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Quantum Leap

Swix’s Quantum Pole Series.

We are full into bike season, but some of us here at the shop are dreaming of snow, Pisten Bulley grooming, and a perfect day on the ski trails. Here’s a little teaser for this upcoming ski season…

Joel is busily testing out the new pole line-up from Swix for 2018/19, and although black asphalt is not white corduroy, he is still super-excited about these revolutionary poles.

Ski poles are often the most overlooked piece of  nordic equipment. The four most important pole shaft properties are weight, swing weight, stiffness and strength. Swing weight refers to the pendulum motion of each pole stroke and how more weight near the pole tip requires more energy from the skier. The stiffer the pole, the more of your energy goes into forward movement and less into bending the pole. And strength just refers to the durability of the pole. The most important aspect to the pole is overall weight. Skiers often try to cut weight in their boots but disregard the extra grams on their ski poles. Remember, you are lifting, swinging, or carrying your poles throughout your entire race or workout, so overall pole weight can have a profound effect on your technique as well as your times.

Here is something to think about: Say you and your friend are racing a marathon for 3.5 hours. Skiers average approximately 40 pole plants per minute and move their poles 5 feet per stroke. If your poles are just 3 ozs. heavier than your friend’s, your poles will be moving 7,777 more ft-lbs than your friend—that is like curling a gallon of milk in both hands over 450 times! Who has the advantage?

So, when you select your pole, it is important to take the above into account, as well as basket type, and type and size of the grips and straps.

Swix is the leading innovator in the field of composite ski poles. Their cutting-edge poles offer maximum performance regardless of the skier’s skill level. Every single pole is tested for weight, stiffness, and swing weight before it leaves the factory, and Swix guarantees superior quality of all aspects of their products.

This year, Swix is introducing the Quantum Pole line-up. Joel has been roller skiing with the Quantum One model this summer. The new Quantum series of poles is a range of carbon pole shafts based on leading composite technology. New Moon stocks five different Quantum Pole levels from Swix to fit any budget and ability.

The Quantum One is “a nice treat,” Joel reports. “Not as stiff or as light as the Triac 3.0, but a lot more economical option for training or budget racing than Swix’s $500 flagship pole. It has a good swing weight with a stiffness on par with the popular but now discontinued Triac 2.0. And the Quantum One is reported to have greatly increased impact strength as compared to previous models, which makes use in competition or roller skiing a perfect fit.”

In addition to baskets for different hardnesses of snow, Swix offers the Carbon roller dedicated for roller skiing. The TBS makes it a lot easier to change the ferrule while out on the tarmac.

Another nice feature of the Quantum poles is the Swix TBS basket system. These thread on, thread off baskets and ferrules allow an easy exchange with no glue required. “It’s super-quick to install a ferrule even out on the mean streets of your weekly roller ski loop,” Joel says.

The Swix Triac Connection System (TCS) between the hand and shaft.

But Joel is most excited about the Quantum’s grip and strap system. It is called TCS-the Triac Connection System. The grip is 100% natural cork. The strap is hand-shaped for power transmission with no stretch, no movement, and no energy loss. “There is no excess. My hand size is a size 9/10, and I find that the large is snugly fitted (there are 4 sizes of strap available). Be sure to go up a size for cold weather handwear  (heavy mittens or heavy gloves probably won’t work—try the Toko or LillSport overmitt as a cold-weather alternative) but they are supreme power levers—there is zero flopping around and no re-gripping or repositioning of the strap while racing. These absolutely represent an improvement over the long-standing Swix Pro-Fit Strap & Grip standard.” Straps install with Swix’s dual purpose strap removal tool/bottle opener.

New Moon is currently taking pre-orders for the Quantum 1, 2, 3, 4, & 6. Straps are sold ala carte, but the price for the pole and strap is $289. Be sure to check out the rest of the Quantum Series on our website.

 

spring tune-ups

Well, last week we put the skis “away” (they’re never actually put away – our ski-crazed customers routinely peruse the array of skis on the rack on any given day of the calendar). And this week, despite the 2′ plus of snow in the woods and fresh grooming on the Birkie trail, we talk about getting the bikes out and ready to ride. Right now is a great time to get your bike into New Moon (or your local bike shop) for a Spring tune-up. Continue reading spring tune-ups

Summer Ski Storage

Chris prepares a ski for summer storage.

