Monthly Archive: December 2011

Dec 30 2011

Telemarkers Make Better Lovers


She ate Pit Bulls for breakfast, and spit out Black Diamonds for lunch. By carting those free-heel boards around she was transformed from mere city slag to a goddess of the mountains, a shining alpine succubus, nymph of the glades come to whisk mere mortals away to a whitened fantasy land during their lunch break.

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.

Dec 26 2011

Review: Fischer BCX875 Boot

Fischer's BCX875. A stripped down SuperComp for Nordic-style turn earning tours.

Fischer has added some beef to their Nordic ski boot program with their BCX875 boot. This is a 75mm soled boot, aimed at the rugged touring (S-Bound) crowd who like to make a few tele turns while cruising the woods and foothills.

Dec 21 2011

Review: G3 Alpinist Climbing Skins

G3 Alpinist Climbing Skins  $135 - $185

You have to be pretty particular, or simply have skis that are too thick at the tip to not like G3′s Alpinist Climbing Skins out of the box. The tip and tail kit are impressive, as is their welded attachment to the skin itself. And then there is the reduced thread count, laid-back weave of …

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Dec 18 2011

Review: Petzl Tikka XP CORE Headlamp

Petzl Tikka XP CORE comes with CORE battery, recharger & USB cable.

Petzl’s Tikka XP is a great utilitarian headlamp for around the home, lighting the way on dawn patrol, or basecamp duties. Where it really shines, however, is in the rechargeable lithium-ion polymer CORE battery that uses a power cord that plugs into any USB port.

Dec 14 2011

Tinkering with Tech Toes + Axl Springs

TTS dynafit-telemark shift plate mock up

…not only did it work, but it worked incredibly well. It was as smooth as any binding I’d ever skied, it had a modicum of release, brake potential (available with La Sportiva and ATK tech bindings), it was lightweight, it had three effective levels of activity, and because there’s no toe box, there was no toe crunch or bellows collapse. I skied for three hours that day, made hundreds of turns, and it felt great!

Dec 13 2011

Review: BCA Magic Carpet Climbing Skins

BCA's Magic Carpet climbing skins (outdated graphics). Improved tip and tail kit with much improved glide.

After several years of simply hanging in there and offering the lowest priced climbing skin in the American market, BCA’s climbing skins were upgraded last season. They wouldn’t disclose who their new source was, but I can assure you that out of the box the new Magic Carpets are indeed an upgrade. How good of …

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