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Review: Spark R&D Fixie Clip

Spark Fixie Clip This season we saw at least 3 new splitboard clip designs, including the new Spark R&D Fixie Clip, all aimed to improve on the Voile hook and the K clips. Some have camming hooks to squeeze the board halves together but are be prone to rattling while other clips are needlessly complex. The new clips from Spark use a straightforward, passive design … Continue reading Review: Spark R&D Fixie Clip

Review: Patagonia Macro Puff

The bigger burlier cousin to the Micro Puff, the Patagonia Macro Puff is designed with cold weather activities in mind.  Filled with more than twice the insulation of a Micro Puff, the Patagonia Macro Puff adds warmth without sacrificing weight to make this a good midweight insulation piece. Think gusty ski tour transitions, belaying in the fall or early spring and mild winter camping.  Specs … Continue reading Review: Patagonia Macro Puff

Review: Bliz Nova Goggles

Review: Bliz Nova Goggles In the fall we reviewed a sweet pair of sunglasses from Swedish eyewear company Bliz.  Well, we’re back with another Bliz review but this time it is there Nova goggles that have caught our attention. The Bliz Nova Goggles incorporate a proprietary lens technology called Nordic Light into an affordable goggle that not only looks stylish but performs as well as … Continue reading Review: Bliz Nova Goggles

2020 Snowboarder’s Christmas Gift Guide

You’ve driven out to the farm and come home with the perfect Christmas Tree. The tinsel is up, the lights are lit and you’ve even managed to get that damned squirrel out but there’s still one problem. You have no idea what to put underneath. Don’t stress, BlackSheep has you and the Griswold’s covered with our 2020 Snowboarder’s Christmas Gift Guide. Filled with amazing gear … Continue reading 2020 Snowboarder’s Christmas Gift Guide

Review: Bliz Fusion Sunglasses

Swedish brand Bliz took a cue from it’s heritage of nordic skiing and created the Bliz Fusion Sunglasses, a great pair of shades that not only work for Nordic Skiing but also mountain biking, ski touring and just about any other sport you can think of. The popularity of similar aggressive sport glasses has taken off in recent years. These high brow, broad lensed glasses … Continue reading Review: Bliz Fusion Sunglasses

Comparison Review: Spark Dyno DH vs. Phantom Alpha

Splitboarding has become exponentially more popular over the last few years. As skiing and snowboarding have grown, so have the crowds at resorts and snowboarders have sought ways to get into the mountains yet maintain the feeling of being secluded. When Jeremy Jones released his Deeper movie a turning point was made. Every year since snowboarders have flocked en-masse to the backcountry.  For some the … Continue reading Comparison Review: Spark Dyno DH vs. Phantom Alpha

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Review: Hercules Splitboard Hooks

Keeping things simple in the backcountry is always best practice, and the Hercules Splitboard Hooks do just that. With a positive, almost lock-like connection and added stiffness, these hooks my new favourite splitboard goodie.  BACKGROUND: Splitboards have traditionally been held together by Voile Hooks. Two pieces of metal that butt up together and keep the two halves from sliding apart vertically while providing a small … Continue reading Review: Hercules Splitboard Hooks

Review: Spark and Phantom Tech Toes

Splitboard binding technology has come a long way in recent years. This collaboration between Phantom and Spark RnD, the Tech Toes, is one such technological leap and has resulted in the best touring binding around for hardbooters.  Choices There are a lot of choices to be made when you decide to start into the splitboarding world, and few of them are simple. Which is the … Continue reading Review: Spark and Phantom Tech Toes