Once again my friends at Backcountry magazine have pumped out another worthy issue this season. Okay, I’ll admit that actually having the opportunity to pen a few words in there might be influencing my perspective a bit, but I’ll let you decide that when you browse your copy on the newsstand. For starters it [...]
Archive for September, 2012
If safety release, convenient entry and exit from the binding and excellent downhill control are at the top of your list, the Freeride is a good option with inferior but acceptable touring performance. If you don’t need turbo power for turns, with good touring, though not a true free-pivot, Rottefella’s Freedom is the way to go. If you want step-in convenience, don’t need safety release, with solid control and excellent touring, look at NT Spike. If you want Dynafit caliber touring performance and Hammerhead power with catastrophic release capability, TTS is your rig.
By now many of you have heard, and for those who haven’t, a large avalanche occured on Manaslu in Nepal Sunday morning. The avalanche occurred around 4:45am and swept through camp 3 at around 6800m elevation. In the aftermath of the avalanche there were 8 confirmed deaths, several missing people, and uncounted injuries. One of [...]
As the northern gateway to Lake Tahoe, or the last California town before the casinos of Reno, Truckee gets a fair amount of visitor traffic. As such there are a lot of restaurants that cater to the natural ignorance of a visitor and survive when they wouldn’t otherwise. While locals tend to guard their [...]
Black Diamond Equipment, Inc., announced this morning its intent to acquire Pieps, a leader in avalanche rescue transceivers in early October, 2012. The acquisition fulfills a decade-long goal to add avalanche transceivers to the palette of products Black Diamond offers for backcountry safety. Over the years there has been much speculation as to whether [...]
Enzo comes with a lot of admirable traits that puts G3 back in the game with an up-to-date, easy to operate, high performance tele binding.
Except for weight, all the shortcomings of the Ascent, G3s first foray into the world of free-pivot telemark bindings, are overcome with the Enzo. It is powerful, easy to switch modes, and appears to be as immune to icing up as a backcountry binding can be.
All those features are nice, but none were enough on their own to convince me to make the Outlaw the new sack on my back. However, it only took one time using the zippered access back panel to convince me.
Vermont’s Ski and Snowboard Museum will be celebrating its 10th Anniversary with a Grand Reopening on September 27th, 2012. In addition to the inclusion of snowboarding to the museums exhibits there will also be a new Nordic and telemark exhibit. To commemorate the importance of snowboarding to Vermont’s ski culture Burton founder Jake Carpenter [...]
Chris Davenport, world renowned big-mountain skier, signed on with Scarpa last month as a product ambassador, tester, and a key member of Scarpa’s product development team. Davenport was attracted to the Scarpa brand for the opportunity to be intimately involved in the development and testing of a new line of ski boots for the freeride market.
my eyes zeroed in on the metal bar at the back of the boot; the one that the cuff is locked or released from to turn with power, or walk in comfort with…Because the mode bar can pivot too the cuff never binds against it, allowing it to rotate well past vertical.