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Lange Blaster 9 Ski Boots – Review

February 19, 2012 in Hardware, Reviews, Ski Boots Reviews

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Lange Blaster 9 Ski Boots

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lange Blast 9 Ski Boots Review

SkiAndBoarding.com review on the Lange Blaster 9 Ski Boots.

 

Our initial thoughts:

The Lange Blaster 9 Ski Boots are one of our favourites and a personally favourite of mine. The first time I saw these boots they immediately stood out; the gorgeous design, graphics and colours work brilliantly. There are many ski boots out in the market that perform brilliantly but I like a pair of ski boots that not only performs well but that looks awesome. These boots unfortunately won’t be for everyone, as it is very important to get a pair of ski boots that is the right fit for your feet.

The Lange Ski Boots and the Lange Blaster 9 Ski Boots in particular are known for being a better fit for those who have thinner feet than the rest. If you have averagely wide feet then you might find these a bit too tight, this can cause many unwanted painful problems if used even just a few times and could even result in damaged or split shins. Luckily for me the Lange Blaster 9 Ski Boots feet my long thin fit perfectly :)

Lange Blaster 9 Ski Boots Front

Lange Blaster 9 Ski Boots Front

How do the ski boots perform?

One thing I have always found to be a problem with ski boots is finding a pair the keeps my toes warm and that doesn’t cause incredible shin pain after a days skiing. When I tried the Blaster 9 ski boots from Lange  it was refreshing to find a pair of ski boots that felt comfortable all day long and didn’t leave me with sore shins after a long days skiing. The ski boots seem to be very responsive and transmit the slightest movements or changes in direction to the skis, whilst providing excellent support.

I think one of the reasons that the Lange blaster 9 ski boots are so comfortable, is because of the self shaping tongue. The self shaping tongue pretty much does exactly what it says and shapes itself to mould around your shin, this way it provides the most support where it is needed and helps effectively distribute any pressure.

 

 

Features and details:

Lange Blaster 9 Ski Boots Buckle
Lange Blaster 9 Ski Boots Buckle

The ski boots are easy to get on and off thanks to the ingenious design of the buckles. Unlike most buckles on ski boots these have a 360 degree rotational pivot which means when you have undone one buckle you can simply turn it to face away from the boots, this helps prevent it annoyingly fall back unto the lower settings whilst your undoing the other buckles. One things that used to always annoy me at the end of the day, is messing around when trying to take your boots off, when all you want is that free feeling with the ability to wiggle your toes again and stretch your feet. This simple yet effective buckle design make a surprising amount of difference to the overall enjoyment of the boots.

Lange Blaster 9 Self shaping tongue

Lange Blaster 9 Self shaping tongue

 

 

 

 

 

 

All in all we think the Lange boots provide an excellent skiing experience and help deliver support where its needed. The Blaster series from Lange is an All Mountain boots so works equally well on the slopes or off piste. We highly recommend trying on a pair and finding the right fit for you :) .

 

If your not sure what skis to get, to go with your ski boots then why not check out our range of ski reviews such as the Rossignol S80 ski review here…

Salomon Lord Skis – Review

October 22, 2011 in Hardware, Reviews, Ski Reviews


Salomon Lord
SkiAndBoarding.com review on the Salomon Lord skis.

Our thoughts:
Love these Skis. That’s in simple terms; keep reading for why we love these skis. After attending the Slide event and meeting up with our friends Pat Sharples, Tord Nilson who ran us through the range of skis, helmets and the new BBR’s we thought we better give the Salomon Lord skis a run for their money. We were not disappointed when we thrashed these skis around on the slopes and in the powder.

 

Salomon Lord Skis

Salomon Lord Skis

Why do we love these skis so much?

The Salomon Lord skis allow you to lovely smooth long turns in all conditions. Nothing beats running the length of the mountain on a sunny day after a down pour of powder. If you decide that Off Piste is the way for you then the partial tip rocker will help you glide around with minimal effort but for maximum enjoyment. The front ends of the Salomon Lord skis are bent slightly upwards so that floatation in POW is enjoyable and easy. If you jump back onto the piste and fancy having a play throwing in a few turns here and there and dipping of left and right and generally just making a nuisance of you self then seriously think about trying these skis.

