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 Cross-country skiing 2.0: The best gadgets for the trail
Winter-Sports | 28.01.2016

Cross-country skiing 2.0

Gadgets for the ski run

Cross-country skiing 2.0: The best gadgets for the trail. The latest Nordic skiing trends at ISPO MUNICH 2016
Roller skis become extra-long skates: Elpex makes it an all-rounder.
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Even if this year’s so-called winter has hit cross-country skiers harder than downhill skiers, there were still a few intriguing innovations in the field of cross-country to be found at ISPO MUNICH Ski Village.

Norwegian manufacturer Rollersafe presented an invention that is long overdue: brakes for roller skis. These have integrated hydraulic pump brakes that can be controlled by remote control. For roller skiers, this means no longer fearing hills or crossing the street! These brakes will soon be available for inline skates as well.


But fellow roller ski manufacturer Elpex had another idea: Why not use roller skis in winter as well? So they unscrewed the wheels and constructed two flexible runners in their place – turning the skis into extra-long, extra-fast ice skates!

Gold for the perfect binding

A gold ISPO AWARD was presented to heritage company Rottefella for their easily removable and adjustable binding. Rottefella has been in business since 1927. The new binding works based on the principle of “turbo or traction”, i.e. speed or grip. Depending on the height you set the binding on the ski, you end up with either greater speed or better grip on ascent. Another advantage: You no longer have to drill any new holes in your skis to adjust the binding.

The new binding works based on the principle of “turbo or traction”. (Quelle: Messe München GmbH)
The new binding works based on the principle of “turbo or traction”.
Bild: Messe München GmbH

Complete perspective thanks to Ultra Lens

The multiple award-winning Ultra Lens Science glasses by Bliz ensure a better field of vision out on the trail. World-class cross-country skiers like industry leader Marit Björgen and Martin Johnsrud Sundby place their trust in these Scandinavian lenses.

SkiJack turns skis into wall art

Once skiers have left the trail, the question always remains, “Where do I put these long slats?” SkiJack is here to help: with a ski storage system for cross-country and Alpine skis that can be placed either on the wall or the ceiling. At 15 centimeters, six pairs of cross-country skis or two pairs of Alpine skis can be stowed on the wall; the ceiling model can hold 24 pairs of cross-country skis or eight pairs of Alpine skis.

SkiJack turns skis into wall art (Quelle: Messe München GmbH)
SkiJack turns skis into wall art
Bild: Messe München GmbH

No more cold feet: Alfa makes it possible

Those who prefer to set food on the North or South Pole have come to the right place with Norwegian company Alfa. Their Expedition model, which is nearly knee-height, was presented accordingly: frozen into a wall of ice.

Those who prefer to set food on the North or South Pole have come to the right place with Norwegian company Alfa. (Quelle: Messe München GmbH)
Expedition mode, Alfa
Bild: Messe München GmbH
Article by Thomas Becker, Author
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