G3 Targa Ascent Telemark Ski Binding
Anyone who has skied both alpine touring bindings & telemark bindings in the backcountry has felt the value of having a free pivoting binding.  Your legs are just a little more fresh (or a lot more fresh) at the end of each climb.  The telemark industry has listened and has started making free pivoting bindings, and wow am I...
2009 Santa Cruz Nomad
2009 saw the birth of the 2nd generation Nomad from Santa Cruz Bicycles.  I had coveted the original model Nomad for some time, and ridden it a number of times much to my enjoyment.  So I was skeptical of a redesign of an already amazing bike.  After discussing it with the SC staff, I was convinced that the changes...
mountain bike fenders
The Boggs 8 hour mountain bike race confirmed my suspicions about which mountain bike fenders work best. I've tried quite a few different front and rear fenders, and after doing 5 wet and muddy laps and seeing numerous fenders broken on the side of the trail, it's clear to me which fenders are best.For the front of the bike I...
WTB Mutano Race 2.4 Tire
WTB makes tires for people who ride.  They dont make silly light race day tires that wear out too quickly, nor do they make really heavy tires that are not practical to pedal up a hill.  They make fast tires with good grip at a reasonable weight.  Hard to beat that. The latest WTB Mutano Race 2.4 is no different. ...
Giro Remedy Gloves with d3o
I just picked up a pair of Giro Remedy gloves with d3o and took them out on a 3 hour ride.  When I tried them on they were a little tight at first, but I was told that the pittards leather palm would stretch once they got sweaty.  That's true.  They were really tight at first and by about...
Xport Bikes Aloft 2 Storage Rack
I HIGHLY recommend the Xsport Bikes Aloft 2 Storage Rack. Ive tried about 4 racks and this one is far far and away the best. Its stable, easy to use, stands on its own feet, doesnt press into your ceiling, and mine has withstood CA earthquakes.At one point I had it set up with additional arms on the backside...
Magicshine lights
A buddy just asked me which lights he should buy for riding single track at night. Heres my response: Jack, Heres a post I wrote on night riding. I ride with a Light & Motion Seca 700 mountain bike light on my bars and an older L&M on my helmet. If you go with only one light, I’d suggest having it on...
Telemark Knee Pads
Telemark knee pads? Really? YES. If you are a telemark skiers, I think you should DEFINITELY wear kneepads when you ski. Why? Because if you break your knee-cap, which can happen, youre going to be bumming for a long long time. Knee caps are fragile, very important, and worth protecting.When youre dropping a knee in fresh powder theres always a slim...
native eyewear sunglasses
Native Eyewear asked if I wanted to review a few pairs of their sunglasses, so I happily obliged.  They gave me several pairs of glasses to try, and once I found the sunglasses that fit me properly I was very impressed.  All of the glasses I looked at have polarized lenses and great optics.  The sharpness of the image...
Gotama
I LOVE my Volkl Gotamas.  Its that simple.  Ive been telemark skiing for 5 or 10 years now and Ive skied a lot of skis and the one I choose to ski day in and day out is the 2009 Volkl Gotama.  They're a fat ski at 105 under foot and they dominate the mountain.  I dont know if...

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