... but just a few clarifications and questions:
“Pierre has worked exclusively with carbon fiber since 2006 and will work alongside Dynafit to produce the ‘Dynafit by Pierre Gignoux’ race line. The first offerings from the new line are pictured below.”
- Merely a rebranding arrangement, as this boot-binding combo has been available for years now.
“The TLT6 Limited Edition is not just a pretty boot however: Mario has increased the insulation and upgraded the boot shaft to provide 60 degrees of cuff rotation.”
- Maybe the liner has been tweaked, but the 60 degrees of cuff rotation is the same as regular TLT6, as well as the TLT5 and DyNA predecessors, dating back to 2009.
“The numbers 12 and 14 refer to the maximum settings on the rotational heel release system. It may be worth noting that the ATK manual specifically warns that the Race bindings do not conform to the DIN safety standards for release forces: you use extreme gear at your own risk!”
- True, but kind of confused: the *race* bindings have *fixed* (and unspecified release values), whereas ATK’s RT and Raider *touring* bindings have adjustable release settings whose numbers are supposed to match up with those for alpine downhill bindings ... yet are not necessary tested as such.
“If any more proof was needed as to the enduring success of the two part low tech pin binding, then the new Vipec 12 pin binding system from Diamir must surely be it. Here we see them mounted on a nice pair of Movement X series skis next to their winner’s plaque. The system itself has been presented at previous shows, but this time they are definitely in the shops right now.”
- Setting aside whether a binding as heavy as the Vipec fits within the BPL focus, it’s been available in the U.S. since mid-December.
“They are competitive racing skis weighing just about 630 g (22.2 oz) for 150 cm length.”
- Spec for the length => 160cm? (The 150cm length is allowable only for women and juniors and racing.)
“These skis will probably sell better in Europe than the US due to their rather narrow profile.”
- Yes, but the other major factor is that Movement’s X series of skis has never had a distributor in North America (other than just a few pairs one year). Liberty Mountain is picking up Movement distribution for next season, but looks like no X skis. Skimo.co currently stocks some X models.
“At the other end of the Y[wai] range is the Drive ski. The Y[wai] drive is clearly aimed at the touring / all mountain end of the market. It has a side-cut of 125 - 83 - 98 and weighs 1080 g (38.1 oz). [Editorial note: They won't be nearly as fast on the flat though.]”
- Nearly as fast on the flat as what exactly? (A ski with 126-83-98 is obviously meant for ski mountainering, not nordic touring.)
“Whilst I think it’s fair to say many people will see the additional weight as a price worth paying, I still ask myself if these avalanche airbag packs are anywhere near as light as they could be. [Editorial note: for single-shot use, would silnylon be strong enough? Quite possibly.]”
- Let’s just say that the forces acting on these airbag packs are so serious that they need to have a crotch strap to keep the thing from riding up and strangling you...