the torsional rigidity of the boot has been improved by infusing the back …

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