Category Archive: Gear

Dec 13 2016

Review: Tecnica’s Zero-G AT boot

Nice liner with different density foam in forefoot, ankle, mid-cuff, upper cuff and tongue.

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 …

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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.

  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 …

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Jun 12 2016

Review: Scott Sports Voodoo NTN

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. …

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May 24 2016

Review: 22D’s rebellious Outlaw

First gen flex plates were prone to cracking. Notice the bend at the back wider in the revised version.

22 Designs Outlaw is the first binding licensed by Rottefella to used their patented second heel connection. By adapting the Axl platform to a new connection point they built a winner, a binding with a tour mode that is proven to work reliably and switch modes easily in a steel based package known for durability …

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May 16 2016

Review: 5-point ‘pons, Tech Crampon 250

Adjust the washers so the bumper contacts the front of the shell at the toe, and remove any excess rubber behind the inserts on NTN boots.

  Years ago the thought entered my head while kicking steps up a couloir that I really didn’t need a full set of crampons to boot up it, but some teeth at the toe would be nice. No doubt the same thought has entered your head if you’ve ever cramponed up a steep couloir. Alpinists …

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May 10 2016

First Look: Khion becomes a Beast

Beast of a boot from Dynafit. Magnesium rear spoiler, Master Step Inserts, and cool buckles.

  My first impression of the Khion wasn’t the greatest in the world. Half of that was due to the skis they were latched to – Dynafit’s Teton, a ski that dug the tips in with just a hint of angulation. Quite annoying actually, so it was hard to appreciate the excessive stiffness offered by …

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Apr 25 2016

Review: Fischer ProFoil climbing skins

Alex Pappas' first day skinning for fresh tracks.

Time for an update on Fischer’s new climbing skin technology, their ProFoil climbing skins. Unlike traditional skins that are modeled after the fur of seals, these are essentially a full length sheet of plastic scales like that found on waxless cross-country skis. Like climbing skins, they are attached or removed to the base of your …

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