Putting the Boot in… 19 Jan2015

Putting the Boot in…

Ski Boot & Ski Binding Compatibility It’s a minefield out there – once it was all so simple! All ski boots fitted all types of bindings, end of story… simples. Admittedly ski bindings were nowhere near as sophisticated nor as safe as they are nowadays and neither was the range of...

6 Skis in 6 Days 18 Jan2015

6 Skis in 6 Days

Chamonix is one of the most exciting ski areas in Europe, with over 80 maintained pistes across 5 different areas there’s something for everyone from complete beginners to advanced. With all this varied terrain, deciding what equipment is best for which area and conditions can often be...

Over the Ropes 14 Jan2015

Over the Ropes

Quest Back Country Package Salomon have introduced a complete backcountry ski package developed in close collaboration with their Mountain Collective. Quest BC provides touring convenience with no compromise on downhill performance. Balancing the touring needs of lightweight construction and...

Evolution of Revolution 13 Jan2015

Evolution of Revolution

Splitboarding Split boarding has come of age. A few years ago they were a novelty, now they are everywhere! It’s not as though they are particularly new, Voiles 1st split dates back to the early nineteens.  This growth set against a back ground of declining regular snowboard sales is...

DPS Skis 10 Mar2014

DPS Skis

Where does DPS come from? Where are the origins? DPS is about the mystery encountered during a slide across deep snow. It is the inspiration for everything we create. It fuels a reverence for mountains, storms, and the people who sculpt powder culture. It leads us on a search for distant...

Mountain Clothing 03 Nov2013

Mountain Clothing

Modern materials and construction techniques mean that there is no such thing as bad weather in the mountains, just poor clothing! Here we will discuss briefly the correct way to dress for snowsports in the high mountains. Winter in Europe usually spans a period of 4 – 5 months, from...

Choosing Ski Goggles 30 Oct2013

Choosing Ski Goggles

To look good or feel good. Goggles have come a long way since they were an afterthought, just in case you couldn’t wear your sunglasses all day long. Now they work, the comfort and fit are great and the lenses are first class. Bollé has always concentrated on the quality and performance of...

Avalanche Airbags 29 Jan2013

Avalanche Airbags

A review of Avalanche Airbag systems. Preventing or minimizing burial depth is the key to reducing avalanche fatalities. In contrast to other avalanche safety equipment, airbags actively reduce the chance of burial. They work using the principle of inverse segregation. When granular objects of...

Off-piste Essentials 01 Dec2012

Off-piste Essentials

Thinking of trying out some off-piste skiing or ski touring this winter? There’s nothing better than leaving the pistes, heading out and skiing untracked powder under a blue sky, or skinning into a remote valley and spending the night in an alpine hut. Off-piste skiing though carries a...

Waterproof / Breathable Fabrics 29 Nov2012

Waterproof / Breathable F...

What are some of the latest and greatest technologies in the world of technological fabrics these days? Well, there is always the waterproof breathable category. GORE-TEX Many of us have heard of GORE-TEX – the most common name when it comes to a waterproof technology. GORE-TEX is known...

Ski Boots 2013 24 Oct2012

Ski Boots 2013

Review of ski boot fitting, technology and innovation for the 2012/13 season. Winter is nearly upon us and it’s time to look at what innovation and technology has brought to us in ski boots for the coming season. Before we look at what’s new and exciting this year remember that even more...

Ten Things: Opinel Knife 24 Apr2012

Ten Things: Opinel Knife

1. The simple peasant’s knife quickly proved popular, hundreds of thousands of knives being sold by 1914. By 1939 an incredible 20 million knives had been sold – at the time, enough for half the population of France to own one! The company is still run by the Opinel family,...