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Gear Review & Tech Talk

What’s new in ski equipment and apparel technology? Granite Chief will keep you informed with the ski industry’s latest innovations and how to use them to make you a better consumer and a ripping skier.

  1. Wax is dead - Introducing the Phantom Permanent Waxless Glide

    Wax is dead - Introducing the Phantom Permanent Waxless Glide

    There is no easy way to say this…Wax is dead. Well, kind of. Every season you head into your local ski shop looking to speed things up a bit on the mountain with a fresh layer of wax. Or, maybe you spend a few evenings during the winter months with your tried and true iron-on method. Well, the ski industry...
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  2. Whatcha Pack’n?  Are you loaded up with the right ammo when headed into the backcountry?

    Whatcha Pack’n? Are you loaded up with the right ammo when headed into the backcountry?

    Author: John Clausen - Granite Chief crew - Arva Snow Safety representative No, we’re not talking about caliber, we’re talking about snow safety gear, and more. This is the stuff ya need to have for a “mission complete” outing, to save your you know what if things go south. Whether you are passing through the boundary gates at Alpine...
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  3. DIY Waxing - What You Need

    DIY Waxing - What You Need

    DIY Waxing – What Ya Need By: John Clausen, Granite Chief staff and past Holmenkol wax tech rep. For many skiers and snowboarders, taking care of “boards” at home, or in the locker room, is a worthy endeavor. Waxing improves ski glide, and eases turn initiation. So, whether you are looking to get across flat sections...
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  4. Sierra Summers: Seven Tips For Snowboarding 12 Months a Year

    Sierra Summers: Seven Tips For Snowboarding 12 Months a Year

    Top Seven tips for Summer skiing: How to Keep the streak alive. Ben Birke tells all how to keep skiing all year round even with tiny bits of mountain top snow.
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  5. Prana Seamless Summer Style

    Prana Seamless Summer Style

        Your yoga practice is not about matching your mat to your water bottle, this ancient practice is meant for you to develop your best inner-self. Luckily, while you’ve been busy focusing on you, Prana has been busy taking care of the all the other ‘outer’ details. Specifically, this summer’s most diverse piece of clothing...
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  6. 7 Things You Need To Know About Summer Ski Camp

    7 Things You Need To Know About Summer Ski Camp

    7 things you need to know before heading out to summer ski and snowboard camp.
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  7. The Five Perfect Trail Running Side-kicks

    The Five Perfect Trail Running Side-kicks

    The foundation of any great running kit starts with your shoes. Much like the foundation of a house, shoes are the most important part of your kit. That's why I recommend the Salomon S-Lab Ultra. This shoe is unparalleled in traction and hits that sweet spot with just the right amount of cushion. Step two: the perfect socks. This...
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  8. Trail Running Rockstars

    Trail Running Rockstars

    Trail Running Rockstars     Salomon S/LAB Sense Ultra 2 Mens Shoe - Men's  The sport-savvy scientists in Salomon's S-Lab developed the Men's S-Lab Ultra Trail Running Shoe to embody the physical preparation necessary for ultra marathons and long-distance trail running. Learn more about the Salomon S/Lab Sense Ultra 2 Here!      ...
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  9. The Tecnica Forge GTX - A custom hiking boot in a league of its own.

    The Tecnica Forge GTX - A custom hiking boot in a league of its own.

    The Tecnica Forge GTX is a mid-size, mid-weight trekking boot, and the first of its kind. Built over a burly Vibram sol, the Forge is the first hiking boot to have a fully moldable liner. This revolutionary boot employs the same technology that has given Tecnica ski boots their highly respected name. Light enough for day hikes, and rugged enough for muti-day treks, the...
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  10. Is there really such a thing as Featherless Down?

    Is there really such a thing as Featherless Down?

    Featherless down, is there really such a thing? The answer, yes and no. No, because down is feather, that would be like inventing a product called waterless H2O. Yes, because 3M’s featherless down looks and feels like real down with the warmth of natural down. Here’s the really cool thing about featherless down, unlike duck down synthetic down is...
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