Equipment Update: What We Saw At First International Race Of Season

Equipment Update: What We Saw At First International Race Of Season

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For years now Olos/Muonio has had a reputation of being the first true international meet-up of the new competition season. The results may or may not reflect the actual strength of a particular athlete,depending on her/ his strategy. But what is constant, is the fact that we all get to see athletes who changed their gear supplier in the summer to podium walk their new wares for the first time. [caption id="attachment_13666" align="alignnone" width="1920"] Biggest news, of course, is Iivo Niskanen switching from Rossignol to Fischer. It is becoming exceedingly rare in our days to see a skier of his caliber & titles to do the swap. Yet a double Olympic and a world champion has taken that plunge...[/caption] [caption id="attachment_13661" align="alignnone" width="1920"] It would appear that the Austrian skis…
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Inside Famed Salomon Kilo Area With Its Boss Jean-Marc Draeyer

Inside Famed Salomon Kilo Area With Its Boss Jean-Marc Draeyer

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You do know what Salomon's Kilo is, right?! If on off-chance you haven't heard of the Kilo, here's a brief explanation offered by the Salomon Nordic boss, Nicolas Stamos: " The Kilo Program is where specialty ski shops can order on customer's demand skis that are hand picked at he factory according to a very narrow corridor and according to the exact specifications. So you get skis picked exactly according to your own preferences among thousands. Top selection! Also you can get the same grinding we propose to our World Cup athletes. You are thus treated exactly as Sjur Roethe, and get the skis he could have used in Seefeld for example. This just requires a small effort of early booking in order to be best served. Early birds catches…
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First Look: Carbon Soled Boots With Abrasion Pads For Biathletes

First Look: Carbon Soled Boots With Abrasion Pads For Biathletes

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What's the difference between folks on skis and those called biathletes? Well, for one thing the latter have a propensity for carrying a rather unwieldy rifle. They also could be identified by their patched boots. The shooting mats are made of a rather abrasive material that after countless prone shootings wear off your boots. [caption id="attachment_13481" align="alignnone" width="1920"] Those patches....[/caption] Somebody took notice: [caption id="attachment_13484" align="alignnone" width="829"] Meet Spine Ultimate, Pro Biathlon Edition[/caption] [caption id="attachment_13482" align="alignnone" width="608"] Abrasion pad is on the inner side of the boot's upper and is made of highly scratch & tear resistance polyurethane... [/caption] [caption id="attachment_13485" align="alignnone" width="950"] ...similar in composition, Spine says, to that polyurethane car paintprotection film that is all the rage now with fancy cars' owners [/caption] [caption id="attachment_13486" align="alignnone" width="608"] ...…
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Mixed Bag – Who Uses What Poles In Men’s Top 10

Mixed Bag – Who Uses What Poles In Men’s Top 10

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As noted, every single one in Women's Top 10 in 2018–19 FIS Cross-Country World Cup was competing with Swix Triac poles. 10-0 for the Norwegian company's racing department & marketologists! But we can't but wonder why things are so different in Men's Top? The virtual "Constructors' Cup" in poles department in 2018–19 went to Leki! Three Norwegian starts, Johannes Høsflot Klæbo ( Number 1 in overall standings), Simen Hegstad Krüger ( 4) and Didrik Tønseth ( 5) use HRC Max poles from Kirchheim unter Teck which happens in Baden-Wuerttemberg, Germany. [caption id="attachment_13526" align="alignnone" width="1920"] Johannes Klaebo[/caption] [caption id="attachment_13528" align="alignnone" width="1920"] Simen Krüger[/caption] [caption id="attachment_13525" align="alignnone" width="1920"] Didrik Tønseth[/caption] The second place was taken by Swix Alexander Bolshunov ( 2) Emil Iversen (6) and Sergey Ustiugov ( 10) use the Norwegian…
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Rollerski Market: Yearly Review

Rollerski Market: Yearly Review

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November 1st seems to be a good day to look back at what we saw on many a rollerski track & competition in the season behind us & to share the impressions. A couple of points before we start: - We absolutely refuse to be dragged into a conversation about which rollerskis are better and in what way. As far as we are concerned, the skiing public is discerning enough to make all the right choices. Choices both rational - and those determined by emotions. - There will be nothing said about the so-called "speed rollerskis: those 530mm rockets have evolved into pretty much a separate sport with its own technique, races, stars etc. It hardly overlaps any longer with snow skiing ( only in boots and poles, to be…
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