One Small Step For Apparel Maker, One Giant Leap For Mankind

One Small Step For Apparel Maker, One Giant Leap For Mankind

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In 2020 the most important piece of gear for cross country skier is...not skis - smartphone! Assume you all agree that's an axiom and thus doesn't need proving: enough to look at the strength/ speed with which hitherto dead-tired young men and women rush for their phones once their race or training session is over. Sure, there a sect within the community that believes that skiing time IS the time to unwind and take a break from that "connected life" - but its numbers are rapidly dwindling. The masses roar:"Nothing gets between me and my smartphone - ever!" Jokes aside, unless you happened to be a world class skier who is nearly always accompanied by coach/ support personnel on car/ bike, you do need a smartphone - to play your…
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Injected Carbon Fiber VS Traditional  One. Salomon And Alpina Disagree

Injected Carbon Fiber VS Traditional One. Salomon And Alpina Disagree

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When Salomon Nordic rolled out their latest S / Lab Carbon Skate boots last year, there were some questioning looks: where are carbon fiber cuffs? They are there - except that are made very differently. Traditional carbon fiber is woven, laid up, and then “glued” together with resin that needs to be cured - a time/effort consuming process that requires considerable skill. The result is amazing, however: anything & everything where the cost is no object is being produced that way, from uber-fancy icepicks to intercontinental ballistic missiles. With injected carbon the process is far simpler and consist of the short, “chopped” carbon fiber strands being mixed with other thermoplastics at certain temperatures. The resulting product ( cuffs in our example) is significantly cheaper. But is as good as the…
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Alpina Starts Offering Top Rollerski Boots For Sale

Alpina Starts Offering Top Rollerski Boots For Sale

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How's your summer training going? Still sweating in those fancy winter boots of yours? Good news for you: then: Alpina starts offering full-carbon rollerski boots to all willing & able to stomach their price tag. They are incredibly light - being essentially a stripped-down version of Elite 3.0 with a breathable uppers. They were in existence since last season but were limited to a very few elite athletes in skiing and biathlon, on request. Allegedly, only some ten pairs were produced so far- you now have a chance to become a #11 if you contact Alpina directly - product that niche and that fancy would only be produced on order, Alpina says.
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SRB Rollerskis: When Only Best Is Good Enough

SRB Rollerskis: When Only Best Is Good Enough

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Wenn nur das Beste gut genug ist / When Only Best Is Good Enough. That's from the promo booklet of the top-of-the-line SR1 Skate rollerskis, but might as well be used as the motto for the whole company: SRB assures with a quality of production that stems from 135 years of expertise in toolmaking and impressive level of investment into manufacturing. [caption id="attachment_16528" align="alignnone" width="1920"] Arno Barthelmes & Co. GmbH first products were tuning forks - precision resonators, widely used in medical and musical industry - hence the company logo[/caption] [caption id="attachment_16526" align="alignnone" width="1920"] Toni Escher, product manager SRB: We are the German brand and we concentrate on the German-speaking markets. The German national team in xcskiing and biathlon use our rollerskis – but so also do the Czech national…
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Bonés  Graphene,  Non Plus Ultra Rollerskis

Bonés Graphene, Non Plus Ultra Rollerskis

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[caption id="attachment_16308" align="alignnone" width="1920"] Jorge Vidal: Put simply, Bonés Skiroll Graphene are "the non plus ultra " rollerskis...[/caption] Today we share with you our recent conversation with Jorge Vidal, Bonés Skiroll founder & director. What makes them truly unique is that , they are both really flexible and reactive. Why? Graphene! It's a nanomaterial that is 100 stronger than steel and is 20% more flexible to the point of breaking than any other product made with fiber carbon. It's the "wonder material" made of " carbon nets" just one atom thick - yet its virtually indestructible in real life: even a 200kg skier won't break them. https://www.instagram.com/p/CC7vynwI_Ms/?igshid=15ui5bq6ij7ji Graphene is, as you would imagine, expensive: about €1000/ kg if you order in industrial quantities. The technology is unique and was developed…
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