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Choosing the Right Race Skis – Part 3: Get the Most Out of Your Equipment

When you’ve arrived on your skis and they’re out of the box, then what? Theoretically, there is nothing else you have to do but go ski and tear up the trails. However, there are still a few more tricks in the box that help you get even more from your skis. The NIS plate on […]

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Choosing the Right Race Skis – part 2: Flex and Splay

The right flex for your weight and technique as well as the correct splay for the conditions are critical factors for performance. Finding those skis shouldn’t be like looking for a needle in a haystack. As the selection and properties of race skis evolve, trends and techniques for picking skis change. But it should be […]

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Choosing the Right Race Skis – Part 1

Perfect race skis are the sum of construction and geometry, premium materials and careful selection. First, let’s look at what makes a good race ski. Madshus racing skis are the tangible result of innovative engineering, years of product development, researched and selected materials, and a carefully controlled and monitored manufacturing process. Even the machines in […]

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Treat Your Poles with Care

Racing poles are delicate pieces of equipment, and should be treated as such. Something to keep in mind when you’re standing in the track banging your brand new top of the line carbon race poles against your bottom of boots to get the sticky snow out of the grooves. Don’t. While they are designed to […]

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Straps: Poles are More Than Just a Lightweight Shaft

Pole straps have come a long way, and the devil is in the details. Over the past few years, the pole strap is one area where the almost all the manufacturers have improved. There is a lot of research going into choosing materials for the strap, such as moldable foams that adapt to the shape […]

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How to Determine Correct Pole Length

Pole length is a topic that generates hours of discussions among skiers. There are some general guidelines and rules of thumb, as well as charts from the various manufacturers. But there are several factors that complicate the matter, such as technique, proficiency and individual preferences. And of course, length depends on whether the poles are […]

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What to Look for When Buying Ski Poles

Should you spring for top-of-the-line carbon poles or second-tier racing poles? How do you determine length? And what about the straps? How much do poles matter anyway? Well, consider this: When skate skiing, more than 50 percent of the forward momentum can come from the pole stroke. When double-poling, the pole stroke is nearly 100 […]

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Launching The Gear Truck

The cross-country gear distributor SPORTWIN AB is hitting the road with a brand new gear truck, based on the wax trucks of the national teams. The semi truck has a showroom that doubles as a mobile classroom for clinics as well as a fully equipped, ventilated wax room with state of the art technology. The […]

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Madshus wraps up yet another amazing season

Madshus continues to improve market share and position. As spring rolls around, Madshus sums up yet another successful season, and we continue to strengthen our position in the Nordic skiing industry.   Products Madshus opened the season at the ISPO fair in Munich by introducing a number of innovative new products and technologies: the new […]

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Ski technology: Pressure points determine properties

Pressure points are crucial for how a ski will behave. A cold snow ski behaves differently than a ski built for wet and warm conditions, simply because they have different constructions. Ever wondered why a cold conditions ski doesn’t run very well with klister, even if the kick zone is tall enough to accommodate klister? […]

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