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Garmin Rolls Out New Rino at Teva Games

Garmin Rolls Out New Rino at Teva Games

Gear Institute Staff

Garmin's new Rino has been officially unveiled, with an up to 20-mile communication range.

Skiing Mag Editors Call Out New Gear

Skiing Mag Editors Call Out New Gear

Gear Institute Staff

Skiing Magazine calls out the best of next year's new gear. Take a quick preview of the highlights for the fall.

Stronger feet for barefoot runners

Gear Institute Staff

Don't let minimalist shoes injure your feet. These exercises can help.

Boobs Get Individual Attention in New CW-X Campaign

Boobs Get Individual Attention in New CW-X Campaign

Tal-ee Roberts

In an ad campaign currently running in magazines such as Fitness, Runner's World and Trail Runner, CW-X is celebrating its support for the individual nature of boobs. In the campaign, an image shows a woman wearing the new CW-X VersatX bra with the words: “Finally, A Sports Bra That Treats Boobs As Individuals.”

Salomon XR Steps into Runner’s World Award for Best Debut

Salomon XR Steps into Runner’s World Award for Best Debut

Tal-ee Roberts

Salomon’s line of XT Wings trail running shoes helped build a considerable following for the brand off-pavement. And now it looks as if the company could be catching fire again as Runner’s World magazine has given the new hybrid Salomon XR Crossmax Neutral its award for ‘Best Debut.’

Judge throws out Jetboil lawsuit

Judge throws out Jetboil lawsuit

Gear Institute Staff

On March 31, a U.S. District Court judge in Delaware dismissed Jetboil's lawsuit against a group of companies including Primus, the makers of the ETA Solo heat exchanger stove, according to an announcement by Primus's marketing team. Jetboil had alleged Primus had infringed its patent on its popular (and, frankly, revolutionary) design for a hyper-efficient, heat exchanger stove. Primus's stove does indeed look a lot like (and functions very similarly) to the Jetboil stoves, but the lawsuit and counter lawsuit related to the Primus ETA Solo Stove launch seem to be over.
Primus (slightly) understates weight of ETA Solo stove

Primus (slightly) understates weight of ETA Solo stove

Gear Institute Staff

This morning, BackpackingLite published a good, objective test of JetBoil rival. And they noticed something amiss.
Fat and Light?

Fat and Light?

Tal-ee Roberts

Backcountry skiers are looking for plus-size surface area on their boards, but also a butterfly light weight. Boards that feature both can create their own powder cults, ala Movement Skis’ Logic X.

ISPO Ski Awards honor Fischer Vacuum, Blizzard Flipcore

ISPO Ski Awards honor Fischer Vacuum, Blizzard Flipcore

Gear Institute Staff

The European Ski Award winners were announced from the ispo tradeshow in Munich the first week of February, with both of the hardgoods awards giving a nod to some radical new technology for the slopes. The winners were the Fischer Soma Vacuum 130, which features the world’s first completely moldable ski shell, as well as the Blizzard Cochise ski, which embraces rocker technology with a reverse cambered core for a completely natural flex.

ISPO announces 2011 Outdoor Gear Awards

ISPO announces 2011 Outdoor Gear Awards

Gear Institute Staff

Munich-The gear industry’s equivalent of the Oscars, the ispo Outdoor Awards were announced in Munich, Germany, on February 6, 2011 as the legendary European tradeshow opened. With more than one dozen separate tradehalls, and literally hundreds of exhibitors, the ispo Outdoor Awards are the most coveted honors of the tradeshow season.

Bode Skis to 12th with One Pole

Bode Skis to 12th with One Pole

Tal-ee Roberts

Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany (Gear Institute)-America’s greatest male ski racer ever, four-time World Champion Bode Miller, put up another highlight reel of a run on Wednesday in the FIS Alpine World Ski Championship Super G, finishing the run with only one pole.


Dangerous Counterfeit Climbing Gear Surfaces

Dangerous Counterfeit Climbing Gear Surfaces

Gear Institute Staff

It's a manufacturer's worst nightmare: Counterfeit versions of a product exactly theirs flood the market, drying up demand. But Petzl's concern is more serious.

The climbing company has announced it has discovered Chinese-made, knock-off versions of it's popular climbing carabiners and ascenders. The knock-offs fail well before the authentic versions do, putting climbers who think they are using the real thing at serious risk.

The worst part? The fake versions look almost exactly like the real versions, right down to sharing the same batch numbers imprinted in their metal.

A Cut Above

A Cut Above

Gear Institute Staff

The first time I trimmed a pair of climbing skins, it took about two hours. If you’ve ever cut a pair, you know why. It’s a delicate process. To cut them to fit the skis perfectly, you have to expose the ski’s edge. Expose too little, and the ski slips around a lot on traverses. Expose too much, and you slip while climbing.  To lop off the perfect amount of skin, you need to go through a very careful process of offsetting the skin on the ski, cutting an edge, repositioning it just so, cutting again, etc. The process can be about as nerve-wracking as surgery, especially if you have a lot of dog hair, and you’re prone to letting the sticky skin flop onto the floor.

Thankfully, Genuine Guide Gear (G3) has a brilliant new tool that makes the process infinitely easier.

Top 11 Most Stable Alpine Touring Bindings Rated

Tal-ee Roberts

 

freeridepro

Lou Dawson, mastermind behind the excellent backcountry ski touring website wildsnow.com, has done an excellent, head to head test of alpine touring bindings, looking at how much play, or deflection, the bindings have when the ski is on edge.

AT Binding

Sportiva Clicks into AT Binding Market

Boulder, Colo. (Gear Institute)-Footwear and climbing giant Sportiva is jumping into the growing Alpine Touring (AT) binding market with the introduction this winter of the new RT Tech ski binding.

The binding is already available to athletes on the European randonnee ski race circuit, and will hit the U.S. market in mid-December. Weighing in at 175 grams, the retail price has been announced at $700.

Terra Nova’s Laser 1 Smashes Guinness Record

Terra Nova’s Laser 1 Smashes Guinness Record

Gear Institute Staff

Guinness record for world's lightest tent falls, again.

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