When taking a trip into the backcountry on skis, you need some specialized equipment. Normal ski boots and bindings are designed to unify your foot and the ski. That’s fine and dandy when you’re on your way down. But, unifying your foot and ski on the way up? That makes walking hard. The solution is alpine touring gear – boots that allow your ankles to flex and bindings that release your heel to give you a natural stride. Our favorite binding right now? The Fritschi Vipec.
Another of our favorite skis at the SIA on snow demo at Copper Mountain - the 2016 Black Diamond Boundary 115 ski. Black Diamond sent us up the chair with their PR head, Sam Coffey of Backbone Media, to try out the Boundary series mounted with Fritschi's Vipec binding (which we run on our own skis). Click through for our impressions and more tech info and specs.
When we were at Copper Mountain for the 2015 SIA on snow demo, we put our feet into a lot of skis. The 2015 G3 Empire Carbon ski was one of our favorites. We were also interested in the G3 ION 12 binding. Thank goodness G3 mounted the ION 12 onto the Empire Carbon for demos! Click through for our impressions.
G3 let us borrow a pair of next season's (2015/2016) G3 Alpinist LT Skins. We took them up on Jones Pass to test them on some familiar ground. G3 redesigned everything for the LT - shorter, lighter plush, lighter face fabric, and new, eco-friendly DWR to keep the skins dry and glop-free. We tested them head to head with the G3 Alpinist, and Black Diamond Ascension (for control group)
Part two of our SIA Snow Show 2015 bonanza! Today we're talking about skis. Only skis. Nothing but skis. SIA Snow Show 2015 skis! We saw quite a few pairs of skis at the Snow Show and got to test some of them at the on snow demo at Copper Mountain. Again, this post will be photo-intensive. Please browse accordingly!
After a few weeks of being overly-excited about snow and forgetting our responsibilities, we finally set out on Sunday with the specific purpose of testing out the PoleClinometer and comparing it to some of the more popular inclinometers on the market. That's not to say we didn't get in some epic turns as well, but we'll get to those in another post. First, the inclinometers!