First little video about the New BCA tracker 3 avalanche transceiver.
Mammat are asking all owners of Mammut Snowpulse bags from Winter 11/12 and Winter 12/13 to check that a part of their system has been properly assembled. All details below. If you have purchased an airbag from Facewest since Aug 2011 and we have your email address then we have sent you an email with the details, asking you to check. We have also included all customers from the 13/14 season just to be sure. It’s a perk of buying online that owners of certain products can be quickly identified in circumstances like these and another reason to register your safety gear with the manufacturers site if possible.
Service Bulletin for inspection of Mammut and Snowpulse avalanche airbags
Dear Mammut Dealer,Follow-up inspections have shown that there is a possible assembly problem affecting individual Mammut and Snowpulse brand avalanche airbags from the Winter 2011/2012 and Winter 2012/2013 production seasons. The problem is an improperly screwed-in connector between the deployment mechanism and the venturi valve. Since Mammut cannot rule out that this problem could result in a loss of function in the event of use, we hereby request that all customers inspect the connection in accordance with the instructions provided and follow the advice given below.
If end consumers identify a problem we advise them to discontinue use of the airbag immediately. If this is the case, please contact Mammut Customer Services to arrange a repair. Please see contact details below.
The Service Bulletin affects Mammut and Snowpulse avalanche airbags with Inflation System 2.0 from the 2011/2012 and 2012/2013 production seasons. The attached instructions explain how to determine the production season of your avalanche airbag. Please check all of your stock and displays for products from the affected seasons and inspect the items in accordance with the attached instructions. If you identify a problem with your stock item, please contact Mammut Customer Services either by email at email@example.com or by phone on 01625 508218. We will arrange for the product to be collected and checked at our repair facility in Germany.
The Service Bulletin for inspection does not affect avalanche airbags made before or after these seasons.
We apologise for the inconvenience caused to you and thank you for your patience.
Mammut Sports Group
So please open the link to pdf below and see the images to help you check your pack. Do it now please.
All of our current season skis are now on sale at 25% off – we still have a great selection left so grab a bargain while you can!
We also have reduced all the Marker bindings to 25% off.
Our best super-saver combo? The Marker F10 Tours mounted on a pair of K2 Backdrops for just £476.24 – that’s less than the price of many skis by themselves! Don’t forget, if you buy both the ski and binding from us, we’ll mount them for free too.
Now’s the time to treat yourself to a new spring touring set up.
Want to work for us at Facewest? We have a vacancy available for a Customer Services Assistant.
Facewest are a successful online retailer of quality outdoor equipment. We specialise in equipment for climbing, mountaineering, adventure racing and skiing
An opportunity has arisen for a new team member within our busy customer service team.
Responsibilities will include:
Dealing with customer returns and correspondence.
Dealing with phone and sales enquires.
General office administration.
Warehouse duties such as picking and packing.
-Excellent communication skills, both verbal and written.
-You’ll be an outdoor sports enthusiast, with experience skiing, climbing or hill walking.
-Be able to demonstrate good customer care.
-PC literate and up to date with modern technology in general.
-Ability to work as part of a team.
We offer a great working environment amongst a team of people who love the outdoors.
Working hours are Monday to Friday 9 to 5. (No weekend work)
Location: Guiseley, West Yorkshire.
24 Days holiday plus bank holidays.
Starting Salary 14-16k
Salary range is depending on skills and experience.
Candidates wishing to apply should send a CV with covering letter to firstname.lastname@example.org
Application deadline is March 17th.
UKC have published a bit of a glove review and we noticed that we stocked three of the reviewed gloves and they all came out of the test very well.
Sorry we haven’t got the full size run in all these styles but the end of season 25% off glove sale is moving them pretty fast.
Read the full review here
All of our winter 13-14 clothing is now on sale at 25% off – get it while there’s still stock! For even bigger discounts, check out our clearance section, with 40% off all of last winter’s clothing.
There’s something for everyone including a great range of waterproofs, softshells, midlayers, baselayers, hats and gloves from our leading brands – Arc’teryx, Mountain Equipment, Marmot, Rab and more. Here’s some of the best deals…
I’ve been using Mammut’s super bright headtorch, the X-Sun, and it’s little brother, the X-Shot, for a few months now. Given the dark nights they’ve had a fair bit of use and have generally impressed me. First for review is the 950 lumen X-Sun, with the X-Shot review to come very soon.
