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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Black Diamond Probe

GEAR REVIEW – Black Diamond Quick Draw Guide Probe 300mm

Safety equipment should be the most important kit in anyone’s pack who enters in to avalanche terrain. My choice in probe is the Black Diamond Quick Draw Guide Probe 300mm because it is rock solid and easy to use. The first thing I look for in a probe is the length; stay clear of anything […]

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Black Diamond Skins

GEAR REVIEW – BD Ascension Nylon STS Skins

This is our review of Black Diamond Ascension Nylon STS Skins.  These skins are awesome because of their durability and ease of use. When I choose my skin I am always looking for the one that will hold up in our NZ variable winter snow lines. Which for the past 5 years has had me […]

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GEAR REVIEW – Black Diamond Zealot 192cm

Ski Black Diamond Zealot 192cm (136-110-125 mm) R 29m, 4.9kg This ski was originally going to be my touring ski but it soon became my everyday ski. The Zealot tip features a low rocker early rise with taper. This is a very subtle design that allows easy turn initiation, great float in powder and doesn’t catch […]

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GEAR REVIEW – Cactus Patrol Pack

The only pack you will ever need! This 45L Cactus Climbing Pack can be compressed to a small size for easy resort skiing or expanded to be more than adequate for overnight trips. The outer pockets on this pack enables you to keep all mountain safety equipment (ie. rope, shovel, probe, poles, ice axe, skis, […]

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