Tag Archive: Alpine Touring

Oct 01 2014

Fritschi fixes Vipec’s Toe Woes

Vipec's toe gets a make over. 1) Thicker pins: M5 to M6. 2) Spring-loaded locking pin. 3) Self centering jaws. 4) Improved toe clip

  Based on feedback from retailers and early adopters, Fritschi’s Vipec, their first 2-pin tech binding, will see four modifications to the toe unit this season. The most noticeable change is to the pins, which will now be thicker, a tad longer, and with an improved adjustment locking mechanism. Less obvious, but perhaps more important, …

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Sep 28 2014

Boot Review: Tecnica upgrades Cochise for 2015

Cochise gets a make over.

  One of the better boots to come out last year, with great performance on either side of the boundary line, was Tecnica’s Cochise. It’s a mid-weight boot with a stiff forward flex and good mobility in the cuff for touring. However, it favored feet with average width but a high instep. That meant a …

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Sep 09 2014

Review: Dynafit’s Radical AT boot

Dynafit's Radical - Economical, Efficient, Powerful.

  In recent years Dynafit has earned a reputation for producing low volume, high priced boots through their TLT line. Such is the price of trimming weight. Unfortunately those with higher volume feet couldn’t experience the touring freedom they offered. That changes this year with Dynafit’s new Radical boot. It isn’t Dynafit’s lightest, or stiffest …

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Aug 13 2014

How well do you fiddle?

  Every product has a feature or two that becomes the basis by which they are promoted, and sometimes derided. Dynafit has certainly come of age in the backcountry because of its light weight, efficient touring, and bombproof durability. If you’re serious about backcountry skiing, this is a brand of binding that deserves serious consideration. …

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Jun 10 2014

BCTalk: Canada’s Coast keeps deliverin’, eh?

Sucker blue skies on the first days of a sufferfest tour.   Photo by Alex

Alex up in Canada’s Coast Mountain Range took a small backyard tour and files this report. I wasn’t sure whether I wanted to put anything up about this trip. I’ll cut to the chase. The main reason is because our trip was cut short due to an injury. Because of the remote nature of our …

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Mar 06 2014

BCTalk: TR – Durrand Glacier Lodge

The relentless onslaught of the slopes.

James, of the BCTalk forum, is pushing the envelope of mobile communication and filing blow-by-blow reports from the field while on his backcountry ski trip at SME (Selkirk Military Mountain Experience) in British Columbia. The terrain here is mind blowing and I like the Euro atmosphere. — James

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Dec 24 2013

First Look: Fritschi Diamir’s Vipec 12

Fritschi adds a tech binding to their plate.

  The new Vipec 12 from Fritschi Diamir appears poised to follow through on what G3 threatened to do – upset the landscape of the two-pin tech binding world dominated since inception by its founder, Dynafit. Two things separate this binding from the majority of tech bindings that are proliferating in the market. Elasticity to …

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