The Outdoor Retailer shows are an obligatory destination twice a year to preview the the products that will be available to the public in the next business cycle. So what you see in Salt Lake's Salt Palace Convention Center the last week of January every winter actually won't be available physically (to most) for 6 or 9 months yet. Usually for the esoteric items we want (rando skiers and alpine climbers) next fall at best for delivery but usually later yet if the item is actually worth owning.
Wow, the winter here is actually shocking to me. We are getting a temperature inversion up high and a damp cold fog (but not freezing) down below. We are lucky to have had a good dump of snow a bit ago to keep us skiing but it is getting bleak again. Frightening how quickly the little snow we do have will go once the temps warm and an early Spring arrives for good. Snow level here is more typical of mid May than mid January.
TLT6 LIMITED EDITION – A BOOT TO HONOR “SUPER MARIO”
“I’ve always dreamed of a boot that is the perfect combination of weight and comfort.” After years of product development, DYNAFIT boot developer Mario Sartor (known as “Super Mario” to insiders) did it: The TLT6 counts as a true all-rounder. Among ski tourers, expedition mountaineers and ski alpinists around the world, it is recognized as a stable yet agile boot. In 2014, Super Mario, based in Italy’s Montebelluna, will be honored with a TLT6 Limited Edition model that will only have a run of 1,500 numbered pairs.
"Training for the New Alpinism, by Steve House and Scott Johnston, translates theory into application to allow you to coach yourself to any mountaineering goal. The authors present training plans for weekend warriors as well as the world's best mountaineers. Filled with photos, graphs, illustrations, and anecdotes. www.patagonia.com/books"
In the past couple of years I have learned a few things about tech bindings I thought worth passing on. I find it interesting is that out side the limited back country skiing market, understanding the tech bindings from both the positive and the negative has so often obviously been missed or simply misunderstood.
My suggestion is don't get distracted by the Patagonia ad but listen to what House and Kennedy are saying here. It is good stuff. Basic Cold Thistle stuff. Basic Bonatti stuff. Basic Oscar Eckenstein stuff.