ISPO 2018: What We Saw, Noticed and Liked

ISPO 2018: What We Saw, Noticed and Liked

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ISPO is huge. No photo or even video could convey ginormous size of the exhibition spread over 16 cavernous halls. It also would not let you forget for a second that industrial heart of the world these days is beating in China. And in India. And in Bangladesh. And Pakistan. [caption id="attachment_6585" align="aligncenter" width="1600"] Marwe had its people dressed in real cool looking vests with multiple pockets. Production perspectives uncertain as Asian manufacturers are only willing to produce in volume [/caption] Since cross country skiing is a niche sport, alas, Asian manufacturers who think in terms of volume, are not yet big in this sector. The things, however, are slowly changing – several Chinese producers had their products on display, mostly entry-level ski boots and rollerskis. ISPO is fundametally different…
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Optiwax Shows Its Ambitions By Putting Black UHF Tape On Market

Optiwax Shows Its Ambitions By Putting Black UHF Tape On Market

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If you're a skier who never tried Optiwax glide tapes thus far – you really don't have an excuse this upcoming season, as far as we're concerned. What is a glide tape? It is a highly fluorinated glide wax attached to a paper backing, which makes it extremely simple to apply. And economical too, if you remember how much high flouro waxes tend to cost. For the upcoming season the Finnish racing wax producer is expanding its " tapes line" with a new - and the most fancy - addition: Here's Black UHF tape Says Jari Joutsen, founder & CEO of MJ Optima-Sport Oy: "Last winter we wanted test out how hard wax material we can apply to the tape with our methods and we also wanted see the limits…
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Part 2  Of This Is How Perfect Skis Are Made, Folks.

Part 2 Of This Is How Perfect Skis Are Made, Folks.

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THIS IS THE 2D PART OF THE 'VISIT TO KITEE SKI FACTORY, FINLAND' STORY “Freshly baked” skis being inspected. The new skis are cooling down on the racks. What's left is to have another milling machine to cut a groove along the gliding surface and to add a coat of lacquer on the top to prevent snow and ice from sticking to it. My camera caught custom skis made-to-order for Finnsisu, Yoko and Karhu distributor in the US. This is a stone grinding machine, of course. All the race skis pass through it on their way to the last stage... ...And this is the famous Optiwax Glide Tape Waxing Machine and her master and designer, Jari Joutsen, preparing the skis – we could assume those are for Kikkan Randall, brand…
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