Tag Archive: sidecountry

Apr 14 2014

Testing AT boots at Mt. Bachelor w/ABB

The BC boot test team - Bob Egeland and Dostie at Mt. Bachelor, OR.

  The annual ski boot test run by America’s Best Bootfitters for Ski and Skiing magazines was held last week at Mt. Bachelor. Conditions were classic spring with creamy corn conditions on all aspects allowing testers, a hodge-podge group of boot fitters, friends of fitters, and manufacturers, to put their feet inside more than 100 …

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Mar 24 2014

Powder Mountain delivers for BCM Gear Test

Fun and games (gear testing) at Powder Mountain. photo courtesy BCM.

  Howie put the question to me, live, with a video camera rolling. I hate being put on the spot like that. I’m a writer because I know how easy it is to say the wrong thing in the heat of the moment. It’s much better to consider the ramifications of what you say with …

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Feb 17 2014

Review: High Trails “Post-It” Climbing Skins

New "Post-It" style climbing skin from High Trails.

  There’s another “glueless” climbing skin now available from High Trails. Like other claims of glueless, this claim in pure marketing spin, of the 180° variety. They most definitely use a glue, but it is a silicon based adhesive that acts more like a Post-It, especially compared to the tackiness of traditional skin glues. So …

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Jan 27 2014

Backcountry Boot Roundup for 2014/15

Quadrant gets a new liner and more cuff ROM.

  When you look at sales of ski boots with a walk mode it seems like everybody is going into the backcountry. That conclusion assumes everyone who buys a ski boot with a walk mode is using it to go ski touring. In reality, a lot of folks are simply using it to make walking …

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Jan 15 2014

Take 2: Fischer upgrades Ranger 12

Fischer's Vacuum series Ranger returns improved.

As one might hope, Fischer returns for 13/14 with heat moldable liners for their Vacuum series of boots, which means the Ranger 12 gets a much needed revision to the touring comfort possible. All the other aspects of the Ranger 12 remain: a progressive flex for arcing the fall line, three levels of cuff motion, …

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Apr 30 2013

First Look: Rossi All Track AT boots

Even Rossignol joins the AT crowd with their AllTrack boot

  To say that Rossi’s new All Track boot line is designed with alpine touring in mind is only accurate if you’re a neophyte AT skier, not one who has actually logged more than 10-thousand vert involving physical labor and sweat. That’s not to say that you can’t hang with the gang if you’re wearing …

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