Closer Look: Madshus Redline 3.0 Skis

Closer Look: Madshus Redline 3.0 Skis

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[caption id="attachment_14512" align="alignnone" width="1920"] Per Wiik, marketing manager at Madshus, presents Norwegian company's latest racing skis, Redline 3.0 [/caption] [caption id="attachment_14513" align="alignnone" width="1920"] Redline 3.0 Skate will come in two flavors: stiffer F2 ( left on this photo) for hard-packed snow and F3 ( right) that is for everything else. The latter one has much shorter "race groove"[/caption] [caption id="attachment_14514" align="alignnone" width="1920"] Wiik describes 3.0s as "being more dynamic" compared to predecessor. That is achieved through increasing the amount of carbon-fiber sheets throughout the length of the ski. Also note new design/colors that are quite reminiscent of Madshus of old [/caption] [caption id="attachment_14510" align="alignnone" width="1920"] Classic Redline 3.0 will come in Cold and Warm iterations [/caption] [caption id="attachment_14515" align="alignnone" width="1920"] And - last but not the least - Madshus is…
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Review: Best Ski Poles Right Now, Part 1

Review: Best Ski Poles Right Now, Part 1

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A few words before we start: All poles in our review are top-of-the-crop from their respective producers, all are made of 100 % Ultra High Modulus Carbon Fiber - and all are World Cup quality ( the fact that reflected in many a model's name) We don't differentiate among Classic and Skating poles - we simply see no reason as models only differ in size, not in construction. Some skiers in our photos have changed poles' sponsors since but all the sticks pictured are still produced & sold. Except for one model that we have doubts about - of which more later. As with the skis, there are two distinct categories: poles used by many a top skier - and those used by only a few or even one WC-class…
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Review: Best Ski Boots For Classic Right Now, Part 2: Madshus, Rossignol, Salomon. Plus Alfa And Spine

Review: Best Ski Boots For Classic Right Now, Part 2: Madshus, Rossignol, Salomon. Plus Alfa And Spine

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This is a continuation of the story. If you want to read about Atomic, Alpina and Fischer offerings as of this autumn, go here A few additional things to mull over: - Some (not all) ski bootmakers say that designing and producing true racing Classic boots is actually more difficult than the ones for Skating. Due to conflicting characteristics the sole should posses: rigid in some parts, flexible in others. - Top market for Classic boots is Scandinavia & Finland. Warmth is more of an issue in long-distance Classic races Norwegians, Swedes and Finns are so fond of. [caption id="attachment_13221" align="alignnone" width="1920"] Madshus Super Nano Classic are venerable product that is still being used by the world's best ( cue Krista Parmakoski) . Pros: cheapest carbon classic boots on the…
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Review: Best Ski Boots For Skating Right Now, Part 2

Review: Best Ski Boots For Skating Right Now, Part 2

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This is part 2 where we look at what Madshus, Rossignol, Salomon - and an exciting newcomer, Spine - have to offer to discerning users. Part 1 where we looked into Alpina, Atomic and Fischer could be found here Once again, briefly 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. Madshus, Norway The brand from Biri was long known for the relative warmth of its top-line racing boots - which is entirely expected given the company roots & location. [caption id="attachment_13067" align="alignnone" width="1920"] Super Nano were among the first carbon-soled boots on the market and still could be found in elite competitions. Super Nano are…
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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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