Monthly Archive: October 2013

Oct 30 2013

A.T. Boot Review: BD’s Factor MX

Heel insert gets bolted to the frame with a nut nestled in a heel pocket, under the sole block.

  When I began locking my heel again two years ago I was surprised how far Black Diamond had missed the mark with their AT boot line. This year’s updated Factor MX does a lot to remedy that. Since inception BD’s tele boot line was too aggro and heavy for me to spend much time …

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Oct 27 2013

Picking the right Tech Binding

Fritschi joins the Tech binding club with Vipec 12.

  Choosing whether or not to go all in with alpine touring is a question that begets several more. First, are you serious? If you’re not, just get a passport binding to get you going until you’re undeniably hooked on the backcountry. Once you’re hooked then it’s time to get serious with your attitude, and …

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Oct 24 2013

BCTalk: Battle Abbey, BC, Canada

Morning run at Battle Abbey.  Photo by Tom LeCount

Oct 21 2013

BC News Roundup

TTS with the first American-made tech toe.

Updated 25oct13: More info on NTN below. First American 2-pin Tech Toe Olympus Mountain Gear has managed to scrap together the resources to build the first American made tech toe for their TTS binding. Existing manufacturers were unwilling to sell tech toe units to OMG. As Oliver Steffen, president of G3 explained, the problem comes …

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Oct 20 2013

BCTalk: Chilcotins, Canada

Chilcotins - where's the hut?

From BackcountryTalk on Earn Your Turns: BC Photos, let’s see ‘em!

Oct 18 2013

PSA: BCA recalls pre-2012 Float triggers

If you know how to install a snap-ring, fughgetaboutit. If not, get the upgrade.

  Upgrade makes trigger more “idiot proof” Backcountry Access is conducting a trigger upgrade on all Float packs sold into the marketplace during the 2011-2012 and 2012-2013 seasons. Please see the attached Safety Alert and Important Recall Notice for details. This trigger update includes the Float 30, 18, 36, 22, 32 and Throttle. The Float …

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Oct 17 2013

First Look: Mammut’s Light 30 airbag pack

Light 30 has the typical airbag stuff - metal buckle, leg loop, trigger in the shoulder strap, plus PAS.

  Saving weight has always been a primary goal with packs. Afterall, the plan is to carry a bunch of stuff on your back without breaking it. Keeping the weight of the container down is part of the puzzle. This gets more difficult when you’re talking about an airbag pack. The main reason you’re buying …

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