Elbow pain from poling? StaffanSTAVEN to the rescue

Elbow pain from poling? StaffanSTAVEN to the rescue

Gear News, Newsfeed
Low impact on our knees and feet is one of the benefits of the cross country skiing that we appreciate the most. There is one caveat though – from time to time, at least some of us develop a pain in the elbow due to the overuse of sticks, causing tendinitis, a minor inflammation. Once upon a time the doctor's verdict was simple: give it a rest and avoid training for a while. Now, all that is coming to an end thanks to a Swedish innovation, the StaffanSTAVEN shock dampers. StaffanSTAVEN (or "Staffan's poles") is the brainchild, of Staffan Larsson, the winner of the 1999 Vasaloppet, and Gunnar Winroth, an orthopedic surgeon. Together, they figured out that inserting a specially calibrated spiral spring encased in a carbon-fibre tube into a pole handle would provide a very…
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Ski Programme Shutdown Causes Outrage

Ski Programme Shutdown Causes Outrage

Money & Finance, Newsfeed
Nordic skiers of New Mexico don't mince their words. "...We are the University of New Mexico Ski Team, and we desperately need your help... This is the message on Change.org that outlines the cause for the decades-long programme abrupt shutdown: the UNM ought to urgently find money to  pay a basketball coach a nice round sum of one million dollar for early contract termination. Yeah, that's what college basketball coaches get in the U.S. - and the only way the money could be found,  allegedly,  is by chopping off the skiing program, that was run since 1968 and that provides funding for two dozen young athletes and two full time coaches. The terminated xc skiers refuse to go down quietly, however, and have launched an appeal, demanding a reversal of…
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Rollerski with LED Lights

Rollerski with LED Lights

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Ever had the feeling that your gear is functional and cool, but misses that sleek, modern touch? An Italian manufacturer, Ski Skett, knows how to help. This coming season, the good people from  Sandrigo, Vicenza are bringing to the market a rollerski model featuring "LED lights integrated into the fork". As you would expect, the new rollers are for the classic style – imagine the light beams going wild, were you to integrate the lights into the skating ones! The model is named "Marcialonga", and, apart from the slightly geeky looking LEDs, features rubber wheels, waterproof bearings, a leg brake and a frame made of "aeronautical alloy" - which, presumably, stands for what most people call "aluminium". Ski Skett promotes “Marcialonga” as a model for longer runs. The unspoken message of the product is that "nothing prepares you for the rigors of the Cascata climb…
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