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Black Diamond Ascension Nylon Split STS Climbing Skin

By , March 2, 2013 2:59 PM

Black Diamond Ascension Nylon Split STS Climbing SkinPrefer to tour with your fat boards but can’t stand all the extra weight that comes along with it? Then do your legs a favor and check out the Black Diamond Split STS Ascension Skin. As opposed to covering your entire base with heavy skin material, Black Diamond developed a skin that has a lightweight nylon strip down the center, greatly reducing weight while still giving you traction on the snow. Not only does this reduce weight but it also makes it easier to rip your skins off when you get to the top.

The rubber tail straps make it easy to get a tight fit and also help correct any accidental measuring mistakes when first cutting the skin to your skis. The tip loops are designed for fitting over the largest of shovels so no matter how big you prefer your boards these skins will accommodate.

These skins are not recommended for skis under 120mm under foot as they do not provide enough skin coverage for narrower skis but if you ride the big boys these skins are for you. Ditching the crowds for untracked pow pow has never been easier. Get some!

Retail Price: $199.99

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Tasc Performance Accelerate T Review

By , February 13, 2013 3:11 PM

Tasc Performance Accelerate TLovin’ the bamboo/cotton clothing from Tasc Performance! So much so that I felt compelled to write up the product and give you folks a heads up. I was given the Accelerate T from a rep this winter, and I have been wearing as a first layer under my merino wool baselayer. That tends to itch, and makes the bamboo Tasc shirt feel like silk.

I know it’s a performance/running shirt, but I honestly can’t wait to pedal in it this summer. Sorry, will likely not be reporting on how this outerwear works while running. Below in quotes is the description of the Accelerate T from the Tasc website..

Constructed with our Performance Jersey and FlowMesh fabrics, the Accelerate T is perfect for all types of activities. Strategic mesh insets create superior ventilation where you need it most. Reflective details add extra visibility during twilight runs.

160gsm Performance Weight Jersey with FlowMesh – 55% Organic Cotton, 40% Viscose from Bamboo, 5% Elastane.

Retail Price: $42.00

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Salomon Xr Crossmax Shoe

By , February 9, 2013 11:54 AM

Salomon Xr Crossmax ShoeSalomon shoes have been my go to shoe for over 15 years now. If you have a narrow foot with a high arch you won’t find a better fit. My favorite of Salomon’s shoe line has to be the Xr Crossmax. It has a super grippy tread for trail running yet is plenty comfortable for short city runs. The simplistic quicklace system works great and gives you a tight fit without even having to tie a knot. The mesh material in the toe box does a fantastic job at letting your feet breathe and keeps them dry even on the hottest days.

The durability of Salomon shoes is also very impressive. I easily get 3-4 years out of them before it’s time to retire them as my lawn mowing shoe. If you’re the type of person that would take a mountain run over a gym’s treadmill then make sure you try these shoes on. Your feet will thank you!

Retail Price: $135.00

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North Face Mendoza Jacket

By , January 19, 2013 1:42 PM

North Face Mendoza JacketThe North Face Mendoza Jacket works great on and off the hill. A stylie coat for wearing around town also functions perfectly as a warm under-layer on those frigid mornings waiting in line for the the Collins lift to start spinning. With a down rating of 550 this jacket will keep you warm on the coldest of days and with a water resistant DWR finish it can handle a little bit of precip as well.

I wore this coat all last week when our temps were almost unbearable and never got too cold or too warm.  For a down coat it’s very slim feeling and fits well underneath any shell. If you’ve had problems staying warm this winter then make sure you check out a down coat from The North Face. Back-to-back hot cocoa breaks will be a thing of the past.

Retail Price: $180.00

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Backcountry Access Arsenal Shovel w/ 240 Probe

By , January 12, 2013 6:57 PM

Backcountry Access Arsenal ShovelThe Backcountry Access Arsenal Shovel is a necessity for any backcountry skier. The shovel/probe integration works great and makes for an easy pack-less setup when venturing out on those quick slackcountry tours. The probe is super easy to extract and having both your shovel and your probe in one place is extremely convenient. I’ve owned this shovel for 5 years now and have been very pleased with it. Luckily I have never had to use it for its intended purposes outside of digging pits. It’s long handle makes for easy snow removal and the large blade handles as much snow as you can pick up. The handle is a bit longer than most shovels so if you have a smaller pack beware but, if you’re looking to streamline your backcountry setup then look no further. The Backcountry Access Arsenal Shovel w/ Probe will not disappoint. Quickly finding both your shovel and your probe has never been easier.

