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Thanks Technical Equipment Cleaners (TEC)!

Friday, February 27th, 2015

Technical Equipment Cleaners (TEC), located at 10607 W. River St. Suite 1D, Truckee, CA specializes in cleaning, waterproofing, & repairs for outdoor sports apparel and equipment.

TEC utilizes “Green Cleaning, NOT dry cleaning” – All water cleaning, All ECO friendly, All ways…

Learn more at tec-tahoe.com and follow them on Facebook.

Recently, #TMS employee, Kevin Snow had the misfortune of sitting on an (open) energy packet in the car after split-boarding up Tamarack Peak in the Mt. Rose backcountry. Kevin had on his new Arc’Teryx Beta AR Pants. These hyper-durable pants were not ruined but definitely needed a cleaning to get the GU off them.

These awesome pants are packable, waterproof pants featuring minimal bulk, exceptional waterproofing, and reinforced knees, seat, and lower legs to ensure a long lasting construction.

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Enter TEC. Daniel Cates (Owner of Technical Equipment Cleaners) in Truckee, CA came to the rescue. His professional cleaning service shined brightly as he washed, brushed, washed and brushed again the incredible Beta AR Pants.

Thank you to TEC for bringing Kevin’s pants back to life!

AFTER

Watch the video below to see the aftermath of Kevin’s mishap and our tour up Tamarack Peak!

Five Skis Tested for 2015-16

Tuesday, February 24th, 2015

The #TMS Crew headed to Mt. Rose Ski Area for the WWSRA (Western Winter Sports Rep Association) Demo Days. FIVE AWESOME SKIS FROM THE FUTURE WERE TESTED. 

READ MORE IF YOU LIKE COOL SKIS…

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Nik Somers, Kevin Snow and I got out and tested new skis on what was the first major storm cycle to hit the Tahoe area since the first part of the season. Mt. Rose received around 40″ of new snow and 15-25″ at its base. Then, the wind came in and made things interesting. We skied every conceivable type of snow condition (powder, blown powder, ice pellets, crust and groomed runs).

Five skis were reviewed and tested.

One ski will likely make a return to the wall, while four others might make a grand entrance next fall…

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Blizzard Zero G 108 and Zero G 98 Skis

SKI TEST #1: Blizzard Zero G 108

Test Size and Weight: Length – 185cm, Weight 1,750 grams (per ski)
Binding: Marker Kingpin
Boot: Dynafit Mercury
- Beta: Lengths: 171, 178, 185 cm | Sidecut: 136-108-122mm | Radius: [185 cm] 27.0m  | Construction: Sandwich Compound | Sidewall; Carbon Drive Technology.

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Carbon Drive is the integration of a 3D unidirectional carbon fiber frame with an ultra-lightweight palowina woodcore construction. The carbon frame’s 3D geometry guarantees optimal flex and torsional rigidity. The end result is industry leading lightweight products that deliver a level of downhill performance that is unprecedented in the world of alpine touring and backcountry skiing.

REVIEW: The major buzz words in ski technology have included carbon. While carbon offers great rigidity and stiffness, it often doesn’t give with each turn as much, which translates into a ski that needs to really be driven (read: BUCKLE UP). The new Blizzard Zero G is a good mix of both playfulness and a hard-charger. A super nimble and lightweight option for the backcountry enthusiast, this ski is a true testament to the advanced technology and construction found in many ski options today.With a mixed bag of conditions to ski in on the demo day at Mt. Rose, the Blizzard Zero G really shined. The one con in the ski I tested was that you really need to stay on it. Just like most of Blizzard’s great line-up of skis, this new beauty needs attention. Drive it and stay on the gas and you’ll have a great day.

Final word: A solid winner and “go to” ski for any conditions. Look for them on the TMS ski wall in 2016.

