Sunday, December 27, 2009

Shovel performances span heaven and hell.


Published in the February 2009 issue of the American Avalanche Association's Avalanche Review, the article named "Shovel performances span heaven and hell.", Voile shovels received top honors for performance and functionality.

Please find excerpt from article here: Shovel performances span heaven and hell.

Shovel test conducted under the patronage of the Austrian Alpine Club.

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Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Dawn Patrol - by Dustin Butcher

With the Wasatch backcountry only 25 minutes from Salt Lake City, it's easy to get some early morning powder turns before you begin your long stare into your PC.



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Sunday, November 22, 2009

New! Voile Light Rail splitboard binding.


Simplify, reduce weight, and increase performance of your Voile splitboard binding system with the new Voile Light Rail splitboard binding. The Voile Light Rail integrates the Slider Track and Strap Binding into a lightweight, low profile, and stiff splitboard binding.

The binding base plate is cut away to eliminate ice build-up and reduce weight. The baseplate aluminum rails are CNC machined from solid 7075-T6 bar stock aluminum for amazing durability.

An Avalanche Rip Cord has been attached to both quick release buckles to aid when backcountry riding in avalanche prone areas.

Available January 2010.

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New! Voile Trax splitboard binding.


A lightweight and inexpensive way to upgrade your current Voile splitboard binding system.

Bolt the Voile Trax splitboard binding to your existing Voile Slider Track, with included t-nuts and screws.

The Trax binding baseplate brings your binding closer to the board and with 4 points of contact on the outer edges of the baseplate it is as stiff as the Voile Light Rail splitboard binding.

An Avalanche Rip Cord has been attached to both quick release buckles to aid when backcountry riding in avalanche prone areas.

Available January 2010.

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New! Voile splitboard dual height climbing heels.


Upgrade your splitboard with the new Voile splitboard dual height climbing heels. The back climbing wire is the standard height of 55mm and the front wire is 75mm.

Also new, a durable plastic coating is applied to the top of each wire to prevent wear on your splitboard binding base plate.

Available January 2010.

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Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Switchbacks - for those in the "snow".


This post is from a Voile customer that last winter visited the Icefall Lodge in BC, Canada. He expressed his satisfaction in the performance of the Voile Switchback Telemark Touring binding. As you can see from the photo he attached, 7 other customers share his point of view. Those that know, know the Switchback is the lightest weight, durable, high performance and ice-free telemark touring binding on the market.

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Thursday, November 12, 2009

Attention! A major Voile product announcement Monday Nov. 23.




Please visit our website on Monday Nov. 23 for a major product announcement within our Voile splitboard product line.

If you really want to be the first to know, get a copy of the Dec. issue of Backcountry Magazine for there will be a product review and advertisement in the magazine. The Dec. issue of Backcountry Magazine ships on Thur. Nov. 19 to subscribers and newsstands.



See you all here Monday Nov. 23.

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Friday, November 6, 2009

Tech Update! Voile Splitboard Touring Bracket Loses Weight.


Voile's backcountry product focus has driven us to obsession when it comes to light weight. Yet another example of this obsession is illustrated below.

Voile is now including a new lighter weight splitboard touring bracket with the Voile Mojo splitboard. Without any compromise in durability, we have shaved off a scant 14 grams per pair. (Smile)

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Thursday, October 22, 2009

Ullr Ball 2009

Thur. Nov. 12 at 8pm in Salt Lake City, the local non-profit environmental organization Save Our Canyons will host their yearly fundraiser the Ullr Ball. Please support Save Our Canyons in their effort to protect the local Wasatch backcountry from over-development.

A 2009-2010 Voile Mojo splitboard and Voile Switchback telemark touring binding will be raffled off at the event.

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Friday, October 16, 2009

Tech Update! Voile Slider Track for splitboard improved.


To increase the durability of the Voile Slider Track, we have added material to the stop tab at the back of the Slider Track. This will prevent any long term wear, as it bears the full weight of the user in each step they take while skinning uphill. The stop tab also performs the function of providing a stop and precise fit of the Slider Track when sliding over the adjustable pucks for the ride mode of the splitboard.