 

What are the Salomon Lord Skis made of?

The Salomon Lord skis consist of a wood-core cap construction that provide an extremely stable set of skis that you can ride almost anywhere.

 

How do the Salomon Lord Skis feel?

Now imagine you have just woken up to 6 feet of fresh powder to find that for one day only you have the mountain to yourself for you and your friends with the addition of being given a cooked breakfast in bed. That’s how these skis feel, they are purposefully built to make you feel good and we would recommend them primarily for people who are looking to improve their overall skill level or for those who want to experiment safely off piste. Remember safety first snow lovers!

 

What we think of the design?

Elegant and simplistic playful graphics make for a fun to look at set of skis. The colours are a bit dark but this is fine and well suited to those dark powder junkies who are relentless and do not feel the cold. We do think the skis could be a bit brighter or made to stand out more but its good to have a variety, they will be someone’s cup of tea but although we think they look good, we don’t feel they have the wow factor. The lack of design does make its self up and more with the performance though so they skis do have a fitting dark side to them after all.

 

Piste and Off Piste Mix:

The Salomon Lord Skis are pretty evenly split 50-50 for piste and off piste use. They look slick, feel great and make you look cool effortlessly. If you are looking to perform quick sharp turns or try out for your local alpine slalom ski team, then these are quite right. They are designed or longer turns and for day where you simply just want to hit the mountain and have fun with your friends.

Everyday is a Saturday freestyle trailer, how life should be lived!

March 4, 2011 in Uncategorized, Video's

Skiandboarding.com brings you another sick video produced by Poor Boyz and found on youtube, of some of the best riders in freestyle skiing today.

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Salomon 1080 Skis – Review

February 27, 2011 in Hardware, Ski Reviews

Salomon 1080 Skis Review

Salomon 1080 ski’s the history through to Present  - Arguably the most influential ski’s to freestyle skiing as we see today, Salomon produced their first twin tipped free ride skis in the late 90′s the inspiring story of the birth of freestyle skiing is told in this video by the Salomon team.

The skis originally designed as free ride skis really do have the ability to ride nearly all terrain. The hugely respected brand and the competency of the manufacture make these skis one of the best bets for free ride skiing. One draw back to the skis however is that they are quite costly. However Skiandboarding.com see it as you pay for quality.

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Overall score: 19 ❄

The Salomon 1080 ski is definitely one ski that should be taken into consideration for a season.

Don’t Gamble on the slopes, Be covered, Be Insured

February 21, 2011 in Insurewithease, Ski Holiday Insurance, Weekly Update

DON’T TAKE A GAMBLE ON THE SLOPES THIS HALF TERM
Insurewithease.com reminds families to get winter sports insurance
in case of accidents
www.insurewithease.com

As the countdown starts for half-term breaks, many families will be planning to hit the slopes. But leading online ski insurance provider, insurewithease.com, is warning about the financial and emotional risks, if skiers don’t get the right travel cover. It only takes a broken limb to see medical costs abroad start to soar, according to insurewithease.com which saw the average cost of a winter sports claim come in at just under £500. Yet a Winter Sports Travel Insurance policy for a whole family* could cost as little as £300.00 with insurewithease.com.

“Whether a family are snowboarding in Bulgaria or skiing in the French Alps, the first rule of winter sports is get adequate insurance,” says Sarah Findlay, Online Marketing Manager for insurewithease.com. “Not many people can afford to add another £500 onto the cost of their holiday, at short notice, but that could be the reality if you come a cropper on the slopes, without travel insurance.”

“An accident as simple as a torn ligament or sprain could set a family back hundreds of pounds in medical bills. And this can quickly soar into several thousands if someone needs an air ambulance to lift them from the slopes to a hospital.”

