Monthly Archive: February 2018

Feb 15 2018

Picking a 2-pin tech toe for telemarking

OMG's telemark tech toe.

When selecting a tech-toe for a tele tech binding keep in mind that they were not designed for the stresses of telemarking, they were designed for use in a locked-heel alpine system. In an AT binding the pins only provide side-to-side clamping power, there is no forward pressure. With tele there is also forward pressure …

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Feb 13 2018

Review: Red Fox Duffels

Carry it all with a tough tarpolin Red Fox Duffle - from 50 to 100 liter capacity.

Staying organized, at least for me, is a constant struggle. Whether on the road, or at home, when it comes to keeping my gear-life under control, too often I feel like the little Dutch boy with his thumb stuck in the dyke, staunching a sea of equipment ever ready to gush out across the floor, …

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Feb 12 2018

Skeats — Strap-on ski crampons

Skeats™ - strap-on ski crampons.

Skeats™ are small crampons that connect to the bottom of your skis, over and in addition to a pair of climbing skins. They’re attached via a bungee strap around your skis, with the cone shaped teeth pointing down and puncturing the surface of hard snow. The video I saw on Facebook was undeniable proof they …

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Feb 11 2018

A partisan view of Red Fox Outdoor Equipment

The author striding up Helbronner between Chamonix and Courmayeur wearing a Red Fox Eiger softshell jacket.

For those who are not aware, one of my sources of income these days is writing copy and manipulating words in the Googoo-sphere for Red Fox NA. I’m about to start publishing reviews of their gear, but it won’t be by me, that would compromise my integrity as a writer. Not helping grow awareness compromises …

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Feb 08 2018

The State of 2-pin Telemark Bindings

Dynafit caliber touring efficiency. The only thing you lift is your heel, not a binding.

Telemark Tech bindings are here to stay. The 2-pin connnection When Mark Lengel first proposed the idea of the Telemark Tech System (TTS) skepticism was the typical response. That’s a near universal first impression of the confidence inspired by the lowly 2-pin tech toe, also known by its founding brand name, Dynafit, or other terms …

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Feb 06 2018

Takemitsu teles Japan

You don’t have to understand a lick of Japanese to understand this short, sweet vid. LINES #01 from Turns by Takemitsu on Vimeo.

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Feb 04 2018

OR Winter 2018: Best of Show – Crickets

Crickets for snacking on. Really. Yes. Insects.

Mind you, this was after having had an overpriced but otherwise decent salad for lunch at the Colorado Convention Center where the Winter Outdoor Retailer show was going on. Hunger was no longer driving me, only a craving for salt. So I was crunching on thin, nutritionally vacant Lay’s potato chips. As it was, that …

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