Monthly Archive: April 2014

Apr 30 2014

Review: OMG’s TTS toe – beta, not better

TTS for 2014. Better cable posts and the first American 2-pin tech toe.

  It has been a season now since Olympus Mountain Gear has introduced their own 2-pin tele toe to make a complete binding package. The looming question, is it ready for prime time, or is it still a beta binding? Sadly, the OMG’s toe piece confirms beta status, albiet with good performance if you’re willing …

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Apr 29 2014

Review: G3′s Zenoxide Carbon skis

G3's Zenoxide C3 93. Carbon fiber for strength without weight.

  As a touring ski in almost any variety of soft snow, even with some zipper crust thrown in for texture, G3′s Zenoxide Carbon 93 is a great ski to ride. It has a smooth even flex to deliver nice round turns. Thanks to a little carbon fiber thrown into the layup mix, it’s not …

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Apr 27 2014

Dave Beck: Architect of the Sierra High Route

Couloir IX-3, Dec. '97 w/Kasha on the cover.

  I’m schlepping a 65-pound pack up Symmes Creek Gorge, playing Sherman to David Beck’s Mr. Peabody, helping him escort seven clients on a ski tour of California’s Sierra High Route. We’re just an hour into the first day’s climb of 4,000 feet, and I’m stressed, spent, and wondering why I agreed to be Beck’s …

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Apr 22 2014

Review: Petzl Tikka R+ headlamp

Petzl's Tikka R+ with reactive light.

  Petzl’s new incarnation of the Tikka headlamp, the R+, keeps the same low profile and light weight, with a powerful 170 lumen high beam and a rechargeable lithium-ion battery. It’s great for use around the house, walking the dog, camping, or dawn patrols. Gone is the ability to flip a fresnel lens over the …

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Apr 21 2014

TR: North side of Mt. Lassen

The days harvest in the NE bowloir on Mt. Lassen.

  Meeting people through the internet has always seemed a bit weird. The concept isn’t what is weird. Meeting strangers at a party, in a bar, through a dating service, or a notice on a kiosk is always a bit of an adventure with the unknown. The internet is just the electronic version of how …

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Apr 15 2014

BCM’s Gear Test: A Family Affair

One of the many test posse's headed out to "test" skis.

Beer – it’s not just for breakfast anymore. When you read the dispatches from the Backcountry Mag crew on the status of their annual Gear Test week at Powder Mountain resort you can’t help but think what a party scene the whole affair is. Indeed, a festive atmosphere does dominate the whole scene. How could …

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Apr 14 2014

Testing AT boots at Mt. Bachelor w/ABB

The BC boot test team - Bob Egeland and Dostie at Mt. Bachelor, OR.

  The annual ski boot test run by America’s Best Bootfitters for Ski and Skiing magazines was held last week at Mt. Bachelor. Conditions were classic spring with creamy corn conditions on all aspects allowing testers, a hodge-podge group of boot fitters, friends of fitters, and manufacturers, to put their feet inside more than 100 …

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