Category Archives: Gear Knowledge

Time to Switch Gear

Yes, it’s snowing this morning up at Jay Peak. But I’m not at Jay, I’m several hundreds of miles south along the coast of Connecticut and Rhode Island. Much as I hate to admit it, I am thinking of putting away the skis for this year. Time to ready kayaks, tennis rackets, fly rods, road bike, and the other gear that will get me through the summer.

As tempting as it is to simply shut the closet door and banish the skis to darkness in the corner for the next seven months, I know I need to give them the treatment they deserve before their hibernation settles in. That means repair the base, hone the edges, and lay down a coat of wax. …more

It’s Official — Spring is Here!!

Today is the 21st of March. Yesterday, by the calendar, was the first day of spring. Today, on my drive in to work, I noticed the osprey atop her nest on Route 1 at Silver Spring Cove in Narragansett. When the ospreys are back on the nests here along coastal Rhode Island, to me, that marks the start of spring.

The snow is still great up north. Ask anyone who was on the bus trip to Okemo this past Sunday.  Ski and ride season isn’t quite over yet. Keep hitting the slopes as much as you can for as long as you can. Temperatures are continuing to run cold up north, so take advantage while it lasts.

But if you really need to call it quits for the season, there’s a few things you should consider. …more

Blizzard 2017 Line Up

For 2017 Blizzard has replaced their Magnum and XPower series skis with the Quattro set of sticks. Quattro encompasses both men’s and women’s skis, which have been designed to best accommodate the differences between the sexes. What a great concept!

But Quattro is not just a ski, it is a system ski. That means that the bindings were designed specifically for the ski they sit atop, and working together, ski and binding provide a partnership that really makes these skis sing. Less chatter over crust and crud. Better holding power in tight, high speed carves, even on crusty, snow bare patches of trail. The Quattro design is a winner. …more

Fischer 2017 Line Up

The big news from Fischer for 2017 is the Pro MTN series of skis. Featuring Air-Tech technology, the Pro MTN skis shed considerable weight relative to other carving skis, but retain the stiffness needed to keep them stable in turns and at speed. Aimed at skiers who focus on carving up the corduroy, the Pro MTN skis do the job and do it well. I skied all in the series, from 95 mm waist to 77 mm waist, and liked them all. My favorite was the Pro MTN 80, which was fast into turns, and stable throughout. …more

Nordica 2017 Line Up

Last February I had the opportunity to go try out skis and other gear that would hit the market in the 2017 season. Since Avie’s Ski / Sport is a Nordica dealer, I spent some time checking out their gear for you. Here I pass along to you what I found.

For the 2017 season, Nordica has come out with the all new GT Series of men’s skis. The GT Series is an upgrade of the Fire Arrow series of skis. While the Fire Arrow series were solid skis, I never really took a shine to them for some reason. The GT Series is designed to take on the front-side groomers, and I found them to be up to the task.

The 84 Ti EVO, 80 Ti EVO and 76 Ti EVO all contain titanal for stiffening. They all tipped into and out of turns with ease. And they held tight throughout the turns. I think this is the big difference with the Fire Arrow series which tended to slip a bit in tight turns. So this is a really nice upgrade. These same skis also have a slightly rounded tail design. In my opinion, this makes them a bit more agile and fun in the bumps and in the woods. …more

Volkl 2017 Line Up

The big news in the 2017 Volkl ski line has to do with the ladies. Volkl redesigned—from top to bottom—the entire line of ladies all-mountain skis. This new product line is the Flair series of skis. From the carbon infused Flair SC UVO to the composite-bodied Flair 73, ladies have their choice of hard charging to user-friendly carvers. …more

What’s the right ski for me?

Snow is falling, sno-cats are crawling, the slopes are calling. The slow leak of adrenaline into your veins is speeding up now that the leaves and temperatures have dropped. If you are thinking about new skis for the 2017 season, then this post, and a few more coming after this, just might help you think through the question “What’s the right ski for me?” …more

FREE Tuning Clinics On Tap For the Holidays

Are you sick and tired of having to pole along on your skis, or hop around like a mutant bunny on your snowboard to get across the flat run outs at the bottom of the ski slope? Are you really annoyed by that mustachioed skier who whizzes past you on that run out as if he were still on the steeps?

It’s because your ski or snowboard bottom looks like the image above, on skier’s right. I know, I know. You THINK the base of your skis or snowboard looks like the image to skier’s left, and it probably did when brand new. But you KNOW it really looks like the image to skier’s right. …more