New and improved Black Diamond ski poles and straps.
My one full day at OR was action packed, running from booth to booth, trying to see all the new gear. Besides all the ski improvements from Black Diamond, they also have totally reworked their ski pole line, separating 7 models into the Power and Efficiency categories that run throughout their whole ski program. Additions to the line include the Pure Carbon (lightweight, all carbon with foam choke up grips) and a durable, inexpensive model called the Boundary. All the poles will have smaller sized grips than the current versions, nice ergonomic improvements to the straps (which I know I will really appreciate) and the Efficiency models will have weight reducing flutes carved out of the interior of the grips. All great improvements to BD’s already strong and popular ski poles.
With the addition of mohair and Split-skins which I already mentioned, BD has also made a spiffy update to their skin tip loops. They will now be offered in only one size, but will be adjustable through a ball and socket mechanism hidden inside the plastic covering. Metal covering will also protect the cables, hopefully making them less apt to abrasion from your skin tips. I like it!
A few changes to the BD ski pack line as well. In general, all the pack’s overall lines seem to have been smoothed over…making them less boxy and the Revelation will be added to the AvaLung program. The Agent, a new pack, is slightly bigger than the small, front/side country Bandit version. I think this will be a hit because it was pretty hard to fit anything besides some water and the avy essentials in the Bandit. They also added a padded waist belt with pockets the 28/30L Covert, making it a much more attractive option. In the ice category, nearly all the crampons will now be offered in stainless steel: not only making them very sexy, but also allow them to be lighter, more durable, resistant to rust and the smoother surfaces will shed snow better…so less balling. I think we can all appreciate that!
The Scarpa family admires the new Dynafit DyNA rando race boot.
A quick stop over at the Scarpa booth to see the new F1 Carbon, showed that the picture I had posted a few days prior wasn’t completely accurate. The F1 Carbon will also have a carbon torsion beam, fixed to the back of the heal to add stiffness and ski ability. NTN fans will be psyched to see the addition of the TX Comp, the most powerful boot in their NTN program. It will come with a Booster strap, no walk mode and sans ‘tech inserts’ for AT skiing. Because honestly, why would any telemark skier in their right mind want to lock their heel down. I mean really?!
Splitboarders will love the re-release of the Voile One Ninety One.
I know my splitboarding friends will love that Voile will re-release the One Ninety One model. With a huge swallow tail, this thing almost makes me want to give going down hill sideways a try. If it wasn’t for my Megawatts…I’d seriously consider it for the super deep and thick snow that was found in the Tetons this weekend.
Not many changes to talk about over at the Ortovox booth, but I did spend some time acquainting myself with their backpacks, since I’ve really liked the Peak 29 and Haute Route that I’ve been using quite a bit this year. One model that stood out was the Free Rider 24. A great, smaller sized and versatile pack that can carry skis (both A-frame and quiver style), a snowboard and also your helmet. An internal spine protector adds allure to the huckster crowd.
New GU Chomps.
I know my dentist hates it, but no matter how hard I try, I just can’t stay away from those gummy energy treats…and now GU adds Chomps to the quick energy mix. I had some while skiing over the weekend and while some gummy shots have you gasping for air trying to chew the larger sized blocks, the Chomps smaller size made them easy to eat while on the go. Offered in orange, strawberry, blueberry pomegranate and cranberry apple, I know I will be trying to get these things out from between my teeth a lot on many skin tracks to come. Packed with carbohydrates, amino acids, antioxidants and electrolytes, they are more the just candy…even if they don’t taste like it.
Talus Cold Avenger Pro ventilation adjustment.
One last goodie for all you cold weather enthusiasts that don’t let those sub-zeros temps hold you back, and value the heath of your lungs. The Talus Cold Avenger protects you and your lungs from frigid air, which can be the cause of pulmonary edema. Great for all types of activities, the Cold Avenger has an adjustable air opening, which can regulate the temperature of the oxygen you are breathing. Initially marketed to high-altitude climbers, it would be a great product for anyone getting out when it’s wicked cold out.