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The Gear Shed

The Gear Shed

[ August 9, 2010 - 2:41pm ]
apple smart bike main
A new bicycle computing system measures cadence, exertion, wind speed, and incline. Should we care?

This weekend, I rode the Copper Triangle- a grueling 78 miles over three mountain passes. With almost 6,000 feet of elevation gain, this quad-busting ride tours the scenic high country in Colorado. Throughout the ride, I wondered about my performance— was I climbing hard enough? Was I pushing it on the flats? What about my friend just ahead— how much power was he exerting? At home, I wanted to share my experiences- where the route is steepest, what aid station to eat most at, etc. I also felt I earned serious bragging rights.

[ March 31, 2010 - 5:56pm ]
Glop on Skins
Snow stuck to the bottom of your skins is one of the quickest ways to take the fun out of a day in the backcountry. Here's how to stop the glop and keep it fun.

Glop Stopper Skin WaxThere is no more soul-crushing experience while skiing in the backcountry than lugging ten pounds of snow stuck to the bottom of your skins while you’re trying to ascend that couloir you’ve had your eyes on all season. When the snow heats up in the springtime your skins get wet. Cross some cold snow in the shade and bam, you’ve got snow glopping to the bottom of your frozen skins.

[ March 29, 2010 - 4:08pm ]
Scarpa Maestrale
Scarpa ups the ante with the lightest four-buckle touring boot on the market. We took them out for a ride.

The Scarpa Maestrale, weighing in at three pounds, six ounces (size 27) is an extremely simple, lightweight four-buckle touring boot that’s capable of driving a beefier ski and accommodates a more aggressive, big-mountain style. The most unique element of the Maestrale’s design is an asymmetrical tongue system that is riveted to the side of the instep, allowing the tongue to roll away from the boot for easier entry and exit. The riveted tongue also helps the boots’ overall stiffness and its smooth power transmission.

[ March 18, 2010 - 2:23pm ]
The Klymit Vest
Keep warm with gas.

Although it’s only 15 millimeters thick when fully blown up, Klymit’s new inflatable vest is equivalent in warmth to puffy, 300-fill synthetic insulation yet it’s as thin as a fleece jacket. Scuba divers have used argon, a dense noble gas, for years to insulate drysuits. Nate Adler, who founded Klymit in Ogden, Utah, saw argon’s potential for winter clothing after a diving trip. Klymit’s vests are inflated via an argon canister. If you get too warm, twist the release valve on the chest and let out some gas.  [$225;]

[ March 7, 2010 - 10:14am ]
Sierra Designs Prima Fusion
If you're a fan of the warmth of a puffy down jacket but don't want all the bulk or the risk of overheating, we've found your solution: a brand new hardshell with insulated patches on the inside of the jacket only where you most need the warmth.

I like wearing a down jacket when I'm skiing on really cold days. But I usually overheat after a few runs and wish I had a hardshell on instead. Plus, have you tried skiing in a down jacket on a really wet, stormy day? You end up looking like you're wearing a soggy sleeping bag. The good news: I think I might have discovered the solution to this predicament. I had a chance to test out Sierra Designs' new Prima Fusion Jacket. This jacket is new for fall 2010—so it's not even on shelves yet.

[ March 4, 2010 - 6:44pm ]
Scott Powd-air
Scott USA’s new backcountry freeride ski, the Powd’air, will hit shops next fall—but we got a chance to ski it today at Snowbird, Utah. Here’s what we thought.
[ February 23, 2010 - 3:00pm ]
Transcend Goggle
New eyewear from a Vancouver company offers an electronic heads-up display while you're skiing.

As we move further into the 21st century, skiing and technology have become inextricably linked. Jackets have designated iPod pockets. Helmets have Bluetooth-capable headphones. GPS and altimeter watches keep track of your location. But this…this is just ridiculous. I’m talking about Recon Instruments’ new Transcend goggle—the only piece of skiing-specific protective eyewear to have a digital heads-up display.

[ February 18, 2010 - 2:56pm ]
Pieps iProbe Carbon 220
A new electronic avalanche probe that helps you locate your buried companion.

Like all avalanche burial weaponry, Pieps’ new iPROBE Carbon 220 is something I don’t ever want to use in a real-life situation. That said, the new electronic probe features another tool to help locate your buried companion as quickly as possible. A sensor in the tip of the probe is similar to an avalanche transceiver in that it receives the buried beacon’s signal when it becomes in close proximity (less than two meters). The signal is instantly emitted as an optical and audible repeating beep in the handle. When the probe is within 50 centimeters the beep becomes a steady stream of sound.

[ February 11, 2010 - 3:00pm ]
Stoic Welder Gloves
Leave it to’s new line Stoic to make a Nintendo Power Glove for skiing.
[ February 11, 2010 - 2:39pm ]
Salomon Conspiracy One-Piece2
We tested this Shrek-green onesie at Jackson Hole by skiing deep powder and carrying 17 PBRs in its pockets.