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Experts Guide with Snow and Rock
Tried and Tested
Gear of the Year
Sliding down mountains on wooden planks can’t be that complicated, can it? WRONG! Does your rocker match your sidecut, how elliptical is your varying turn radius, why does it matter that carbon resonates at a higher frequency than metal, and can you really use those huge floppy water skis on piste?!
Whether they’re instruments of torture or precision-padded wonder shoes depends on the quality of your fitter, but either way you’re not going to ski very far without a good pair of ski boots. Come learn about pivoting cuffs, walk modes, and the vagaries of plastic flex properties in different temperature ranges.
Welcome to a mysterious world of spring strengths, ramp angles DIN settings… These arcane devices clamp you to your skis, holding you in when rattling around through frozen crud or busting high-speed turns but releasing smoothly to save your knee ligaments in a crash – whether you’re going up or downhill.
Too hot, too cold, too damp, too sweaty… It’s hard work choosing a ski jacket in these days of expanded polytetrafluoroethylene membranes, durable water repellents and hydrophobic fibres. Will you get cold without finest duck down insulation, or do you sweat buckets in anything but the lightest of ventilated shells?
There are a whole host of reasons to love pants, from saving the world from outraged sensibilities to protecting you from the misery of a soggy arse. Don’t be that guy ruining the powder day vibes when you can’t stop complaining about the snow melting right through your budget salopettes every time you sit on a chairlift!
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