Monthly Archive: January 2012

Jan 30 2012

Preview: The Dozer™ – New BCA Shovel

BCA's Dozer. Human Hoe would be a more accurate name, but not as PC.

The Dozer … converts into a backcountry hoe for excavating large amounts of snow quickly … it reduces shoveling from a three step process, to only two.

Jan 29 2012

Nachtspektakl at Squaw Valley, Feb. 4

Nachtspektakel comes to Squaw Valley, Feb. 4th 2012. Tickets at Alpenglow Sports.

Tahoe City, California – On February 4th Squaw Valley, USA, Dynafit, and Alpenglow Sports will host California’s first ever Nacktspektakel ski touring event! A Nachtspektakel (pr: knocked-shpeck-tockle) is a traditional European-style ski event that bonds people through the sport of ski touring. A cultural norm in Europe, Night Spectaculars are new ways to combine skiing, …

Keep making backcountry turns

Jan 27 2012

TR: Crater Lake Circumnavigation

Wizard Island just before The Watchman.

We made good time and saw no other tracks for the rest of the trip except for one set of ski tracks. We would follow this set of tracks the entire way around. One track, no stops or camps, except for a few places where the the skier probably paused for a water or food break. With this unknown jibbers tracks for inspiration, we jibbed on.

Jan 24 2012

First Look: Rottefella’s NTN Freedom

Let freedom ring! Rottefella drops weight, adds more range of motion for better touring.

To get the total weight under 3½ pounds and keep Rottefella’s touring mechanism — the one first seen on the Cobra Free, now on the NTN Freeride — required to serious rethinking. So Rottefella went back to the drawing board, so to speak.

Jan 23 2012

Preview: G3 Enzo

G3's Enzo a great, late design.

Enzo appears to be a synthesis of numerous bindings already on the market. … it looks like the G3′s Enzo has a lot to like about it. Easy mode switching, adjustable power and lots of it, plus leagues of theoretical improvement over the Targa Icent for immunity to icing up.

Jan 21 2012

Outdoor Retailer Winter Show 2012 – On Snow report

In the course of the day I managed to get out on the new Salomon Guardian sidecountry binding, Rottefella’s new NTN Freedom binding, G3′s new Enzo and BD’s O1 with a six-hole mounting plate. Saw that 22 Designs had a non-touring version of the Axl, called The Vice and beheld the new Duke from Marker with an 88mm wide chassis for more power.

Jan 18 2012

Preview: Marker Duke upgrade for 12/13

New colors on the The Duke signify a wider, stronger frame for more power.

…the Duke’s new Extended Power Frame Chassis is a stunning 28% wider. Refinements to the heel and toe dimensions not only make the binding sleeker, but lighter too.

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