Saturday, 17 October 2015

Ski Options 2015

At Fast Trax, our goal is to use our experience and knowledge to help you find what you need to enjoy your time on snow. We add value to our products by providing exceptional service to fit you properly and to simplify equipment and waxing. We are a small shop and focus exclusively on equipment made for well groomed trails in the following three categories of skiing for both classic and skate skiing.

While there are an infinite number of options when selecting equipment the examples below are a good representation of what we have to offer. The examples are options from Fischer and Swix and are classic only for presentation purposes but we offer similar packages from Salomon, Madshus and Rossignol for both the junior and adult skier.

  • Sport A ~ Loppet novices to traditional classic and skate skiers ~ speed & control.
    • Sport category skis are particularly light and produce a very dynamic kick for sport loppet racers. As well leisure skiers can also achieve high speeds by channelling their strength efficiently and effortlessly.
Fischer SCS Classic Ski, NNN Exercise Classic Binding,
Fischer RC3 Boot and Swix Comp Pole.

  • Sport B ~ For those classic skiers with fewer hours for prepping skis or for those who simply do not enjoy grip waxing, the new developed Skin Skis offer a time-saving option that demands kick without sacrificing ski feel.

  • Performance ~ Loppet racer to aspiring world cup athlete ~ speed & lightweight.
    • This enables performance-driven skiers to convert power into high speeds more efficiently than ever before.
Fischer RCS Classic Ski, Fischer Carbonlite Boot,
NNN Xcelerator Binding and Swix Team or Star Pole.

  • High Performance ~ Loppet racer to aspiring world cup athlete ~ speed & lightweight.
    • True enthusiasts are interested in one thing more than anything else, speed and equipment naturally plays the decisive role here.
Fischer Speedmax Classic Skis, Fischer Carbonlite Boot, 
NNN Xcellerator Binding and Swix Triax 2.0 Pole.

Ski Selection
Once we have determined which category of ski suits your needs we begin the selection process based on your height and weight picking the appropriate skis from our ski rack. Once we have made our initial selections we have you move into our fitting room where we determine which ski is best for you.

Ski Ready Service
Once we we have the correct ski for you there is a two day turn around to have your skis mounted with bindings and placed in the hot box over night with a soft glide wax. In the morning we remove the skis from the hot box and cap the skis with a low flour glide wax. For classic skis the grip zone is marked with permanent marker, sanded and base binder is applied so when you pick up your skis they are ready to enjoy the great outdoors. All you will need to do is apply the correct grip wax when going classic skiing.

Each pair of new skis purchased from our shop comes with the following;
  • Hot Box (sport and performance skis)
  • Glide Wax
  • Base Binder (classic skis)
  • Binding Mount
  • Ski Straps

Follow Up Service
Waxing can be a chore so we offer several options for ski services and suggest you bring your skis into the shop every two to three weeks through the winter to have your skis cleaned and re-glide waxed for optimal performance.

Shop Specials
Currently everything in the shop is 15% off with our preseason sale until November 8th and there are a few pairs of last years skis, boots and poles on offer at 20 to 30% off. 

Skin Skis for Classic Skiing

This year Fast Trax offers four different models of the newly developed Skin Skis from Fischer, Madshus, Salomon and Rossignol. For those classic skiers with fewer hours for prepping skis or for those who simply do not enjoy grip waxing, the Skin Skis offer a time-saving option that demands kick without sacrificing ski feel.

Skin Skis provide grip in conditions that have eluded traditional crown patterned skis in the past and provides this grip without sacrificing glide which has also eluded traditional crown patterned skis in most every condition by having the crown pattern drag.


Fischer Twin Skin Race

Fischer offers the Twin Skin as a complimentary classic ski designed to kick in variable conditions without sacrificing glide. The Twin Skin is a ski made for versatile conditions. Purpose-cut cavities for two separate Mohair strips mean it glides easily and kicks solidly, especially in transformed snow and conditions that cause track glazing.
Those mohair cavities are deeply set at the beginning of the kick zone, meaning less mohair strip is exposed, less gliding friction is created. The cavities are also shallower under the ball of the foot which makes the Mohair thicker toward the rear of the ski mimicking a well waxed classic ski where a thin layer of wax at the beginning of the wax pocket paired with a thicker layer under foot facilitates kick and glide.
Madshus Terrasonic IntelliGrip® Classic Ski

Blending the trusted performance of the Terrasonic Classic ski with the reliability of their innovative IntelliGrip® skis, the all-new Terrasonic IntelliGrip® Classic makes classic skiing even easier.