Retail Price: $94.95

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GoPro Hero 3 Review

By , January 5, 2013 3:21 PM

GoPro Hero 3If Santa didn’t bring you a new GoPro this Christmas like he did for most of Alta’s holiday skiers, then pull the trigger already and buy one! This isn’t just a camera made strictly for filming POV ski footage. It also produces great videos/images when used as a traditional camera. Weather you’re vacationing on the beaches of Thailand or slaying a spine in Alaska the Hero 3 will capture the moment just as good if not better than your Sony point-and-shoot. New to this year’s black edition, GoPro added a ton of features, mainly in the resolution/frame rate department. You can now pick from up to a 4K resolution (something that seems gimmicky to me as no one really owns a 4k TV yet) and up to 240 frames per second (great for super slow-mo shots). The new Hero 3 also comes in a much smaller and lighter package than the Hero 2. This is a big deal for me as my Hero 2 tends to cause my helmet to move around a lot due to its weight. The pricey ($399) black edition GoPro also includes the WiFi remote, something you had to pay ($79) extra for with previous models. If you’re looking to save a couple bucks or a couple hundred bucks then be sure to check out the GoPro White Edition ($199) and GoPro Silver Edition ($299). Containing about half of the performance specs as the black edition these two cameras will still blow your mind. So get out there and show us what you got. It’s time to go pro!

Retail Price (Black Edition): 399.99

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Smith Vantage Helmet

By , December 22, 2012 12:00 PM

Smith Vantage HelmetThe Smith Vantage helmet not only looks great but performs great as well. With 21 vents that can easily be opened or closed with your gloves on you’ll never have to worry about overheating or brain freezing again. New to this year Smith added the Boa closure system that allows you to micro-adjust the fit simply by turning a dial on the back of the helmet. This comes in handy especially after months of use as the padding tends to pack out causing the helmet to fit more loosely on your head. Smith also offers an audio option from Skullcandy that sounds great. Simply place the headphones inside the ear pads and you’re ready to go. The Vantage helmet works great with any of Smith’s goggles especially Smith’s I/O goggle. I’ve owned this setup for two seasons now and it’s the first time I’ve had no problems with fogging goggles. So, if you’re looking for a new brain bucket to not only keep your head warm but protect you on those big cliff hucks then be sure to check out the Smith Vantage. Comfort never felt so good.

Retail Price: 189.95

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Salomon Rocker 2 Skis

By , December 10, 2012 10:31 PM

Salomon Rocker 2If you’re looking for a new board to blow your mind in deep snow then look no further. Salomon nailed it in the powder performance category with their Rocker 2 Skis.

With rocker in the tip and tail and a solid 122mm waist this is now my go to ski for powder conditions. Salomon’s honeycomb technology in the tip and tail combined with their decision to remove the edges from these areas have created a fat board with little swing weight. This results in a ski that can slash a turn with minimal effort making it ski-able for even beginners looking to get into the pow game.

Salomon also kept traditional camber underfoot to make it easier to hold an edge on hardpack. This ski can do it all, float in pow, rail on groomers, and blast through crud. So be sure to check these skis out! You won’t regret it.

Retail Price: $749.99

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Smith I/O Recon Goggles Review

By , December 1, 2012 1:55 PM

Smith I/O ReconIf you’re not already a fan of Smith’s I/O goggles you should be. With an amazing field of view and an easily interchangeable lens this is a tuff goggle to beat. New to this year Smith is introducing the I/O Recon!

This next-gen goggle contains more features than you could ever imagine. With a built in LCD screen in the bottom right corner of the lens this mini-computer can do everything from viewing your phone’s text messages to tracking your vertical drop on the slopes. Using bluetooth and wifi technology this goggle can wirelessly connect to your smartphone or helmet cam. Want to change the music track your listening to on your iphone or check out if you got the right viewing angle on your helmet cam, just press a button on your Recon wireless remote and you can control everything effortlessly.

The heads-up-display inside your goggle can do it all – track your speed, tell you how big that cliff you just hit was, calculate your current elevation, locate your buddies on the mountain, check your text messages or missed calls, turn up the volume on your favorite jam, check the current temperature, and a whole slew of other over-the-top features.  Not exactly the cheapest of goggles (retail:$650) but if you’re a techno geek that has to have the latest and greatest this is the goggle for you.

Retail Price: $650

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Atomic Bent Chetler Ski

By , March 8, 2012 7:27 PM

Atomic Bent Chetler Ski

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If you are looking for a great ski for slaying pow you should check out the Atomic Bent Chetler. Not only can these skis rage on the mountain, they have pretty cool graphics to show off.

The Bent Chetler skis are a hybrid-powder profile ski. Freerider Chris Benchetler designed these, and they are fun on deep powder days, jibbing off pillows or smearing those buttery turns. They have a tapered tip and tail and wood core construction with camber, and a sidewall construction that grips on steeps and icy slopes.

The graphics were new for the 2011-2012 season and the tail has been stiffened. They come in 192 and 183 length and have the dimensions of 142mm tip, 123mm underfoot and a tail measuring 134mm. So whether you are skiing a deep powder day or doing spins off pillows or skiing a big mountain line, the Atomic Bent Chetler ski will not disappoint.

Retail Price: $699

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