Monthly Archive: October 2014

Oct 29 2014

Backcountry Mag celebrates 20 years

Backcountry is 20 years old.

  Get it while you can because this issue will be a collectors item. Yeah, I’m talking ’bout my former competitor, Backcountry Magazine. They made the grade and lasted 20 years. What’s more, they’ve been following the mantra of a good backcountry soldier by just steadily chipping away and making their mag better with each …

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Oct 27 2014

Black Diamond Tele-boots sentenced to die

Black Diamond's Push. Their most popular teleboot, but not popular enough.

  It’s unofficial: Black Diamond is adding a nail to telemarks demise by ending production of their telemark boot line. If you like their teleboots, better buy ‘em while you can because they won’t be making any more any time soon. That’s not official, I’m telling you it will be. Insiders have been hinting at …

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Oct 23 2014

Beans & Rice Freeride – SII, E1

Sakson in Jackson. Pow!

  Funny how some things never change. AT skiers love to deride telemarkers as dope-smokin’, tree huggin’ hippies with a license to suck. Truth is, the license to suck isn’t limited to skiing with a free heel, nor is anything else. It is with a sense of humor that Jake Sakson and friends embrace being …

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Oct 21 2014

Review: BD’s Carbon Aspect ski

Black Diamond's Carbon Aspect. XX lbs. light, and white to resist snow sticking and adding weight back.

To behold the statistics of Black Diamond’s Carbon Aspect is to be tempted with a model of touring perfection. At least, to this ol’ guys perspective. Fat skis are the rage and weight is great and all that except that it’s not. In the backcountry extra flotation comes with a heavy price and for my …

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Oct 20 2014

Tahoe Mt. Sports moves to Truckee

Dave Polivy shows off this season's wares.

  Since 2005 David Polivy of Tahoe Mountain Sports has been selling quality outdoor gear on the web and out of his Kings Beach storefront. During that time TMS built up a strong local following as well as a sturdy online base. With the opening of the shop’s new location in Truckee, the retailer turns …

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Oct 16 2014

Review: Fischer’s TransAlp Vacuum TS Lite

Fischer's TransAlp AT boot

  Considering how quick alpine brand reps are to dismiss the size of the backcountry market it is ironic how many have nonetheless invested the time, energy, and resources to offer AT boots. In Fischer’s case, not just that they developed the Ranger series of AT boots, but that they used their heat moldable shell …

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Oct 13 2014

Review: Voile’s V6

Voile's V6 - a slightly slimmer V8

  The last two seasons have been tough on fat skis. In spite of that, Voile has managed to produce two winners in two years that not only give the sort of delightful response in soft snow you would expect from a company that develops products in Wasatch pow, but in real conditions too. In …

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