Above shows how the Voile Slider Track stop tab fits into the Voile Heel Pad of the splitboard.
This improvement is available on all Voile Slider Tracks produced for this season.

Sunday, October 11, 2009

Winter Stumbled Upon Us?

It appears that winter has caught some people off guard, but like they say, the early bird gets the worm...errrr the POW. Enjoy these photos from October 11th early season powder sessions in Wyoming. Hope you have those boards dusted off and waxed up. Game ON!







Photos: Darran Well and Jeramie Prine

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Riders Love the Mojo!



The 2010 Backcountry Magazine Gear Guide drives home why riders love the all mountain performance of the Voile Mojo splitboard. Voile-USA is the longest running splitboard manufacturer in the market and pioneered today's reliable splitboard hardware interface.


"Sized for Men and Women, the Mojo cast a spell on testers this year. It dominated in powder, earning high marks for ease of turn initiation with the same directional shape, dimensions, and traditional camber as last year. Testers of both sexes succumbed to the Mojo's magic: "Springy, sprightly; picks its way down steep slopes, and is most responsive to short radius turns," a female tester said. "Still gets the Mojo flowin ' in wide-open pow." A male tester found: "The Mojo is light underfoot and has a smooth torsional flex" it's tough to beat for technical terrian, where quick, reliable turns are a necessity." - 2010 Backcountry Magazine Gear Guide.

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Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Voile Drifter backcountry skis, Backcountry Magazine Editor's Choice!


Backcountry Magazine recently named the new Voile Drifter hybrid rocker skis an Editor's Choice.

Get ready for an entirely new skiing experience.

Combining the progressive powder-ski concept of rockered and tapered tips and tails with traditional side-cut and camber under foot, the Voile Drifter is stable and easy to ski in conditions ranging from the deepest powder to the most difficult wind slab. The traditional side-cut and camber under foot allows you to carve with confidence on firm snow you might find on your way back to the lift or on the exit of a difficult ski tour. Add Voile's signature lightweight ski construction and you won't be afraid to put skins on these boards.

Be assured, your skiing experience will never be the same.

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Monday, July 13, 2009

Tech Update! Voile Switchback toe-plate improved.


We have improved the Voile Switchback telemark touring binding toe-plate with some minor dimensional changes and a new more durable 410 heat-treated stainless steel.

The Switchback toe-plate is so tough, we are backing it up with a new 2 year warranty.

After 2 years on our customer's feet and with many backcountry miles, the Switchback has proven to be the most reliable, lightweight, and ice-free telemark touring binding on the snow.

We invite you to compare the Voile Switchback with any of our competitor's bindings as we are confident you will see the superior design and benefits of the Switchback.


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Friday, June 19, 2009

Lyngen Alps in Northern Norway

Group photo on top of Rieppetind in the Lyngen Alps, from left: Odd-Arne, Johan, Stefan, Bjorn, Line and Kristine


Line and Stefan on the way down, with majestic spike peaks in the background


Bjorn letting the Voile Asylums do their stuff in the Lyngen Alps


Thanks, Bjorn for sharing your photos with us!

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Thursday, April 23, 2009

Falling is not an option.


Jarrett Luttrell was kind enough to forward his trip report of a hair raising steep ride down (on a Voile Mojo 66) Pyramid Peak near Aspen, Colorado. I must admit after reading his TR, I was puckering up a bit. Click on the photo for the full TR. Thanks Jarrett!


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Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Next season's Voile Mojo splitboard available now!


Although no changes to construction or dimensions, Voile is pleased to have the sought after Mojo splitboard back in stock with fresh new graphics for the 2009-10 season. Going into its 3rd season, the Mojo has proven to be an all-mountain performance splitboard that you can rely on for all conditions from deep and soft to steep and hard.


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Thursday, April 9, 2009

Voile's SX gets Turbo'd - by Craig Dostie



Had a chance to check out a long desired improvement to Voile bindings yesterday. To be more specific, a more active, turbo-charged version of Voile's popular Switchback binding. Making the binding more active could be done by 1) moving the pivot point back further, and/or 2) increasing the spring rate of the cartridges used.