The mohair and nylon blend is built into the base of the Terrasonic Classic, with a progressive profile that ensures grip without sacrificing glide, helping take the guess work out of ski prep and keeping you simply skiing for longer.

Salomon RC Skin

Experience top level classic performance without the challenge of daily waxing. The SKINGRIP inserts deliver precise, secure grip and silent, fast gliding for skiers who demand high performance in various snow conditions.

Salomon Aero9 Skin
Enjoy a new way of classic skiing without the challenge of daily waxing. The S-CUT shape gives you more control.

Rossignol R-Skin

The all-new R-Skin classic ski features a replaceable mohair insert for great kick in all conditions with no prep work. Designed for competitive athletes to expert skiers, the R-Skin features a race-ready Nomex Honeycomb core is paired using the Rossignol Fit System (RFS) which measures closing flex and camber shape, ensuring precisely matched pairs for optimum selection and fit. Extra fiberglass laminate provides additional stiffness and power. 

The R-SKIN  is a new/old system that use a Mohair type fabric to create traction on one side of its texture and glide on the other. The new generation is very resistant and does not catch water as easily as 30 years ago and with the addition of new anti-icing products the mohair are for the most part ice free.

What makes the ROSSIGNOL S-SKIN so performance oriented is not just the Mohair itself but a number of elements that when combined together make it extremely efficient.
  • The  NIS 7 click  plate make the R-SKIN adaptable to any snow condition.
  • The R-SKIN position in relation to the camber of the ski makes it very precise but unobtrusive.
  • The R-SKIN's are calibrated for maximum precision.
  • The R-SKIN ski is made of light weight (nomex) honeycomb core for flexibility and reaction.

Friday, 16 October 2015

Goal Setting

As your season winds down or if it is just around the corner it may be a good time to aside some time to set a few goals and map out a plan.

Preparation for a successful season is about more than physical training and internal visualization, it's also about exposing ourselves to greatness. Watching those we admire achieve something can be significant in our own journey, expanding our ceiling for what we believe is possible.

By watching greatness, our minds can literally open doors for our bodies allowing us to set goals that yesterday seemed unattainable.
These goals we set for ourselves should build on themselves, so if our goal is to run a sub-three-hour marathon, we need to make that our end goal. Now we create a series of smaller goals that will help us reach that goal.
Goals must be realistic but challenging in order to make our goals attainable. If they aren’t, we will not reach them or quit before achieving them. If they’re too easy, we are not going to grow and improve.
It is OK to not reach our goals sometimes, if we are doing a good job and setting challenging (but realistic) goals, we may not always reach them. That is OK — there is always next year.
It is a good idea to have A, B and C goals, so by having a goal of running a sub three-hour marathon is great. That would be our “A” goal. The “B” goal is our backup to some extent, like running a 3:15 marathon. “C” goals would be finishing the marathon. Sometimes, due to circumstances, even reaching a “C” goal can be very fulfilling.
Goals should be a mix of qualitative and quantitative in nature. Both are fundamentally different, but both are equally important.
Quantitative goals are very easy to understand, as they are mathematical in nature, easily measured and very concrete. They have some sort of numeric value associated with them, and so they cannot be debated — you cannot “sort of reach the goal.” The measurement of these types of goals is quite easy and very objective.
With these goals, there is no subjectivity or grey area. There is always a definitive “yes” or “no.” While this is very important, it does not tell the entire story of improvement. For example, if our goal was to run 100 km's a week in our drive to break 3 hours for the marathon and we didn’t make it, but we still ran 80 km's a week, that is likely far better than where we were before setting the goal. This is where qualitative goals can be equally (or even more) important.
Qualitative goals are a little more difficult to grasp. They can’t be measured with a watch or measuring tape, making them more abstract. However, they are still very important and frequently help you reach a quantitative goal. This type of goal is generally felt more than measured — completion will be a feeling, as opposed to a concrete result. This is going to be subjectively measured as opposed to objectively measured.
These goals frequently encourage the behaviour that will lead to the quantitative improvement. Qualitative goals are often more process-based rather than results-based. Qualitative goals should be viewed as very important and can enhance more than just time on a stopwatch.
While these two types of goals are fundamentally different, when combined, both can lead to incredible improvement.