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Salomon Q-BC Lab Skis (2015 Top-Sheet Graphic)

SKI TEST #2: Salomon Q-BC Lab

Test Size and Weight: Length – 184cm, Weight 1,800 grams (per ski)
Binding: Dynafit TLT Radical ST 2 AT Ski Binding
Boot: Dynafit Mercury
- Beta: Lengths: 176, 184 cm | Sidecut: 140-114-128mm | Radius: [176cm] 21m, [184cm] 24m | Construction: Sandwich ABS, SidewallAn exception balance of touring efficiency and downhill performance, the Salomon Q BC Lab Skis are a full wood core with ultra-light CFX Superfiber reinforcement for the ultimate ski experience. The perfect balance of downhill performance and touring efficiency.  Salomon’s revolutionary, ultra light CFX Superfiber reinforcement and a full woodcore combine for stability, control and response not found on other lightweight touring skis.

*Editor’s note: This ski is not changing for the 2015-16 ski season (just the top-sheet). If you’d like to seize the day and grab a pair of your own, click HERE to purchase a pair!

REVIEW: This ski is the epitome of Salomon’s commitment to being a pure mountain company. A great soft snow (and powder) ski, the Q-BC Lab shines when used in variable to ideal conditions. Although it has a 114mm waist, this ski is surprisingly nimble. The full-length wood laminates combined with the inherent backcountry ski features such as “free hook taper” (diminishing hooking up in powder) and the built in skin tail clips make this ski a machine to not only easily climb mountains, but have the confidence to ski like you want to on the ride down.

Final word: A great backcountry option, the Salomon Q-BC Lab is a great decision for those in need of a lightweight 4×4 ski.

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K2 Pinnacle 105 Skis

SKI TEST #3: K2 Pinnacle 105

Test Size and Weight: Length – 184cm, Weight N/A
Binding: Marker Griffon
Boot: K2 Pinnacle 130
- Beta: Lengths: 170, 177, 184, 191 cm | Sidecut: 137-105-121mm | Radius: [184cm]19 m | Construction: Triaxial Braid, Hyrbitech Sidewall, Metal Laminate

The Pinnacle 105 is positioned in the middle of the new Freeride series as the do-anything, go-anywhere, ski everything, quiver of one. Even the most confident skiers will benefit from the lightweight Nanolite core. Helping navigate through trees or floating in power, as much as the solid and supportive wood cores with metal laminate over the edges when charging firmer, variable snow.

REVIEW: The many technologies that K2 has seamlessly blended into this new ski are evident in that you never really need to think about it when arcing turns, bashing bumps or smearing soft snow! The diminished swing weight and torsional stiffness allow this ski to effortlessly turn, glide and rule the entire mountain. I would recommend this ski for anyone that loves to ski the whole mountain with confidence.

Final Word: The Pinnacle 105 is your quiver killer for 2015-16!

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SKI TEST #4: K2 Pinnacle 95

Test Size and Weight: Length – 184cm, Weight N/A
- Binding: Marker Griffon
- Boot: K2 Spyne
Beta: Lengths: 170, 177, 184, 191 cm | Sidecut: 132-95-115mm | Radius: [184cm]17 m | Construction: Triaxial Braid, Hyrbitech Sidewall, Metal Laminate

Attack the resort in any snow condition. The Pinnacle 95 incorporates the new K2 Konic Technology with a high performance, lightweight Nanolite center core for added ease and control, while the wood core and metal laminate along the perimeter of the ski engages all the power, strength and stability needed for all mountain dominance.

REVIEW: The K2 Pinnacle 95 is nearly the same as the larger 105, but much more nimble. Grab a pair of these if you prefer a Ginsu knife over a machete. 

Final word: Rinse. Lather. Repeat. This ski does it all!

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SKI TEST #5: Volkl 100 Eight

- Test Size and Weight: Length – 184cm, Weight N/A
- Binding: Marker Griffon
- Boot: K2 Spyne 130
- Beta: Lengths: 173, 181, 189 cm | Sidecut: 141-108-124mm | Radius: [173cm] 19.7m, [181cm] 22m, [189cm] 24.5m | Construction: 3D Ridge, Tough Box | Core: Multi Layer Wood

An all time favorite ski, the Volkl Gotama is being replaced this upcoming winter season (2015-16) with a similar yet very new ski, the 100 Eight. This ski features a new construction from Volkl called the 3D Ridge. This layup offers a lightweight, lively ski feel – 141-108-124mm shape, flat tail design, Full Rocker, Smart Early Taper and an open (20 to 22m) radius combine for a smooth, playful ride for a variety of conditions, from deep powder to groomers.

