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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Kick Wax Observations Redux

Last year in January we published this article. Since then we’ve had a number of requests for the link. I figured it would be a good idea to re-publish it. I considered updating it, but I think it’s pretty good as it is… Kick Waxing – Early season testing lessons. The snow we received right […]

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US National Championship – Brief Notes

The week at Soldier Hollow was a great opportunity for us to do some intensive testing. You can’t possibly learn so much, so fast, when you’re not in a competition setting. We won’t make any outlandish claims about having the best wax or service, but we were very satisfied with our results over the week. […]

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Distance Skate Day Discussion

Today was a good day. We woke up to falling snow, and temperatures warmer than what had been forecast, so it would have been reasonable to expect things to go in a very different direction than yesterday’s testing had indicated. But, for the most part, things held steady for us and we were able to […]

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US Nationals – Mass Start Skate Testing

We’ve been pretty busy here, and haven’t provided a lot of updates. But we’ve learned a lot, and had some good success. I’ll write up a full report on the whole week once we’re home. In the meantime – here are some ideas for tomorrow’s skate races. Paraffins have been fairly consistent for us all […]

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US Nationals Day 2 – Pre Race Testing

Today was our first full day of testing, and we ran a whole bunch of tests. It’s alway necessary to test a lot early in a week like this to get a good picture of how things are working. It’s late, and we’ve got an early morning start to race day tomorrow, so I’ll make […]

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