After a little session on Snow King this morning, I’m on my way to Snowbird today for a couple days of pre Outdoor Retailer stoke. But, since Genuine Guide Gear (G3) isn’t going to be at the trade show this year, I got a preview of some of what’s new last week. Nothing earth shattering in the ski category, but there were a couple things that I thought are worth sharing.
G3′s new Twin Tip Connector for climbing skins.
None of the skis I ski on are true twin-tip shaped skis, but those that do backcountry ski on twin-tips, know that depending on the shape, getting skin tail-clips to stay on your tails can sometimes be a real PITA. G3 has solved this problem by creating an add-on product that slides on to stretchy rubber tails and has two independently moving wings that grab on to any twin-tip…no matter what the shape. The new Twin Tip Connectors are compatible with both G3 and Black Diamond skins and is adjustable, but locks into place on the rubber tails. I’ve seen people use old-school rubber stretchy skin tips for twin tip skis, but this looks like a better option…especially since those older style tips are sometimes hard to find these days.
Next year’s Onyx will have a DIN to 12.
A couple changes to G3 Onyx binding for fall 2010, one being an increased DIN to 12 setting. My guess is that this was an easy change for G3 and probably just required changing out some springs. In addition, the little lever that you use change from ski to walk-mode will now be colored red…for increased visibility. Also new for 2010 will be a women’s version called the Ruby. What’s different about it? Well, besides the color, the pressure it takes to open the toe lever for entry and exit has been reduces…to accommodate a women’s softer touch I guess. Weights are the same.
Anyway, I’ll post some updates from this weeks events when I can.
Looks like it’s snowing back home all this week…so LIVE TO SKI while I’m gone!!!!!