REVIEW: Although I am sad to see the heralded Volkl Gotama become extinct, the future is always brighter in regards to new technology in ski construction, shape, camber profile and rocker. The 100 Eight is no exception to progression. Out with the old, in with the NEW. This ski does EVERYTHING (well,  maybe not ski moguls that well). I can’t wait to rip up the in-bounds terrain, drop cliffs, ski powder and even take this versatile ski into the backcountry. 

Final word: A lightweight, 4×4 machine, the Volkl 100 Eight is yet another great option to slim your ski quiver to ONE.

 

Pieps DSP Sport Avalanche Beacon – Review

Tuesday, February 3rd, 2015

This post comes from Shaun Nauman, a blogger (snowboardmountaineer.com) and Boulder, CO resident. When Shaun isn’t studying snow hydrology and forecasting avalanches, the AIARE Level 1 Avalanche Instructor is finding new adventures in the backcountry on his splitboard. Watch for more gear reviews and fun reading from Shaun and other Ambassadors of Tahoe Mountain Sports.

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Shaun Nauman

*What:  Pieps DSP Sport Avalanche Beacon
*Where:  We put this beacon through multiple scenarios on the snow, including signal search, course search, and fine search. The Pieps DSP Sport locked on to the ‘victim’ transmitting beacon at remarkable distances. The beacon was put through the paces with various flux lines as well. Beacons transmit a signal on flux lines as shown in the graphics below. This beacon was tested side-by-side with the Pieps DSP Classic and numerous other beacons at AIARE ITC (American Institute of Avalanche Research and Education Instructor Training Course) and numerous trials in the backcountry at Rocky Mountain National Park.

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Get Active ;) this Valentine’s Day

Wednesday, January 28th, 2015

This post comes from TMS Ambassador – Coral Taylor, an avid mountain biker, yogi, snowboarder and outdoor enthusiast living in Truckee, CA. Follow @c_ros on Instagram for rad photos of her adventures around Lake Tahoe and beyond. In addition to getting after it on the snow, Coral is also a Team LUNAChix Tahoe Mountain Bike Team Ambassador!

So, it’s almost Valentine’s Day, and if you want to rail against the Hallmark establishment and write this off as a bogus holiday that encourages consumer spending, blood diamonds, and making singles feel less-than, all the power to you. In that case, consider February 14 to be Lupercalia and howl at the injustice.

However, if you want to celebrate the day with your significant other, there a lot of fun, and free, or inexpensive ideas out there that involve spending time together getting active, not just eating an over-priced dinner at a busy restaurant or buying each other jewelry and cuff links. (Bonus: physical activity and conquering fears lead to increased libido, saving you money on those oysters!)

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Après Snow Yoga

Wednesday, January 21st, 2015
(Photo: Coral Taylor)

(Photo: Coral Taylor)

This post comes from TMS Ambassador – Coral Taylor, an avid mountain biker, yogi, snowboarder and outdoor enthusiast living in Truckee, CA. Follow @c_ros on Instagram for rad photos of her adventures around Lake Tahoe and beyond. In addition to getting after it on the snow, Coral is also a Team LUNAChix Tahoe Mountain Bike Team Ambassador!

Winter is here! And even though the snow is not, per se, “epic”, it’s still fun to get out there and enjoy it! Whether your sport is snowboarding, skiing, XC skiing, snowshoeing, or backcountry exploring, your body and mind will appreciate some post-effort recovery.

After a day (or even a couple hours) of playing in the snow, I like to incorporate a little bit of yoga to help my muscles relax and to release any tension I might have (from dodging tourists on mountain run, making backcountry decisions, and driving to and fro).

I have found the following yoga poses to be beneficial in stretching the key muscles engaged, as well as improving strength, coordination and proprioception.

