Avalanche Burial With A Black Diamond Avalung

De-Stink The Stink

It’s that time of year again. The temperature is starting to rise (oh nooooo…) and your feet sweat like no one’s business when they are stuffed inside your thick and warm ski boot liners all day. I use thin synthetic socks when I ski, and they hold plenty of wrank foot odor on their own. [...]

Guess Who's Boots: Modified Dynafit TLT5

Had the day off today, but turned out to be pretty busy…after shredding 7K’ of awesomely fast untracked powder, of course. One of my “extra tasks” today was to help a fellow skier bring his modified Dynafit TLT5 boots back up to par and replace some blown rivets with T-nuts. And when I say modified…I [...]

Side-By-Side: Dynafit Vulcan and TLT5 AT Boots

Click all photos for larger image. Since Outdoor Retailer, I’ve been able get a couple ski tours in using the much anticipated Hoji-boot, AKA the Dynafit Vulcan, for next season. The Vulcan tours great and skis even better, as the cuff and flex pattern is very stiff. There were some parts of the boot that [...]

Propulski…Spring Loaded Dynafits

Le…Propulski. I knew it was only a matter of time before someone had the guts to try something like this.  Introducing…Propulski!  (English only readers, click here for Google translated web page.) Coming out of France, Propulski is a removable spring that is used with tech AT bindings (seems like they might work with some telemark [...]

Maruelli Radical Binding Upgrade

So far, I’ve been having success with the pin upgrade for the Dynafit Radical bindings.  I’ve had zero auto-rotations with the heel-piece since swapping out the pin, and no cracks or brakes have developed in the plastic housing.  I’ve heard Dynafit is still working out another fix for the problem that will be worked into [...]

Mega-fun Sunrise Powder!

I’ve been pretty busy with work and life-planning since coming back from the trade show, but dawn patrols have been paying off big. Today there was a pretty sunrise and the Carbon Megawatts mounted at +2.5cm treated my right. The tips are huge on these things and darn near impossible to bury, so I opted [...]

More OR: Arc'teryx, Dri-Down, La Sportiva, Pamoca, Ortovox

Today is my last day at the trade show and I’m headed back to Jackson. With 36” of new snow in the past couple days and 4-6’ avalanche crowns being reported, the drive should be interesting. Luckily there looks to be lull in the action this afternoon and tonight, before the snow ramps up again [...]

Demo Day Highlights: Dynafit, Voile, G3

Pretty uneventful drive down to the Outdoor Retailer All Mountain Demo this morning. It was blowing sideways when I left Jackson, but seemed to taper off once I got further away from the Tetons. They could definitely use some more of the white stuff here in SLC…to cover up all the city shit, never mind [...]

Black Diamond Fall 2012 Part 2: New FlickLock Pro, Ski Packs

New Black Diamond Flicklock Pro for Fall 2012. Yesterday, I showed you some of the new gear Black Diamond has in store for next season (known as Fall 2012 in retail lingo), so today I figured I’d share some of the changes BD will be making to their extremely popular Flicklock poles and ski packs. [...]

Black Diamond Fall 2012 Part 1: New Skis, Boots, Skins

Black Diamond Fall 2012 FreeTour Series Skis. From left to right – Carbon Megawatt, Carbon Justice, Drift, Starlet and Revert. When Black Diamond started selling their own ski and boot line a few years ago, the common mantra was that it was “All About The Down”. Well, it seems as though the tides are changing [...]

The Huascaran…Dynafit's New F12 Landfish

Click all photos for larger image. Remember when Dynafit was known for making ultra-skinny and short skis for rando’ers that liked to spoon tight wiggle turns and put in low angle skin tracks? Well, they still make skis for that, but for next fall, Dynafit will add a new stick its collection called the Huascaran [...]

Dynafit Radical Binding New Heel Pin Upgrade

To-Pin or Not-To-Pin…that is the question. (And I don’t mean telemark.) Alas, after a couple weeks in limbo, Dynafit has now released the new Radical binding heel-pin upgrade. The pin is made of brass and has a skinny end, as well as a think end with a small ring indented into it.  When installing the [...]

No Fogging with Bausch + Lomb FogShield

There is nothing more annoying (well, maybe there are some things more annoying, but…) than having to pull your sunglasses off, or away from, your face because they have fogged up. Clearing your lenses of fog and moisture, and bringing them back to shape for clear and crisp vision also tends to be a huge [...]

Plum Guide and Dynafit Radical Tech Binding Woes?

In the world of AT tech bindings, not only are there new “players” entering into the market every year (mainly copying many of Dynafit’s expired patents), companies like Dynafit are continually pushing binding designs and innovation to make the bindings we use…better. While companies attempt to test their products to the full extent prior to [...]

Maximizing Walk-Mode ROM of the Black Diamond Quadrant

I don’t know if it is because here in the Tetons we often have a lot of flat-ish terrain to cover before we really start skinning uphill, but I’ve really become a fan of a large range of motion in the cuffs of my AT boots. I often ski wearing Dynafit TLT5 Performance boots, which [...]

Modify What?

I spent a couple hours the other day modifying some clothing. Can you guess what I did? After having a few articles of clothing with this design, I will never wear one skiing without it again.

Iron Skin Glue Recharge

So, the jury is still out on this one, but I have high hopes that this is a great solution to gooey, globbed up skin glue that occasionally sticks to your ski base, and will negate, or at least delay, the need to reglue your climbing skins. I treated three pairs of my skins to [...]

Side Wall Planers…An Edge Tuning Necessity

Side Wall Planers are key to getting sharp edges. It is interesting to think that when I used to ski the resort a lot, I could have cared less about what condition my ski edges and bases were in. Back in those days and all too often, I’d be skiing around with a few inches [...]

AA Battery Money Saving Tip

Does your avalanche transceiver, GPS, headlamp, personal locator beacon or other electronic device use AA batteries to obtain power? Well, here is a little tip that can save you a few bucks, as 6-volt lantern batteries can sell for the same price as AA’s, yet provide much more juice hidden inside. Granted, rechargeable batteries are [...]