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We all know about the basic gear it takes to access the backcountry in safety and style -- you've got to have boots, bindings, skis, and skins. Those are the basics we chat about with any customer who comes through our doors, and that set of four products is a big investment of time and decision-making. But once you've got your setup dialed in, what else do you need to keep yourself warm, dry, safe, and happy during those predawn starts and long powder-lapping days?..
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Mind the Heel Gap - 1/23/2020
Londoners and Dynafit binding owners tend to be very mindful of gaps.  The city-folk are reminded to look out for the gap between train and platform when stepping onto the tube (British for subway).  The ski-folk needs to keep an eye on the gap between the back of their ski boots and the heel towers of tech bindings.  These are important since forgetting either can lead to falling on one’s face.  In this article, we will focus more on ski binding..
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Pattern recognition is an evolved specialty of the human brain.  This innate ability allows us to recognize faces, spot a lion in the jungle, and see objects in the clouds.  Despite the effortlessness of employing this skill, it is not well understood nor can it be replicated by machines, even after decades of computer science research.  So take some pride in it. A somewhat confusing array of holes, letters, numbers, and arrows on the Haga..
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Alpine skiers can be surprised to learn that tech bindings essentially suspend your boot in the air above your ski.  Your weight is not resting on the ski at all, but rather is supported by metal pins that insert into reinforced holes found on Dynafit compatible ski boots.  It can be important to consider just how far off the deck your toes and heels are floating, since this can affect how your weight is balanced over your skis. The height of the pi..
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Photo courtesy of Hagan. Some parents start their kids on a journey of ski touring at an extremely young age.  They may carry their kids in a backpack on an easy tour, or even pull their kids uphill with a rope tied to themselves as they skin.  Those tactics get harder and harder as your kids grow, however.  Eventually, it’s time to get the little ones their very own touring gear!  More and more kids are skinning uphill by themselves, and ..
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Go high or go low?  Here are the numbers behind heel risers and efficient skinning. Anyone who ski tours is familiar with the risers on binding heel pieces. From your first days on the skin track, people explain that they’re intended to make walking uphill easier. In theory—and in a few specific ways—they do, but that doesn’t necessarily mean you should go find the bindings with the highest heel risers. As is always the case in backcountry skiing decisions, ..
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The unique construction and performance of Aski skis demands an introduction, and this is it.   The heart and soul of Aski is CarbonShell.  The technology consists thermoplastic infused with carbon fiber to make a lightweight skeleton that has unique flex and structural properties.  The self-supporting shell allows an elastic curve to the ski that enables amazing edge hold without the vibration or skitter found in some pure carbon skis.  Th..
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Shedding weight often means shedding features.  The ability to adjust your ski bindings to various boot lengths is one such feature that is commonly jettisoned on race bindings.  If you know you’re going to be using a particular boot for a season or two, why carry an extra ounce or two? But weight isn’t the only reason to go fixed.  There is beauty and reliability in simplicity; one less thing to jam, strip, or break.  Removing adjustment mech..
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As we mentioned in our article Dynafit Radical vs Vertical, Dynafit has set the standard for lightweight bindings in the past couple decades. Also known as tech bindings, these light mechanisms were designed to be safe and flexible, with adjustable release settings and boot sole length customization to help you get dialed in. The advent of Randonnée racing, however, prompted Dynafit to push the boundaries to see just how light these bindings can become. As it turns ..
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- Update 2/14/2013 - La Sportiva has discontinued the RT binding for the 2013/14 season. Historically known as a quality footwear company, La Sportiva entered the ski market in 2011 with a surprisingly wide range of quality ski gear. Rather than develop these products from scratch and risk learning difficult design lessons early on, La Sportiva contracted with well established manufacturers to get things right from the start. For their ski bindings, they cho..
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