Unique Version Of Still Rare Alpina Elite 3.0 ECL Spotted

Unique Version Of Still Rare Alpina Elite 3.0 ECL Spotted

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Have you noticed how the race between competing high-end ski boots makers is heating up? Not to disparage ski and pole designers, but there was no revolution in their field in this century. True, tracks changed, weather conditions changed and lots of fine-tuning went into making them skis glide better in 2019. Still, it's modest in comparison to how much ski boots changed even in the last decade with introduction of carbon cuffs and all-carbon soles. The race is on, fresh entrants appear on the market and all manufacturers have to develop new boots faster - and to find niches hitherto unexplored. Enter Alpina. The Slovenian high-end ski boots manufacturer has presented its newest top model at Seefeld 2019, but until now only a few sport them. [caption id="attachment_13700" align="alignnone"…
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Review: Best Ski Boots For Skating Right Now, Part I

Review: Best Ski Boots For Skating Right Now, Part I

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On definitions: "best" means racing boots, those used by the world's elite skiers to compete & win. In 2019 those are invariably carbon-fiber soled - and, naturally, with carbon cuffs for ankle support. For all SNS fans: sorry, folks - the only athlete we know of still using once-dominant system is Jessie Diggins. Atomic, once a firm " SNS camper", stopped supporting it altogether - Salomon is still holding out but, likely, not for long. Most if not all producers follow a simple maxim: test with top athletes & win the first year of production - sell the next one. In other words, there is often a considerable gap between what you see on TV and what you could actually buy at your friendly local store. We have an issue…
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Equipment Update As Seen At Blink Ski Fest

Equipment Update As Seen At Blink Ski Fest

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Blink Skifest is not just the world's biggest summer event in skiing & biathlon - it's also sort of a catwalk of the newest equipment issued to world's best athletes by their material sponsors. [caption id="attachment_12431" align="alignnone" width="1920"] Showstopper of this year's Blink Skifest - Alpina ESK 2.0 Summer Racing [/caption] [caption id="attachment_12436" align="alignnone" width="1230"] As evident from photos, they closely resemble august ESK 2.0 Winter - lest insulation [/caption] [caption id="attachment_12430" align="alignnone" width="1920"] Although Russian-based Spine was showing a prototype of full-carbon rollerski boots on similar Rottefella platform on ISPO this year, these Alpinas are officially world's first production rollerski boots with carbon soles. Finally!.[/caption] [caption id="attachment_12432" align="alignnone" width="1920"] These new Salomon S/LABs don't quite look production-ready, more like a prototype....[/caption] [caption id="attachment_12435" align="alignnone" width="1920"] ...but since they were…
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Customer Could Have Any Color That He Wants So Long As It Is Black….

Customer Could Have Any Color That He Wants So Long As It Is Black….

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OK, perhaps not ONLY black but on the whole Henry Ford's famous adage is applicable: that true work of art and engineering, top ski boots could only be ordered in 1 (one) color palette. Only Fischer goes further and offers a grand total of 2 . Why in this day and age, when top sport shoes companies go out of their way offering ever more design variations, top ski boots with a sticker rapidly approaching all-important 1000 euros mark, continue to be offered without a choice to make ? Something to ponder... Oh, and when it comes to ski making - customization is totally possible this days, most manufacturers offer that - even if it's not very typical to order an individual pair ( but do inquire) https://www.instagram.com/p/BxnC0e2oEIx/
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Overboots Fashion In XCSkiing : Who’s Got What

Overboots Fashion In XCSkiing : Who’s Got What

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We feel it is our sacred duty to keep you abreast with latest fashion trends in cross country skiing. Let us leave you in no doubt whatsoever: overboots are all the rage on Alpine resorts frequented by the world's top skiers this time of the year. Most photos were taken at/around the recent FIS World Cup event in Davos where it was circa minus 12 Celsius. Looking through pictures it became obvious that while men seems to shunning them overboots, ladies embraces them readily. A case in point: Another thing you will notice looking at the pictures: Alpina, Fischer and Rossignol boot owners opt for overboots while Salomon, Atomic and Madshus athletes don't use them in these conditions ( and, therefore, are not shown). Coincidence or are the latter one…
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