Gear News: Unusual Brands At Juniors World In Oberwiesenthal

Gear News: Unusual Brands At Juniors World In Oberwiesenthal

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Apologies for starting with the obvious: most of the top athletes compete & win at the Juniors/ U23 World Championships using exactly the same brands as their older comrades in the FIS World Cup. In professional sport best prospects are signed early in hope of seeing them win the Olympics and the World Cups one day. That's something only large companies with serious sponsorship budgets could afford. Not every large company is willing to invest in many junior, however and not every gear manufacturer is willing to sponsor grown-up world-class athletes with their ,well, fairly grown-up appetites. That essentially means the Juniors at Oberwiesenthal are, among other things, are anextremely unusual face-off: The equipment produced by second-tier manufacturers (basically, those who can't afford Klaebo or Bolshunov) is put against larger,…
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Gear Update: What New We Spotted At Ski Tour 2020

Gear Update: What New We Spotted At Ski Tour 2020

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There wasn't a huge amount of premiers at Ski Tour 2020 when it comes to gear, yet some notable debuts were spotted: [caption id="attachment_14890" align="alignnone" width="1920"] Anamarija Lampic " podium walks" the newest One Way Diamond SLG20 poles [/caption] [caption id="attachment_14887" align="alignnone" width="1920"] At 50g/m SLG20 are incredibly light. One Way is only supplying its sponsored athletes with the new poles. Start of sales: fall 2020[/caption] [caption id="attachment_14885" align="alignnone" width="1920"] Swix is lagging a tad behind its Fischer-owned rival: Triac Aero 4.0s only appeared as non-foiled " Release Candidate" version...[/caption] [caption id="attachment_14886" align="alignnone" width="1920"] ..what's important is who had them: Alex Bolshunov is not exactly known for heaping praises on gear yet he says that Aero 4.0s feel really good. [/caption] [caption id="attachment_14884" align="alignnone" width="1920"] Rossignol S series hitherto camouflaged…
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Fischer’s Dominance In Distance Racing Evident? Or Is It Being Challenged?

Fischer’s Dominance In Distance Racing Evident? Or Is It Being Challenged?

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Is glass half full or half empty? Start lists of today's pursuit races at Ski Tour 2020. Of note: the left column, who-is-who in female distance racing, continues to be totally dominated by Fischer = 6 out of 10 with all top 5 places occupied by Fischer's athletes. The right column, however is markedly different: "only " 4 out of 10 with all podium places in yesterday's men 15k F race taken by rival skis.
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SNS Pilot Not Dead. New Top Boots In Works?

SNS Pilot Not Dead. New Top Boots In Works?

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Dear SNS Pilot fans - we think of you. Your favorite standard of bindings was possibly, even likely superior - at least in certain trail conditions. But it lost in marketing wars. So,if you are on the market for race-level SNS boots in 2020, you'd have look fairly hard for remaining stock of Salomon S/LAB Carbon beauties that came out with switchable SNS/NNN plates (but good luck finding any) You'd probably have to settle for the second line: Salomon S / Race Skate Plus 19/20 edition or far less common Spine Matrix Carbon Pro. Both are great boots by the standards of , say, 2015 - but let's face it, you might experience a bit of inferiority complex looking at your buddies who all invested their hard-earned buck into newest…
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Coronavirus Starts Wrecking Havoc In Beijing Olympics Preps

Coronavirus Starts Wrecking Havoc In Beijing Olympics Preps

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The Olympic Games in Beijing are not to kick off for another two years but the major medal contenders' preparations are in full swing always already. Or were meant to be. The formula is as follows: exactly two years ahead a team of the most experienced and thorough waxers departs for extended tests carrying literally hundreds of pairs of skis: every possible combination of grind and wax needs to be tried. Nobody could guarantee that the weather will be the same during the actual event, but there is a bigger chance hitting it right in the same week of the year. Different courses/ distanced require different tests. The job therefore is long, arduous and painstaking- but needs to be done of a) the team wants to win b)can afford such…
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