Gear West Podcast Wonder what Gear West staffers talk about before the store opens in the the morning? Wonder no more. Hang out with us as we dive into ski racing, touring, the minutia of ski waxing, and run fitness strategies. So far we’ve covered the Birkie, Mora Vasaloppet, Minnesota State Nordic Ski Meet, and […]
June 27 – July 4 ~ for Masters, Seniors and Juniors Join coach and World Cup athlete Matt Liebsch for a week of hiking and summer skiing on Haig Glacier in the Canadian Rockies. •This has been a great camp the last 4 summers… summary and pictures can be found here… We’ve had athletes ages […]
(Press release) Training for a Cross Country Ski Marathon is hard enough. Save time and reduce stress by having your skis precision glide waxed by the best in the business! Race wax service is available for the 2016 American Birkebeiner. The service includes an LF base layer, HF race layer, 100% Fluoro top-coat, and hand structuring. Testing […]
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(Press Release) Two Races, Once a Week. Every Wednesday at Hyland Park. December 16th – February 10th Location: Hyland Park 10145 Bush Lake Road Bloomington, MN 55438 PRE-REGISTER BELOW! Day of Registration: 6:15 – 6:45PM at Jan’s Place at Hyland Park 5KM Skate: 7:00PM Start 5KM Classic: 7:30 Start 1 Race: $10 2 Races: $15 […]
(Press release) Ecommerce Sales Associate/Graphic Designer Gear West is looking for an Ecommerce Sales Associate/Graphic Designer to update our website, load product to our website, and also design graphics for branding and ads. This person must also be willing to take on multiple roles as this business is fairly seasonal. The other roles may involve answering […]
Next week, Matt Liebsch, of Gear West, will be heading east to the U.S. distribution center for Fischer Skis in search of the very best race skis. Matt will be taking our Flex Tester to facilitate our ski-picking. Matt will be picking through thousands of skis. At the race level, skis are still built by hand, one at a time. This means a lot of variance within a batch and even within a pair. Thoroughly checking each pair with multiple tools is key to finding the best quality. Matt will use his hands, eyes, and our flex tester to triple check each pair he brings home, ensuring he returns with the best skis.
Matt Liebsch will pick your new race skis directly from Fischer’s Salomon’s Atomic’s and Rossignol’s race ski centers. He uses hands, eyes, and Gear West’s signature flex tester to give us accurate, nuanced, repeatable metrics to identify the fastest skis.
Get outfitted with the best roller skis on the market. Swenor Roller Skis, famous for their on-snow feel, have built a reputation as the leading roller ski brand for performance, quality, and value. Competitive ski racers will appreciate the real ski feel of the Skate Elite, Carbonfiber and Fiberglass Classic skis while junior racers and recreational skiers will find amazing value and performance in the aluminum bodied Skate ski.
Skis getting slower? Bases scratched up? Not taking or holding wax? We are offering free ski base analyses that can help determine if your skis need a stone grind. Nearly all skis can be improved by a fresh stone grind, even if they have been ground previously. Our ski base analysis can help you determine just how much difference a new grind can make.
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At the best prices of the year. Elite skate skis from Fischer, Atomic and Salomon, Classic Fischer RCS Zeros for those tough-to-wax conditions. Give us a call 877-473-4327 and we will help you select the best possible ski.
Your skis will be precision glide waxed with the ideal LF under-layer, HF race-layer, and 100% Fluoro top-coat then finished with the race ready hand structure. At the American Birkiebeiner you can even have your skis delivered to you in the Start Area. If you have classic skis for waxing there will be an additional $10.00/Race charged. A classic ski service will include the standard glide wax application, plus a base binder in the kick zone. Gear West technicians will not apply kick wax, but will have a kick recommendation and kick wax available on race morning.
Gear West’s 20-Second Nordic Ski Video Contest Win a Birkie Entry or $100 Swix gift card. Grab your camera (or phone) shoot a race, your favorite trail, tell a story, make it funny or serious – just keep it to 20 seconds. Then load it to YouTube and enter the contest. *** More info: http://www.gearwest.com/video-contest […]
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Gear West will be at Yellowstone Ski Festival providing stone grind service drop off, race ski flex testing and ski demos. Matt Liebsch will give ski tech talk and be a guest coach for a five day race camp.
Enjoy good brews, better company, and the best training with Matt Liebsch and Fischer. Birkie Trail, Seeley WI Join Matt Liebsch from October 24-26 for a weekend of relaxation and ski specific training in Seeley, WI, brought to you by Fischer and Gear West. Workouts will include individualized coaching and technique analysis, while beverages will […]
Gear West purchased a Tazzari RP23 to bring our stone grind service to the World Cup level. Matt Liebsch has successfully used Tazzari stone grinding on the majority of his race skis over the past 4 seasons with great results. The Tazzari RP23 machine is a big advance over previous models and allows for the […]
You want one of those hard to find top quality skis with a perfect smooth and lively camber. A ski that is fast and fun to ski. At Gear West we will use our expertise and leverage all relationships with ski manufacturers to match you with your next favorite ski.
At Gear West we have a strong understanding of flex data and how it relates to glide properties of skate skis. Looking at classic skis has been more involved because there are more variables compared to skating, both kick and glide. Over the past year we have spent considerable time looking at bad, good and great classic skis. We look at how the flex pattern changes with load and the static shapes at a given skier body weight. We take the gathered flex data and draw a parallel to how the ski actually performs on the trails.
The Swix Triac is a step forward in Nordic pole performance. Swix’s previous top end pole was the Star Ct1 and many iterations of the Star pole were merely a facelift and/or color change. But with the introduction of the Triac line a corner in performance was turned.