Dancer aka Lord of the Dance, Natarajasana

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(Photo: Coral Taylor)

A modified version of this pose will allow you to stretch the quadriceps, the psoas, and work on your balance, without putting too much strain on your back. This is fun to try in the parking lot, once you have your snow boots on (ski boots NOT recommended due to their low coefficient of friction).

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It’s What’s Inside that Counts: Berghaus Jackets

Friday, January 16th, 2015

The name Berghaus is a literal translation of the German for ‘mountain centre’. In 1966, outdoor wear as we know it didn’t really exist. Then Berghaus came along. It all began when climbers and mountaineers Peter Lockey and Gordon Davison from the North East of England, frustrated by what they saw as a lack of decent outdoor gear, decided to import and sell their own. The world of outdoor wear was changing and Berghaus was leading the way. More than 40 years at the forefront of outdoor performance wear and Berghaus is still innovating. Exploring new territories and developing a clothing range that helps climbers do the same, Berghaus continues to lead where others follow.

Pioneered by Berghaus, Hydrodown™ is a revolutionary new take on nature’s greatest insulator.

Whether you’re bedding down on damp ground or climbing in less than perfect conditions, this breakthrough technology from Berghaus keeps you and your kit dry, warm, comfortable and light.

By treating goose down with a durable water repellent (DWR), Berghaus has created a material that resists rain longer, dries quicker, and retains its insulation even when it’s damp. And just like untreated down, it has amazing warmth-to weight ratio which no synthetic alternative has come close to matching.

Developed with extensive input from their athletes, Hydrodown™ technology has been tested in some of the most extreme temperatures all over the globe.

Key features:
Natural down – without the downsides

Just like untreated down, Hydrodown™ is compressible for easy packing, breathable, and has that amazing warmth-to-weight ratio that no synthetic alternative has come close to matching. But it also boasts three amazing attributes that you won’t find in natural goose down:

Repels moisture:
Every cluster of Hydrophobic Down undergoes innovative water-repellent treatment, so it absorbs significantly less water, keeping you dry and your kit light.

Retains loft:
Hydrophobic Down’s specially treated clusters of high fill-power goose down won’t collapse in wet conditions – so it retains its ‘loft’ and keeps you warm.

Recovers fast:
Unlike regular down, which becomes matted and loses insulation when it rains, Hydrodown™ dries out quickly. Tests show that it recovers 80 per cent of its loft, even after three minutes fully immersed in water. So with Hydrodown™ in your kit, you can keep on going – even after a storm.

Developed in the lab and tested in the field by leading athletes, Hydrodown™ has you covered –whatever kind of adventure you live for.

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TMS is proud to carry Berghaus clothing for extreme outdoor sports. Check out our selection of Berghaus jackets and Berghaus fleece layers that perform for the best, better than the rest.

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Taking it to New Heights in the Berghaus Ramche Hyper Down Jacket (Photo: Copyright – Berghaus Comunity Blog)

Designed for high altitude conditions, the Ramche Hyper Down Jacket uses a three zone body mapping to best insulate and protect within a wind and water-resistant lightweight shell.

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Durability and breathability are spotlighted in the rugged warmth and insulation of the Berghaus Ulvetanna Hybrid Jacket, with exceptional protection from even the harshest conditions.

Superior insulation in a flattering style, the Berghaus Scorch Micro Fleece Jacket makes a great mid-layer on the mountain and fashionable outer layer for daily life.

What to do in Junuary in Tahoe?

Wednesday, January 14th, 2015

For those that live and play in the Lake Tahoe area, you know all too well that this winter is now the fourth in a row in which the month of January has seen little to no snow! Hence, the locals have dubbed this month “Junuary”. With no snow in the upcoming week(s)’ forecast the local sentiment in the Lake Tahoe area has turned sour once again.

For a funny take on this quandary, check out our friends at SnowBrains.com’s article “Top 10 Reasons Why It’s Awesome That it Doesn’t Snow in Tahoe Anymore“!

