While at the feet of the source (like locating the headwaters of the Nile), I got a few details clarified due to reader questions: Nope, no more cant pivot-rivets in Maestrale cuff, “too prone to problems.” Most skiers can probably get enough change in cuff alignment by padding one side of the upper liner. For those of you who want a traditional cant pivot-rivet, The “T-nut” cuff pivots are still easy to remove for boot work, and could probably be replaced with canting pivots. Also observed, they’re still making a “Tronic” version of the F1, to only be distributed in Europe.
Detail oriented friends of mine noted that SCARPA is touting something called their “Lambda Frame,” while one of their main competitors is doing so as well! Is there a conspiracy? Readers, what rumors have you heard? Who or what is lambda, something that results from doing the forbidden lambada dance? A match symbol? Greek alphabet? Google got me nowhere with the Lambda Frame. The single word Lambda is the 11th letter of the Greek alphabet (uppercase ?, lowercase ?). It looks like an uppercase A without the horizontal bar. So I guess the answer to the mystery is rather unexciting, Lambda Frame is just a thing shaped like an A, sort of?
WildSnow.com publisher emeritus and founder Lou (Louis Dawson) has a 50+ years career in climbing, backcountry skiing and ski mountaineering. He was the first person in history to ski down all 54 Colorado 14,000-foot peaks, has authored numerous books about about backcountry skiing, and has skied from the summit of Denali in Alaska, North America’s highest mountain.