While many of us may head to the mountains to escape that dreaded and never-ending pull of computers and electronics, gear and technology are inevitably something we rely on. TGR has always been appreciative of cutting-edge technology, and we choose our gear very wisely, especially since our lives often depend on it. Here are our favorite 10 stories from the gear and tech world from 2017!
This summer, TGR invited a crew of six influencers in the mountain bike world to test 2017’s best rides. After a full week of riding and exploring the trails around Crested Butte, CO, we came up with our verdicts.
In a large warehouse located on the outskirts of Reno, Nevada, about sixty sewing workstations sit on an elevated workstation surrounded by shelves of boxed Patagonia gear. Each station is individually decorated with pictures of children, happy birthday signs, and old ads from Patagonia's famous catalogs (my personal favorite was a PFD ad for the now defunct Lotus Designs). Here, working diligently and with purpose, is a group of men and women whose main goal is to fix your broken gear.
While some of us see technology as something to escape from in the backcountry, that phone in your pocket may be one of the most powerful tools you can pack. It can provide everything from maps and beta to real-time activity tracking and weather data. Sounds good, but what if that was all found in one free app?
What’s that, another new touring binding? Yup, Atomic and Salomon have announced the release of the new SHIFT binding, their attempt to combine a tech-style toe piece with an alpine-style heel, and thus create the ultimate freeride binding for the backcountry.
Today, Dynafit announced the release of an all-new ski touring boot designed by brand ambassador and all-around badass Eric Hjorleifson. The first thought that comes to mind may be “did Hoji finally make that elusive boot so we can all ski like a ninja and send huge cliff drops in BC?” Well, not exactly. It is not another freeride boot, but rather something better: the most comfortable, warm, and efficient touring boot Dynafit has ever made.
Ever since the start of the backcountry skiing boom, skiers have been up in arms about what is the best option for riding aggressive lines in the backcountry that require uphill skiing to get to. The options are no longer as limited as they were say 10 years ago, with several different frame bindings competing with a huge selection of pin-tech style bindings for skiers’ hearts and wallets. There is one outlier in the constant struggle between skiability and weight. Enter the CAST Touring Pivot Freetour—the brainchild of professional freeskiers Lars and Silas Chickering-Ayers—which combines the use of a removable tech-style toe for touring and a full-on standard downhill binding for shredding the gnar.
For better or worse the technology for skiing the backcountry has expanded greatly in the last five years. From new bindings, airbags, boots, beacons, almost every category of gear has been pushed by the needs of backcountry skiers. The one piece of technology that has stayed relatively stagnant has been the humble ski pole, until now.
Last night my husband—who went to college for mapping—was sitting on our couch staring at his phone. Suddenly, he got up, grabbed a Coldsmoke Scotch Ale from the fridge, and sat down at his laptop with a big ass grin on his face. "What's up?" I asked. "A new Google Earth just launched," he told me with delight.
My map-obsessed husband was not the only one in a fit of excitement after the launch last night. The Internet was talking, so I logged in.
Living in Jackson sure has its perks. Very much an all-season ski town, there is just as much to do in the warmer months. The mountain bike trails, especially those found on Teton Pass, rival those found in places more famous for their biking. Earlier this month, Diamondback ambassador and adventure athlete Eric Porter swung by to get in some final testing laps aboard the all-new Diamondback Release 5c. We teamed up to take a spin down Lithium, an absolutely epic trail dropping nearly 3,000 feet from the top of Teton Pass all the way to the TGR offices in Wilson.
Winter was slowly creeping into Jackson, with temperatures dipping and the mountains growing ever whiter as the days went on. While this meant that ski season was right around the corner, mountain biking was becoming harder and harder as the trails turned from perfect dirt to a wet, muddy mess.
A single drop of blood fell to the snow, making a hollow plop. Halfway up hiking a backcountry run, Dina Mishev stared down at the lone drop of red on white. More blood pooled to the point of her nose. Dina watched as another drop fell, joining the first one on the snow. The blood stared back at her, a reminder of all the reasons why she couldn’t let herself stop climbing. Fresh from her second round of chemo a few days prior, Mishev was actively ignoring the pain, nausea and exhaustion
Isaac Hyde, 37, was arrested for crying wolf about being stranded on a chairlift. Turns out his fabrication of the incident at Gore Mountain Ski Center, New York, didn’t quite stack up findings from investigators according to Hyde–who was last seen at 3:15 p.m. March 31st–was not found until the lifts were spinning at 8 a.m. the following day. The local skier claimed that he was stuck on the lift for 17 hours, which prompted a further investigation from the local authorities. The story
Ah, the land of croissants and red wine. Chamonix, France is to extreme skiing as Yosemite is to rock climbing, or Pipeline is to surfing. In a nutshell, the legendary mountains surrounding Mont Blanc have drawn the attention of the world’s best skiers and snowboarders looking to ride the biggest lines of their lives. Each year, a veritable pilgrimage of riders convenes in this magical valley in the French Alps to put their alpine skills to the test. So far, the 2017-18 season turned out