American Birkebeiner Outlook and Recommendation

If you just want to skip directly to the recommendation, scroll to the bottom. Otherwise, grab a cup of coffee, and enjoy my prose as I discuss how this recommendation was generated… Our Guy in Hayward When we first moved back to Vermont and started up the most recent iteration of Caldwell Sport, one of […]

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Kris Freeman on Rottefella MOVE Bindings

This season Rottefella released their MOVE bindings – a system that allows skiers to adjust the position of the binding on the ski without taking the skis off; with a little practice and coordination, you can even adjust the position on the fly. The purpose is simple – with the bindings positioned forward and high […]

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Vauhti’s New Mid Fluoro is Good

Last spring, when it came time to place a pre-season order for wax, the Vauhti guys mentioned that, “oh, hey, there’s a new Mid fluoro formulation coming for next year.” I sent a very nasty note back. We don’t like changes that we haven’t had a chance to test – how are we supposed to […]

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Introducing Madshus Redline 2.0

On Saturday Amy and I will return to Europe for our second ski selection trip of the year, and we’ll spend a week in Norway where we’ll be working with the first full production of Madshus Redline 2.0 skis. The Redline 2.0 model is coming for the 2018-19 season in a limited release. The standard […]

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2018 Salomon Ski UPDATE

We’ve just wrapped up an early season visit with Jean-Marc Draeyer, and the famous ski-farmer Willi Engelhardt (https://youtu.be/NZZ_Q0bNlQk) at Salomon’s factory in Altenmarkt. We selected a handful of skis for our 2018 order, but mostly we spent a bunch of time going over the new inventory – in particular, learning the parameters and variation in […]

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Fischer 2018 Review-Preview

No news is good news? With lots of news of new models from other brands, Fischer has been pretty quiet, and this is nothing new. In spite of rolling out a major change in their material with the introduction of the Speedmax models, followed by a substantive in-line adjustment to their geometry in 2015, their […]

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Protect Our Winters Program is Live

As promised, today and tomorrow – April 30th and May 1st – your orders will generate donations to Protect Our Winters. For each pair of skis ordered during these two days, we will donate $100 to POW. Why do we do this? We’ve discussed it at length in our previous post announcing the program – check […]

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Race Skin Skis 2018 Review – Preview

Skin skis have officially become a phenomenon in the industry. The idea was first introduced in the 1970s, and was even used successfully in competition. But it wasn’t until the introduction of the Atomic Skintec in 2011 that factory produced skin skis really became a thing. In the past several years the offerings from all […]

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Madshus 2018 Review – Preview

Last September I wrote about an ambitious development project that Madshus had undertaken, in which they put most of the variables in their ski design on the table for review and revision. Our experience with the new ski designs through last spring was limited to a few outings in sub-optimal conditions. But when we went […]

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POW Partnership Continues

In April of 2017 we decided that we needed to make a meaningful gesture in recognition of the threat posed to our industry and livelihood by climate change. We created a partnership between our customers and our suppliers to donate $100 from each pair of skis ordered on one day (Earth Day) to Protect Our […]

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