At 950 lumens, the X-Sun is bright enough for just about anything. Very bright headtorches are now widely and cheaply available, but what distinguishes a torch like the X-Sun is the quality of the light. The beam pattern is great, with the 4 modes giving anything from a low flood beam (enough for running on good trails at night but still low powered enough to use around camp) to a high powered beam that still has flood lighting at your feet (bright enough for just about anything, and no tripping over tree roots). Using this torch for night orienteering events I have typically had it on the 2nd or 3rd mode – the brightest is almost too bright for this, though is very useful out in the mountains or cycling. The light is a nice white colour, not too far on either the blue or yellow scales!
This combination of bulbs and the beam produced is some of the best I have used. The boost setting simply gives you an extra powered beam for 20 seconds, which you can flick into from any of the settings – very useful, for example, when running with a lower setting but needing to look ahead for a trail quickly. What lets the torch down slightly (and took me a long while to figure out) is that the two fast clicks required for entering this boost mode are easily replicated when turning the torch on and scrolling straight to one of the brighter settings. Accidentally pressing the button too fast and engaging the boost means you think you’re in the brighter setting, only to have it turn off and go back to the lower setting 20 seconds later. To solve this, simply press the button slower to get to the higher setting. It’s not the best design feature out there but shouldn’t cause you too many problems as long as you’re aware of it – and don’t rant that your torch is faulty as I did! Perhaps a better solution would be to have a second button for the boost mode, leaving the main one for the four main settings only.
The X-Sun is surprisingly stable on your head even with the battery pack on the back – alternatively you can stash the battery in a pocket or pack using the extra cable included. Unfortunately the top strap pulls out of its retaining plastic clips a little too easily when tensioned or pulled on. As it only comes out when pulled hard, it shouldn’t get lost as the second end would immediately loose tension, but is a little annoying, especially when switching the helmet from being on your head to a climbing helmet which obviously stretches the top strap further.
The other thing to note is that the provided charger is an EU plug, meaning you have to use either an adapter or your bathroom’s shaver socket to charge it in the UK. The torch will not charge unless the battery is less than 60% full (easily identified by the battery indicator). This is, presumably, done to stop the degradation of the battery through charging from half-full, however it does mean that you can’t top-up the torch before a big night out – you must run it down to empty first. Probably a good thing in the long run, but slightly annoying for those as impatient as me!
The X-Sun also comes with mounts for attaching to bike handlebars or a bike helmet. These are, effectively, useless and appear to have been thrown in as an afterthought (not surprising as Mammut make no other cycling products). The velcro strap for helmet attachment is fiddly to use, and mine broke within a few weeks. The handlebar attachment is rubber bands that are meant to loop around the strap attachment points on the back of the lamp unit. These are incredibly hard to use, too small to fit on most mountain bike bars, and I felt although I was going to break the flimsy plastic of the lamp unit by using them. Detaching the torch from the elastic headstrap in order to use either of these mounts is also fiddly and time consuming. In short, this is a headtorch designed for use on your head or a climbing helmet, using the headstrap. In this use, it is great, but for multi-sport use on a bike there are much better designed units, such as the Hope R4, on the market.
Conclusion: A fantastic choice for running, climbing and ski touring where great light quality, a powerful beam and light weight is required together with a long battery life. Slightly let down by a couple of not-quite-right features (the top strap and boost mode), though these do not overly affect performance. There are much better products on the market for regular use with a bike.
The winner of our Mammut Avalanche Airbag Competition has been announced! The lucky guy is Dave Kerr from Inverness. His original idea displayed a full understanding of avalanche safety and just where an airbag fits in to that – and it made us laugh too! In his words: “Being white, Scottish and 38 I have submitted it in the artistic form most natural to me: Rap.” Check out his entry in the video below.
Well done everyone & thanks for all the entries. And can we also please point out that avalanche airbags aren’t designed to protect you when you mess up, double eject from your skis and land on your head?!
Is this the future of avalanche airbags?? The Jetforce from Black Diamond has been talked about for a while now, but Facewest’s Stu finally got to see one in action at the recent tradeshow in Germany. Powered by a lithium battery and super-fast fan, the Jetforce uses ambient air to inflate the airbag rather than a compressed air or nitrogen cartridge. Check out the video.
The Jetforce should be available in the 2014-15 season.