Wednesday, January 28, 2015

New Atomic bindings for 2015

Given the dearth of information out there on the new Atomic Pintech bindings, I found their catalog and translated the information.

Pin bonds have taken a tremendous development in the last 20 years. You are now an indispensable part of the normal touring equipment. What our new back country tour and back country tour Light bond apart: This practical, lightweight, Pin-bond is incredibly sturdy and makes entry and operation super easy. It is Tell our back country sportsmen everything they need in the backcountry, convenient and easy to use from a single source.
Easy Entry
With the patented Easy Entry on the toe of the shoe is automatically positioned correctly and the pins lock securely in the boot. So boarding succeeds quite intuitive.

Climbing Systems
The climbing aids function independent of the buttocks and can easily be folded forward in each rotational position of the rear jaw. One click, and you can choose between 3 stages: 0, 7 and 13 - for optimum support on every rise.

Long Adjustment
The range of adjustment amounts in this binding are 30 mm; more than in most other pin bindings is possible. Therefore, it is easier to various ski shoe great customizable (and thus ideally suited for the rental).
Compatible with standard crampons

Extra wide fitting
The extra secure screw with 40mm mounting distance improves performance on wide skis and reduces the risk of tear out.

One of the lightest binding on the market: the back country tour with their 592 gr.

Update: Lou Dawson's site Wild Snow has some hands on info

Sunday, January 26, 2014

Hiking Schneeberg

I wrote this a while ago, but had not published it out. It may be useful information for someone looking for a dayhike in the Vienna, Austria area so here goes.

I recently had a day off from work in Vienna and so I headed to Schneeberg to get a day hike in.

I found getting there to be super easy, just take the subway to Philadelphiabr├╝cke which is also the Wein Meidling train station and buy a ticket to Puchberg am Schneeberg and take the first train to Wein Neustadt. These trains are very frequent, I would say about 5 an hour.

At Wein Neustadt look at the boards for trains to Puchberg am Schneeberg and then hop on. This train runs every hour all day.

Saturday, January 25, 2014

Skin Work Part 3

Since we have gotten some better fast race skins the question came up of what to do with the Black Diamond mohair skins left over. I decided to make a pair of backup full length skins with a tail clip for Kate's skis with one pair of them.

Friday, January 24, 2014

Skin Work Part 2


After my first version of race skins we found that the Black Diamond mohair material is not nearly as fast or svelte as Pomoca Race/Race Pro. And since Pomoca is now distributed in the US(, Cripple Creek BC, and even our local shop, Wilderness Sports) I decided to pick some up. Rather than buy the expensive Pomoca tip loops I bought the Dynafit Speedskin Fix tip and did a little sew work to make it pretty.

Friday, October 25, 2013

Home made rando race skins

I bought some light skis last fall to use spring skiing and rando racing and decided I'd like to use race style skins. This meant I needed to cut a tip notch since my Movement Random skis don't come with one.