Tag Archives: skiing

Review of the Julbo Classic Vermont Sunglasses

by Vince Hempsall, June 4, 2015


I had never even seen a glacier when I first donned a pair of Julbos in the 1980s. Sunglasses have come a long way since then but I was pleasantly surprised to learn that, for its 125th anniversary, the France-based company relaunched its classic Vermont mountaineering glasses. Founded by Jules Baud, who originally made goggles […]

Why You Should Love the Shoulder Season (and its dog turds)

by Vince Hempsall, December 15, 2014


The south-central BC weathermen are calling for flurries tonight and snow is forecasted to settle in the valley bottoms. This means we should wake up tomorrow to a beautiful world of grey skies and white and black streets bordered by brown yards pebbled with dog turds. On second thought, that doesn’t sound so beautiful. In […]

Review of the Atomic Tracker 16 WTR Bindings

by Vince Hempsall, September 24, 2013


“What’s the 16 stand for?” I asked when I was first handed the Atomic Tracker 16 WTR bindings. The reply was that it referred to the Tracker’s DIN setting, which ranges from 7 to 16, and I immediately thought of that scene in Spinal Tap when Nigel describes his new speakers with the volume control […]

Review of the Atomic Charter 186 Skis

by Vince Hempsall, April 18, 2013


This year Atomic got into the backcountry market in a big way with a quiver of offerings that included the Drifter, the Charter, and, their big boy, the Atlas. In this review we take a closer look at the Charter, what Atomic says is their answer to an “all-mountain touring ski,” as well as the […]

Review of the Voilé Charger and Voilé Charger BC Skis

by Vince Hempsall, March 20, 2013


Despite a name that incorporates an accent aigu, Voilé is not from France. In fact, they’re a small company based in Salt Lake City, Utah, and they’ve been making backcountry specific hard goods since 1980. Today, they manufacture five different kinds of skis and three splitboards and in this review, we’ll be looking at two […]