Salomon Pilot Carbon Skate Bindings

We’ve just unpacked our first shipment of Salomon bindings for the season, and had to take some photos of the new Pilot Carbon Skate bindings. We’ve worked with these on World Cup skis for the past two seasons, and know them to be functional, reliable, and light weight (130g per ski compared with 160g per […]

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Reviews / Previews – Midsummer Ski Notes

When ski companies produce a model and support it with marketing material they provide a very general outline of what the ski actually is. They focus on specifically marketable factors, like new materials or construction methods (e.g. cold base-bonding with the Fischer Speedmax), or camber profile features (like variable tip splay with Madshus REDline). These […]

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Firstbeat EPOC

Heart rate monitors are a nearly universal tool in endurance athletics. I’ve owned more of them than I can recall, and have been all over the spectrum of adherence, from religiously following training zones, to ditching the monitor for years at a time. On balance I’ve come down on the side of training by feel, […]

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Goodbyes

When somebody you love dies it’s easy to find yourself in a mindset where it feels as though it’s something that’s happening to you. When it hits twice in fairly quick succession, you can really start to feel put-upon. It’s important to remember how big our social networks are; how many people share the feelings […]

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Season Recap # 3 – The Winter According to Amy

Seeing that it is the start of the training season for Nordic skiers, it seems like a good time to recap some of my highlights from this past year and also talk about some of the things I am looking forward to this upcoming year at Caldwell Sport. We had a very busy winter season […]

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Season Recap #2 – Report Card on New Ski Models

2013-14 was an exciting season for new products. Last Spring we wrote a series of previews of the Speedmax model from Fischer and the REDline model from Madshus. We’ve now had a full season of feedback from our own testing, and from customers to feed into the grading calculator. Here’s the report card, including our […]

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Season Recap #1 – New Grind Development

Grind development is an ongoing process; we’re always trying new ideas and looking for improved performance.  While the development work is steady, progress comes in fits and starts. The last time we had a real breakthrough in structure development was 2011, when we found success with S2-1X, S1-0X, L2-0, and other grinds built on those […]

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Final Birkie Wax Discussion & Recommendation

The Birkie storm delivered all that the forecast promised, and temperatures have dropped on the back side of the storm, as advertised. Jeff Tumbleson’s note this morning indicated that the current conditions look perfect for 330C powder. The 330C is a World Cup CODE powder for colder new snow – it runs very similar in […]

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Birkie Forecast Update

The forecast for Birkieland & Birkietime has shifted toward the snowy and cold end of the spectrum in the last couple of days. As of now, we’re feeling pretty solid with a recommendation of hfC21.1 powder. The 330C powder that I was leaning toward a couple of days ago still has a real shot – […]

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Birkie Wax Testing & Planning

The Olympic venue here in Russia has been downright tropical lately, so it takes a real mental adjustment for me to make sense of Jeff Tumbleson’s testing reports from the Birkie trail. But Jeff has been providing enough information, and a small touch of the fever has permeated my Olympic mindset, so I’ll hazard some […]

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