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Copyright: SnowBrains.com

Here is a video from last year at a lecture Sierra Nevada Aquatic Research Laboratory (SNARL):

OpenSnow.com is often a good resource to find out what is coming our way in terms of weather in Tahoe. However, much like the past few seasons, Tahoe Snow Forecaster Bryan Allegretto has become frustrated with how the weather refuses to change in January (hardly any snow and huge amounts of dry, warm air). B.A. said, “It has become common the last 9 seasons that January is drier than the other months. It has also become common that the storms come again in February or March. Here is a graph I made for the average snowfall by month that I like to show.”

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Below, you’ll find five ways to get out there and enjoy all that this beautiful has to offer:

1. Go Rock Climbing or Bouldering

There are a multitude of climbing spots in the area that have southern facing aspects that have a great deal of sun on them for many hours, allowing for fairly warm routes and happy adventures. For information on the rad climbing in the High Sierra region, check out SuperTopo.com.

2. Go Mountain Biking

Although the trails around Lake Tahoe, may have a decent amount of snow left on them, the biking is superb just “down the hill” in areas like Grass Valley, Nevada City, Colfax and Auburn. For information on the trails in Northern California check out Trails.com.

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TMS Ambassador Aaron Finley on Jackass Ridge in Truckee on Nov. 24, 2014

3. Play on the Lake

Whether its Lake Tahoe or Donner Lake, there are many great ways (such as on a Paddle Board) to get out and get some quality exercise in. Be sure to dress warm and bring some snacks for a fun day spent SUP’ing (Stand-Up-Paddle-Boarding).

4. Take an AIARE Avalanche Course

Tahoe Mountain Sports is proud to partner with Tahoe Mountain School which offers professional education for backcountry users including: avalanche education, backcountry skiing and wilderness medicine.

Learn more about the great opportunities to further your knowledge and skill-set here.

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Sign up TODAY for an Avalanche Course with Tahoe Mountain School!

5. Play with your Dog

Get out on the trails, on the lake or even in your backyard and make old Fido happy because he is not stuck at home while you are at the mountain. GoPro offers a great tool to see the world through a dog’s point of view with the Fetch Dog Mount Harness. Tails will be wagging even if the snow is lagging!

Backcountry Skiing CA’s Eastern Sierra – Book Signing & Slideshow

Wednesday, January 14th, 2015

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Meet the authors Nate Greenberg and Dan Mingori, get your copy signed and catch an exciting slideshow, presentation and Q+A about “Backcountry Skiing – CA’s Eastern Edition

RSVP to the event on Facebook

Date: Sunday, February 15th

Timing: Event Kickoff | Book Signing: 5:00pm, Presentation and Q+A: 6:15-7:30pm

Location: Tahoe Mountain Sports (11200 Donner Pass Rd. E5, Truckee, CA)

Cost: FREE (Copies of the book will be for sale)

About the Book:

Backcountry Skiing California’s Eastern Sierra 2nd Edition is pretty much the bible of backcountry skiing books for the Sierra Nevada and will keep you glued to the mountains for years. From the back of the book: Blessed with a deep snowpack, sunny skies, and high-elevation peaks, the Eastern Sierra has some of the world’s best backcountry skiing and snowboarding. This expanded and improved second edition covers every major peak and canyon in the range, and describes more than 200 descents, from the moderate bowls of The Sherwins, to the high-alpine exposure of Mt. Whitney, to some of the most extreme skiing challenges in America. Loaded with inspiring color photography, this book is your ticket to a lifetime of adventure

About the authors:

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Co-Author – Nate Greenberg

Nate Greenberg has lived in Mammoth Lakes since 2000, and spends as much time as possible skiing and climbing in the endless playground of the Eastern Sierra. Nate is one of the founding members of the Eastern Sierra Avalanche Center, the head judge for Tough Guy Productions’ Telemark Freeskiing competitions, and is supported by Moment Skis and Clif Bar.

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Co-Author – Dan Mingori

Dan Mingori is a California based photographer and snowboarder, with a love for all things related to the Eastern Sierra. With a toddler at home, Dan has temporarily forgone the high peaks for the friendlier foothills, as he slowly prepares the next generation to take over his legacy.

Get your copy today!

