Tag Archive: Alpine Touring

Aug 04 2015

It’s about the Tour, NOT the Turn

It didn’t take long to figure out that turns taste sweeter when you earn them. After all, the more you pay for something the better it is supposed to be, even if you have to trick yourself into believing that to justify the cost difference. On the whole though, a product cannot sustain a higher …

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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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Feb 04 2015

Hagan makes AT binding & skis for kids

Hagan Z02 Junior

There are a lot of factors that contribute to the future sustainability of skiing, particularly the human powered version. Erratic snowfall is an issue, but equally important is the root element of interest. To combat the trend of kids caught up in a web of virtual reality, Hagan will be offering a kids version of …

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Jan 20 2015

Alpine Touring Boot Roundup for 2016

Khion Carbon

  The evolution of Alpine Touring boots marches on with more players in the light is right area and ever more models with tech fittings standard. From the marketing materials send out pre-show, there is nothing revolutionary, but with so many good products already available, who’s crying for a revolution? Steady improvements characterize next years …

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Jan 14 2015

Review: Scarpa’s F1 Evo

Light and always ready to walk, unless you're locked in for turns.

  The evolution continues with Scarpa’s development of backcountry boots that up the ante for where you go by how you go. With the F1 Evo, they combine their experience with making stiff plastic boots that walk well, and ski well. No, you wouldn’t dare use these boots on the Hannenkahm, at least not with …

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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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