Although some of us are currently still enjoying exceptional skiing (it’s us!), we will all be putting away our skis for summer. I spoke with several techs here at the shop, all with years if not decades of experience, about the best way to keep your skis protected and ready for next fall. Needless to say, I didn’t exactly get all of the same answers. A few, I won’t name names, just put their own skis in the garage…that’s it. But, in order to cover all “bases” (see what I did there?) and keep your own skis safe, here is a quick primer on the best way to store your skis for the summer. Look below for photos of the process. Continue reading Summer Ski Storage

Rollerskiing and skiing on the same day… Whaaat?

Looks like another week of this primo spring skiing, You don’t know if you don’t go… Joel’s most recent Facebook post. 3/11/18

Spring skiing just might be the ultimate cross country experience. I hear about these amazing outings all year long: super-fast, glazed tracks; warm sun and bluebird skies; rolling up your sleeves and soaking in the day. Continue reading Rollerskiing and skiing on the same day… Whaaat?

Cold Protection, Part 2: Face and Eye Protection

Now that our hands and feet are cozy and comfortable, let’s talk about keeping our skin and eyes protected and safe from the elements. If you didn’t read part one of this article, you can find it here.

Eyewear

There were a couple of great comments by readers about how they keep their faces warm, and they both had to do with eye protection. Continue reading Cold Protection, Part 2: Face and Eye Protection

Simplify Your Fluoros and Save Your Skis!

Toko Wax is known for their simple and practical approach toward waxing and ski prep. Here, Ian Harvey, Toko US Brand Manager, reviews a universal fluoro application technique for Toko Jetstream Bloc based on extensive, on-snow testing.

Toko’s Ian Harvey explains simple and reliable Jetstream Bloc fluoro application.

Most importantly, Ian uses a  fiber buffer (aka “Fiberlene”) to protect the skis from overheating. Continue reading Simplify Your Fluoros and Save Your Skis!

Cold Conditions, Let’s Review…

By Judy Young.

When I get the pleasure of working on the downstairs floor, I help customers answer a lot of different questions, for example, where is Chris or Joel, can Chris or Joel talk, when will Chris and Joel be back (see, you thought I only knew about clothes!). But, the question I hear the most is, “how can I keep my hands and/or feet warm?” Continue reading Cold Conditions, Let’s Review…

Seeley Hills & Birkie Tour Wax Clinics

The infamous Seeley Start Crash, 2006. Photo: Skinnyski/J.Wenner

New Moon’s annual race wax clinics kick off this Friday, 1/12 at 4pm with waxing presentations from Fast Wax founder, Dan Meyer and 3-time Olympian and Toko Wax ambassador, John Bauer. Brush-up (pun) on your waxing knowledge and skills with these wax experts in our cozy shop. Still cold from the arctic cold snap? We’ll have the wood stove going, too! Continue reading Seeley Hills & Birkie Tour Wax Clinics

Skin Ski Treatment Options – Do It Right!

 – Judith Young, Softgoods Buyer at New Moon

Skin-based waxless skis have become immensely popular. Proper care will keep them kicking and gliding along!

Now that you know the “skin”-ny on skin skis, it’s probably a good time to learn about the various choices you have in skin ski treatments. Skin skis use a special “hair” pattern underfoot for grip, but the pattern can be prone to icing in moist snow conditions. If you can make a snowball and it doesn’t fall apart, use skin wax. When the temps drop, glide becomes the concern.  The skin ski wax formulations New Moon offers reduce icing and enhance glide. They are simple to apply and can dramatically improve your experience with skin skis. Here’s an overview of the products we carry and how to differentiate them…

First, a quick note before we start: skin waxes use special, alcohol-based, adhesive-safe solvents to allow spray application possible. Most skin skis have removable skin strips to facilitate easy replacement. Due to the chemistry Continue reading Skin Ski Treatment Options – Do It Right!

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