Tag Archive: lightweight

Mar 31 2014

Awesome April is here

Spring skiing extends the season - even with pow pow.

  This is the time of year when the wannabes fall away. Spring – when the snow alternates within hours from cold smoke to mashed potatoes. It’s the time of year when it’s icy in the morning, velvet corn in the afternoon. With the right conditions the weather warms for the day while the sun …

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Feb 13 2013

ATK’s Newmark – lightest tele tech binding

ATK's Newmark - the latest idea for merging tech with tele.

Europeans have not been sitting on their laurels lately. The latest evidence comes from ATK, an Italian manufacturer of race caliber tech binding. In spite of the apparent lack of interest in telemark skiing by retailers, interest continues by the practicing faithful as well as manufacturers dreaming of a better way. The latest variation comes …

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Dec 28 2011

Review: La Sportiva GT Skis

La Sportiva GT Skis  *  123-89-111 (mm) * 6 lbs. 3.5 oz./pair

La Sportiva delivers a solid mid-fat ski in their inaugural foray into the skiing realm with the GT. I holds well on firm snow with a lively, snappy responsiveness between turns.

Feb 07 2011

Review: Day 1 with TTS beta binding

Dynafiddle Toe + Voile cable w/radical pivot location  + Hammerheel.  2&frac14 lbs. per pair.  Click to enlarge.

The TTS binding uses a Dynafit (aka Tech) toe with a classic telemark cable with compression spring cartridges that latches around the heel of the boot. It only works with NTN boots that have Tech fittings.

Dec 18 2010

Trimming Tele Fat

2 buckles, good walk mode, excellent lateral stiffness, smooth flexing.

Telemark equipment has gotten ridiculously heavy. Like many telemark skiers I kept adding more so I could enjoy unlimited terrain options; burlier boots, fatter skis, wider skins and heavier, more powerful bindings. Before long I was hauling over 10 pounds per foot into the wilds. Since 1990, the weight on our telemark feet has nearly …

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Oct 01 2010

Review: Garmont’s 2-buckle Kenai

A case of less = more.

Garmont has been transforming their entire line of ski boots with shells that hug your foot tighter to deliver higher performance. While the majority of interest in their line has been for the higher cuffed, big-boot version, the emphasis here is on earning turns, so a review of the most touring friendly tele boot seem …

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