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New Grivel Twin Gate Carabiner

A pear shaped carabiner with double straight gates

The new Grivel Twin Gate carabiner; an advancement or a gimmick? Grivel spokesperson, Stevie Haston says on his blog: “These carabiners represent the most interesting step in design and security that I could ever have imagined. You should probably buy one at least, to go with your belay device and/or descender.”
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UpSki: Wind Mountaineering

UpSki is a large chute/sail used for a wind powered mountain ascent
UpSki: Wind Mountaineering

UpSki is an innovative sail used for wind powered mountain ascent with skis or snowboard, to harness the wind for an uphill ride.
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Fimbulvetr: Future of Snowshoes

Asymmetric, lightweight unibody snowshoes
Fimbulvetr Snowshoes

Fimbulvetr, pronounced Fimblevetter, have been spending the past few winters in the deep snowy heart of Norway to come up with a innovative new snowshoe design.
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Ski Review : DPS Wailer 112

Powder Skis for All Mountain Riding
Jan Ogorzalek | Ski Editor | published: 11th February 2013
an image of three skis

Rocker, 5 Point Taper, Camber - What Does It All Mean?
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Go Pro Hero 3 and HUD Goggles

Which tech toys to spend your Christmas money on
James Fisher | Alpe d'Huez Video Reporter | published: 4th January 2013

Gadgets are always fun and if you have any Christmas money left over, or you're Russian and planning on celebrating Christmas on the 7th then there are some ski toys that you might be interested in; the Go Pro Hero 3 and Recon HUD goggles.
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New Snowboard Kit for Winter 2013

Interchangeable bindings and new boards to add to your Christmas wish list James Fisher | Alpe d'Huez Video Reporter | published: 4th January 2013

Our search for the ultimate in ski and snowboard Christmas presents has this week taken us to Morzine. The Portes du Soleil has been a mecca for snowboarders for a number of years now, so where better to search for snowboard stocking fillers?
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The Sexiest Ski Touring Set Up Around?

Bespoke Fork Tree Skis, Plum Bindings and Gecko Skins James Fisher | Alpe d'Huez Video Reporter | published: 4th January 2013
Fork Tree Tiki Tourers

Sexy is not an adjective normally associated with any aspect of ski touring. Excessive sweating, smelly socks, old European men and unfortunate facial hair (on ladies) are what normally spring to mind when one thinks of the ski rando community. Wooden skis, leather strapped bindings, freshly clubbed seal skins and strangely patterned woollen sweaters were once the kit of choice for the enthusiastic uphill slogger but things have changed and now there is some seriously cool ski touring kit out there.
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BCA Avalanche Airbag Review

The Boot Lab's Ewan Mackie talks us through BCA's Float 22 Airbag James Fisher | Alpe d'Huez Video Reporter | published: 4th January 2013
BCA Float 22

There was a time when the use of inflatable safety devices in snowsports was reserved for the likes of James Bond whilst being pursued by evil henchmen with hilariously bad aim.  But the last few years have seen incredible growth in the number of people venturing into the backcountry and a corresponding increase in choice and availability of backcountry specific safety equipment.  Throw into the mix the bomber season of 2011/12 in Europe and what was once optional is well on its way to becoming an off-piste standard - ladies and gentlemen, I give you the avalanche airbag.
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Ask Santa for Customised Skis This Christmas

Ski makers in Courchevel and Chamonix make some of the best stocking fillers James Fisher | Alpe d'Huez Video Reporter | published: 4th January 2013
Photo of skier front flip

Getting your new skis for the upcoming winter season is always exciting: picking the best shape and profile of skis for your style of mountain based fun is a bit like writing your letter to Santa:
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New Avalanche Airbags and Ski Helmets For Winter 2012-2013

What's new in the ski safety technology world James Fisher | Alpe d'Huez Video Reporter | published: 4th January 2013

We've been getting excited about the chances of some powder action here at Skinets Towers and with snow falling on the high ground yesterday and more forecast, we thought we'd have a look at some of the new bits of kit available to keep you safe in the off piste this season. We took a pre-season stroll around Chamonix yesterday and our findings were as follows...
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Pole Position

Portable ski coach & performance enhancer James Fisher | Alpe d'Huez Video Reporter | published: 4th January 2013
Pole Position

This simple and portable ski coach from Pole Position improves skiers posture, balance and technique for beginners, intermediates and experts.
The light-weight, portable, and easy to snap on strap serves as a training aid that boasts self improvement right from the start. It works by using muscle memory to set your body in the optimal ski position and improving motion and balance awareness.
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Salomon Guardian 16

Award winning backcountry ski bindings James Fisher | Alpe d'Huez Video Reporter | published: 4th January 2013
Salomon Guardian 16

