Review:  Best Poles Money Could Buy, Part 2

Review: Best Poles Money Could Buy, Part 2

Gear News, Newsfeed
This is continuation of Review: Best Poles part I We follow an alphabetic order and continue to present you the very best poles, used by the very best of skiers. Some poles manufacturers ( we are talking about you, Rex, Start, RCS, SixTen and USSPC ) do produce quality 100% UHM carbon fiber poles - but do not sponsor any World Cup athletes. Whether they are not good enough for the very best or their respective owners have other ideas as to how to advertize, we simply would not know. The matter is, we can't show them for the lack of self-taken photos at the top events, sorry. But even without aforementioned, the field of the World Cup club pole makers is rather crowded with at least 11 companies vying…
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Great Britain Makes Quantum Leap in XC Ski Business. At Least in Eurostat Data

Great Britain Makes Quantum Leap in XC Ski Business. At Least in Eurostat Data

Money & Finance, Newsfeed
A million dollar question from our very own version of Trivial Pursuit: name one brand of cross country skis that are produced in Great Britain Scratching your head? So do we Yet it is Britain that tops the official Eurostat data as the EU top xc ski exporter. No kidding. The United Kingdom had somehow managed to export a whopping 941.476 pairs of narrows skis in 2016. Austria, the country of Fischer and Atomic, had only sent some 300.000 pairs France, a birthplace of Salomon and Rossignol brands, is a distant third with 56.000 followed by Finland ( Karhu, Yoki, Peltonen) with 45.000 Italy ( SkiTrab) exported less than 5000. Even Portugal managed to export 25 pairs, while Croatia did 4 ( four) pairs Britain's phenomenal exporting prowess could only…
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This Is How Perfect Skis Are Made, Folks.  Part 1

This Is How Perfect Skis Are Made, Folks. Part 1

Gear News, Newsfeed, Trivia
Looking at the color booklets and online advertising of leading ski producers, one would think that it's all super advanced 21st century tech, fantastic materials, robots, nano technologies, etc. It's true – partially. The real secret of perfect ski glide is, however, in skilled manual labor, massive experience in production and constant testing of the product. Those are my impressions from visiting a factory of KSF Sport Oy, which produces legacy ski brands known the world over: Karhu, Yoko, and Jarvinen. The most important conclusion I've drawn: there is no huge difference in production methods and materials used in top racing ski, suitable for elite, and the second- and third- tier ski that are quite a bit cheaper – and that was a surprise. But let's go inside the factory…
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