Archive | January, 2012

G3 Enzo Telemark Binding

Trade Show Highlights – Telemark Bindings

For the first time in a few years there were several new telemark ski bindings at the trade show. G3 debuted two fully redesigned telemark bindings, the Enzo and Enzo R. The G3 Enzo marks a new era in G3 telemark bindings. It includes a free-pivot for touring and adjustable settings to tune performance from active to neutral in feel…. Read More

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Dynafit Vulcan AT Boot

Trade show Highlights – Alpine Touring Boots

Perhaps, the most impressive offering of gear at the show was the number of new Alpine Touring boots. Not only did the usual suspects like Dynafit, Scarpa and Garmont have multiple new offerings, but alpine boot strong holds like Tecnica even showed a new lightweight tech-compatible boot. The biggest growth in boot designs is in lightweight four-buckle alpine touring boots… Read More

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G3 Empire

Trade Show Highlights – Backcountry Skis

The annual winter outdoor industry trade show took place last week in Salt Lake.  The Wasatch Range has a habit of delivering less than legendary ski conditions during the event, and this year was no exception. A long dry spell leading up to the show offered hardpack demo day snow, and the subsequent warm storms during the week pegged the… Read More

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BCA Rescue Shovel

BCA RS Avalanche Shovel

A shovel, the most basic of avalanche safety tools, is one of the least glamorous items in our packs, but we all carry them. We have to. Because when the situation calls for a shovel, there is no substitute. I’ve been using the BCA RS Avalanche Shovel. The shovel is designed with companion rescue in mind, but has several cool… Read More

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january 2012 snow cover

North American Snow Coverage Maps

It’s no secret that the snowpack is less than inspiring in many locations around the US right now (interior BC and Alaska are having great seasons btw). Of course, it’s still early, right. It could all turn around any moment. In the meantime, we might as well stew in our misery – check out these maps from the National Weather… Read More

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pulling skins

Gecko Climbing Skin Follow Up

I posted a video clip and information about the the new Gecko glueless climbing skins back in November. At the time, I had yet to use the skins on snow. With the season underway, I have now had the Gecko skins in about every condition possible except bitter cold. The results have been great. They work every bit as good… Read More

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