Arva Backyard Beacon Training

Tuesday, January 13th, 2015

 

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“Beacon – check. Training, um, yeah, I know I should …

Join us for the Arva Backyard Beacon training session, sponsored by Arva Snow Safety Equipment. See how your old beacon measures up to current technology, try a new beacon, and most importantly, practice proper search techniques for a solo, and/or multi burial scenarios.

Considering the purchase of an avalanche transceiver?  Good step. Now, take another step forward & join us for a free training session!

When: January 18th, 2015 | 3:00pm to 5:00pm
Where: Tahoe Mountain Sports (11200 Donner Pass Rd. Truckee, CA 96161 –
Cost: FREE, yes free, because we want you to have the opportunity to properly train with your beacon. Bring in your beacon, try a new beacon, compare beacons, and most importantly, practice! The Arva mobile training park will give you a guided opportunity to practice solo and multi-burial scenarios.

This event is being brought to you by Arva Snow Safety Equipment, born and bred in the French Alps since 1987.

Join the event on Facebook HERE.

G3 = Genuine Gear Guide

Thursday, January 8th, 2015

New this year to the fleet of incredible backcountry gear at Tahoe Mountain Sports is a line-up of alpine touring skis, the all-new Ion tech binding as well as climbing skins, trim tools and splitboard climbing skin connector kits. G3 = Genuine Gear Guide. Based in Vancouver, B.C., G3 Genuine Guide Gear is manufacturer of industry-leading gear for backcountry skiing and snowboarding. It has been making avalanche safety equipment since 1995.

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TMS employee Boon, took the new G3 Synapse Carbon 92 Skis with the Ion Alpine Touring Bindings out for a day in the Castle Peak backcountry. Click here for more information on this excellent backcountry skiing zone near Truckee, CA. on Here are his thoughts:

“Weighing in at a brisk 9lbs 15oz this set up felt like I was somehow cheating the up hill. Definitely built for speed and fast pursuits but burly enough to ski most any line. I have been looking for a spring/ summer ski for the east side Sierra and volcano corn harvest. This could easily be my go to…

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The G3 Synapse Carbon 92 Skis and G3 Ion Alpine Touring Bindings at Castle Peak

Starting with the brand new G3 Ion Alpine Touring Bindings which did not disappoint. The toe piece is easier to engage than any other tech binding on the market and literally snaps into place giving you confidence that there is a good connection from the binding to the boot. G3 also designed large snow clearing channels on each side of the toe piece to clear out any ice/ snow that could cause a pre-release. The locking mechanism for the toe piece is also much more stout than the other tech bindings. As far as I see it, the ion toe piece is one of the best (if not the best) in the market.

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The G3 Ion Alpine Touring Bindings incorporate game changing forward pressure, wide mount and refined toe jaw dynamics plus unique step-in and brake features yield superior freeride performance in the lightest set up you can ask for

G3 also beat the rest of the tech binding market in designing a binding with forward pressure. The forward pressure assures constant contract with the ski boot heal to maintain consistent release values in landings and absorbs energy/ vibration at high speed. One issue I have with the heal piece is that the design does not allow for turning the heal piece to ski mode with your ski pole. This can be nice to make quicker transitions and avoiding going hip deep in snow on the transition. Overall I was very impressed with the binding and can’t wait to put more mileage on them.

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This set up brings all types of snow conditions together with your skis and bindings like “butter on toast”

The G3 Synapse Carbon 92 Skis as I mentioned above is a very light ski but doesn’t sacrifice performance. With an early rise tip and tail the ski turns on a dime and can rip with the best of the all mountain skis. I see this ski being phenomenal in tight couloirs and during technical descents, but also super fun and easy to negotiate on wide open slopes. The only problem I had with the demo is i was wanting a little bit more length in the ski. The 180cm would be ideal for my height and weight (6′ tall 180 lbs.)

In conclusion, I am stoked on the new technology G3 has brought to the table to progress the tech binding world and also provide a very light high performance ski. Come in and demo or purchase a pair of these skis and bindings at Tahoe Mountain Sports.”

How to Choose the Right Climbing Skin for you:

G3 Alpinist Climbing Skin Features:

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G3 Trim Tool
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