Insurewithease.com claims data shows that 55% of winter sports claims are for medical reasons, with fractures and broken bones being the biggest cause of a claim at 15%. While the average cost of a claim is £478, a serious leg fracture in US resorts such as Colorado or Lake Tahoe, could cost as much as $43,000(USD), or in Eastern Europe charges could reach £10,000.

Families heading to the EU should apply for a European Health Insurance Card (EHIC), which entitles them to some free or reduced price medical treatments. However, the EHIC won’t cover the cost of air ambulances, trip cancellation or repatriation, so the best protection is adequate travel insurance.

Findlay concludes, “Anyone travelling to winter sports resorts without winter sports insurance could find themselves paying considerably more for their holiday, if they have an accident.

“Insurewithease.com offers a range of flexible policies including free cover for children on single trip policies, all in a matter of clicks. Even a short trip can end up costing thousands if someone falls ill or has an accident, so travelling with the right level of insurance is crucial for that added peace of mind. If the worst does happen, holidaymakers will want to know that their costs are covered and that they will be taken care of when they need it most.”

Insurewithease.com Winter Sports Travel Insurance
Insurewithease.com provides a full range of ski insurance policies catering for families, couples and single holidaymakers. The insurewithease.com policy gives travellers the essential elements of travel insurance cover for their trip, with the flexibility to adjust the policy to fit personal requirements.

Key benefits
− FREE cover for children on single trip policies
− Cover for your own or hired equipment, ski passes and ski packs as well as avalanche and piste closure cover
− Excess waiver available on all policies
− Airspace closure cover available
− Travel dispute cover available
− 24-hour worldwide medical emergency assistance
− Text message service providing policy number and emergency assistance details

END
January 2011
*Quote based on a five day winter sports trip to France for a family of two adults and two children, correct as of 28 January 2011.

Mike Ming – Artist Series III Capsule Collection

January 12, 2011 in Sunglasses

Show Us Your Slope Style!

SunglassHut.com and artist Mike Ming feed your one-of-a kind slope style with the new, hand-painted, limited Artist Series III capsule collection.
Wear on the mountain or while getting mellow après ski!

Sunglass Hut Unveils Mike Ming’s Exclusive Collection

for the Sunglass Hut Artist Series

(New York, NY) December 16, 2010 – Sunglass Hut is pleased to announce the return of the Sunglass Hut Artist Series, an annual program, which sources up-and-coming artists to create exclusive collectible sunglasses in support of OneSight – the charitable foundation created to help restore and preserve clear vision for adults and children in need worldwide. This year, Sunglass Hut has partnered with Mike Ming, a Brooklyn-based painter whose work has been seen from murals on tobacco barns of North Carolina to Tokyo Japan’s revolutionary art gallery, Dyezu-Experiment.


Mike Ming Sunglass Exclusive Collection 3

Ming has uniquely designed 100 pair of Ray-Ban Wayfarers exclusively for the Sunglass Hut Artist Series. Each frame is signed and numbered by the artist and comes with a certificate of authenticity. Mike’s work deals with a melting of interests, hobbies, techniques and narratives. His style evolved from his childhood interests of comics, cartoons, visual contemporary/modern arts, museums, popular culture as well as ‘primitive’ and aboriginal imagery and prehistoric/timeless designs. The collection will be available exclusively on SunglassHut.com beginning Thursday, December 16th. Each piece retails for $175.00, $30.00 of which will be donated to OneSight.

“We’re thrilled to work with Mike Ming for the latest installment of the Sunglass Hut Artist Series,” said Marcello Favagrossa, Vice President of Marketing, Sunglass Hut North America. “With his bold and fluid use of color to illustrate movement and motion that is reminiscent of bike riding, skateboarding, and surfing, Mike brings a new chapter to the history of the Artist Series. He has created a must-have accessory just in time for the holiday season. Each piece in this limited edition collection is truly a piece of art.” He continued, “As a retailer, the Sunglass Hut Artist Series allows us to maintain our commitment to the consumer to offer a fresh, fun perspective on the eyewear category. This collection is expected to be a best-seller for sunglasshut.com.”

