Monthly Archive: November 2014

Nov 30 2014

Beacon Review: Arva’s Neo v2.0

Arva's Neo: Impressive

  When you consider what the most important criteria are in an avalanche rescue, keeping it simple has to be one of the most important. There are plenty of things going on and you don’t need complications when you’re already facing the most serious one possible. To that end Arva’s Neo is undeniably one of …

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Nov 24 2014

Review: Dynafit TLT 6 AT boot

Cuff ROM is an impressive 18° with the tongue, more without.

  When you’re ready to go long, whether that means deeper into the backcountry, or higher, or simply maximizing vertical even if it’s just line of sight from the trailhead, you know that weight matters and downhill performance will be compromised. Whether that compromise is too much depends in large part on how well you …

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Nov 19 2014

Review: G3 Carbon Synapse 101

G3 Synapse 101  130-101-118 in five lengths between 165 and 185 cm

Carbon is the rage in skis these days, and for good reason. From the rumblings I’m hearing, it won’t be going away anytime soon. One example of why is G3′s Synapse. It has the requisite muscle necessary to make up for what heavier skis do with mass. At speed they get a bit skittery, but …

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Nov 17 2014

Review: Buried  by Ken Wylie

Buried - reality & metaphor.

  Book signings are not the sort of thing to make headlines much, but the subject of Ken Wylie’s book entitled Buried is about his contribution and assessment of what is arguably the biggest headline in avalanche news in a hundred years, the tragedy on Tumbledown Mountain, January 20th, 2003. Seven people died in one …

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Nov 13 2014

Review: Salomon Quest Pro TR 110

Salomon's Quest Pro TR

  Salomon is taking their sweet time developing products for the backcountry. Though the development seems slow, with consistency and time that translates into being relentless. This year’s Quest Pro TR 110 is a moderate example of that. By moderate, I’m referring to a moderate flex rating of only 110, hardly stiff by alpine standards. …

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Nov 11 2014

Eulogy to Black Diamond’s telemark boot line

Lament for a fallen hero.

  Although the story announcing the demise of Black Diamond’s teleboot line was not unexpected, nor is it unlamented. It might be easy to read into that a sense of good riddance because of the reference to BD boots fitting like buckets. That was not universal, a small but clear majority of bootfitters I spoke …

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Nov 10 2014

Bean & Rice: High Attitude, E2-SII

High Attitude aka Rocky Mountain High

  Sakson’s back, this time in Colorado. Never was I ever jealous of Colorado’s snow until the last three years in California. Now I’m only jealous because it seems our snowpack conditions have flipped. That’s what I love about California, how solid the snow is. It used to be reliable too, but the recent trend …

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