ISPO As Reflection Of Where Industry Is Going. And Not Going

ISPO As Reflection Of Where Industry Is Going. And Not Going

Gear News, Leaders, Newsfeed
What do you want to hear first, good things or bad? Let's start with good: - There were some notable product unveilings e.g. Redline 3.0 by Madshus, Triac 4.0 by Swix and all-new SK Course boots & S1/2/3 skis by Rossignol. - Budding Russian label Spine brought its 3D foot scanner and had Petter Northug bare his extremities to demonstrate how Custom Fit technology works in practice. - Northug himself had a very lively stand featuring just his glasses so far, but ambitions to expand into textiles etc. are clearly there. - Kaestle is burgeoning on cash injection and market expertise of its new Czech owners. - KV+ had a large (but rather fortress-like designed i.e. lots of walls with one entrance) segment indicating company's robust health. ...But you know,…
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Ski Bosses R US – Industry Captains Descend On Davos

Ski Bosses R US – Industry Captains Descend On Davos

Leaders, Newsfeed
We are of opinion that putting a face to a name makes a huge difference. In this case, faces of people who play prominent role in cross country skiing industry. Aside from the world championships and the Olympics, there is no better place to catch them than the annual Davos Nordic stage of the World Cup in mid-December. It might be a Swiss air but we reckon it's more about a unique layout of the Davos skis stadium: there a place where athletes prepare and where equipment-making dignitaries congregate is one & same, creating a sort of "mixed zone" where athletes could casually talk to producers and suppliers immediately before or after the race. [caption id="attachment_14008" align="alignnone" width="1920"] Bjørn Erlend Dæhlie is not just one the most legendary names in…
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Clarification & Retraction: Fischer’s Air Core Is NOT Nomex

Clarification & Retraction: Fischer’s Air Core Is NOT Nomex

Gear News, Newsfeed
Our story about ski cores stated unequivocally that all the leading manufacturers except for Madshus use DuPont-made Nomex® honeycomb in their top-of-the-line racing models while using in-house made honeycomb in cheaper skis. That is factually wrong - and Fischer Nordic got in touch to object and to correct us. Says Tanja Winterhalder, Fischer Nordic's head of PR & marketing "Our Air Core is patented and made by Fischer. The Air Core is specially adjusted to our design and materials and as a result the power transmission is better". The Air Core ( together with carbon sheeting it's attached to officially known as Air Core HM Carbon) is underpinning Speedmax and , since a lion share of all ski competitions is being won on Speedmaxes, we have no reason to put…
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Equipment Update: What We Saw At First International Race Of Season

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

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

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

Gear News, Newsfeed
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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