The new randonée ski tour binding from Salomon has turned a few heads in this years gear reviews and was awarded the Slide Award for Innovation (UK Snowsports Industry) and the ISPO Award for Innovation (International Snowsports Industries).
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Jones Women's Snowboards

First series of Jones women’s snowboard James Fisher | Alpe d'Huez Video Reporter | published: 4th January 2013
Jones Snowboards Logo

Jones Snowboards continues to dominate the freeride side of snowboard market and for 2013 Jones will be introducing three women’s boards to the line-up; a splitboard, a freeride board and a mountain twin board.
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Now ipo Snowboard Binding

The snowboarding game changer James Fisher | Alpe d'Huez Video Reporter | published: 4th January 2013
Now ipo Snowboard Binding

The Now snowboard binding is inspiried by skateboard trucks with the aim of transferring energy directly to the edge of the board. 
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Elan Adrenalin Bindings

Easy change from skiing to hiking James Fisher | Alpe d'Huez Video Reporter | published: 4th January 2013

Elan have introduced a new binding to it's range, the Adrenaline binding is ideal for exploring hte mounatin on and off piste. 
The binding features an easy change mechanism from skiing to hiking whilst keeping strenght and stabilty for better power transmission.
The climbing aid allows three differnet angles which make ski touring up steep slopes easier. Furthermore the binding will fit both alpine & touring boots and no tools are necessary to adjust the size.
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Black Crows' 2012 Skis

A bird's eye view of their product range James Fisher | Alpe d'Huez Video Reporter | published: 4th January 2013
two skiers walking through powder with trees either side

A glimspe of what the new 2012 collection from the Black Crows could do for you...
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Recon GPS Heads Up Display

Robocop Goggles James Fisher | Alpe d'Huez Video Reporter | published: 4th January 2013

The Recon MOD has arrived bringing some GPS & Android powered stats into a heads up display for your Goggles.
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New kit for the 2012 winter season

New toys I found at the Ski Show
James Fisher | Alpe d'Huez Video Reporter | published: 2nd November 2011
Whitedot skis

Reports of snow falling across the Alps has had me excitedly running down to my ski locker to unpack my kit for the new winter since October. Some of this kit is tried and tested. Some of it, alas, is looking a little tired. So when the opportunity to go to the London Ski show presented itself I made a point of finding out if there was anything out there that could replace some of my older equipment. As it turns out quite a few people have been quite busy since last winter coming up with some very clever boards, bags, gloves, headphones and skis.
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Spark R&D Bindings

Splitboarding
Robin Deering | Alpe d'Huez Editor | published: 24th October 2011
Spark R&D Blaze Splitboard Bindings

Spark R&D is behind the new splitboarding binding craze, the Blaze - the lightest binding on the market. They aren't that easy to come by as they are only stocked by one shop in France. Luckily it's Zero G in Chamonix.
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North Face E-Tip Gloves

Accessories Robin Deering | Alpe d'Huez Editor | published: 24th October 2011
North Face Etip Gloves

As smartphones are getting smarter, it's about time clothing caught up...
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APO season 11-12 range of products

Skis & Snowboards Robin Deering | Alpe d'Huez Editor | published: 24th October 2011

APO Snowboards founder Regis Rolland presents this seasons range of snowboards and skis. The company has kept its rider dedication & back to basics principles which has spurred a few problems for the company in the past but the products they produce have not faltered.
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Zed Eco-Friendly Goggles

Eyewear Robin Deering | Alpe d'Huez Editor | published: 24th October 2011
SPY + DCP + YES = ZED Goggle

SPY Optic have released the SPY + DCP + Yes Zed goggles, a collaboration between Spy, snowboarder DCP and snowboard manufacturer YES to produce a great goggle without costing the Earth.
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Split30 Splitboard Bindings

Splitboarding Robin Deering | Alpe d'Huez Editor | published: 24th October 2011

These may not be hot of the press but the Karakoram design is grabbing a lot of attention amongst the splitboarders out there. The Split30 splitboard binding easily clips into the tour mode for better touring efficiency, and the tour mode step-in capability gives faster change overs. Check out the video below to see how easy the transitions are.
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Petzl modular crampon for ice and mixed climbing

Mountaineering Robin Deering | Alpe d'Huez Editor | published: 24th October 2011

With the recent snowfall you never know what you are going to get out there, so a modular crampon seems like the way forward. Watch the video here as Petzl take you through all the benefits of their Lynx crampon; modular front points allow for many options: dual or mono-point, long or short, and/or asymmetrical. They come with two types of interchangeable front bindings to adapt to boots with or without toe welts.
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