Skiing Stoke from Lake Tahoe

Month: March 2008

New Skis for 2008-2009

4FRNT EHPThis season is just starting to wind down, but manufactures are already ramped up for next season with their new lines of fatties and twins. Here’s a preview of new skis for 2008-09, including dimensions and photos, from all the major manufactures: Rossignol, Palmer, Karhu, Dynastar, Elan, Icelantic, K2, Line, Movement, High Society Freeride, Scott, Volkl, Salomon, Black Diamond, Atomic, Fischer and 4FRNT.

Tights Reduce Knee Strain & Fatigue

Opedix Knee Action TightsOpedix sent me a pair of its new Knee Action Ski & Board tights to test last month. They’re reinforced with extra supportive material running down the outside of the legs from waist to ankle and completely surrounding the knee. The added support was notable when I wore them downhill skiing, x-c skiing and while practicing yoga. Instead of having to focus on tightening the quad, hamstrings and glutes, the muscles felt like they were already tightened and engaged, letting me make the next turn or stride more powerfully and easily. Read the full review here >

High Sierra Wheeled Backpack

High Sierra Wheeled BackpackI just got a new wheeled carry-on bag from High Sierra! Celebrating its 30th anniversary this year, High Sierra is the official bag supplier for the US Ski and Snowboard teams. The best thing about this carry-on is that it’s not black! Mine is bright green, sure not to be mistaken for someone else’s on the conveyor. It’s also made of ultra-durable fabric and packed with thoughtful features. The main bag has wheels and zip-out shoulder straps. A detachable backpack also zips on to the front in case you decide to check the bag or for easier transport when your bags aren’t checked. All the compartments are well-padded and it’s got dual-sided water bottle pockets and an mp3 player headphone port. It’s the small things like this that keep me from feeling like as much of a junk show while navigating through airport security.