The work of Mike Ming is made up of drips, blots and lines, which create an artistic communication within the artwork. The movement in shape creates rhythms, melodies and exclamations similar to those made in music. Ming’s creations are dictated by influences, visual references, and immediate stimulation/experiences.

“It is an honor to follow in the footsteps of the other artists who have had the privilege to create works of art for the Sunglass Hut Artist Series,” said Mike Ming. “I was excited to use sunglasses as my canvas and have my work contribute to a great charitable cause.”

Mike Ming Sunglasses

The Sunglass Hut Artist Series was founded in 2009 and has featured the works of artists Chris Mendoza and Maya Hayuk.


OneSight is a family of charitable programs dedicated to improving vision for those in need worldwide, through outreach, research and education. Since 1988, their global programs have helped more than six million people around the world see more clearly. OneSight also supports research and education, granting more than $6 million towards vision preservation and thousands of dollars in scholarships to students pursuing a degree in optometry.

Sunglass Hut Artist Series – limited edition collection

December 20, 2010 in Clothing & Accessories, Hardware, Sunglasses

**MEDIA ALERT**

Sunglass Hut has just launched the Sunglass Hut Artist Series limited collection, designed by Mike Ming, a Brooklyn-based painter whose work has been seen from murals on tobacco barns of North Carolina to Tokyo Japan’s revolutionary art gallery, Dyezu-Experiment.

Artist Series Sunglasses

Ming uniquely designed 100 pair of sunglasses exclusively for the Sunglass Hut Artist Series, which will become available on www.SunglassHut.com. Each piece retails for $175.00, $30.00 of which will be donated to OneSight.


A video detailing the project can be viewed:

http://greencardpics.com/projects/colab/final-video.zip

Styles include:

For Immediate Release
Sunglass Hut Unveils Mike Ming’s Exclusive Collection
for the Sunglass Hut Artist Series

(New York, NY) December 16, 2010 – Sunglass Hut is pleased to announce the return of the Sunglass Hut Artist Series, an annual program, which sources up-and-coming artists to create exclusive collectible sunglasses in support of OneSight – the charitable foundation created to help restore and preserve clear vision for adults and children in need worldwide.. This year, Sunglass Hut has partnered with Mike Ming, a Brooklyn-based painter whose work has been seen from murals on tobacco barns of North Carolina to Tokyo Japan’s revolutionary art gallery, Dyezu-Experiment.

Ming has uniquely designed 100 pair of Ray-Ban Wayfarers exclusively for the Sunglass Hut Artist Series.  Each frame is signed and numbered by the artist and comes with a certificate of authenticity.  Mike’s work deals with a melting of interests, hobbies, techniques and narratives. His style evolved from his childhood interests of comics, cartoons, visual contemporary/modern arts, museums, popular culture as well as ‘primitive’ and aboriginal imagery and prehistoric/timeless designs. The collection will be available exclusively on SunglassHut.com beginning Thursday, December 16th. Each piece retails for $175.00, $30.00 of which will be donated to OneSight.

“We’re thrilled to work with Mike Ming for the latest installment of the Sunglass Hut Artist Series,” said Marcello Favagrossa, Vice President of Marketing, Sunglass Hut North America. “With his bold and fluid use of color to illustrate movement and motion that is reminiscent of bike riding, skateboarding, and surfing, Mike brings a new chapter to the history of the Artist Series.  He has created a must-have accessory just in time for the holiday season.  Each piece in this limited edition collection is truly a piece of art.”  He continued, “As a retailer, the Sunglass Hut Artist Series allows us to maintain our commitment to the consumer to offer a fresh, fun perspective on the eyewear category.  This collection is expected to be a best-seller for sunglasshut.com.”

The work of Mike Ming is made up of drips, blots and lines, which create an artistic communication within the artwork. The movement in shape creates rhythms, melodies and exclamations similar to those made in music. Ming’s creations are dictated by influences, visual references, and immediate stimulation/experiences.

“It is an honor to follow in the footsteps of the other artists who have had the privilege to create works of art for the Sunglass Hut Artist Series,” said Mike Ming. “I was excited to use sunglasses as my canvas and have my work contribute to a great charitable cause.”

