GEAR REVIEW – Black Diamond Raven Ultra Ice Axe

This is a super lightweight axe that is perfect on any snow adventure. The beauty of this 50cm axe is that it fits in your pack! This fact transforms this piece of equipment from strictly ski touring, to everyday use. Just like my shovel and probe, the Raven Axe lives in my pack and comes […]

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GEAR REVIEW – Atomic Automatic 109 (189cm)

ATOMIC AUTOMATIC 109 (189cm) 135-109-125 R19.5m   First time on Atomic skis for me since the older beta series over a decade ago and fist time on a shapely ski such as this. I was pleasantly surprised… This is a mid-flex ski with a wide shovel, a pin tail and early rise / taper tip […]

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GEAR REVIEW – Dynafit Vulcan

There was huge hype last year before this boot hit the market and this game changer has lived up to all expectations. A brief overview of this boot is a stiff, light touring boot that out walks and skis any other free touring boot out there. It is also fully compatible with any touring binding […]

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GEAR REVIEW – Black Diamond Revert (188cm)

BLACK DIAMOND REVERT (188cm) 123-95-111 R23m   The classic ski… This ski is the modern tradition shape (if there was such a thing). Long running lines with a touch of rocker and early taper. I have been using the Revert as a light touring ski for trips off the beaten track. Its light and easy […]

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GEAR REVIEW – Black Diamond Compactor Poles

While we are at it, here’s our first gear review for 2014.  Our snow boarding guide Mark will give the insight into what looks like an awesome set of poles, and an essential for keen split boarders.  Cheers Mark!   I got my hands on a set of Black Diamond’s Compactor poles last winter, gave […]

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Splitn2 New Zealand Split Boarding

BDS & SPLITN2 – Split Boarding in NZ

Splitboarding in NZ – New Zealand Backcountry Skiing & Snowboarding If you are looking for Splitboarding in NZ, BLACK DIAMOND SAFARIS is proud to be introducing our clients to the back country that now even snowboarders can access… It’s time to get skinning for that fresh powder! We have collaborated with a local Christchurch  manufacturer […]

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GEAR REVIEW – Dynafit TLT Radical FT Binding

Finally after patiently waiting for a lightweight tech binding designed for performance freeriding, Dynafit released the Dynafit TLT Radical FT binding. I jumped at the opportunity and haven’t looked back! The ultra light radical weighs a mere 600gms. That is over a kg lighter than its rivals! This is huge and when you multiply that […]

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GEAR REVIEW – Black Diamond Quadrant Ski Boot

The Black Diamond Quadrant Ski Boot was suppose to be a sacrifice from my heavier downhill boots to allow easier uphill travel with the super light 1.72kg weight, but such as the case with the Zealots this boot quickly became my everyday boot and opened up more skiing variety to me. The Quadrant features a […]

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