30 September 2013
Nearly 100 episodes, Salomon Freeski TV, is back for it’s 7th Season premiering October 8th.
16 July 2013
By: Andrew Tarca
One of the biggest dilemmas people face while purchasing a new sleeping bag is whether to go with a down or synthetic bag. The answer to this is dependent on a number of variables such as the climate and the type of camping you will experience while using your bag (i.e. backpacking, car camping). Each of these options has their own characteristics that that will be preferred in different situations.
Down insulation is known for being very lightweight. Down bags are filled with goose feathers or the undercoating of a bird’s plumage and pack very small and lightweight. This is ideal for backpackers who will be carrying their bags over a long distances where weight is always a concern. In addition down is also known to have outstanding durability. Unlike synthetic materials, down fibers do not break down as easy and have a much longer life span. Down material also holds true to its temperature rating. They are warmer because they do not let air pockets sit between the fibers of the insulation. Although down is very lightweight and warm it can be a serious problem in wet conditions. When wet, down takes a very long time to dry which can cause a serious problem for warmth. Read the rest of this entry »
by Treas Manning
Black Diamond my have lost a few battles in the headlamp wars but the new ReVolt has put the company back on the frontlines. At one time Black Diamond owned the rechargeable headlamp market but in recent years the giant had lost its edge to competitors like Petzl.
I recently took Black Diamond’s new ReVolt headlamp up into the White Mountains to photograph the bristlecone pine under a moonless night. Once you have trekked in well beyond the winter closesure gate your recharging sources are pretty limited and to make things even more difficult, the area is so far from the influences of city lights, if your power is drained you are at a standstill until dawn. This pitch black environment is perfect to product test a headlamp, and Black Diamond’s new ReVolt passed with flying colors.
The ReVolt has two settings, high and low, which allowed me to switch back and forth as my need to see requirements dictated, saving me valuable battery power. On high using alkaline batteries estimates were at 70 hours and on low as much as 300 hours of usage, so if I couldn’t get my shot the first night I would be able to hang out for an additional night or two without recharging. There is also a lockout function when your headlamp is not in use to save on battery drain. If you didn’t know, even when a battery operated device is in the off positon the battery, albeit slowly, still suffers battery drain. Read the rest of this entry »
30 April 2013
by Sarai Stroup
Which is right for you?
There are two types of recreational kayaks, the sit on top and the sit inside models.
Deciding on the right type of kayak is actually pretty easy once you understand the
advantages and disadvantages of both.
The most obvious aberration from the standard sit-inside kayak is the open cockpit.
An open cockpit is a shallow hollowed out seating area on the mid deck of the kayak. Essentially you are sitting on the deck and your legs and body are fully exposed.
This type of boat has several advantages, foremost is the ease of entering and exiting your kayak even in open water. That bring us to another advantage; should you capsize your sit-on kayak in open water it is much easier to right the boat as the haul is not engulfed with water. There may be some water in the hollowed out cockpit but the amount is minimal and top brands of this type of kayak have drains called scupper holes . Scupper holes are tubes that run from the cockpit and the tank well to the bottom of the hull of the boat. The hulls of the boat are sealed making the sit-on-top kayak virtually unsinkable. Because the cockpit is open and flat even in deep water it is easy to swing your legs and body back on to the kayak and you are on your way.
Another issue to take into consider, will you be kayaking with a dog? If so there is plenty of room for a medium size dog and it is much easier for a dog to jump up onto an open cockpit and remain balanced. Many sit-on-top kayaks are equipped with bungee deck rigging, tank wells, or hatches allowing for light storage of day gear.
- Ease of entry and exiting when launching
- Easy to right your boat in open water
- Great when paddling with a dog or small child
- Virtually unsinkable
- Exposure to the elements and cold weather
The paddler on this type of kayak sits in the cockpit with their legs under the deck of the boat. Most sit-in kayaks have foot bracing and your knees are slightly bowed to the outer sides of the boat which give the kayaker great balance and control. Read the rest of this entry »