The Sunglass Hut Artist Series was founded in 2009 and has featured the works of artists Chris Mendoza and Maya Hayuk.


OneSight is a family of charitable programs dedicated to improving vision for those in need worldwide, through outreach, research and education.  Since 1988, their global programs have helped more than six million people around the world see more clearly.  OneSight also supports research and education, granting more than $6 million towards vision preservation and thousands of dollars in scholarships to students pursuing a degree in optometry.

Aspen

October 20, 2010 in Resorts

Aspen Ski Holidays

Aspen was once a booming silver mining town in 1892 but when the price of silver dropped, the residents pretty much moved out until the first ski lift was opened just after the Second World War. Aspen hasn’t looked back since and has grown to become one of the most well known and popular ski resorts in North America. Favoured by many celebrities who tend to keep a low profile and enjoy themselves you will definitely feel at home here in this picturesque old mining town. The town itself is made up of the usual grid section of streets lined with traditional Victorian buildings. There are direct flights to Denver then a small connecting flight drops you off right in Aspen which means no long transfers. Families will also enjoy Aspen as there is plenty to do such as the Tree House Kids Adventure Centre.

Ski Aspen

Aspen is made up of three main ski areas called Aspen Mountain, Buttermilk and Aspen Highlands. There is also Snowmass which is 19Km away from Aspen and easily reached with the regular bus service.  Aspen Mountain has lovely long cruisy blue runs and some challenging steep black runs off the ridges. Buttermilk is the smallest of the 4 areas and is best suited to beginners. Aspen Highlands has a great mixture of easy and intermediate slopes and some very steep black runs at the top. There is also a bowl that is graded double black. Snowmass is a huge area over 3000 acres of piste to play on and something to suit all gradients. Aspen was home to the Winter X games until 2010 so has a different type of terrain park on each of its ski areas. It does boast a park that claims to be the longest in the world at 3Km long. Beginners will be best suited to learning on Buttermilk. Intermediates will find most of the runs on Highlands and Snowmass to be the best. Snowmass certainly has the most variety to suit intermediates. For more advanced skiers and boarders all of the mountains except Buttermilk offer fantastic challenges both on and off piste. It is a good idea to join one of the organised groups if skiing or boarding the area for the first time to take advantage of the best places to ski.

Aspen Apres Ski

When the lifts start to close there are a few good bars at the foot of the slopes. Iguanas at the Highlands and the Ajax Tavern in Aspen are good. The dinner/bar scene in Aspen is great fun to be part of and you never know who you might bump into in the evening as there are plenty of celebrities who favour Aspen for their ski holidays. For fantastic fresh seafood and great wine try the Pacifica. The Elevation restaurant also comes highly recommended for its great food and bar. If you fancy a pint with the locals then head to Coopers bar as it is well priced and good fun with great burgers as well! There is something for all budgets with plenty to do off the slopes, however, if you plan on a spot of shopping definitely bring your gold credit card as the prices are high. There are various art galleries to meander around and plenty of shops and jewellery stores to spend your dollars in or just to window shop.

Aspen Ski and Snowboard Schools

Children ages 6yrs and under ski FREE at Aspen and Snowmass

The Ski and Snowboard School in Aspen has something for absolutely everyone. They have children’s classes, preschool, adult’s lessons, telemarking, mountain explorers, women only and speciality programs designed for you. Full details can be found on AspendSnowMass’s website.

Aspen Lift passes

6 day Adult pass (18-64yrs)

Low season £211

High season £263

Mid season £242

Value season £183

6 day Youth pass (13-17yrs) / Senior (65-69)

Low season £187

High season £211

Mid season £194

Value season £166

6 day Child pass (7-12yrs)

Low season £142

High season £176

Mid season £159

Value season £124

Low season departs 11th – 16th Dec, 4th Jan-8th Feb and 25th Mar-3rd Apr

High season departs 17th Dec-3rd Jan

Mid season departs 9th Feb-24th Mar

Value season departs 4th Apr – 18th Apr

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