Monthly Archive: March 2015

Mar 31 2015

Status of 22D’s Outlaw beta binding

The trouble with an over-rotated step-in cam.

  This year has seen its share of beta failures, particularly in the world of new bindings with tech toes. Marker had a batch of Kingpins that were prone to their pins falling out. No word on exactly how many bindings that affected, but it was a manufacturing flaw covered under warranty and something that …

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Mar 30 2015

Ortovox recalls S1+ avalanche transceiver

Ortovox S1+  with a wider body, and different cosmetics than the S1.

LONGMONT, CO – ORTOVOX is announcing an immediate product recall of the S1+ model avalanche transceiver due to a repairable hardware issue. The action affects ALL S1+ models distributed in the U.S. market since July, 2011. The previous design, known as the ORTOVOX S1, IS NOT AFFECTED. The S1+ hardware issue may occur during transmission …

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Mar 17 2015

First Look: Moonlight’s Tele Tech Bindings

Moonlight Mountain Gear's prototype Tele Rando binding.

  Interest in telemark bindings with a tech toe gained more advocates last week as fourteen writers and photographers from around the world tested beta versions of Moonlight Mountain Gear’s new telemark tech binding. Conceptually there is nothing new with Moonlight’s version of TTS as it mixes a low tech toe with a Voile Hardwire …

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Mar 14 2015

Scarpa recalls F1-Evo

  For those who see the merit in Scarpa’s F1 Evo, a lightweight AT boot with an automatic walk mode, you’re on your own to believe whether that’s a true benefit or not. Regardless, Scarpa is officially recalling the F1 Evo. If you have a pair, Scarpa strongly encourages you to return the boots for …

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Mar 12 2015

Engaging novice BC Skiers on Safety

Kim Miller of Scarpa.

There’s nothing safe about backcountry skiing. That word shouldn’t be associated with the sport — Kim Miller, President Scarpa USA This is the fifth video in our series covering a panel of industry experts discussing avalanche risk in backcountry skiing and the industry’s part in that, hosted at Outdoor Retail Winter by Verde PR. In …

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Mar 04 2015

Review: Voile Charger BC

Voile Charger BC. Fat, waxless, metal edged.

  I have been skiing the ‘regular’ Charger (181cm) for the last two seasons. I love them. They turn on a dime, float like a butterfly, etc. I had been considering a fish scaled, down hill oriented ski as there are some areas I ski with short (¼—½ mile) approaches or exits that are just …

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Mar 02 2015

Review: Blizzard’s Zero G

Zero G 108 - got fat if you want it.  136-108-122mm

Last week I managed to get out on Blizzard’s Zero G for two days and can confirm they are a worthy contender for next year’s addition to your quiver. The Zero G is Blizzards entry into the lightweight, carbon enhanced backcountry ski category that continues to amaze with skis weighing less than three pounds per …

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