Snow Sports

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Contour HD versus GoPro Hero 2

Wearable video cameras have revolutionized outdoor and extreme sports media coverage over the past several years, driven by two dominant players in the emerging field of live action sports cinematography. We take an inside look at at the two leading cameras, breaking down the greatest advantages and limitations of each.

Scarpa NTN & Black Diamond Push Boot Review

Lifelong skier and telemark addict Ken Kamada takes us on a tour of Scarpa’s revolutionary NTN or “New Telemark Norm” ski boot/binding system, as well as a demo review of Black Diamond’s Push boot. The new ski/binding systems take telemark skiing into a new era.

Achieving the Perfect Ski Boot Fit

Finding the right boot is a challenge for any skier. Whether you’re trying to dial in a new pair of boots, or squeeze a few more seasons out of your favorite old pair, this article is a must-read for all serious skiers seeking performance and comfort out of their boots.

First Ascent Downlight Sweater Review

Made by Eddie Bauer, the First Ascent label defiantly takes aim at the high end, performance outerwear market with its slick designs and top grade materials. The Downlight Sweater offers high quality, 800 fill down and fuzzy pocket liners to keep you toasty when you need it most.

2012 Ski Gear Preview – Winter Is Here

Telemark Northwest founder, Ken Kamada, offers an exciting preview of cutting-edge ski and Winter gear for the 2012 snow season. Revolutionary, fat skis, comfy and versatile ski and telemark boots, sharp outerwear and goggles – learn about this season’s home run gear and get equipped for some pow.

Crossing the Himalayas, The Roof of the World

Justin Lichter and Shawn Forry set off to hike the length of the Himalayas from the easternmost 8,000 meter peak in the world, Kanchenjunga, to the westernmost 8,000 meter peak, Nanga Parbat. The ambitious traverse spanned an approximate distance of 2,500 miles and it took three months for the hikers to successfully make their way out of the highest mountain range in the world. This is their story.

2012 Rossignol S7 Ski Preview

The 2012 Rossignol S7 excels in almost any condition, be it deep powder, small stashes, hard snow, tight lines or open faces. The only thing it doesn’t do well is cater to pansies.

The Life of a Professional Ski Guide

Donny Roth offers a behind-the-scenes look at living the life of a Professional Ski Guide. Juggling life in both hemispheres, Roth manages to ski over 200 days a year as he chases Winter around the globe.

Kaenon Polarized Sunglasses

Kaenon Polarized employs cutting-edge, patented lens technology in their rugged but stylish line of sport sunglasses, providing unsurpassed optical clarity and sharpness. The young company is taking the eyewear industry by storm.

The Ultimate Ski Pant: FlyLow Chemical Pant

FlyLow aims to blend together the best elements of traditional, lightweight ski pants with the durable and ergonomic design typically reserved for mountaineering gear. The result is the rugged, featherweight FlyLow “Chemical Pant”, which promises to be a skier’s best friend.

2011 Black Diamond Push Telemark Ski Boot

A look at Black Diamond’s most popular telemark boot, the “Push”, featured at Outdoor Retailer’s Winter Market in 2011. AtlasOmega Equipment Analyst, Ken Kamada, takes us through the major and minor improvements to the flagship boot model – including changes that increase performance as well as comfort.

Outdoor Retailer 2011 Winter Market Highlights

AtlasOmega Gear Junkie, Ken Kamada, attends Outdoor Retailer 2011 Winter Show and provides an in-depth analysis of all the shiny new gear on the way to you in 2011. Some of the highlights include extremely lightweight outerwear and backpacks, stunningly functional ski boots, and some novel approaches to storing gear and power.

Mt. Rainier Summit

Just back after a pretty tough couple of days. We managed to summit Rainier via the Emmons Glacier but just barely. My friend Paul Nanawa and I hiked in through White River on Thursday morning. We had a fairly casual walk up through an incredible stand of firs and pine eventually making our way onto the inter glacier. As a precaution, we roped up and continued to ascend. We had gotten a slightly later start than we had hoped and the snow in the late afternoon sun became soft. Post holing our way up the incline, we struggled under our[...]