Voile opted to test a SX binding with the pivot moved back 3/8". I've been testing telemark bindings since 1993, and have recently been involved in comparing what's new for next season, in particular 22 Design's free pivoting HammerHead, a.k.a. Axl, and Rottefella's NTN binding with their various spring cartridges. Against these, and other more active bindings Voile's offerings seem underpowered. That would only be at a first glance, for the reality is, while some telemarkers may desire more power from their binding, most of us are quite content with what we have. Voile's bindings fall in the contented category, but having a bit more power wouldn't hurt either.

This beta version of a turbo charged SX skied beautifully. It had noticeably more power, but not so much that I felt it might compromise sensitivity in soft snow. Part of that is due to the side routing of the cables which seems to consistently deliver a very smooth engagement. Some might call it slow, and indeed it is slower to turn on the power compared to tele bindings with underfoot cable routing, but that isn't always a good thing. It is also a subtle difference that takes time to recognize.

Bottom line: This turbo SX binding skis great. On the HammerHead scale, I'd say (without a side by side comparison) the turbo SX is about HH#3.25. The normal SX/Switchback is more like HH#2.8. Can't wait for Voile to adopt it for the Switchback. If you thought it was too much power, it would be easy enough to simply back off on the pre-tension a bit so that engagement was a bit slower, but overall power remained higher.

Dostie


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Friday, April 3, 2009

Voile Asylum's on Pointe de Revedin, 2,750 m, Wallis, Switzerland


Ulrich Hausmann, a Voile fan and enthusiastic skier of the Voile Asylum and Switchback, sent us these photos of a backcountry ski tour at Point de Revedin, near Wallis, Switzerland. Spectacular! Thanks Ulrich!









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Thursday, April 2, 2009

Thursday, February 26, 2009

5th Annual ScrubFest

This years gathering was fantastic thanks to good friends, great riding, perfect conditions, and wonderful rustic lodging in the heart of Wyoming! It was amazing to see splitboarders and skiers converging together comparing gear, swapping stories, and enjoying the mountains.

The crew all offered their sincere thanks and gratitude for all that Voile has done for splitboarding. Without Voile's invention of the splitboard, the sport would not be were it is today. Voile is unique in bringing backcountry snowboarders and skiers together. We all owe you a toast and thanks!
Sandbox Rocks and surfing pow:
Big climbs with the crew:

What is there not to love skiing in the mountains on bluebird days?

Thanks to Voile-USA and our sponsors for help making this event so successful. May Ullr continue to keep it white, fresh, and deep well past spring!

Sunday, February 15, 2009

2009 Wasatch Powder Keg Backcountry Ski Race


Greetings!

As you may have heard during this year's OR show, a few Salt Lake City locals are taking over organizing the 2009 Wasatch Powder Keg Backcountry Ski Race this year. We've all been participants in the past and it has been such a great event that we are defying all odds, taking the reigns, and keeping the race alive ... grassroots style.

If you'd be kind enough to help us get the word out through your website, it'd be greatly appreciated!






2009 Wasatch Powderkeg Backcountry Ski Race

DATE Saturday, March 14, 2009
TIME 7:30 am MDT
WHERE Alta, UT

NOTES
The 6th annual Wasatch Powderkeg Backcountry Ski Race will have both recreational and race divisions with Men's, Women's, AT, and Tele groups in each division, prizes for the winners, and a post-race raffle and BBQ. Registration forms, race details, and race contact information are available at www.wasatchpowderkeg.com

Friday, January 2, 2009

Voile avalanche shovels receive high marks in European shovel test.




Under the patronage of the Austrian Alpine Club, a recent avalanche shovel test/review was published in the Austrian publication Berg & Steigen and the publication of the Canadian Avalanche Association. In this test, Voile received very favorable results measuring durability and functionality.

The Voile shovels tested were the Telepro-T6, XLM, and new model XLM Pro(Voile's Mini Telepro-T6).

Based on the test, the Telepro-T6 was the clear winner in terms of durability and actual functionality during a mock rescue situation.

This article will be published soon in the American Avalanche Association's publication, The Avalanche Review.